Alabama's Grand Hotel Named #3 Best Historic Hotel in the Country by USA Today

Alabama's Grand Hotel Named #3 Best Historic Hotel in the Country by USA Today

USA Today on Friday announced the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear has been named one of the top three historic hotels in the country, as voted on by their readers in an online poll. 


“This is the second consecutive year for the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa to be named a top historic property by USA TODAY,” said Scott Tripoli, general manager at the resort. “We were ranked number four last year and are delighted to move up to number three in 2020. Grand associates have been providing exceptional hospitality in Point Clear since 1847. In the past five months, our current associates have incorporated new sanitizing protocols and following governmental requirements to safely welcome guests back,” said Tripoli. “We continue to offer the Grand experiences our guests desire. The Retirement Systems of Alabama invested in our property to ensure we continue offering world-class hospitality experiences in one of the most beautiful places in the world.


2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Best Historic Hotels:

  1. The Peabody Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee (1869)

  2. Historic Hotel Bethlehem – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1922)

  3. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – Point Clear, Alabama (1847)
  4. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Riverside, California (1876)
  5. The Francis House – Calistoga, California (1886)
  6. Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Illinois (1929)
  7. Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, Michigan (1887)
  8. The Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, Tennessee (1910)
  9. Congress Hall – Cape May, New Jersey (1879)
  10. The Langham, Huntington – Pasadena, California (1907)

In addition to the USA TODAY honors, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa was named the Best Large Historic Hotel in 2019 by Historic Hotels of America and has been featured as one of the South’s Best Resorts by Southern Living for the past two years. Additionally, Fairhope has been recognized as one of the best Small Cities to visit by Southern Living. The resort has also been honored by several national meetings publications including Successful Meetings, ConventionSouth and MeetingsSouth.


“While we are the oldest hotel featured on this prestigious USA TODAY list, the Grand Hotel continually evolves to meet the needs of our guests,” said Tripoli. “After implementing extensive protocols to help keep our guests safe, the Grand Hotel was a popular summer destination in 2020. We welcomed back families who have visited us for generations, as well as new guests looking for safe resort experiences in the Southeast,” said Tripoli. “We are the closest destination on the USA TODAY list for residents in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida. Fall and holidays are wonderful times to visit the Grand Hotel for meetings, as well as leisure travel.”  For more on the Queen of Southern Resorts, including special packages, visit