When it opened in 1926, Iconic pink hotel La Valencia was designed to integrate various styles from the Spanish school of architecture. // (c) 2014 La Valencia
When it opened in 1926, Iconic pink hotel La Valencia was designed to integrate various styles from the Spanish school of architecture. // (c) 2014 La Valencia

It’s not a coincidence that Travel Glitter’s signature color is pink.

Long before it became the new black, we knew the color pink was something special.

Interestingly, although the color tends to represent things that are charming, sweet, girly or romantic–and, of course, breast cancer awareness–it was once considered a masculine color, diminutive form of its more aggressive big brother, red. It wasn’t until the 1940s when pink became known as a color for “girls.”

…we celebrate America’s pink hotels, an iconic lot of properties that are rich with history and tradition

In honor of our favorite color, we celebrate America’s pink hotels, an iconic lot of properties that are rich with history and tradition and often with a whole lot of whimsy added to the mix.

If you are a fan of the luscious color or just want to impress someone who is a certified pinkaholic, here’s a selection of properties–listed by opening date–that range from vibrant to pale pink and all shades in between.

Historic Pink

Built in 1848, the New Orleans Guest House has 14 rooms and more than enough pink to create a romantic setting. A breakfast of fruit and bread is included with each room, and a community fridge can hold your refreshments–perhaps pink lemonade or Rose wine. Located close to the French Quarter for great eating, be sure to sample Jambalaya, Beignets, Gumbo or Red Beans and Rice while in town. They’re not pink, but who cares.

Built in 1848, the New Orleans Guest House has 14 rooms and more than enough pink to create a romantic setting. // (c) 2014 New Orleans Guest House
Built in 1848, the New Orleans Guest House has 14 rooms and more than enough pink to create a romantic setting. // (c) 2014 New Orleans Guest House

New Orleans Guest House
www.noguest.com

Pink Palace of Beverly Hills

The Mediterranean-style Beverly Hills Hotel, which opened in 1912, features a celebrity roster made up of Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro. If staying in a pink setting makes you crave something sweet, this Dorchester Collection property provides complimentary poolside mini ice-cream sundaes and mojito pop treats.

The Mediterranean-style Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912. // (c) 2014 Dorchester Collection
The Mediterranean-style Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912. // (c) 2014 Dorchester Collection

Beverly Hills Hotel
www.dorchestercollection.com

The Pink Lady of La Jolla

First opened in 1926, La Valencia was designed to integrate various styles from the Spanish school of architecture. The hotel’s co-owner, MacArthur Gorton had ties to Hollywood, so the scenic beaches and cliffs surrounding the property were frequently used for motion picture location shots. Through the years, the iconic property has hosted countless celebrity guests, such as Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotton, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers and David Niven, many of whom also performed at the nearby La Jolla Playhouse.

When it opened in 1926, Iconic pink hotel La Valencia was designed to integrate various styles from the Spanish school of architecture. // (c) 2014 La Valencia
When it opened in 1926, Iconic pink hotel La Valencia was designed to integrate various styles from the Spanish school of architecture. // (c) 2014 La Valencia

La Valencia
www.lavalencia.com

Pink Palace of the Pacific

The Royal Hawaiian sits right on the sands of Waikiki Beach, where beach boys offer surfing lessons for want-to-be wave riders. For those who want to avoid the sunshine, pink umbrellas provide shade, and of course, the pink hibiscus floral lei is the perfect welcome to Waikiki Beach. The 528-room resort, built in 1927, marked the beginning of a new era of luxury travel in Hawaii.

The Royal Hawaiian marked the beginning of a new era of luxury travel in Hawaii // (c) 2013 The Royal Hawaiian
The Royal Hawaiian marked the beginning of a new era of luxury travel in Hawaii // (c) 2013 The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian
www.royal-hawaiian.com

The Pink Palace on St. Pete Beach

Opened in 1928, at the height of the Gatsby Era, Loews Don CeSar Hotel has welcomed the likes of Clarence Darrow and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Located aciphex online along Florida’s Gulf Coast, on St. Pete Beach, the property has worn many hats: it was a convalescent hospital during World War II, it is a movie and music video star, and it is the founding member of the National Trust of Historic Hotels.

