The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

There’s definitely a meetings and events correlation among the top 10 historic hotels in the 2016 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. It seems that special events are as much a part of these treasured venues as the dates in which they first broke ground.

For example, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is designed for meetings even though it has an elegant, diverse expanse that caters to both leisure and business travelers. The Broadmoor, which ranked No. 8 in the USA Today awards for historic hotels, is Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond rated.

The resort features 784 guest rooms and 185,000 sq. ft. of event space, and is constantly adding new features to its property. There are three golf courses, six tennis courts and a spa onsite. Wilderness adventures, ziplining and unique dining options, including new Restaurant 1858, sit at the base of nearby Seven Falls.

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California, garnered the No. 1 spot for historic hotels. This grand jewel, which dates to 1876, is AAA Four Diamond rated, a National Historic Landmark and a member of Historic Hotels of America. It offers 238 guest rooms and 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. To no surprise, it has hosted U.S. presidents, international dignitaries and business tycoons.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island in Michigan has its two-story own conference center that offers 16,000 sq. ft. of space. A theater can seat 500 for large sessions.

The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010. The Forbes Five Star winner features 5,400 sq. ft. of elegant event space.

And, of course, The Pink Lady landed a spot in the USA Today 10Best awards for historic hotels. Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida, is a landmark and renowned meeting destination with numerous spaces, including a beach pavilion that can host up to 250.

Top 10 Historic Hotels, according to USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards:

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside California

The Peabody Memphis, Tennessee

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, Michigan

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan Puerto Rico

The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

French Lick Resort, Indiana

The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina