City Hotel

Owned by Heineken International, Amster­dam’s De L’Europe was the favorite hotel of the Dutch beer brewer’s engaging CEO Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. So when the company embarked on a down-to-the-studs...
As might be expected from a designer whose creative influences include comic John Cleese and fellow designer Philippe Starck, the mood set by Olga Polizzi at the Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi ranges...
Centrally located near the Kremlin and Red Square, the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya opened this month with 203 rooms (from $850 per night), including three penthouse suites (price upon request...
London’s 45 Park Lane, home of the Playboy Club casino during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, has been recast as the Dorchester Collection’s newest five-star haunt. Overlooking Hyde Park and the grande...
Amid the spectacle and dazzle of the 2,200-room, $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau’s grand opening in September, an exclusive enclave debuted discreetly in the megaresort development’s South Tower. The 256-...
The best way to see Vancouver is from the back of Jim Dudley’s Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Dudley, the former general manager of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, serves as a chauffeur, impromptu...
Across the Douro River from the medieval heart of Porto, the Vila Nova de Gaia neighborhood houses a dozen warehouse-like port lodges along the waterfront. Installed during the 1700s, the lodges have...
Espa opened an expansive flagship spa, more than 37,000 square feet on four levels, in London’s Corinthia Hotel. The Espa Life at Corinthia will likely become a destination for both visitors and...
The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is offering guests exclusive access to one of its three presidential suites overlooking the Las Vegas Strip with a new getaway package called “The Suitest Thing.” The...
Kempinski’s Stafford London at St. James’s Place opened its doors in early May after a more than $10 million renovation. Twenty-four of its 105 guestrooms and suites, along with the Stafford’s Main...
Tourists have a new way to see Paris: cruising the streets in an Aston Martin. The luxury carmaker is providing two of its newest models—the Rapide and the Cygnet—for guests of the Dorchester...
Prince Roland Bonaparte, grandnephew of Napoléon I, built the Palais Iéna as his Parisian home in the late 19th century. Last December, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts completed a four-year conversion...
Tucked as it is behind a tall garden wall and gate, Miami’s The Villa by Barton G. ( 305.576.8003, www.thevillabybartong.com ) would be easy to miss were it not for the scores of tourists taking...
The owners and management at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane ( +44.20.7499.0888, www.fourseasons.com ) had planned to tear down and replace their four-decade-old property. They eventually...
On May 3, The Ritz-Carlton will open a hotel atop the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed International Commerce Center (ICC) in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Occupying the tower’s top 12 floors (106 to 117), The Ritz-...
On select dates from April 9 through October 22, Orient-Express and the National Gallery, London will team up to offer unique excursions titled The Art of Travel . Thirteen different three- to seven-...
Valentine’s Day gifts from jewelry and watches to chocolates and romantic getaways. Classic with a Twist: Polo Ralph Lauren presents its Slim Classiquetimepiece—the sleek, extra-thin, 18-karat white...
From the 33rd-floor helipad at the top of the St. Regis Mexico City, it is easy to overlook the Mexican capital’s flaws. Yes, the megalopolis is overpopulated, polluted, and at times perilous, but it...
The Peninsula Shanghai is the first new building in the city’s riverfront Bund district in more than 60 years. The 15-story Art Deco–style hotel sits across the Huangpu River from the Pudong district...
The restored British Colonial buildings that mark the entrance to Capella Singapore shield an even greater architectural treasure. After passing through the 18th-century structures, which house the...
The four Chairman Suites at the Palazzo (from $25,000 per night) each measure around 8,000 square feet and have three or four bedrooms, side-by-side dry and wet saunas, an exercise room, a massage...
Fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, the Jefferson in Washington, D.C., reopened with a new design scheme that is true to the 87-year-old hotel’s Beaux Arts roots and offers subtle nods to the...
The 47-story, 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas overlooks the jagged metallic exterior of the CityCenter mall, called Crystals, as well as the leaning towers of the Veer condo development. In...
Of the 12 Villa Suites at Caesars Palace —each of which measures roughly 11,000 square feet—several overlook the casino resort’s five-acre Garden of the Gods pool area. And while the two Villa Suites...
At 101 stories and 1,614 feet high, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the planet’s second-tallest building, after the slightly loftier Taipei 101. But the Shanghai structure holds top bragging...
A hospitality ambassador greets guests near a stand of bamboo at a candlelit entrance below street level, then escorts them to their Accommodations for in-room check-in over tea. The welcome ritual...
"It has been a little while since we last had the pleasure of your company at the Connaught," begins Anthony Lee, the hotel’s general manager, in a letter that he sent to past guests, "and I wanted...
A marble replica of Michelangelo’s Bacchus welcomes guests to the courtyard lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. The Florence hotel features Renaissance-era reproductions and original artworks...
Straying from Amanresorts’ less-is-more aesthetic, the Aman at Summer Palace abounds with brightly lacquered imperial furnishings. The Beijing hotel is set within century-old buildings adjacent to a...
It took the Rosso family, the owners of several small, exclusive hotels in Italy, several years to convince Milan’s city government to approve their plans to develop the Town House Galleria. Beyond...

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