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The Top Grande Dame Hotels

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    15. HOTEL SACHER, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    15. HOTEL SACHER, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    For more information: Hotel Sacher
    Courtesy of Hotel Sacher
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    14. THE HAY ADAMS, WASHINGTON, D.C.
    14. THE HAY ADAMS, WASHINGTON, D.C.
    For more information: The Hay Adams
    Courtesy of The Hay Adams
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    13. ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
    13. ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
    For more information: Alvear Palace Hotel
    Courtesy of Alvear Palace Hotel
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    12. HASSLER ROMA, ROME, ITALY
    12. HASSLER ROMA, ROME, ITALY
    For more information: Hassler Roma
    Courtesy of Hassler Roma
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    11. RITZ-CARLTON, MONTREAL, CANADA
    11. RITZ-CARLTON, MONTREAL, CANADA
    For more information: Ritz-Carlton
    Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Montreal
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    10. HOTEL MONTELEONE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
    10. HOTEL MONTELEONE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
    For more information: Hotel Monteleone
    Courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
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    9. ST. REGIS, NEW YORK CITY
    9. ST. REGIS, NEW YORK CITY
    For more information: St. Regis
    Courtesy of St. Regis New York
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    8. THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, HONOLULU, HAWAII
    8. THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, HONOLULU, HAWAII
    For more information: The Royal Hawaiian
    Courtesy of The Royal Hawaiian
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    7. THE PENINSULA, HONG KONG
    7. THE PENINSULA, HONG KONG
    For more information: The Peninsula
    Courtesy of The Peninsula Hong Kong
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    6. DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
    6. DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
    For more information: Dolder Grand
    Courtesy of Dolder Grand
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    5. LA MAMOUNIA, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
    5. LA MAMOUNIA, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
    For more information: La Mamounia
    Courtesy of La Mamounia
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    4. GRITTI PALACE, VENICE, ITALY
    4. GRITTI PALACE, VENICE, ITALY
    For more information: Gritti Palace
    Courtesy of Gritti Palace Venice
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    3. FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE, BANFF, CANADA
    3. FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE, BANFF, CANADA
    For more information: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
    Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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    2. THE SAVOY, LONDON, ENGLAND
    2. THE SAVOY, LONDON, ENGLAND
    For more information: The Savoy
    Courtesy of The Savoy
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    1. THE RITZ, PARIS, FRANCE
    1. THE RITZ, PARIS, FRANCE
    Coco Chanel famously made the Ritz Paris her home for 34 years, but even the grandest hotels need a little brightening once in a while. The Ritz, which originally opened on the Place Vendôme in 1898, reopened in 2016 after a four-year, $450-million renovation. Starchitect Thierry Despont wisely retained iconic features like the red entry carpet and the hotel’s signature amber scent, but he added brighter fabrics to the public rooms and subtle touches like a heightened lobby ceiling, as well as bolder statements, such as retractable glass roofs to the Bar Vendôme and La Table de l’Espadon, the hotel restaurants, and peaceful landscaped gardens.

    For more information: The Ritz Paris
    Courtesy of The Ritz Paris
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