The great American hotel can be both architectural icon and archive of tales. American Hotel Stories, a new book by Francisca Matteolla, balances both. From coast to coast the travel writer surveys the nation’s most intriguing hotels, digging deep to uncover the stories of famed guests in each. Dylan’s time at the Chelsea Hotel is documented. The favorite haunts of Eastwood, Capone, and Kerouac introduced. Added to the book is a comprehensive listing of unique places to stay and the charge to go out and make your own stories.

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A duo of featured hotels after the jump.

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