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Room at the top

Anyone can book a hotel room, but how many can say they stayed in a luxury mansion while on holiday? Vacation is no time to leave the good life behind when America has mansion hotels that are a destination all their own.

On the West Coast, Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, Calif., has been an American treasure for 130 years. U.S. presidents, British royalty and Hollywood celebs have all stayed at this beachfront destination, which stands out as the first seaside resort on the West Coast. Although it’s a National Historic Landmark, The Del isn’t stuck in the past—it’s a AAA Four-Diamond property that offers contemporary luxury in 757 guest rooms, an award-winning spa and 24-hour fitness center.

Down South, you think Tara and the mansion Scarlett fought to save in Gone with the Wind. Well, strategically placed between New Orleans and Baton Rouge—two Louisiana must-sees—Nottoway Plantation & Resort is another AAA Four-Diamond designee. The South’s largest existing antebellum mansion with 64 rooms, this 1840’s sugarcane estate boasts massive white columns and grand balconies—and did we mention a three-story Rotunda? Besides Southern Louisiana cuisine, you’ll love the outdoor pool, modern conveniences and an onsite salon and spa.

Spending a night in NYC? The Plaza across from Central Park is perhaps the most famous of the Northeast’s many mansion hotels. Not only is it a celebrity hotspot, but the 20-story luxe hotel was also the setting for scenes in The Great Gatsby, The Princess Diaries, Home Alone 2 and other films. One of America’s most celebrated hotels (it’s a AAA Four-Diamond-rated facility), it underwent a $450 million restoration in 2008 to further enrich your stay. Check out its top-rated Plaza Food Hall to satisfy your inner foodie, but don’t forget its premiere spa, salon and fitness services for when you need pampering.

So if you want to travel like the Royals, consider vacationing at a mansion, where history and modern luxury combine for an incredibly rich experience.

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