Boston, MA (June 24, 2009) —In the spirit of Independence Day, AAA lodging inspectors were asked to name their favorite historic hotels. The result was a treasured list of 41 AAA Diamond Rate d properties, with the Omni Parker House landing a spot in the top 10. 

Located on the Freedom Trail, the Omni Parker House is the oldest of Boston’s elegant inns and the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. Built in 1855 by Harvey Parker, the list of legends that have passed through the doors, both in the front and back of the house, is extensive. The hotel was home to the Saturday Club which consisted of literary giants such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Dickens and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Baseball greats including Babe Ruth and Ted Williams wined and dined here, and John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for Congress in the hotel's :2009. It is known as the origin of the Parker House Roll and Boston Cream Pie.

AAA’s 65 full-time, professionally-trained inspectors visit and rate more than 31,000 lodgings in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean using a scale of One to Five Diamonds. In order to be classified as historic in AAA’s TourBook® guides, a property is typically more than 75 years of age and exhibits features of a historic nature with respect to architecture, design, furnishings, public record or acclaim. Properties must also meet one of the following criteria: maintained the integrity of the historical nature; listed on the National Register of Historic Places; or a National Historic Landmark or located in a National Register Historic District. More than 1,300 lodgings are classified as historic by AAA and can be found on


Omni Hotels creates compelling, memorable guest experiences at 43 upscale hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each location features four-diamond services, including award-winning signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique fitness options. Omni’s mission for total customer service is further supported by its “Power of One” program that empowers associates to make on-the-spot decisions to meet or exceed guest expectations. Guests can locate hotels and book accommodations online  or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI

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