World's Hottest Hotels: Classic City Hotels

Journey around the globe to the most famous luxury hotels in some of the world’s most beloved cities. Visit Bangkok, Jaipur, London, Berlin and New York to tour the world’s most lavish hotels that have stood the test of time.

1. The Mandarin Oriental

The oldest hotel in Southeast Asia, the Mandarin Oriental is located on both sides of the Chao Phraya River and offers incredible views of Thailand’s capital.

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Rooms: The historic hotel has 358 rooms, most with river views, and 35 suites.

Restaurants: The Mandarin has an extensive array of dining options: Visit Le Normandie for renowned haute cuisine, Lord Jim’s for seafood with a riverside view, Sala Rim Naam for al fresco dining and traditional Thai dancing, The China House for contemporary Chinese cuisine, The Riverside Terrace for barbeque specialties, The Verandah for an international menu, Ciao for Italian, The Authors’ Lounge for afternoon tea and the Bamboo Bar for jazz and cocktails.

Pool: Go for a swim in one of the 2 outdoor pools.

Other Features: A world-renowned spa, a health center, tennis and squash courts, and a Thai cooking school.

2. The Rambagh Palace

The Rambagh Palace was built for the Maharaja but has since been converted into a hotel, where every guest is treated like royalty: Every guest arrives by an elaborately-decorated carriage in a parade with elephants and camels.

Opened In: Rambagh remained the home of Jaipur’s royalty until 1957, when it was first converted into an upscale hotel. In 1972 Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over, and carries on the royal tradition of the palace.

Rooms: There are 79 rooms and suites, which were once the chambers of the former Maharaja.

Restaurants: Visit Suvarna Mahal for an exotic array of dishes, the Rajput Room for informal all-day dining, the Verandah for pre-dinner cocktails or light meals, the Polo Bar for the finest whiskies and Cuban cigars and Steam for cocktails and shawarmas in a restored steam engine.

Pool: The palace has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, 2 traditional Finnish saunas and the Royal Steam and Inhalation Bath.

Other Features: The Jiva Grande Spa, the Yoga Pavilion and a fitness center.

3. The Adlon Hotel

In the center of it all is The Adlon Hotel. Built in 1907, the hotel stands in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Opened In: 1907 but reopened in 1997 as the modern-day hotel.

The hotel has 382 rooms and suites.

Restaurants: Visit Restaurant Quarré for French cuisine, Lorenz Adlon (winner of 2 Michelin stars), uma for Japanese cuisine and Gabriele Restaurant for Italian specialties.

Pool: Go for a swim in the indoor heated pool.

Other Features: The SPA by ADLON Resense, a beauty and hair salon.

4. The Savoy

London’s Savoy is the world’s first luxury hotel. It’s a mix between traditional and art deco and its suites are some of the most beautiful on the continent.

Opened In: 1889 Rooms: There are 268 rooms that honor the hotel’s 2 main aesthetics, English Edwardian and Art Deco.

Restaurants: Visit The Thames Foyer for informal dining, Savoy Tea for the hotel’s own teas and tea accessories, the River Restaurant for a modern French menu, The Savoy Grill for classic grill dishes, the American Bar for classic American cocktails and Beaufort Bar for an extensive selection of champagne.

Pool: Go for a swim in the sunny pool, located directly beneath the central atrium.

Other Features: A beauty and fitness center.

5. The Pierre

Get a taste of what the Big Apple was like in the 1930s at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel.

Opened In: 1930

Rooms: The Pierre has 140 stunning guest rooms and 49 suites.

Visit Sirio Ristorante New York or the Two E Bar/Lounge.

Other Features:
Visit Jiva Spa for Indian therapies, Indian aromatherapy and other beauty services.

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