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Curio hotels have been sensations upon opening. From world-famous spas to legendary performances, distinctive designs to significant architecture, there has always been something out of the ordinary about them. Discover why these locations were chosen to become part of the Curio collection.

Exterior Patio at Night
The Franklin Hotel
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    Comings and Goings.

    A horse stable and carriage house once stood where The Franklin Hotel now does––a departing and returning point for travelers.

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    The Water Pressure’s On.

    The Franklin’s showers are often lauded amongst guests’ favorite features of the hotel.

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    ‘Tis the Season.

    Known for its holiday decorations, The Franklin chooses a unique window theme each holiday season, unveiled during a community-wide ceremony and parade.

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    To Each His Own.

    At The Franklin, each guest received a personalized host, responsible for communicating with the guest and providing a customized experience.

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    Salvaged Suds.

    After you leave, any leftover soap is donated to Clean the World and recycled into new bars to help people in need all over the world.

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Formal Table Set for Formal Dinner
The Providence Biltmore
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    Historic Beginnings.

    The Biltmore was designed by Warren and Wetmore, the same celebrated firm responsible for Grand Central Station in New York City.

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    Magic at Work.

    During The Biltmore’s opening in 1922, thousands of roses filled the lobby, and a 50-piece band played on the balcony overlooking Dorrance Street.

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    Green Initiative.

    The first General Manager of the Biltmore created a rooftop garden before they were in vogue, supplying the kitchen chefs with fresh produce.

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    High-Flying Farm.

    At one time, there was an “aerial farm” on The Biltmore’s rooftop, complete with chickens, rabbits, and even an alligator.

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    Scents and Sensibility. .

    Known for providing particularly luxurious stays, The Biltmore’s in-house spa was voted amongst the top ten Best Smelling Spas worldwide by NewBeauty.

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Dallas Highland Pool
The Highland Dallas
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    The Place to Be.

    Originally opened in the 1960s as the nine-story "Hilton Inn," The Highland often hosted pianists at its penthouse hot spot, Harper's Corner.

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    At a Crossroads.

    The Highland’s logo is indicative of its location at the buzzing intersection of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, between Dallas’ upscale Park Cities and Lakewood neighborhoods.

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    A New Standard.

    The Highland offers PURE rooms, considered to be the cleanest hotel rooms in the world.

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    Sit Back & Relax.

    The hotel houses the popular Exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and Chef John Tesar’s restaurant, Knife.

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    Next Level Stays.

    The Highland offers an “Elevated Highland Experience” package for guests interested in all things luxury.

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The Diplomat Resort Balcony View of Pool and Ocean
The Diplomat Resort
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    Artistic Tendencies.

    Over $1.5M in commissioned art is displayed in The Diplomat, including a Chihuly glass sculpture at the front desk.

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    Retro Activity.

    Celebrities such as Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli performed at the original Diplomat in the 60s.

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    On Air.

    Arthur Godfrey taped his popular CBS radio show from the Tack Room Lounge in The Diplomat.

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    Zero Excuses.

    The Diplomat is moving toward the goal of “zero waste” with a recycling program recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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The Alex Johnson Hotel Exterior
Hotel Alex Johnson
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    Grand Indeed.

    Alex Carlton Johnson set out to build a grand hotel, “The Showplace of the West”, and a tribute to the Native Americans of the area in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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    About Those Symbols..

    Bricks in the lobby are all original, and some have symbols embedded in them. The ancient symbols represent the “four sacred corners of the earth” for the Lakota Sioux.

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    About That Chandelier.

    The one-of-a-kind chandelier is made of Native American war spears in a tepee shape. It has hung from the hotel rafters for over 80 years.

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    Wishing to be Native American, Too.

    Railroad tycoon and hotel founder Alex Johnson admired Native American people and cultures and the hotel is in part a shrine and tribute to the Sioux Indian Nation.

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    The Lady In White.

    The hotel is filled with ghost stories, too, recounted by guests and ghost hunters, of mysterious sightings, knocks on doors, and unexplained noises. A “Lady in White” haunts the 8th floor, wandering the halls in a shimmering white gown.

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Sam Houston Hotel Lobby
Sam Houston
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    Bigger Is Better.

    The hotel was originally built with nearly 200 rooms for budget-minded business travelers. During the 2013 renovation, rooms were combined to create 97 modern-sized guestrooms.

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    Nobody Home.

    The hotel building sat empty at one point for more than 25 years.

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    I Do.

    Veranda by *17 is the hotel’s premier event space. Both permanently tented and air-conditioned, the semi-outdoor oasis is one of Houston’s most prestigious wedding venues.

