Everyone that spends time in a hotel, whether it’s on vacation or business, wants to believe that they’ve chosen the best hotel possible. It’s here, however, where it can start to get a little difficult, as the definition of a great hotel is purely subjective – what ticks all of the right boxes for one person may have quite the opposite effect for another.
There are, for example, honeymoon hotels that are designed to give the newly married couple a great time, whilst others proclaim to have locations and views to die for. Then there are those which offer levels of luxury and unparalleled service that one can only dream, whilst there are plenty more which are anything but your average run of the mill hotel, providing something decidedly different.
Selecting the correct hotel can either be the icing on the cake for your perfect vacation or be a one way ticket to a lengthy and very lonely business stay in the proverbial dog house. Although it does pay to choose carefully, it is worth bearing in mind that the biggest buck does not automatically bring you the best and good things really can come in small packages.
And so, taking into account hotels from right around the world and drawing on numerous reviews, recommendations, lists and charts, the following 101 hotels are those that are seen by many as being some of the best in the world.
1. Casablanca Hotel, New York City
Located just a stone’s throw away from Times Square, the Casablanca hotel (which has been #1 on Trip Advisor for many years), is a little haven in the city that never sleeps. Themed around the ever famous film of the same name, the hotel is stunningly beautiful, yet at the same time warm and welcoming with tastefully decorated rooms and friendly attentive staff.
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2. Four Seasons Hotel, Miami, Florida
This city centre hotel in the downtown area of Miami is one of the areas AAA Five Diamond Hotels, and as such has a lot to offer, from a great welcome and easy check in to the spacious well-appointed rooms. The Four Seasons Hotel with its service orientated staff – form the manager downwards – offers visitors the chance to be a little self-indulgent and pampered.
3. Magic Castle Hotel, Hollywood
Just a short walk from Hollywood Boulevard, the Magic Castle Hotel is for those in the know, fast becoming the place to stay in LA. It is rated at number 2 in LA and has plenty of spacious one and two bedroom apartments, as well as smaller studio style rooms, ideal for those wanting to get out and explore Hollywood or just the legendary Magic Castle club next door.
4. The Inn At Union Square, San Francisco
This picturesque boutique style hotel at the heart of Union Square offers guests the chance to relax in cosy, yet stylish suites with plush pillows complimenting elegant textures of red and gold. The staff at the Inn at Union Square are friendly and attentive and the hotel is just a short walk from historic Fisherman’s Wharf and close to great shopping, excellent dining and eye opening nightlife.
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5. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
A hotel in the gambling capital of the world without a casino might not make sense to many people, but to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel it is perfectly logical. They offer beautifully understated opulence and pleasing on the eye décor, awesome views of the strip, and many fitness, spa and healing treatments to relax and recharge your batteries.
Tucked away on a quiet little street but still in the centre of the very fashionable shopping district, is the boutique hotel that Conde Nast Traveler Magazine considers to be the #1 in the city. From its very grand traditional exterior to its 28 exquisite suites – all furnished to the highest standard – the beautifully romantic Windsor Arms Hotel exudes opulence, luxury and of course comfort.
7. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
At the heart of the windy city lies the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, distinguishable by its beautiful façade which to say the least is strikingly different and somewhat unorthodox. Inside, all rooms are spacious, comfortable and very well furnished and there are both indoor and outdoor pools, a generously equipped gym and a sauna and spa tub all helping to create the generally relaxed ambience.
8. L’Hermitage Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
As the largest city in British Columbia, cosmopolitan Vancouver is home to the hotel ranked #1 in Canada on Trip Advisor, L’Hermitage Hotel. Whether it is business or pleasure, this hotel seems to have all of the bases covered with its proximity to the financial centre, and more importantly to the shopping and entertainment district, as well as all of the amenities associated with a top hotel.
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9. The Joule, Dallas, Texas
Don’t let the small frontage of the downtown hotel throw you, as behind it you will find the jewel that is The Joule, a very chic and very modern hotel. This is reflected in the rooms which from the smallest with its round bed, to the penthouse with its floor to ceiling windows ooze class and moreover the architecturally superb rooftop pool, which extends beyond the edge of the building, gives this hotel a certain distinct uniqueness.
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10. Outrigger Reef On The Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii
When most people think of Hawaii, they usually conjure up thoughts of swaying palm trees and very interesting – if not a little bright – shirts, and this hotel is no exception. You get the traditional Hawaiian feel with the added luxury of modern styled rooms and of course the location, which, apart from being close to everything that you could need, is right on Waikiki Beach.
11. Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Imagine, the Big Easy, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, great music and lo and behold you have The Royal Sonesta Hotel. This older, but pretty hotel with its tastefully decorated rooms, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable staff, is the perfect location for those wanting to experience the feel and the real heart and soul of New Orleans.
12. Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
This hotel, Tennessee’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel can be found in the centre of Downtown Nashville and has all of the attributes and charm that one may consider to be delightfully old world. The grand and elegant frontage of The Hermitage Hotel has that certain look that gives the visitor the sort of homely, comfortable feel and the realisation that it offers the very best in home comfort and great southern hospitality.
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13, Inn Of The Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This hotel, in the heart of downtown, but tucked away to make it quiet and private, is consistently voted the best in Santa Fe, and is a charming homage to the traditional old New Mexican compounds of yesteryear. The luxurious accommodation offers a taste of old Mexico, which when combined with eclectically mixed furnishings and decor, and staff who as a matter of course go that extra mile, results in a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
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14. Alexander Inn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Alexander Inn is an old building complete with obligatory creaky floor boards but offering guests that comfortable old school feel, that is complimented by a fresh modern design décor and superb service. The small but cosy rooms, panelled walls, open fire and comfortable chairs all help to give this hotel, in the heart of old Philadelphia, character and feel that newer places simply cannot copy.
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15. Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis
Four Seasons hotels are synonymous with luxury and style, and this one, the first AAA Five Diamond hotel in St Louis, is certainly no exception. This Downtown hotel, which is tied to a casino, offers all of the usual accoutrements associated with the brand with the added bonus of stunning views of the city and the Gateway Arch.
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16. The Langham, Boston, Massachusetts
As you would expect from a building that was once the Federal Reserve Bank, The Langham is located in the Downtown business district of the city. With its distinguished historic façade, this AAA Four-Diamond hotel not only looks the part, but excels in every aspect from top notch service to the charming old world feel of the rooms.
17. St Regis, Atlanta, Georgia
Anyone looking for a place that oozes style and elegance, exquisite food and staff who consider great customer service a right and not a privilege should head for the St Regis . The Starwood AAA Five Diamond hotel offers a range of rooms and suites that all have the same attention to detail from the classic décor to the opulent fixtures and fittings as well as the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the superb surroundings of the luxurious Astor Court.
18. Lodge On The Desert, Tucson, Arizona
This small mid-town boutique hotel with a backdrop of the Santa Catalina mountains is fast becoming a favourite place to stay by way of a relaxing change. The Lodge on the Desert offers traditional hacienda-style architecture which gives it a cosy, welcoming feel that is carried on into the clean and wonderfully comfortable rooms and suites that all boast the very best in traditional southwest décor – perfect for both business users and leisure travellers alike.
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19. Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC
Arguably the most notable hotel in downtown Washington – if not the whole of the city itself – the Hay-Adams Hotel is an absolute perfect example of elegance. Home to unparalleled panoramic views of the White House, historic 1920’s décor and 21 stunning suites (on top of 124 beautiful guest rooms), the Hay-Adams Hotel is one of those places that when you have been once, you don’t want to stay anywhere else when in Washington.
20. Hotel Andra, Seattle
Centrally located in downtown Seattle, so that everything that you could need is close by, the Hotel Andrea is a boutique hotel that offers a distinctly Northwest feel and ambience. The mix of traditional and Scandinavian influences in the 119 rooms and suites blended with great service make this hotel well worth a visit whether on business or on vacation.
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21. Pacific Terrace Hotel, San Diego, California
This 4 Diamond rated hotel, about as close to the Pacific Ocean as you can get without getting your feet wet, offers a chance to relax on your balcony and watch the world go by. Each of the 73 guest rooms and suites is stylishly furnished to reflect luxury and comfort, and the welcoming and friendly staff are always on hand to be of service.
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22. Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel, an AAA Four Diamond award winner in downtown Milwaukee’s east side, continues to do what it does best, and that is to offer guests that certain old world charm and feel . There are over 300 rooms and suites, all superbly furnished to ensure maximum comfort, and traditional well-mannered and courteous service that comes from many years of experience.
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23. RiverPlace Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Although located on the Williamette River, this quiet, charming and comfortable boutique hotel is just a few blocks from the city of Portland. The rooms and suites at the RiverPlace are all designed and furnished with comfort in mind and the amenities and level of service offered by the staff goes way beyond what many other contemporary hotels offer.
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24. Priory Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Priory Hotel is a onetime Benedictine monastery that is located in the city’s increasingly popular North Shore, and is a haven for those keen to savour a sense of peace and historic beauty. The 42 rooms and suites in this boutique hotel are clean, cosy and well presented, all aspects of which helped it obtain a Certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor.
25. Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana
As you would expect from somewhere that opened as recently as 2010, everything in this Marriott hotel with almost 300 suites and guest rooms is in excellent condition. It offers a great location clean, quiet and spacious well laid out rooms with a modern décor, a fitness centre and very friendly and most accommodating staff.
