Top Ten Best Luxury Hotels

Luxury. The word conjures up images of pure pleasure, indulgence in the finest of everything. When you apply the word to hotels, you immediately envision impressive décor, impeccable service, and a myriad of accoutrements and amenities to make your stay beyond memorable. Those attributes and many more, are what make these hotels the ten finest luxury hotels in the world.
Avenida Palace – Lisbon, Portugal

At this luxury hotel, you stay in the city’s only palace. Built in 1892, this magnificence hotel features elegant rooms with marble bathrooms, a Jacuzzi and spectacular view of St. Jorge Castle and Marques de Pombal Square are the epitome of luxury. Located in Restauradores Square, you’re but a few moments away from the heart of the city’s cultural district. The Avenida Palace is truly a place fit for royalty.

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof – Frankfurt, Germany

The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel in Frankfurt is ranked among the top 100 hotels in the world. The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof is located in the city centre, moments away from Frankfurt's shopping areas and cultural treasures. The hotel is considered to be a living monument to the five-star hotel industry and is luxuriously furnished and fitted with modern communication and entertainment facilities.

Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa – Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

The setting is spectacular: vibrant gardens surrounded by dazzling waterfalls and pools, and white sand beaches that seem to go on for days. Each room has a private terrace overlooking either the Indian Ocean or the mesmerizing lakes and hills. The discreet service is five-star, the cuisine is incomparable, and you can pamper yourself silly with an array of Zen-inspired spa treatments to de-stress and detox. Definitely a place to luxuriate.

Marco Polo Parkside Beijing – Beijing, China

This grand jewel of the East shines with it all: two club lounges, a four thousand square meter spa, a gym, a sauna, an indoor pool, five restaurants, two ballrooms, and all on five-star property that is as close as you can get to the Summer Palace. Each room has an East-West stylistic fusion that is a haven in this busy city, and the luxury suites are unforgettable. The Marco Polo is also a perfect choice if you’re headed to the Olympics in 2008; the hotel is just a short walk from the Olympic Main Stadium.

Grace Hotel Sydney – Sydney, Australia

You have heard the rumors that the Grace Hotel has the most comfortable beds in Sydney, and after you spend a night on the feather pillows under the feather comforter, you’ll know why. An art deco luxury hotel built in 1930; this hotel was restored with original features, so you’ll walk down wide hallways over marble floors under pressed-metal ceilings alongside masterful ironwork. It’s an easy walk to the Darling Harbour and King St. Wharf, not to mention the fabulous shopping at the Queen Victoria Building. Say, "yes" to a stay at the Grace and you may never want to go home!

Warwick New York Hotel – New York City, United States

When you arrive at this historic landmark built in 1927 by William Randolph Hearst for his lover, you will be greeted with chilled champagne and chocolates. The spacious rooms offer marble bathrooms and twenty-four hour room service, and the restaurant features more than fifty stunning murals. Whether you want to go to Central Park, Fifth and Madison Avenue for shopping, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square or Rockefeller Center, you don’t have far to walk. That Cary Grant lived here for twelve years says it all.

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel – Kuwait, Kuwait

Designed to be in keeping with traditional architecture, this modern nineteen-floor, fivestar luxury hotel has a pool on the roof that allows you to swim amid a scintillating view of the Kuwait Harbor and radiant Gulf. Or you can relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi, the sauna or steam room, or while you’re getting an incredible massage. World class shopping is right outside the door, and each of the two hundred luxurious rooms is fully equipped with a kitchenette. There is also a poolside snack bar and an elegant in-house restaurant that provides incomparable cuisine all through the day and night. No matter what you want, this place has it.

Royal Windsor Grand Palace – Brussels, Belgium

Because this hotel offers a selection of rooms individually designed by famous fashion designers, your choices are incredible. Imagine sleeping in one room with frescoes painted by an Italian artist on the walls and floors of ceruse wood and Roman stone, or lapping up the luxury in another room that has a sofa covered with fuchsia velvet and a bed covered with a high couture patchwork quilt. The best location in town, this luxury hotel is one street away from the Grand Palace and a heartbeat away from the Sablon Antique Square. It’s not called a palace for nothing.

Silken Puerta America – Madrid, Spain

Eighteen world famous architects and designers combined efforts to create this dream luxury hotel. Each of the twelve floors is truly unique, and exquisite attention has been paid to the smallest detail in every room. Gracefully situated on a quiet, residential street, it is only a five minute-walk to the world famous Avenida de America and its access to all the city’s best sites. The hotel also sits just a short walk away from the exclusive shops of Serrano Street.