Opened in 1928, at the height of the Gatsby Era, iconic pink hotel Loews Don CeSar Hotel has welcomed the likes of Clarence Darrow and F. Scott Fitzgerald. // (c) 2014 Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Opened in 1928, at the height of the Gatsby Era, iconic pink hotel Loews Don CeSar Hotel has welcomed the likes of Clarence Darrow and F. Scott Fitzgerald. // (c) 2014 Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
www.loewshotels.com/don-cesar

Fabulous Flamingo

Although not technically pink, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, which carries the name of the vibrant pink bird, has pink signage, pink lighting and signature pink splashes throughout the property. Built in the mid 1940s by famed “entrepreneur” Bugsy Siegel, the property was designed as an homage to Art Deco properties cropping up in Miami Beach. This was the third hotel to open along the Las Vegas Strip, helping to establish the area as an alternative to Downtown Las Vegas. It is the oldest operating hotel/casino on the strip.

The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is the oldest operating hotel/casino on the Las Vegas strip. // (c) 2013 Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
The Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is the oldest operating hotel/casino on the Las Vegas strip. // (c) 2013 Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
www.flamingolasvegas.com

Pink Shells, White Sand

Although constantly on the grow, the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina traces its earliest history to 1953, when only 10 cottages dotted the north end of Fort Myers Beach. Today the property is comprised of multiple buildings (not all are pink, so be sure to request the pink section when making a reservation.) On-site activities include bike riding, kayaking and swimming in one of three heated pools, as well as lounging on Ft. Myer’s powdery white sand beach.

The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina traces its earliest history to 1953. // (c) Pink Shells Resort & Marina
The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina traces its earliest history to 1953. // (c) Pink Shells Resort & Marina

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
www.pinkshell.com

Central California Pink

It doesn’t matter what color you love, the bright pink Madonna Inn located in the Central California community of San Luis Obispo has a room with a color scheme for you. With 110 totally unique rooms, guests can stay in the waterfall room or continue the pink theme in accommodations called Cloud Nine, Crazy Dazy, Love Nest or Sugar & Spice. (Yes, those are the names of rooms). A must-see at this place: the men’s urinal in one of the public restrooms, it’s a waterfall.

Madonna Inn located in the Central California community of San Luis Obispo has 110 totally unique guest rooms. // (c) Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn
www.madonnainn.com

A Rose in Bloom

The Rose Hotel in Pleasanton, Calif. has pink awnings and a name that brings to mind fragrant pink flowers. This Victorian-style property, built in 2001, was Pleasanton’s first new property to open in more than 100 years. There are 38 rooms in this establishment with fresh roses on wall scones and bouquets of roses in the lobby. Located on Main Street, the property is near the Ruby Hill Winery tasting room; rose wines are available.

The Rose Hotel in Pleasanton, Calif., built in 2001, was Pleasanton's first new property to open in more than 100 years. // (c) Rose Hotel
The Rose Hotel in Pleasanton, Calif., built in 2001, was Pleasanton’s first new property to open in more than 100 years. // (c) Rose Hotel

Rose Hotel
www.rosehotel.net

Central Park Pink

The newest entrant on our list is Pink Off the Park, a Manhattan hostel just for women. The all-female property, which opened in 2009, has dorm rooms and private rooms. Here, ladies sleep in pink sheets, and for those lucky enough to be in Central Park in spring, the blooming cherry trees offer an extra-special, pink experience.

Pink Off the Park
www.pinkhostels.com

 

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Carol promoted Los Angeles as a vacation destination for 18 years while working for Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Additionally, she did public relations for Australia and Guam as visitor destinations while working at Aviso Public Relations. Prior to entering the public relations field, Carol was a travel journalist. She received numerous Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers while she was Travel Editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. Also, she served as Managing Editor of The Black Convention, a magazine showcasing the meetings and convention industry. Her articles also appeared in Family Circle, La Opinion and Vacations Magazine. Her favorite international destination: Tahiti because it is beautiful and the country hasn’t (for the most part) altered customs and traditions to accommodate visitors. Her current travel goal: visit all 50 states. Most recent addition: Alabama. It is very close to her new home: Spring Hill,