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America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

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    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Movie stars, presidents, and musical geniuses have all graced the halls of America's grand hotels—immortalized by literary giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ambrose Bierce.

    Many of those swanky hideaways are still up and running today—though they cost a pretty penny. Here's our list of America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels:

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    1. US Grant

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

    Location: San Diego

    Most Expensive Suite: $3.2k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $300/night

    History: President Grant's son opened this hotel in 1910—since then it's been visited by all types of the well-to-do. Most impressive, FDR broadcast one of his first "fireside chats" over radio from the Grant's halls.

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    2. The Drake Hotel

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Walton Street Capital, Lodging Capital Partners and Westbrook Partners

    Location: Chicago

    Most Expensive Suite: $2.1k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $200/night

    History: Opened New Year's Eve 1920, this roaring '20s hot spot was frequented by the likes of Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, George Gershwin and Charles Lindbergh. Marlyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials into the bar of its Cape Cod Room.

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    3. West Baden Springs

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Orange County Holdings

    Location: French Lick, IN

    Most Expensive Suite: $10k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $200/night

    History: Built in 1902, the Chicago Cubs practiced here last time they won the World Series—in 1908 (yikes). The hotel was a hot spot for Al Capone in his day, we're taking that as a plus.

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    4. The Plaza

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Sahara India Pariwar

    Location: Manhattan

    Most Expensive Suite: $3.8k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $995/night

    History: You may not have the real estate of Leonardo DiCaprio, but you can feel like the Great Gatsby when you stay inside the Plaza—the setting of several parts of the novel. Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald to give his "liver to Princeton and heart to The Plaza.”

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    5. Mohonk Mountain House

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Smiley Brothers

    Location: New Paltz, NY

    Most Expensive Suite: $1.5k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $550/night

    History: Ground was broken in 1879 on this picturesque getaway that's been host to religous leaders like Abdul Baha Abbas, Rabbi Louis Finkelstein and Rev. Ralph W. Sockman, and business tycoons like steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.

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    6. Hotel Del Coronado

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Strategic Hotels and Resorts

    Location: Coronado, CA

    Most Expensive Suite: $4.2k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $1k/night

    History: This hotel's 126-year-old elevator made our 10 Coolest Elevators list. The beach-front palace is a National Historic Landmark that hosted Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon during the 1958 filming of Some Like It Hot.

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    7. The Grand Hotel

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Dan Musser III

    Location: Mackinac Island, MI

    Most Expensive Suite: $2.7k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $600/night

    History: Since its opening in 1887, the Grand Hotel has seen everything from Mark Twain lectures to US Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy and Truman. 

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    8. The Greenbrier

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Jim Justice

    Location: White Sulphur Springs, WV

    Most Expensive Suite: $25k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $550/night

    History: This white-pillared mammoth has been hosting guests since 1778. Cold War enthusiasts can tour the secret nuclear fallout shelter built there in 1968.

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    9. Waldorf Astoria

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Anbang Insurance Group

    Location: Manhattan

    Most Expensive Suite: $6k/night

    Average Daily Rate: $600/night

    History: Yes, Waldorf as in the salad. It began as two hotels, built in 1893 as a competition between brothers before eventually being connected. Besides salad, the hotel's chefs also created Eggs Benedict and Thousand Island Dressing.

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    10. Casa Monica

    America's 10 Most Famous Grand Hotels

    Owner: Richard Kessler

    Location: St. Augustine, FL

    Most Expensive Suite: $919/night

    Average Daily Rate: $500/night

    History: The Casa Monica was built in 1888 in the oldest European colony in North America, St. Augustine. Once host to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, it was built by Franklin W. Smith—one of the founders of the YMCA.