Grand Rotana Resort and Spa – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

`While staying in this luxury hotel by the sea, you can snorkel, windsurf, ride horses or camels, take a desert safari or visit the ancient sites; you even have your own private beach. The hotel boasts seven restaurants and bars including Ramses for local cuisine. Swim on the private beach, or the lagoon-style pool that is the size of three Olympic pools; there’s even a kids private club and pool. It’s little mystery why we think this the best luxury hotel in the world.

Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide
When planning a vacation, accommodations are usually only one part of the equation. But we all know from experience that a leaking faucet, a window with a view of a wall or a room the size of a shoebox can ruin a good holiday. So we’ve tracked down some of the best hotels, resorts, lodges and inns to stay in when you’re criss-crossing the globe. These accommodations will break neither your heart nor your budget.
UNITED STATES California The Ambrose Hotel
www.ambrosehotel.com

This 77-room boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Monica’s residential district is an eco-friendly, 20th century Craftsman-style building with an Asian flair, complete with koi pond and fountains. The rooms are small but cozy and come with Frette linen kimonos and Aveda bath products. It’s also located just five minutes from the hip Santa Monica shopping districts, including the 3rd Street Promenade and Montana Avenue.

Delaware Inn at Montchanin Village
www.montchanin.com

This restored 19th-century hamlet in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley has 28 rooms dotted throughout eleven restored buildings, linked via a maze of ornate gardens. Every room boasts period and reproduction furniture and marble baths, and many have private gardens and gas fireplaces. Named for Alexandrine de Montchanin, grandmother of the founder of the DuPont Gunpowder Company, this is the perfect getaway when you want to savor the world at a slower pace.

Texas The Tremont House

www.galveston.com/thetremonthouse

Nestled in the heart of Galveston Island's Strand Historic District, The Tremont House boasts a Victorian-inspired ambience, complete with a four-story atrium, ironwork balconies and bridges and birdcage elevators. The hotel is just minutes from scores of shops, galleries, restaurants and historic attractions. Take a trip down to the water’s edge on the Galveston Island track trolley that stops at the hotel’s front door.

CHINA Beijing Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
www.ichotelsgroup.com

Situated in the heart of Beijing’s prime shopping and cultural district, the newly upgraded nine-story hotel is a ten-minute walk from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Lama Temple. With 360 rooms, the hotel is large, but the service is personal. Standard rooms and suites come equipped with in-room safes, cable TV, minibar, and Internet access. And the hotel's fine restaurants provide a selection of both Western and Chinese dishes.

COSTA RICA Santa Teresa & Malpais Hotel Milarepa
www.milarepahotel.com

Pale gold beaches, tide pools and densely wooded hills are the hallmark of the Milarepa Hotel, a small collection of only four bungalows with beach access on the south west top of the Nicoya peninsula. Each bungalow boasts teak furniture, antique four-poster beds and overhead fans. Named after the famous Tibetan yogi, Hotel Milarepa combines elegant Asian architecture with a beautiful natural setting, and offers horseback riding tours of the region, along with an array of water activities.

CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Andel's Hotel Prague
www.andelshotel.com

Based on a design concept embracing innovative thinking and creative architecture with local inspiration by leading British architects and designers Jestico + Whiles, this five-story hotel with 231 rooms and eights suites, boasts floor to ceiling windows, modern furniture and state-of-the art equipment. The hotel is conveniently situated near the historical district as well as the Obchodni centrum Novy Smichov commercial center, with 130 shops and restaurants.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Punta Cana Iberostar Dominicana Hotel
www.iberostar.com

Located on the southern coast on the palm-lined beach of Bavaro, this resortstyle hotel forms a complex with the adjacent Iberostar Punta Cana. All 346 spacious rooms and suites boast balconies or terraces. The resort also has four specialty restaurants. Try your luck at the casino, work out in the fitness center, relax by the pool or take your complimentary lounge chair, umbrella and beach towel down to the water’s edge.

SCOTLAND Fort William Inverlochy Castle
www.inverlochycastlehotel.com

This uniquely located hotel is situated amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, this 17-room hotel boasts elegant and ornate rooms along with stunning views of the grounds and surrounding mountains. The hotel offers everything a Highland fling vacation should: tennis, fishing on the loch, a walled garden, clay pigeon shooting, Falconry display and a snooker table.

SPAIN Bilbao Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao
www.hoteles-silken.com

Facing Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is a modern architectural space with a selection of 20th century furniture dotted throughout its 131 rooms and fourteen suites spread over five floors. The highlight is the stunning floor-to-ceiling atrium flooded with interior light and highlighted by the Fossil Cypress: a 26-meter, two-ton sculpture by Mariscal. This is the hotel to stay in when you’re looking for a unique experience.