26. The Raphael Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri
The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, to give it its full title was built in 1927 and so offers that historic old world charm and homely feel, sadly absent in many other hotels. Inside Italian and French influenced décor and furnishings belie the fact that this most sophisticated of downtown Kansas City boutique hotel with 123 rooms also offers the guest every modern amenity.
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27. Hotel Maison Du Fort, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Nestled in the middle of Old Quebec City, the Hotel Maison du Fort is a beautiful 1851 Georgian style house that has only 9 rooms, but they are all immaculately clean, as well as being decorated and furnished beautifully. Its location, in close proximity to the old city’s museums, shops and restaurants, should help you understand why its guests are more than keen to keep this little gem to themselves.
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28. Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina
The minute that you pass through the wrought iron gated entrance you know that you are in for something very special, a level of exceptional luxury and old world charm that is far more than a mere cut above the rest. Charleston Place in the heart of downtown Charleston exudes opulence in everything from its superb rooms and suites to the unparalleled level of service of the very pleasant and friendly staff.
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29. Hotel Sorella, Houston, Texas
With 244 guest rooms and suites, the hotel is situated in West Houston’s prestigious City Centre development which puts the visitor whether business or pleasure, right at the heart of the action. The excellent accommodation from the guest room to the presidential suite is contemporary, clean, and superbly well-appointed, a theme that is carried on throughout the hotel.
30. Windham Hill Inn, West Townshend, Vermont
The stunning view of the Green Mountains is just one of the things which draw visitors to this small but decidedly popular area of Southern Vermont. It offers guests the opportunity to spend a very relaxing time enjoying comfortable accommodation, superb food, glorious peace and quiet and perhaps best of all stunning scenery.
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31. Hotel Luxembourg Parc, Paris, France
What the Hotel Luxembourg Parc lacks in size, is more than made up for in the traditional furnishings, décor and character in the rooms and suites that give them an intimate feel. The location of this beautiful 17th century building means that it is well within walking distance of the Louvre, lovely shops, art galleries, cafes, superb restaurants and Notre Dame.
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32. Alma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
This one time bank has been transformed into a very modern and chic hotel with 72 spacious and comfortable rooms, accessed by using your fingerprint as a key, with top quality accessories and minimalist furnishings, complimented by an exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. Its location means that everything that you might need is a 10 minute walk away, so you are close to the action, but far enough away from it so that it doesn’t stop you from having a quiet, calm and relaxing stay in this luxury environment.
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33. Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
Situated in the diplomatic quarter of the city so it is very quiet, this stunning 19th century palace is set in truly beautiful grounds complete with waterfalls and pool side palm trees. The 109 rooms and suites, each one decorated to a very high standard in a mixture of Colonial Algarvian, Neo Classical, and Art Deco styles, simply confirm the fact that this is one very special place to stay.
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34. Hotel Fita, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Hotel Fita, although not the largest in the city with just 15 rooms, does offer the traveller a nice, comfortable, well located, well run, and above all reasonably priced place to stay. To the extremely friendly staff, the guests comfort and enjoyment is paramount, and as such they go out of their way to make sure that your stay is perfect.
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35. Schoolhouse Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
This quaint little hotel located in a leafy residential area, was for over 100 years was St Stephens school, which was thoughtfully renovated to its former glory keeping many of its original features. The 31 rooms in the hotel are superbly furnished, the staff is a delight and the location means that it is no more than a short walk to the centre of beautiful and historic Dublin, what better place to be kept in detention.
36. Hotel Topazz, Vienna, Austria
This 33 room boutique hotel, located in the heart of Vienna, is a touch of up to the minute design and modern chic in this very historic and beautiful city. The rooms are well designed with great use of space and a tasteful décor, and the hotel is a mere short walk from all of the attractions, restaurants and shopping that anyone could want.
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37. Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
This ex grain warehouse on the waterfront which was built in 1787 has been very carefully and thoughtfully converted into a beautiful 366 room hotel, with no two being the same. The rooms, many of which offer views of the harbour, have rustic wooden beams to complement their clean and comfortable design, and the sights and attractions of this historic city are reachable on foot.
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38. Aloft Brussels Schuman, Brussels, Belgium
This funky looking hotel in the Schuman district of the city carries on the same fresh look throughout, including the 141 spacious yet modern, chic and trendy guest rooms. It uses a myriad of colours, patterns, textiles and furnishings that create a décor that works really well and gives a cool, clean but comfortable feel to the entire hotel.
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39. Lauriston Court Hotel, Llandudno, Wales
This small, family run 4 star hotel in the Welsh seaside resort of Llandudno has just 11 rooms, but has recently been voted the number one in the world for service by Trip Advisor. Located on the seafront, just across the road from the pier, the rooms are exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated, the ambience is welcoming and homely, the food is not only plentiful, but beautifully presented, and of course, the service is second to none.
