French Lick Resort has been named Best Historic Hotel in the United States in USA TODAY's “Readers' Choice Awards.” The resort topped properties including the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago and California's Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in reader voting. USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards top 10 Best Historic Hotels:

1. French Lick Resort – French Lick, Indiana

2. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Riverside, California

3. St. Louis Union Station Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri

4. Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Illinois

5. Gettysburg Hotel – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

6. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort – Point Clear, Alabama

7. Portland Regency Hotel & Spa – Portland, Maine

8. Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa – Bedford, Pennsylvania

9. Lord Baltimore Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland

10. Hotel El Convento – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Other nominees:

Royal Hawaiian – Honolulu, Hawaii

Wort Hotel – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Heathman Hotel – Portland, Oregon

Napa River Inn – Napa, California

Ohai Valley Inn & Spa – Ojai, California

Omni Grove Park Inn – Asheville, North Carolina

Omni Homestead Resort – Hot Springs, Virginia

Inn at the Presidio – San Francisco, California

Willard InterContinental – Washington

Moana Surfrider – Honolulu, Hawaii

Earlier this year, the resort unveiled its $20 million Meeting and Event Center.

May 15, 2015

News Release

French Lick, Ind. — The results are finally in; French Lick Resort has been named Best Historic Hotel in the Readers' Choice Awards – topping properties nationwide such as Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif. and Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Out of the 260 hotels recognized by Historic Hotels of America, Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of the organization, narrowed down the field to just 20 nominees for the “Best Historic Hotels” category.

After the field was narrowed to 20, readers of USA TODAY and 10Best had the opportunity to vote for their favorite historic properties. After four weeks, the top 10 winners were announced, and French Lick Resort was awarded the title of Best Historic Hotel.

“For USA TODAY's savvy world travelers to single of French Lick Resort amongst the prestigious list of historic properties speaks volumes about how far we've come since our re-opening just nine years ago,” said VP of Resort Operations Joe Vezzoso. “With a readership of 3.1 million, there's huge opportunity for us to get our property in front of a lot of potential visitors.”

French Lick Resort features two grand hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest of southern Indiana. French Lick Springs Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while the West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, consistently makes Cond? Nast Traveler's “Best Places to Stay in the World” and has been ranked the No. 1 Hotel in Indiana by US News & World Report in 2013 and 2014.

There are 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, two world-class spas, Vegas-style gaming, horseback riding, activities for kids and meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet.

This prestigious comes less than a week before the resort is set to host the 2015 Senior PGA presented by KitchenAid. The championship is expected to draw upwards of 25,000 people to the area will be broadcast to 250 million homes in 160 countries and territories.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

A full media kit is available on our website.

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