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This year, thanks to an aptly-timed Presidents’ Day, Valentine lovers get a long weekend to celebrate romance — and the two holidays aren’t as unrelated as one might expect. Some of our fearless leaders have been decidedly romantic, and quite often their romantic rendezvous have taken place at some of the country’s most romantic hotels. Whether they are treating the First Lady (or their other lady loves) to a relaxing vacation, or pining for their loved one from a hotel suite for one, these presidents sure know a thing or two about l’amour. This Valentine’s weekend, you might consider booking a hotel with the presidential seal of approval.

San Ysdiro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property, Santa Barbara 

San Ysidro

The Presidential Couple: John and Jackie Kennedy 

Back in 1953, the former president and his new bride paid just $27 to spend a night at this luxurious resort as they traveled from Acapulco up the Californian coast. Nowadays, that same suite — renamed the Kennedy Cottage after the couple — goes for thousands of dollars per night. Read More »

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The Jefferson in D.C. plays homage to its namesake throughout the hotel.

The Jefferson in D.C. plays homage to its namesake throughout the hotel.

It’s almost Independence Day! And what better way to celebrate our nation than brushing up on some fascinating presidential trivia? Given how much time presidents spend on the road, it’s no surprise how many noteworthy events — famous and infamous both — have taken place at hotels. We’ve come up with a list of hotels that not only come with the presidential seal of approval, but also are rich with presidential history — secret entrances, assassination attempts, and the occasional scandal. After all, you can never be sure what’s going on in the room next door…

Check out our list of presidential hotels and the events that went down in them here.

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When the White House just doesn't cut it, there's always the Waldorf.

Happy President’s Day from all of us at Oyster.com! This beloved federal holiday was established in 1879 and occurs on the third Monday of every February, perfectly in between Lincoln’s February 12th birthday and George Washington’s birthday on February 22nd. In honor of President’s Day, we’d like to recognize some of our favorite historic hotels that have been lucky enough to have a Commander in Chief or two grace their digs. Click here to take at a look at our favorite presidential hotels, where everything from scandals, to gunshots — even to haircuts, has taken place.

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The election is only days away, but before you cast your ballot for Romney or Obama, we have an entirely different presidential face-off that requires your vote: Two of the world’s finest Presidential Suites are going head to head for your vacation dollars. These qualified candidates bring a different set of skills to the table, run on entirely different foundations, and boast excellent Junior Suite running mates for the job. And unlike the other election, nobody loses with one of these choices. To help you decide, we’ve asked each suite to give a final statement in its own words. (Yes, walls can talk.)

J.W. Marriott Essex House, New York City 

The Essex House Presidential Suite is conservatively luxurious

“My fellow Americans, I speak to today from this beautiful Central Park location in the great city of New York to tell you why I at the  J.W. Marriott Essex House should be voted the best Presidential Suite in the United States. Read More »

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Presidents Day is just around the corner and of course that makes us reflect on our country’s leaders. But c’mon, we’re a hotel website so what it really makes us think about is presidential suites. The most lavish accommodations in hotels, presidential suites are fit for, well, presidents. In fact, they reportedly got their name from President Woodrow Wilson, who had a strict list of requirements for his hotel rooms. Some of those requirements may be standard nowadays (such as en-suite bathrooms) but the over-the-top luxury remains. Last time, we highlighted the best presidential suites in New York City and Washington, D.C. so this time we’re heading to the West Coast to find the most drool-worthy presidential eye candy in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

The Hotel: InterContinental San Francisco
Built in 2008 in the business-oriented neighborhood of SoMa, the modern InterContinental has luxury-level service, high-tech guest rooms, a lap pool, a popular spa, and a Michelin-star restaurant.

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Presidential Suite at the InterContinental San Francisco; San Francisco, CA

Oyster.com’s Favorite Feature of the Presidential Suite:
There’s a lot to love about the two-floor presidential suite, but we really go gaga over the wrap-around balcony with amazing city views and the funky light fixtures.

