Paying top dollar for a stay at a luxury hotel should afford a guest the finest accommodations, but not every luxury hotel is created equal. If you splurge on a stay at one of the five hotels listed below, you'll be sure to have an experience that will make you dread leaving on check-out day.
Hotel de Crillon - Paris, France
The Bernstein Suite at the Hotel de Crillon is ideal for those booking a stay with pampering and amenities in mind. At approximately 2,600 square feet, the room offers a location central to arts, entertainment and nightlife in Paris while two separate terraces allow guests to relax with a view of the city and a focus on the famous Eiffel Tower.
Fine dining, shopping and spa facilities are all located on the premises so that weary travelers need not worry about leaving the hotel.
The Plaza Hotel - New York City, United States
The Royal Plaza Suite is the utmost in refinement and affords guests the benefits of a personal butler service while staying in the suite. Three bedrooms, a dining room that seats 12, a gym within the suite and a kitchen that comes with the option to retain the services of a personal chef are all enhanced with guest services panels throughout the suite that connect the guest directly to the front desk.
Claridge's - London, England
The London hotel lets guests experience traditional English customs such as a Great British Afternoon Tea while adding a touch of elegance to the experience. Suites and penthouses are available for those without a budget to restrict their accommodation choices.
One unique aspect of Claridge's is that it is a luxury hotel that also makes an effort to provide amenities and accommodations for families. A gift pack is given to children staying at the hotel, and babysitting services are available. There are also games and movies available for children, a section of the room service menu catered towards younger guests and a magazine for children included with the morning newspaper.
Bauer Il Palazzo - Venice, Italy
Anyone wishing to experience history in Venice can be sure to get their fill while staying in the Grand Palatial Suite. The private terrace included in the suite is situated to offer superb views of landmarks including St. Mark's Basin and the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.
The gourmet restaurant located on site is strategically located along the canals of Venice to couple fine dining with a romantic view of the city.
Regent Beverly Wilshire - Los Angeles, United States
The Regent Beverly Wilshire wraps up the decadence associated with Beverly Hills and presents it as a luxury hotel with all of the amenities a Los Angeles-area hotel should have. A rooftop pool and on site spa services allow guests to get pampered without stepping out the front door.
The Penthouse Suite located on the 14th floor offers sweeping views of the city and over twice as much room as the average American family home at 5,000 square foot.
Although these five hotels would likely break the bank for most travelers, those that can afford a stay in one of these luxury resorts won't regret the expenditure.
Written by Matt who hasn't, yet, had the privilege of staying at these luxury hotels. One thing he recommends that won't break the bank and you should get before going traveling is holiday insurance.