Historic Hotels of America honors

The 17 awards, announced during a gala dinner at The Pfister Hotel, ranged from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Sustainability Champion and Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel.

“Mr. George has an amazing craft of storytelling and leads his history talks as if he were reliving a memory. His attention to guest satisfaction and his warm welcome to each guest makes all who enter The Battle House a WOW Experience!” wrote Battle House General Manager Margo Gilbert in her nomination letter for Moore.

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa’s rotunda is one of myriad architectural highlights found in the more than 160-year-old hotel in downtown Mobile

Gilbert also noted Moore was one of the first people hired to “bring ‘Mobile’s Living Room’ back to life,” when it reopened in 2007, following a 30-year hiatus and full renovation.

“As the hotel’s historian, (Moore) has toured thousands of guests through the historic Battle House. He goes above and beyond in everything he does. So much so, we named our gift shop after him. From helping royalty during Mardi Gras to listening to elderly women reminisce about their proms here to welcoming international business leaders to our vivacious city, Mr. George has done it all and done it well,” she wrote.

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, , Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala., was named Best Historic Hotel in the more than 400 guest-rooms category Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during the Historic Hotels of America 2013 Annual Awards at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. (File photo)

Lawrence Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide, said Thursday’s honorees represent the finest in the nation.

“They inspire travelers to discover and experience the treasures where America’s history was written,” Horwitz said.

Other 2013 award winners are as follows:Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: The Jefferson in Washington, D.C. (1923)

Historic Hotelier of the Year: Dennis Costello, Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pa. (1922)

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (under 75 rooms): The Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo. (1941)

Best Historic Hotel (75-200 rooms): Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa. (1797)

Best Historic Hotel (200-400 rooms): Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif. (1923)

Best City Center Historic Hotel: The Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. (1850)

Best Historic Resort: French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. (1845)

Hotel Historian of the Year: Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Mich. (1887)

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year: The Morrissey Family, The Saint Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minn. (1910)

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel: Plume at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C. (1923)

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel: The Stanley in Estes Park, Colo. (1909)

Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion: Timberline Lodge in Timberline, Ore. (1938)

Historic Hotels of America Heritage Award: The Marcus Family, The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee (1893)

Historic Hotels of America Community Leadership Award: The Lenox in Boston (1900)

Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award: Thierry Roch, former executive director, Historic Hotels of America