Lost Grand Hotels of Cleveland

Presented by Michael DeAloia at the Rocky River Public Library.

During Cleveland’s heyday, the world’s most influential businessmen, politicians and entertainers flocked to America’s sixth-largest city, enjoying the full hospitality of splendid hotels befitting a first-rate metropolis.

Marked by architectural splendor, sumptuous design, technical innovation and world-class service, these grand palaces rose and fell with Cleveland’s fortunes. From Teddy Roosevelt dining under the ornate chandeliers of the Hotel Hollenden’s famed Crystal Ballroom to Bob Hope and Jack Benny wise-cracking at the Alcazar’s bar, Michael DeAloia adds atmosphere to seven of the most elegant and inviting Cleveland hotels to emerge in the early twentieth century.

Only one of these legendary establishments hosts guests today. This revealing chronicle recaptures the golden age of Cleveland’s power and prestige. 

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.