If You Were A U.S. President Today, At What Fabulous Hotel Would You Stay?

Ever since George Washington took office in 1789, presidents have been hitting the road -- and staying in the finest hotels in the republic. Can you picture a desk clerk trying to present the president with a bill?

HOTEL DEL CORONADO, SAN DIEGO

This seaside landmark fizzes its waters while it celebrates 125 years right there on the beach. It's played host to Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who flew the presidential flag there, to make it his official residence. No relic, this snazzy 28-acre resort is swank like Frank.

THE HANOVER INN, HANOVER, N.H.

When it opened in 1780, this New England hostelry housed students at Dartmouth College, and it still operated and owned by the Ivy League institution. In 1972, the college went coed, so the fourth floor became an all-femme dorm. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and more recently, presidential cancidate Mitt Romeny stayed there.

THE HERMITAGE HOTEL, NASHVILLE

This was Nashville's first million-dollar hotel, the grandest of its day and the most opulent of its time. It served as headquarters for John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, and it has hosted its share of celebrities. "There are a lot of good stories but they can't name names," says Heather Taylor of Historic Hotels of America.

THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA.

This 3,000-acre Allegheny Mountains resort opened in 1766 and has hosted 22 presidents, starting with George Washington. Heather Taylor surprised her grandparents with a stay at teh resort for their 50th wedding anniversary. "It was absolutely gorgeous, they did it right: massages, four-course meal, a carriage ride."

THE PLAZA HOTEL, NEW YORK

Since opening in 1907, this famed chateau-style hotel has figured into films, books and presidential history. All sitting U.S. Presidents have visited there and it was the site of Julie Nixon's wedding to David Eisenhower. It's truly a lavish, luxury hotel.

SEA ISLAND RESORT, GEORGIA

Celebrating its 86th anniversary this year, this Atlantic coast resort has attracted its share of presidents, who come seeking privacy and activities like shooting, fishing, sailing, tennis and golf. Each visiting president planted a commemorative oak tree, starting with Calvin Coolidge in 1928.