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40. Residenza Cellini, Rome, Italy
This hotel, although on a quiet street, is right at the heart of the eternal city which means that the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the like are all well within walking distance. The classic Italian style of the 19th century hotel is a clue that it offers guests a taste of old style charm with beautifully furnished and decorated rooms and service to match.
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41. St Ermin’s Hotel, London, England
The St Ermin’s Hotel, in London’s Westminster is architecturally beautiful and so it should come as no surprise to find that the rest of it follows very much along the same lines. From the stunning white winding staircase to the 331 spacious suites and rooms, all of which are tastefully decorated and furnished, everything is geared towards giving the guest a taste of luxury and relaxation.
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42. Das Stue Hotel, Berlin, Germany
The 1930’s building; a onetime Embassy has been transformed into a stunning new very modern, but at the same time very cosy and uncluttered, design boutique hotel complete with very helpful and professional staff. The 80 rooms and suites as with all areas of the hotel are sleek, comfortable and very functional and there is also the chance to sample superb cuisine from the hotels very own Michelin starred Catalan chef.
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43. Plaka Hotel, Athens, Greece
In the heart of the ancient city of Athens, is the recently renovated 67 room Plaka Hotel, the little place with so much to offer. As well as its excellent location, close to all of the touristy sights, it has clean and very comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff and to cap it all, a roof terrace where you can enjoy a relaxing drink and take in the stunning views of the old city and the Acropolis.
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44. Crystal Hotel, St Moritz, Switzerland
The 73 room 4 star Crystal Hotel is located in the centre of town in the shadows of the glorious peaks of the beautiful Engadine, and literally metres from the ski lift. Its small yet comfortable rooms are clean with comfy beds, the service is exceptional and there is the Ristorante Grissini which has been listed in the new Gault & Millau gourmet guide.
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45. Hotel General, Prague, Czech Republic
This 5 star hotel in a quiet but central location in the city, offers guests a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere along with superb service, with the emphasis on personal attention. The rooms are clean and comfortable; there is the fabulous Viva Victoria Gourmet restaurant, and all of the main tourist attractions are within easy reach.
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46. Gleneagles Hotel, Perth, Scotland
The French chateau style Gleneagles Hotel, established in 1924 has over 250 rooms and suites and has become the place to be for those who enjoy a round of golf but at the same time like their comfort , and relaxation to be on the sumptuous side. Set in 850 acres of stunning countryside, this 5 star haven offers four restaurants, including the 2 Michelin stars Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles, bars and a spa, all of which are serviced with seamless attention to detail by the highly trained staff.
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47. Hotel Valentina, St Julian’s, Malta
Family owned and run, the Hotel Valentina is a boutique hotel on a quiet street close to, but far enough away from to ensure that you get a good night sleep, the hustle and bustle of the vibrant nightlife. It offers 90 air conditioned rooms catering for everyone, and is an ideal base from which to explore as it is close to the beach, the shops, great restaurants clubs and bars and two top casinos.
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48. Elysium Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus
Being situated next to the ancient Tombs of the Kings is just one of the advantages that guests have when staying at this 5 star luxury hotel. There is the incredible staff, rooms and suites all decorated and furnished based on traditional Cypriot colours and fabrics, 6 restaurants within the hotel for you to choose from and a superb spa to unwind afterwards.
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49. Hotel Amira, Istanbul, Turkey
Located in the Sultanahmet district, at the heart of the historic once capital city, this small boutique hotel offers character, comfort and ambience with a local flavour. The rooms are large, spacious and comfortable, and immaculately clean, there is a very pleasant dining room, a small yet adequate gym, and spa as well as a rooftop terrace with super views of the sea.
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50. Park Hyatt Milan, Milan, Italy
This 5 star award winning palatial boutique hotel has as would be expected a certain style and chic that comes with being located in a major world fashion and design capital. Close to La Scala and the Milan Cathedral, the luxurious rooms and suites are spacious, and exquisitely furnished, there is a choice of 2 restaurants,( one of which is Michelin starred) a stylish bar as well as a spa and gym.
51. Hotel Kazbek, Dubrovnik, Crotia
This building, which dates from 1573, overlooks the harbour, and was once the summer residence of a Dubrovnik noble family, which has been fully renovated and transformed into the stylish 5 star boutique Hotel Kazbek. With 12 rooms and 1suite, each beautifully decorated and furnished to seamlessly blend the old and new, it has an intimate but functional feel, yet has a choice of 3 dining and cocktail venues, a heated outdoor pool with jacuzzi and a sauna.
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52. Hotel Preciados, Madrid, Spain
Superbly located in the city’s main shopping street and close to the best cultural and shopping places, the modern 4 star boutique Hotel Preciados, a restored 19th century building, offers guests stylish charm with elegance and comfort. The bedrooms have hardwood floors, are immaculately clean, and tastefully decorated, the service is superb and the restaurant offers a range of mouth-watering cuisine.
53. Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest, Hungary
This 19th century former palace in the historical Palace Quarter of the Pest side of Budapest is now the exquisitely furnished 4 star, Hotel Palazzo Zichy, with 80 exceptionally clean and spacious rooms. The inside of the stunning old building has been carefully transformed into a place where beautiful old architecture is sensitively mixed with modern stylish furnishings to create a welcoming homely ambience with a modern new feel with every amenity.
54. Hotel De Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The tiny coastal principality, a magnet for the rich and famous, is home to the Hotel de Paris, a place where devil may care opulence and fabulous old school service is the absolute norm. Everything about it, from the charming lobby and lounges, to the 182 spacious rooms and 3 restaurants screams style, and comfort which when complimented by faultless service and the proximity to the casino is very close to perfection.
55. Bushmills Inn Hotel, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Located on the Causeway Coast, the 400 year old one time coaching inn and mill house Bushmills Inn offers guests open peat fires , a Victorian bar complete with gaslights, and a welcome that only the Irish can offer. It has 41 rooms each of which has a homely but very comfortable feel, with superb cuisine at the award winning restaurant, a very welcoming bar and the many nooks and crannies which offer a peaceful and intimate setting in which to relax after a hard days exploring.
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56. Hotel Rival, Stockholm, Sweden
In the centre of the city, so it’s only a short stroll to the shops, pubs and bars, the small but individual Hotel Rival has been renovated and transformed into Stockholm’s first boutique hotel. The 99 rooms are each individually designed, spacious stylish and clean with a bright colourful décor, and there is also the original art deco cocktail bar, bistro and café.
57. Dar Charkia, Marrakech, Morocco
This beautiful Riad, (a traditional Moroccan house), with 6 individually and stylishly decorated, air conditioned suites, offers guests a taste of luxury, and comfort whilst keeping a very friendly and homely feel. The roof terrace is ideal for a meal on a sunny day and the courtyard which at night has an intimate ambience is a great place to enjoy the superb cuisine, and soak up the relaxing atmosphere.
58. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Built in the 1930’s, this luxury boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land, with stunning views of the Ngong hills, still retains a charm and feel traditionally associated with that era, but coupled with all of the necessary modern comforts. The10 luxury suites are sumptuous and elegant, but without a shadow of a doubt, the hotel’s Piece de resistance is the unique opportunity to actually feed a giraffe from your balcony.
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59. Mena House Hotel, Giza, Egypt
If the thought of Egypt conjures up images of the Great Pyramids of Giza, then the Mena House is the place to stay, as it is a mere 700 metres, a horse or camel ride away from them. The hotel which is surrounded by 40 acres of lush green gardens offering a tranquil place to relax and wind down has 420 rooms, each beautifully decorated and adorned with hand crafted furniture which has attracted such luminaries as Agatha Christie, Charlie Chaplin, and Winston Churchill.
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60. The Leela, Goa, India
This 206 room hotel, surrounded by extensive and well laid out gardens and blue lagoons is a haven for those who like seclusion, away from the night life and parties, but still yearn for a touch of luxury. The stylish rooms, choice of dining options, a well maintained golf course and a golden clean and flat beach that seems to go on for miles all make for a very relaxing, comfortable and rewarding experience.
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61. The LaLiT, New Delhi, India
The 17 rooms at the LaLiT Hotel are all furnished with individual Indian themes, and with the cosy lounges, they offer a warm welcome with exceptional service, to a little tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The quaint, candle lit roof terrace is a great place to enjoy the excellent food and there is also the chance to learn some of the chefs secrets with a highly regarded cookery lesson should you feel so inclined.
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63. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
Originally built in 1727, , the Taj Rambagh was, up until 1957 the home of the Jaipur Royal Family, and the extravagance and majestic opulence of the iconic residence is still every bit as evident to this day. Marbled corridors, super rooms, traditional fabrics, four poster beds, superb cuisine, very caring and exceptionally attentive staff, beautiful gardens, fountains, in short, a chance to glimpse into a bygone era amongst the hive of activity that is Jaipur.
64. Grand Hyatt Bali, Bali, Indonesia
The paradise island of Bali in the South Pacific is home to the Grand Hyatt, which offers a chance to relax and unwind in comfort with the bonus of the hotels own secluded beach. It has 5 restaurants and 3 bars, a full service spa to pamper yourself, an abundance of water sport activities and its location is close to Bali Golf and Country Club as well as Galleria Nusa Dua, the new shopping and entertainment complex.
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65. Souimanga Lodge, Fimela, Senegal
This 4 star establishment is certainly a little different from your run of the mill hotel as it consists of just 7 bungalows, very well made, very spacious and very comfortable bungalows, and all built on stilts in the midst of beautiful tropical gardens. This magical place is a magnet for those wishing to soak up the stunning scenery, whilst enjoying superb cuisine, quality of service, and a charming calm and relaxing atmosphere.
