City Hotel

Built to resemble a sheikh’s royal summer retreat, Al Qasr features intricate mosaics, panels, and Arabian antique furnishings in its palatial public spaces and guest rooms. Each of the rooms has a...
From their perch atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills, guests by the pool at the Four Seasons can gaze on the expanse of whitewashed structures that earned Jordan’s largest metropolis its nickname...
The frosted-glass windows and leather walls at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street may seem strikingly modern, but the concept behind this newly opened property is ancient. Designed according...
The Baur au Lac’s 160-year reign as the best accommodation in Zurich, Switzerland, can be attributed in part to the hotel’s equivalent of pole position: on Lake Zurich (au lac) and fronting the...
French hoteliers Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet converted four 14th-century buildings into this stylish retreat in Lyon, the second-largest city in France. Cour des Loges reopened in 2000 with 62...
From the rooftop bar of the Caravelle Hotel, Vietnam War correspondents watched U.S. Air Force jets streaking over enemy strongholds on the outskirts of Saigon. Today, the Caravelle’s bar endures as...
Once the private home of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, the Umaid Bhawan is a 215,000-square-foot sandstone marvel set within 26 acres of gardens in Jodhpur, India. The property also has a museum, marble...
Visitors seeking a break from the sensory overload that is New Delhi, India, need only find the palm-lined driveway of the Imperial. A turbaned doorman welcomes guests with a smile as they arrive at...
In 1887, four Armenian brothers, the Sarkies, opened a then-10-room property on Beach Road, naming it after Singapore’s founding father, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Thus began a narrative that since...
Most European merchants who sailed to Siam in the latter part of the 19th century returned to their homelands in ships laden with pepper, sugar, ebony, and rosewood. But Danish merchant Hans Niels...
Unlike many Victorian-era cities around the world, Melbourne has retained much of its 19th-century layout and charm. Australia’s second-largest city, which boomed during the region’s gold rush in the...
Turn-of-the-20th-century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is said to have seen music in shapes and colors. This may explain why, when he needed inspiration, Sibelius retired to the Hotel Kämp in...
Most travelers to South Africa view Johannesburg as a necessary evil, a requisite stopover on the way to or from Kruger National Park and other nearby attractions. While rampant crime in the downtown...
The sheiks in Abu Dhabi witnessed the transformation of Dubai, its fellow United Arab Emirate, from a sleepy, sandy town into a tourist destination of mind-boggling proportions. Inspired by Dubai’s...
Mark Neukomm, the soft-spoken general manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Osaka, boasts that a number of his hotel’s guests are Tokyo residents. For these visitors, the Ritz, located in Osaka’s commercial...
The Tennessee Trust Bank building in downtown Memphis never looked so inviting as it did on May 1, 2002. The nearly century-old structure had just been reborn as the Madison Hotel, at a time when a...
Whether referred to as the Midtown Mile or the Heart of the Arts, Atlanta’s core is undeniably in the midst of a renaissance. All along the north-south thoroughfare of Peachtree Street, chic lofts,...
The 82-room Miraflores Park Hotel, located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, often serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to Peru’s exotic locales. But the hotel’s fashionable...
With the completion of the Ty Warner Penthouse, set 52 stories above street level, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has achieved a new height in opulence among Manhattan hotels. The suite also...
When in 1981 Lord Charles Forte attempted to acquire the Savoy Group, a most prestigious collection of London lodgings, the firm declared his company, Trust House Forte, “not at all suitable to run...
Like mainsails straining against a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea...
Tourists to Sydney, Australia, often scale the 440-foot-tall Sydney Harbour Bridge to glimpse what they've been told are the best views of the city. Guests of the Four Seasons know better: Sydney’s...
During winter’s aqua alta, or high-water season, Venetians forgo designer shoes and instead slosh around their city in rubber boots. Sirens warn residents and visitors to move to higher ground as...
It may be a stretch to suggest that the course of World War II changed in the spring of 1944 when General Eisenhower, unhappy with the decor at Claridge’s, checked out of the hotel and took a stroll...
Like the city itself, the Ritz-Carlton in Santiago, Chile, is a fine orchestration of classical and contemporary elements. The stone, brick, and glass exterior—with its vaulted glass dome that houses...
In the late 1880s, Dresdner Bank AG, one of Germany’s Big Three financial institutions, moved its headquarters from Dresden to a new building built by master architect Ludwig Heim in Berlin. Rich...
After arriving by rail with trunks and suitcases—and a parade of servants carrying parcels, packages, and monogrammed silver—early visitors to Zagreb’s Regent Esplanade were swept directly from the...
Brussels, capital of Belgium and of the European Union, should never be described as stodgy; the city flaunts its eccentricities like an art- house film. Comic-strip murals decorate old brick...
When César Ritz opened Rome’s Le Grand Hotel in 1894, the Swiss hotelier introduced new levels of luxury and sophistication to the Italian capital. Indulgences such as private baths—and innovations...
Located on the first 10 floors of a 21-storey hotel and residential tower in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Four Seasons provides an intimate, peaceful oasis just minutes away from the city’s...

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