Square Feet: 2,000
Average Price: $1,200/night

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President’s Day weekend is here at last, and to celebrate, we’ve compiled some of our favorite presidential-themed art on display at hotels across the country. Enjoy.

The Hotel George, Washington D.C.

The Hotel George, Washington D.C.

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What adjective would you use to describe your perfect weekend getaway? Literary? Refreshing? How about groovy? Try out these cool historical trips for an out-of-the ordinary vacation.

San Francisco:

If you were part of the counter culture during the Summer of Love, then you undoubtedly feel the calling to visit Haight-Ashbury. Even if you weren’t a flower child, there is so much to do and see near the intersection of these famous streets.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one sight to see on your groovy vacay

Do: Embrace your inner Flower Child and tour The Haight

Take the Flower Power Walking Tour or be your own guide. Be sure to see the residences of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin. Stroll the side streets of Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley where Victorian homes are plentiful. The Haight has a wide variety of cafes and restaurants—why not end the day with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia? Read More »

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The Obamas had a view of the White House when they stayed at The Hay-Adams in the weeks leading up to the President's inauguration

We know that Presidents Day honors Washington and Lincoln, but we thought our current president deserves some face time today, too. And because Barack Obama is not only the leader of the free world but also quite the trendsetter, we thought you may be curious to know where he’s been sleeping lately. After all, he’s pretty much the biggest celeb since Lindsay Lohan — and hotels are, of course, our expertise. If you know of any we’ve left out, please chime in by leaving a comment!

Here’s our timeline:

JULY 2008
Hotel Adlon
Berlin, Germany
While still on the campaign trail, Obama swung through Germany and announced that “America has no better partner than Europe.” And apparently Berlin has no better hotel than the grand, old-world Hotel Adlon Kempinski, because that’s where the future POTUS chose to stay. Everyone from Albert Einstein to Queen Elizabeth II has slept here (and it’s where Michael Jackson famously dangled his baby over a balcony).

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The lobby at the Willard in D.C., where the word "lobbyist" allegedly originated.

The lobby at the Willard in D.C., where the word "lobbyist" allegedly originated.

Given how much time presidents spend on the road, it’s no surprise how many noteworthy events — famous and infamous both — have taken place at hotels. If you read our blog on Monday, you know that we have Woodrow Wilson to thank for presidential suites. And any respectable Obamaphile worth her weight in health care reforms already knows that the Obamas spent the week leading up to his inauguration at the Hay-Adams, across the street from their soon-to-be home. But did you know that the two most recent presidential assassination attempts both took place at hotels? Or that the word “lobbyist” might derive from a famous hotel lobby? If not, then this post is dedicated to you (and maybe Washington, Lincoln, and some of those other guys, too).

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President’s Day is a week away, and this year, we’d like to take a moment to tip our hats to one of our favorite presidents: Woodrow Wilson, the rumored creator of the “Presidential Suite.” Apparently Wilson was a bit of a finicky traveler (we can relate), and on his trips away from Washington he required his hotel rooms to meet certain specifications: They had to have en-suite bathrooms (not a common treat back in 1913), walk-in closets, and south-facing orientations. Today’s VIP travelers have gotten, if anything, even more demanding, and so long as they’re willing to pay the price of a new Toyota each night for a suite that has everything, the top hotels will continue to deliver. Which begs the question – what exactly does one get for that kind of cash? To find out exactly how much bling you get for your buck, we’ve found five of the most drool-worthy presidential suites in the country, the cheapest of which starts at about $4,559 per night.

Jumeirah Essex House

  • Price: $4,559 – 10,000/night
  • Square feet: 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Notable features: Central park views, a 24-hour butler, a security room with video surveillance, a specially curated art collection
  • Celebrity sightings at hotel: Angelina Jolie, Sheryl Crowe, Reggie Jackson
Presidential Suite at the Jumeirah Essex House

The Jumeirah Essex House Presidential Suite overlooks Central Park.

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