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66. Mashariki Palace Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar
The exquisitely restored Mashariki Palace Hotel offers guests a real taste of the exotic and the mystical in an atmosphere which is an eclectic mix of many and varied influences. It is in a great location, with good access to Stone Town’s main attractions, is architecturally beautiful, with just 18 rooms, all of which are slightly different, and a rooftop terrace to take tea, relax and watch the sun go down over the sea.
67. Ananda In The Himalayas, Uttaranchal, India
In the foothills of the magnificent Himalayas lies the Ananda, a welcome spiritual oasis that in today’s ultra-hectic lifestyle is dedicated to restoring the feeling of wellbeing and balance in the most natural of ways. It has over 70 rooms and suites all of which offer stunning views, hospitality that is personal but not intrusive, excellent food and any amount of holistic therapies like yoga , meditation and Ayurveda, which is widely regarded as the oldest form of healthcare in the world.
68. The Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa
In a very safe and quiet residential area, the high walls, immaculately kept grounds, terrific pool and spa, all combine beautifully, to give a welcoming feeling of relaxation, peace and calm. This 5 star hotel has just 11 designer suites, but each one has been created to offer the very best in comfort, luxury and elegance, and the top floor sky bar offers superb viewpoint to take in the wonderful African sunsets while sipping a relaxing cocktail.
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69. The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
This 329 room hotel harks back to the heyday of Victorian grandeur, opulence and style but with the added benefit of all modern amenities associated with a top class establishment. Its location, in the middle of the waterfront area means that not only are you close to all of the shops and some of Cape Town’s best beaches, but the luxurious rooms have views of either the Atlantic Ocean or the amazing Table Mountain.
70. Kowloon Shangri-La, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The 688 room Kowloon Shangri-La, located in the Tsim Sha Tsui District, under 10 miles from Hong Kong Disneyland, overlooks Victoria Harbour, and offers guests old style elegance combined with up to the minute amenities. From the beautiful entry hall and décor to the 8 dining choices, good size rooms with great views, and indoor pool, this hotel has the mixture of old and new perfectly balanced.
71. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
For well over a century, this legendary edifice has offered visitors including royalty, heads of state and celebrities a taste of inimitable style, uniquely Japanese hospitality and old fashioned but impeccable service. It has 931 huge rooms, is superbly located to explore Tokyo on foot, and is a short walk away from the fashionable Ginza shopping district or the Imperial Palace / East Gardens and many superb restaurants.
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72. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the 16 storey Mandarin Oriental, which opened its doors in 1876, prides itself on the level of understated but genuinely excellent service that it offers to its guests. The stunning foyer with its display of orchids is only a taste of what is to come as the rooms are adorned tastefully with beautiful Thai silk upholstery and exotic wood, there is a choice of 9 restaurants and bars, as well as 2 pools set in superb tropical gardens.
73. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Located in the heart of Sydney, a short walk to the harbour and opera house, this boutique style 5 star hotel is situated in an historic heritage listed building that has over the years been home to both a major bank and a newspaper empire. Now it offers guests a choice of 336 stylish rooms and 26 very chic and fashionable suites all of which are spacious well-appointed and functional, a superb restaurant where guest can enjoy Sydney High Tea as well as superb cuisine and a modern health club with a pool, spa facilities and a Jacuzzi.
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74. Darwin Central Hotel, Darwin, Australia
Located in the heart of Darwin City, this executive boutique hotel with 132 rooms is decorated and furnished in a very cool, modern, brightly coloured and contemporary style. It has a choice of dining options but is also well within walking distance of bars, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants and nightlife.
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75. The Sebel Playford Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
This 5 star award winning hotel is located in the heart of the city’s vivacious North Terrace so it is close to everything that visitors should need, but at the same time is relatively quiet. There is 182 rooms which offer huge comfortable beds with all modern amenities, an award winning restaurant with superb cuisine, a welcoming lounge bar with Art Nouveau décor, a heated pool and sauna and positive, welcoming and caring staff.
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76. The Richardson, Perth, Western Australia
This 5 star boutique hotel which is located just minutes from the city’s Kings Park & Botanical Gardens offers luxury accommodation with the very best facilities and state of the art technology. The 74 rooms and suites, spa, Opus Restaurant, Conservative Café and cocktail bar in the architecturally stunning edifice are all seamlessly managed by excellent staff to ensure that guests have a most enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
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77. Breakfast On The Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Beautiful Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is the location of this luxury waterfront boutique lodge that has just 4 guest rooms, all of which are light and airy with a bright modern décor. In addition to this they are only 30 metres from the beach in this quiet secluded bay, with an outstanding level of service, excellent food , it all comes together to make a fabulous place to relax and unwind.
