City Hotel

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...
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...
"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 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...
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...
Visitors arrive at The Peninsula Tokyo in green Rolls-Royce Phantoms, the Hong Kong–based hotel group’s signature cars. Managers then usher their guests into the hotel’s cavernous lobby, where...
Few hotels better represent recent social, political, cultural, and economic changes than the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which opened in July 2007 within spying distance of Red Square, the Kremlin, and...
Wynn Las Vegas, which opened in April 2005, is a 217-acre oasis where, outside by the barbell-shaped pool, the cluttered skyline disappears behind the bronze glint of a 50-story concave structure...
Nearly everything at the 113-room Landmark Mandarin Oriental—designed by Adam Tihany and located in the heart of the Hong Kong’s financial district—ope Rates via the push of a button. At a touch, you...
After entering through an unassuming guard gate, guests of Rancho Valencia follow a winding driveway past tennis courts and pink Spanish-style bungalows. Aside from the Hacienda—a 5,000-square-foot...
Unlike nearly everything else in Charleston, South Carolina, the Charleston Place hotel is neither quaint nor historic. The eight-story structure dates only to the mid-1980s—an era not known for...
For those unfamiliar with the Miami area, arriving at the airport and being welcomed to “the islands” can be a bit disconcerting. Miami, the city on Florida’s southeast coast; Miami Beach, the seven-...
Following an afternoon of shopping and museum-hopping in Venice, Italy, Cipriani guests can retreat to the serenity of a 78-degree saltwater pool. The property’s gardens provide a quiet location for...
Ideally situated on Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main shopping boulevard, the Grand Hotel Europe overlooks the multicolored onion domes of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Gilt-framed...
The sleek St. Regis, San Francisco is a composition of clean lines and elemental materials with a subtle Asian flair. The property is cutting-edge, international, and full of surprises. Modern...
Sharp observers will notice that the panel of buttons in The Peninsula Chicago’s elevators excludes not just the 13th floor, but also the 7th. The latter omission was an effort by the Hong Kong–based...
Given the Ritz-Carlton’s location in the famously tolerant city of San Francisco, it is not surprising that the property welcomes a wide range of guests. Most of the animals that stay at the 16-year-...
Lesson number one at The Peninsula is that not everyone in Los Angeles works in the entertainment industry. True, half of the customers at the Club Bar—a handsome space with birch-paneled walls and...
Inspired by the glam of Old Hollywood, this Spanish Colonial–style, beachfront spa offers dazzling views of the Pacific coastline and Santa Ynez mountains. Water is a main feature: Heated infinity-...
Located in Old Port, the oldest section of Quebec City, the Auberge Saint-Antoine consists of a collection of former warehouses and apartment buildings that were restored and opened in phases...
Most of the daytime action at the sun-soaked Copacabana Palace, located across the street from Rio de Janeiro’s popular Copacabana Beach, takes place around the hotel’s majestic swimming pool...
Rise early for coffee and Viennese pastries in Hotel Sacher Wien’s garden-view café, and you may witness Austrian men in white tie and tails and women in evening gowns perpetuating the prior evening’...
The decor in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s lobby pairs replicas of battle-worn Republic of Texas flags with a cast-iron chandelier dripping with New Age quartz crystals. And while its facade,...
The promotional literature provided in the villas at the Mansion at MGM Grand mentions the property’s “legendary wishing well.” The text fails to explain what makes the water feature so renowned—or...
When Greta Garbo said, “I want to be alone,” she was in a Grand Hotel in a different city. But whenever the reclusive star visited her hometown in Sweden, she stayed at the Grand Hôtel Stockholm...
In Munich, Germany, new boutiques and fashionable wine bars mingle with the city’s traditional beer-hall, brass-band gusto. This merry dance of old and new continues at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten...
Guests rising from a night’s sleep at Lapa Palace should expect a certain amount of disorientation. The hotel, set high on one of Lisbon’s seven hills, is within walking distance of the Portuguese...
Early in the 20th century, Spanish King Alfonso XIII assembled a group of investors to build Madrid’s first grand hotel, a palace in the vein of the Ritz in London and Paris. The group enlisted the...

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