1600 Pennsylvania Avenue might be home base for the POTUS, but when you’re the leader of the free world, you’re bound to spend a lot of time traveling, too. Over the course of his two-term presidency, Barack Obama jetted off to 58 different countries and embarked on plenty of firsts, including being the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years, Malaysia in almost half a century, and Kenya, Myanmar, Laos, and Ethiopia ever. And while the commander-in-chief and those before him have laid their head in many a hotel during their journeys, there are a select few properties that have earned multiple U.S. president visits (or hosted more than one POTUS). Below, we put together a list—just in time for the inauguration—of 11 hotels that have been popular among U.S. presidents.
Editor’s note: These properties may be closed or be operating with limited amenities during the pandemic. Follow all state and local travel restrictions if you’re planning a visit.
As the name suggests, this 142-year-old luxury hotel is indeed palatial. The glass-roofed indoor pool, restaurant with gold atrium ceiling, and lobby with vintage chandeliers are fit for a VIP — or more specifically, a president. After all, the SoMa district property, which typically hosts a mix of business travelers and tourists, has also welcomed eight U.S. presidents, including both Roosevelts and Warren G. Harding. If you want even more of the commander-in-chief experience, book a stay in the Presidential Suite, which features six rooms, antique fireplaces, a baby grand piano, and a kitchen.