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Global Grandeur: Best Luxury Hotels Around the World

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Some of my favorite luxury hotels around the world...extravagant lobbies, plush beds, fine dining, deluxe amenities, charming bars, personalized attention, rich culture, sensual spas.
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768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
Chances are that if you're not a Hollywood power-type or a member of the glitterati, ( and you’d know if you were), you won't be attending the Oscars unless you are a “ seat-filler” that slips into place when the star has to go to the loo or out...
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1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
There's nothing better than sitting on the grassy area outside the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. If you look to your right, you see nothing but golf course; to your left, the ocean. The atmosphere is great, and there are always plenty of people...
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950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Located on a hilltop crest in Nob Hill, the Fairmont offers outstanding views in a luxury environment. It is famous for its bar, the Tonga Room, which has a faithful following. The views are gorgeous; my room in the corner had a great vista all...
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Via Alberto Cadlolo, 101, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman The art collection of Angelo Guido Terruzzi, owner of the Rome Cavalieri, has been valued at $700 million; the Old Masters in the hotel’s public spaces alone suggest that figure may be an underestimate. Stunners range from...
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108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
If you fancy an epic place to stay while visiting the Windy City, The Peninsula, located in the heart of downtown, can cater to your every desire. If it's fancy digs you require, any room that you request will be top notch. For unwinding and...
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1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA
On top of the Del Mar cliffs sits L'Auberge Del Mar, a boutique hotel that, with its gorgeous pool, bars and amazing restaurant puts you in the lap of luxury. The sunset from your hotel room terrace is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner drink...
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Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Sawah, Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56553, Indonesia
By the time you get to Amanjiwo, you're already an hour and a half west of the Yogya airport, and so far from any real mechanized activity that the sound of silence vibrates at its own unique pitch. We sat on our covered bale, or floated in the...
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1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
It doesn't get much more opulent than the Mandarin Oriental hotel located in our nation's capitol. If you can think it up, this place will deliver. From the stunning rooms with jaw-dropping views, to mouth-watering cuisine, to a spa that caters to...
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Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
Facing the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India monument, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel blends Moorish, Florentine, and Indian architecture. The historic palace wing reopened in 2010 with 243 new rooms and 42 suites, including one that houses the...
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31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
After spending the day running from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe to Sacré-Cœur, you will be in dire need of some serious rest and relaxation. May I present to you, the Four Seasons George V in Paris. The spa...
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Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR, UK
I watch as yellow-and-white Eurostar trains snake in and out of London’s St. Pancras train shed, a vaulted Victorian masterpiece of glass panels and iron arches. My room at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel has this floor-to-ceiling view:...
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Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, UK
At this lacquer box of a bar in Mayfair’s luxurious Connaught Hotel, white-gloved bartenders whisk over a martini trolley to create the drink tableside. Guests customize the martini with their choice of gin and homemade single-fragrance...
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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
There are myriad eye-catching details that make up Sin City, but the rainbow of blown glass flowers adorning the ceiling of the Bellagio lobby was my favorite.
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600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Perched atop the majestic Nob Hill, the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is an oasis of grandeur and tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. One of my favorite features is the Club Level Lounge, an exclusive private lounge area on the...