11 Historic Luxury Hotels That Are Worth The Splurge
A luxurious hotel stay is a trip in and of itself. Who needs to fight bad weather, pesky tourists and never-ending museum lines when you've got a bed fitted with 500-thread count Egyptian cotton sheet? We've rounded up 11 of the most opulent and legendary hotels around the world that are worth a trip for every traveler—even if you can only afford to look in the lobby. Claridge's [http://www.claridges.co.uk/concierge-services/]Sleep Like Queen Victoria At The Historic Claridges Hotel In London T
A luxurious hotel stay is a trip in and of itself. Who needs to fight bad weather, pesky tourists and never-ending museum lines when you've got a bed fitted with 500-thread count Egyptian cotton sheet? We've rounded up 11 of the most opulent and legendary hotels around the world that are worth a trip for every traveler—even if you can only afford to look in the lobby.
Sleep Like Queen Victoria At The Historic Claridges Hotel In London
Tucked away in leafy Mayfair, Claridge's has been a favorite luxury hotel retreat for wealthy travelers since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert paid a visit in 1860. Over its 150 plus years of history, the hotel has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Diane Von Furstenberg, who even designed the hotel's interiors for a recent renovation.
Embrace East Asian elegance At The Peninsula Hotel In Hong Kong
When the the Kadoorie family founded the Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong in the 1920s, their vision was to create the most luxurious hotel in Asia. They've convinced us and the casual elegance of the hotel's light filled rooms make the Peninsula our number one choice for a luxury hotel in Hong Kong. The best rooms have a view of Hong Kong's unmistakable harbor, but you can also enjoy the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the indoor pool.
Book A Luxury Room On A Budget At Hotel Interlaken In Interlaken, Switzerland
Dating back to the 14th century, Hotel Interlaken is one of Europe's oldest hotels. With Alpine-chic rooms and an enviable restaurant serving top-notch Swiss cooking, it remains as welcoming as ever. Not only does is this an amazing 5-star hotel in Switzerland, it also makes a great, secluded jumping off point for exploring nearby Bern and Lucerne.
Arm Yourself With Cutting Social Quips At The Algonquin Hotel In New York
Imagine yourself trading witticisms with the members of The Vicious Circle of the Algonquin Roundtable when you book a room at the historic The Algonquin in New York. The hotel loves to play up its historical chops and the rooms are just as evocative as they were when it opened in the early twentieth century, though fortunately the plush sheets are all new. Animal lovers will appreciate the hotel's cat, which has the run of the building—a tradition that's been going on since the 1930s.
Go Full-On Gilded Glamour At Alvear Palace Hotel In Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires businessman and socialite Dr. Rafael de Miero got the idea for bringing a bit of Belle Epoque elegance to his hometown after falling in love with the architectural style during a trip to Paris in the 1920s. Today this 5-star hotel is still over-the-top glamorous, including gold brocade textiles in select suites.
Stay At The Oldest Hotel In The World At Hoshi Ryokan In Komatsu, Japan
This traditional hotel in a small city in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture holds the envious moniker of oldest hotel in the world. It opened in 718 AD when, as legend has it, one of the locals discovered a hot spring in the area, which could be used to heal illnesses. He established a ryokan (a traditional Japanese hotel) so people could come and enjoy the warm waters. Nowadays the hotel boasts 100 rooms, two indoor hot spring pools and two outdoor ones as well.
Sleep Like A Sultan At The Luxury Ciragan Palace In Istanbul
Although this opulent Turkish hotel has only been in operation since 1990, the building dates back to the seventeenth century and was built as an Ottoman palace. This regal lineage is evident in the hotel's grand gardens and ornate facade, not to mention the spectacular chandeliers that illuminate the lobby. Spend extra for a room that overlooks the Bosphorus, or pass your days lounging by the pool, which has a splendid view of the river.
Prep For Your Own Deb Ball At The 5-star Hotel De Crillon In Paris
If you want to experience the epitome of luxury, a night the Hotel de Crillon in Paris is an absolute must—there's a reason it's the site of the annual modern debutante ball, Le Bal. Adjacent to the Place de la Concorde and the Tuilleries, the hotel merges 18th-century opulence with 21st century cool. Rooms are decorated in muted greys, warm beiges and are fitted with splendid pillows and duvets from elite French brand Drouault.
Sip A Singapore Sling Where It Was Invented At The Luxury Raffles Hotel In Singapore
Put this one on your future list: the hotel just closed for extensive renovations with plans for a grand reopening in 2018. And we can't wait because this iconic whitewashed hotel is a benchmark for global glamour with its understated suites.
Raffles didn't start out as a hotel, but rather as a private beach house, which was significantly smaller than the palatial building you'll encounter today. It wasn't until the 1880s when it became a hotel and it took a few years to acquire surrounding buildings to get the 103 suites that define the complex today.
Spot Celebrities At The Boutique Hotel Chateau Marmont In Los Angeles
While it's tough to separate the fact from fiction when it comes to celebrity anticsat Chateau Marmont, what's certain is that this comfy hotel is a favorite for the Hollywood glitterati. The lobby looks like a bohemian-chic living room and if you get a bungalow with its a kitchen leftover from the time when the hotel was a set of luxury apartments, there's little incentive to ever leave.
Have A 5-star Indian Hotel Experience At Taj Mahal Palace In Mumbai
Although Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel currently overlook the imposing Gateway to India, the hotel was the first harbor monument when it opened in 1903. In the intervening century, the hotel has been the first choice for the upper crust when visiting the city. While the historic palace portion is the heart of the hotel, rooms in the newly constructed tower building offer stunning views over the harbor.