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    History Is Made.

    The Sam Houston is almost a century old, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its venerable history.

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    Everything Old Is New Again.

    The hotel was constructed in 1924 to be convenient to Houston's highlights, and it still is today: the Theater District, major companies, sports and entertainment venues, urban parks, and lots of shopping and dining.

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Jewel Paradise Cove Pool Area - All Inclusive
Jewel Paradise Cove
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    No One Runs Away Today.

    Depending on whom you believe, Runaway Bay was named for fleeing Spanish soldiers in the 1600s, or African slaves from inland sugar plantations that were running away to Cuba.

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    Underwater's Where It's At.

    Besides all there is to see on land, there are coral reefs, boat wrecks, sunken planes and cars to explore underwater.

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    Go See Bob.

    Nearby Nine Mile is reggae king Bob Marley's birthplace and final resting place. His body and guitar are buried in a mausoleum inside a traditional Ethiopian church there.

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    First of Its Kind.

    This spa resort with a health and wellness concept is the first all-inclusive resort in the Curio Collection by Hilton.

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    Where to This Time?

    The hotel has seven restaurants with everything from light fare and regional specialties to gourmet cuisine. There are also six bars, including a swim-up bar and a piano bar.

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    Water, Water Everywhere.

    Located on Runaway Bay on the Caribbean Sea, there are beaches, reefs, three outdoor pools, a spa with hydro tubs, a Vichy shower, saunas and steam rooms.

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The Boulders Hotel Exterior
The Boulders
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    Jumping Cactus.

    In the surrounding Sonoran Desert are the infamous "jumping cholla" cacti. Beautiful but hard to remove from clothes and shoes, the stems detach quickly and easily when you brush against the plant. Old-timers used to swear the spines jump onto you.

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    Those Boulders.

    The huge boulders for which the resort is named are formed by fracturing and erosion over the last 12 million years or so, from 1.4 billion-year old Precambrian rock formations created by molten rock.

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    He Ate My Ball!

    On the two golf courses, a "coyote rule" allows you to replay a shot without penalty in case a coyote sprints out and steals your Titleist.

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    Who's Rosie?

    On the South Course, the back tee of the par-3, 187-yard No. 7 is cut right beside "Rosie's Rock." The formation looks like a giant golf ball on a tee, and Rusty Lyon, the visionary behind the resort, scratched his wife's name on the rock on his first visit.

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    As Seen On TV.

    Carefree once was once home to Southwestern Studios. The Dick Van Dyke Show was filmed there, as were a variety of feature films including "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."

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    Walk Down Easy Street.

    Carefree has some entertaining street names: “Long Rifle,” “Tranquil Trail,” “Stagecoach Pass,” “Lazy Lane,” “Nonchalant Avenue,” “Rocking Chair Road,” “Bloody Basin” and also “Ho” and “Hum.” You can also literally walk down "Easy Street."

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    See You Next Century.

    It can take up to 100 years for a Saguaro Cactus to grow an arm.

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    Paging Mr. Guinness.

    The world’s tallest Kachina doll stands in Carefree at 39 feet tall. The sundial in Carefree is one of the world’s largest, measuring 90 feet across.

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    The Boulders By Night.

    Evening and nighttime activities at the resort include Moonlight Bicycle Tours, Desert Photography, Moonlight Yoga, Night Exploration Hikes and Stargazing.

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    Native Signs.

    Ancient peoples and Native Americans were active around the resort. Trekkers can see a matte kitchen used by people, as well as petroglyphs and a fertility altar at Promise Rock.

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Juniper Cupertino Hotel Exterior
Juniper Cupertino
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    During renovations in 2013, a touch of tech was added in all guest rooms with a computer coding pattern on all room window valances.

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    Sip & Savor.

    Cupertino is at the crossroads of California's legendary wine regions and 15 local wineries and tasting rooms are all close by. Local wines are the feature of a reception every evening.

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    Lots of Diamonds.

    Opened in 2002, The Juniper Hotel is only Four Diamond hotel in the entire city. Less than 6% of hotels are rated Four Diamond.

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    Shopping Anyone?

    Santana Row offers upscale shopping and dining with a European feel, with high-end retailers like Burberry, Gucci and Ferragamo. Historic, charming Los Gatos has small specialty boutiques, home furnishings and art galleries.

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    Why Silicon Valley?

    The Bay Area got this nickname from all the silicon chip manufacturers there, but now refers to all the region's high tech businesses. It was dubbed in a 1971 newspaper series, "Silicon Valley in the USA," that ran in the weekly Electronic News.

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