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78. The George, Christchurch, New Zealand
In the heart of Christchurch, overlooking Hagley Park, is The George, a luxury boutique hotel that offers sumptuous luxury and with a one to one staff to guest ratio, exemplary service as standard. It has 53 rooms, which are all spacious, well-appointed and stylish, a choice of fine dining options serving superb cuisine and a real feeling of comfort with a truly intimate ambience.
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79. Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This luxury establishment that stands on an artificial island, and is shaped to mimic the billowing sail of a ship, has been described as, the world’s first 7 star hotel. With 202 extremely spacious suites, six award winning restaurants, including one that is 200 metres above sea level, awesome amenities and as you would expect impeccable service; this really is one place that epitomises true luxury and opulence.
80. Mercure Arbat, Moscow, Russia
This boutique style, 109 room, 4 star hotel is located in the Arbat district in the historical centre of Moscow close to a major shopping street, and a short metro ride away from Red Square and The Kremlin. Being a new establishment, the relatively large rooms are stylishly decorated, fitted to a high standard and have all of the usual amenities, there is a restaurant and bar, as well as a gym and small sauna.
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81. Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania
This one time early 20th century colonial farmhouse is now the Ngare Sero mountain lodge, a place where guests can while away the hours, doing nothing more strenuous than sipping a relaxing drink whilst watching the local wildlife. It has just 13 beautiful rooms and suites, but with views of Kilimanjaro, acre after acre of forest, wide lush lawns, a stunning lake, and friendly staff who pride themselves on attention to detail, it really does create a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for every guest.
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82. Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Originally opened in 1947, this recently refurbished hotel is an old colonial style building that retains all of the charm, elegance and sophistication of times gone by but with all of the modern amenities. Being located in beautiful tropical gardens on the edge of the Indian Ocean the 86 rooms and suites have stunning views, there is a choice of dining options and a level of service that has been honed to perfection only after many years of practice.
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83. Raffles Hotel, Singapore
The historic Raffles Hotel with its tropical gardens, liveried doormen, abundance of polished wood and marble has been the location of choice for those in the know since its opening in 1887. It offers over 100 guest rooms, 15 restaurants and bars, and with its period furnishings, obligatory billiard room and unabashed opulence and luxury it proceeds to turn back the years and offer guests the sort of service and atmosphere that its colonial splendour has always demanded.
84. Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In the midst of a city that continually strives to amalgamate the ancient with the modern, is the Shangri La Hotel, one of Malaysia’s most elegant, and a beacon for the more discerning who prefer their luxury to be nothing less than 5 stars. With 662 rooms, superb fitness centre, excellent service and staff and a number of dining choices, this most modern establishment is close to both the old world heritage and new world classics like the Petronas Towers and of course the mall.
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85. The Bayleaf, Manila, Philippines
With its striking façade, The Bayleaf Intramuros a 5 star boutique hotel launched in late 2011 is the perfect base and resting place for those wishing to explore Manilas oldest city. With spacious clean and modern rooms which are well furnished, a choice of dining options and a sky deck with a panoramic 360 degree view over the city in which to relax and watch the sun go down.
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86. Hanoi Elegance Ruby, Hanoi, Vietnam
This boutique hotel is located in the heart old quarter of the city, but at the same time is secluded enough so as not to be bothered by the hustle and bustle. It has just 18 well-appointed and tastefully decorated rooms, and is close to a variety of dining and entertainment choices, but prides itself on the level of customer service that is offered by its friendly, courteous and caring staff.
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87. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan
In the heart of the city, the Mandarin Oriental with 178 superb rooms and suites is ideally situated for travellers whether their journey is business or for pleasure offering both consummate luxury with contemporary style. It offers stunning panoramic views of the city, a choice of dining options, one of which is Michelin starred, as well as a fitness centre and a whole host of relaxing spa treatments to ease away any strains and stresses that might otherwise spoil the whole experience.
88. King David, Jerusalem, Israel
This six storey, 237 room edifice, that overlooks the old city has over the years earned the reputation as being the place to be not only those with the more discerning palette, but also world leaders and celebrities. It is superbly decorated with exquisite rooms and suites, spa, fitness centre and sauna, a choice of dining options, and it is within easy walking distance of both the old and new parts of this historic city.
89. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
With 493 rooms and suites, this 5 star luxury establishment set in 52 acres of beautifully manicured and perfectly landscaped gardens exudes opulence and magnificence with an abundance of style and grandeur. With spacious and very luxurious rooms with every amenity, a choice of 6 restaurants, a stunning indoor pool with its own dome, a sauna and fitness centre, spectacular attention to detail, and staff who are very attentive and customer friendly, it really is an experience to behold.
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90. Four Seasons Amman, Amman, Jordan
Everything about this 15 storey luxury hotel in the heart of the White City, from the elegant exterior and beautifully designed lobby through to the 192 superb spacious rooms screams opulence, comfort and relaxation. Guests are spoiled by a choice of dining options each serving beautifully prepared cuisine, bars to enjoy a quiet drink, a selection of spa treatments and a well-equipped fitness centre, complete with certified trainers, to ensure customer satisfaction.
