|HOTEL JOSEPHINE OFFERINGS
The Hotel Josephine has undergone extensive renovation and is once again providing quality hospitality. Maintaining it original; Victorian decor, the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment to all guest and public rooms. Many years ago the central dining room was converted to guest rooms.
On the ground level floor a richly decorated lobby greets the guest. An 1886 Concert style box grand piano, fireplace, old guest registers and many old pictures, one of which is of namesake Josephine, grace the lobby. None guest rooms are located on the 1st floor. A gathering room accommodating about 30 persons, an outdoor deck and a public service room are also located on the first floor. The public service room provides ice, cold drinks, coffee and restrooms. A gas grill is located on the outdoor deck, with tables and chairs for use by our guests.
Eleven guest rooms are available on the second (top) floor. Six of these are suites, five of which have lite kitchen facilities, including refrigerator, microwave, toaster, sink and dining table. The sixth is a richly appointed 3 room suite for those special occasions. Three guest rooms a two full size beds, three have one queen size and the remainder standard size.
All guest rooms have their own thoroughly modern bathrooms. Most have tub-shower combinations with the balance have showers.
Individual room air conditioners provide for guest individual summer comfort with steam heat in the winter. COLOR TELEVISION with Cable, and Direct dial, touch tone TELEPHONES provided in each room.
Guests swim free at the Holton public swimming pool during the summer months, late May thru Aug.
Out of county guests are welcome to share the club house lounge and to golf at the private Holton Country Club at their nominal greens fees.
Hotel Josephine is a reminder of the days when 14 passenger trains daily served the Holton community. The hotel was built by prominent Holtonian A.D. Walker in 1889 who financed construction of the two story red brick building by selling stock subscriptions to fellow townspeople.
The hotel, which was named for Walker's 9 month old daughter Josephine, opened for business on Jan. 19, 1890 and has been in continuos operation since. Josephines' 1908 High School graduation picture is on display in the lobby.
At the turn of the century the hotel was widely known for its dining room, and served the community handsomely with lodging and sample display rooms for traveling salesmen. The hotel had electricity when built, but was heated with individual wood stoves in each room. Water was carried from a well in the basement by servants, as were the "chamber pots".
In 1892 the hotel was renamed The Teer House featuring a dining room of considerable fame. Other names over the years include Rinehart Hotel, Sutherland Hotel and most recently the Holton Hotel.
Over the years many famous names have appeared on the registers, including John L. Sullivan, Jake Kilrain ( John L's sparring partner), VP Chas. Curtis, Pres. Grover Cleveland (between terms), Carrie Nation, Sam Rayburn, Sr., and actor/comedian Harry W. Langdon. More recently was Kirsty Alley of TV's Cheers and movie fame.
Today the Hotel Josephine, while retaining the charm of the past, is continuing to provide its guest with warm and caring hospitality.
We honor most major credit cards:
American Express, Carte Blanch,
Master Charge, Discovery,
SPECIAL RATES by the week are available.