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—o
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.
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.
Inspired by the glam of Old Hollywood, this Spanish Colonial–style, beachfront spa offers dazzling views of the Pacific coastline and Santa Ynez mountains.
Lesson number one at The Peninsula is that not everyone in Los Angeles works in the entertainment industry.
Guests rising from a night’s sleep at Lapa Palace should expect a certain amount of disorientation.
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 butter-colored stucco terrace of the Hotel Metropole’s Restaurant Joël Robuchon overlooks Avenue des Spélugues as it curves sharply toward the Place du Casino and the port of Monte Carlo.
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.
The sleek 101 Hotel in Iceland’s stylish yet unpretentious capital exhibits several pieces from designer and owner Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir’s collection of contemporary Icelandic art.
In Munich, Germany, new boutiques and fashionable wine bars mingle with the city’s traditional beer-hall, brass-band gusto.
Checking into a hotel after dark can be disappointing, giving rise to the sensation that you missed the show and must wait until dawn for the performance to begin anew.
From the supermodels pacing its catwalks to the shoppers strolling its Via Montenapoleone, Milan marches to the beat of the fashion world.
Ivana Stehlikova scans the assortment of books, CDs, and DVDs in the library at Prague’s Aria Hotel.
Even in a city renowned for the colorful, free-form architecture of Antonio Gaudí and his compatriots, the glass-and-steel Hotel Arts stood out as an instant landmark when it rose on the Barcelona
Architects W. Hamilton Beattie and A.R.
Few hotels offer a more magnificent prospect than that of Gresham Palace, Four Seasons’ Art Nouveau landmark on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary.
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels.
Chic, sleek, and loaded with sex appeal, Villa Kennedy is more reminiscent of London than Frankfurt, which stands to reason considering that its creator, Sir Rocco Forte, is British.
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.
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.
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 nickn
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.
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.
Visitors seeking a break from the sensory overload that is New Delhi, India, need only find the palm-lined driveway of the Imperial.
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.
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.
Turn-of-the-20th-century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is said to have seen music in shapes and colors.
Unlike many Victorian-era cities around the world, Melbourne has retained much of its 19th-century layout and charm.
French hoteliers Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet converted four 14th-century buildings into this stylish retreat in Lyon, the second-largest city in France.