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91. The Glu Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The boutique style Glu Hotel is located in Palermo Soho, the trendiest part of the city, and offers guests a luxurious yet intimate and tranquil haven in which to relax and enjoy the city. The 11 rooms all have a very contemporary design, are clean, spacious and the hotels location means that it is in the midst of many superb restaurants, shops, studios, bars and pubs.
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92. Lokanga Boutique Hotel, Madagascar, Africa
This red brick traditional 1930’s Malagasy house in Antananarivo, the Madagascan capital, has recently undergone a complete, but very sensitive and well thought out restoration. The outcome is a hotel with just 6 individually styled and decorated amazing rooms full of character and history with spectacular views over the city, a restaurant and a level of service that harks back to colonial times.
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93. Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dwarika’s Hotel gives visitors the opportunity to savour an intimate yet refined experience of true Nepalese heritage and lifestyle, in surroundings that are an amalgam of culture and traditional architecture. The 87 rooms and suites all of which are methodically designed and decorated are a welcome oasis of peace, relaxation and serenity amidst the chaos of the bustling city whilst the choice of 3 restaurants and a bar offer the chance to sample the superb Nepalese cuisine.
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94. Riad Noir D’Ivoire, Marrakech, Morocco
Hidden away on a quiet street inside the Medina, the 9 room Riad Noir d’Ivorie is a boutique hotel that offers a little haven of peace and calm in which to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each of the rooms is individually decorated and beautifully adorned with local handicrafts, the restaurant serves excellent cuisine, and there is also a gym, a spa, a pool and a level of personalised service that is motivated by customer satisfaction.
95. Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman
The magnificently imposing architectural style of this 5 star hotel is evidence that what awaits on the inside will exude class, charm, and sophistication as well as comfort and style combined with superb traditional Omani hospitality with. There are 280 rooms and suites, all well-appointed and very stylish, a choice of dining options and bars, including a rooftop terrace, as well as a plethora of fitness and relaxation activities to satisfy every taste.
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96. The Gritti Palace Hotel, Venice, Italy
Fresh from a 15 month restoration, the Gritti Palace in a small square on an eye catching stretch of the Grand canal, looking across to the church of Santa Maria della Salute retains its status as one of the most beautiful and best located in this incredible city. Each of the 61 rooms and 21 suites is to say the least sumptuous and filled with precious paintings and artefacts, the staff is pleasant and helpful as well as discreet, and dining in the beautiful ground floor Club de Doge restaurant looking out over the Grand Canal is simply the icing on the cake.
97. Little Arches, Barbados, Caribbean
With just 10 individually fashioned and beautifully decorated rooms, this charming adult only boutique hotel, hidden away from the hurly burly, offers guests an intimate and luxurious place to relax in this fabulous place. Its Italian ceramic flooring, hand crafted pottery and bespoke furnishings, combine with the award winning Café Luna rooftop signature restaurant to give that laid back relaxed feelthat leave you craving for more.
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98. La Résidence d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
A resurgence in popularity means that Siem Reap is once again an increasingly popular destination, and La Residence an intimate luxury hotel accessed across a bridge over a lotus pond is a welcome oasis in calm and tranquillity. Inside it offers 62 beautifully designed rooms with bamboo furnishings, restaurants and bar, a spa and meditation sessions with a Cambodian monk, and its location means that it is ideal for sightseeing around the temples or the local shops.
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99. Taj Exotica, Maldives
Something a little different awaits visitors to the award winning Taj Exotica Resort as the 64 villas are either built completely over water or on the beach, so all have stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. On its own private and beautiful little island, with superb cuisines and a spa close at hand should you feel the need, the urge to spend time doing nothing more than relaxing in a hammock watching the world go by seems too inviting.
100. Le Gray Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
With 87 spacious rooms and suites, this superb 5 star hotel in the historic downtown district is very modern day, stylish and elegant but at the same time and classic in feel. With a neon lit rooftop bar offering stunning views and superb cuisine, a cigar lounge and terrace, a street level café and a wellness centre for massages and beauty treatments, this hotel offers guests the opportunity to relax in comfort and style in this marvellous city.
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101. Raffles Praslin, Seychelles
Their location in the beautiful, warm Indian Ocean and stunning white sandy beaches means that the Seychelles are a magnet for discerning travellers who are more than keen to enjoy the relaxed and secluded atmosphere and intimate feel that these enchanting islands offer. Raffles Praslin with 86 stunning contemporary villas is an ideal place to relax and indulge oneself in unabated luxury, with infinity pools, the exclusive Raffles Spa offering soothing therapies, a choice of dining options and an outstanding level of customer service, all driven with unrelenting passion to ensure that guests get the very best from their stay.
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