TANZANIA Serengeti National Park Kirawira Camp
www.serenahotels.com

The best way to safari in style is at the Kirawira Camp in Serengeti National Park. The epitome of colonially-styled safari luxury, this hilltop tented camp with stunning views over the Serengeti plains is decked out Edwardian style, with Persian rugs, old-fashioned wind-up phonograms, chintz furnishings and leather bound traveling cases. Situated in the remote regions of the Grumeti River, you’ll have world-class views of lions, buffalos, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes, baboons and gazelles.

Top 100 Hotels of the World
HOTEL NAME The Oberoi Udaivilas Singita Sabi Sand The Oriental, Bangkok Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet Relais Il Falconiere Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Mandarin Oriental Munich Four Seasons Resort Hualalai The Oberoi Amarvilas The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur The Peninsula Château Les Crayères Jumby Bay a Rosewood Resort Four Seasons Gresham Palace Mombo Camp Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Four Seasons Chiang Mai Cape Grace MalaMala Game Reserve Ladera La Casa Que Canta Kichwa Tembo Le Sirenuse Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Woodlands Resort & Inn Four Seasons Hotel Four Seasons Hotel George V Four Seasons Amman 41, London Post Hotel Ritz-carlton Millenia Singapore The Strand Sweetwaters Game Reserve Blantyre The Peninsula Halekulani Londolozi Private Game Reserve Raffles Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence Four Seasons Hotel The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Tortilis Camp Amboseli National Park, COUNTRY Udaipur, India Kruger National Park, South Africa Bangkok, Thailand Turkey Cortona, Italy Sabi Sands, South Africa Munich, Germany Hawaii Agra, India Jaipur, India Bangkok Reims, France Antigua Budapest Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana Cairo, Egypt Chiang Mai, Thailand Cape Town, South Africa Mpumalanga, South Africa Soufriere, St Lucia Zihuatanejo, Mexico Masai Mara, Kenya Positano, Italy Tanzania Summerville, South Carolina Prague Paris Amman, Jordan London, UK Lake Louise, Alberta Singapore Yangon, Myanmar Kenya Lenox, Massachusetts Hong Kong Hawaii Sabi Sands, South Africa Singapore Cairo, Egypt Buenos Aires Kiawah Island, South Carolina Kenya

The Peninsula Four Seasons Bangkok Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp Mara Safari Club Jamaica Inn Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Esperanza Il Pellicano Planters Inn Inn at Spanish Bay Four Seasons Resort Jao Camp, Moremi Game Reserve Hôtel d'Europe Huka Lodge Château de la Chèvre d’Or Four Seasons Resort Lanai Table Bay Hotel Hotel Hermitage Madrona Manor La Bastide de Moustiers Domaine des Hauts de Loire Le Quartier Français Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc Ritz-Carlton Malliouhana Hotel & Spa Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Il San Pietro Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France Eden Rock The Westcliff Blackberry Farm Fullerton Hotel Ritz-Carlton Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace Willows Lodge Taj Lake Palace Horned Dorset Primavera Auberge Saint-Antoine Four Seasons Hotel The Peninsula Bernardus Lodge One & Only Palmilla Shangri-La Hotel Hotel Villa Cipriani

Beverly Hills Bangkok Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Masai Mara, Kenya Ocho Rios, Jamaica Wailea Los Cabos, Mexico Porto Ercole, Italy Charleston, South Carolina Pebble Beach, California Jackson Hole, Wyoming Botswana Avignon, France Taupo, New Zealand Èze Village, France Koele Cape Town, South Africa Monte Carlo Healdsburg, California Moustiers Sainte Marie, France Onzain, France Franschhoek, South Africa Antibes, France Santiago, Chile Anguilla Lanai City, USA Bali, Indonesia Positano, Italy St. Bart’s, France Saint Barthelemy Johannesburg, South Africa Walland, Tennessee Singapore Istanbul Taipei Lausanne, Switzerland Woodinville, Washington Udaipur, India Rincón, Puerto Rico Quebec City, Canada Hong Kong Chicago, USA Carmel Valley, California Los Cabos, Mexico Bangkok Asolo, Italy

Four Seasons Hotel Hotel Hassler Gleneagles Hotel Katikies Hotel The Inn at Spanish Bay Ritz-Carlton Four Seasons Resort Four Seasons Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Mount Nelson Hotel Gravetye Manor Hotel

Singapore Rome, Italy Auchterarder, Scotland Santorini, Greece Pebble Beach, California, USA Berlin Nevis Shanghai Chicago Cape Town, South Africa West Sussex, England

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