There has long been a functional link between luxurious hotels and fine transportation. Back in the late 19th century, when train tracks were being laid to link up America’s manifest destinations, the railway companies would often build posh accommodations near the stations at which their locomotives stopped. In order to ferry passengers from one to another, they often maintained a fleet of horse-drawn vehicles — vehicles that came to be known as “station wagons.”
Once the automobile came to prominence in the 20th century, hotels advanced as well. Factory-built station wagons, often with hardwood frames and bodies, became the norm in shuttle transport, with Ford dominating the market with its Model A Wagon.
Cadillac has continued this tradition into the modern day, recently renewing its partnership with the Broadmoor, as well as engaging in exclusive vehicle contracts with the Trump resorts, the Deer Valley resorts, and American Express’ Inspirato group—the Black Card of luxury timeshares.
BMW has engaged in an exclusive contract to provide chauffeur-driven 7-Series sedans for guests at the five-star SLS hotel chain. And, with their BMW i electric sub-brand, they will perform a similar but self-driving function for guests at the private-club franchise, Soho House.