Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Pacific RimWith all of the innovative and luxurious hotel properties out there it’s hard to choose the best, but we have rounded up a few of our latest favorites. These picks feature some of the coolest amenities, breathtaking locations, as well as stunning architecture and design elements. Take a look below to see a few of the world’s most amazing hotels and top getaways.
One of Mexico’s most beautifully designed hotels, located in the hip Polanco district of Mexico City. Las Alcobas prides itself in being “a home away from home,” which is reflected in its namesake which means alcove. Not only are Las Alcobas’ clean aesthetics among the most refreshing to be found in Mexico, but the hotel offers personalized services, state-of-the-art technology in every room, an award-winning chef who supervises the hotel’s two restaurants, as well as a spa and steam room.
The Fierro Hotel for the Gourmand is situated minutes from Palmero Hollywood in Buenos Aires, which is known for its variety of boutiques, high-end design stores, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars. This unique boutique hotel combines comfort, modernity, and elegance and is the very definition of understated luxury. Guests can enjoy creative food pairings and local culinary delights at Hernan Gipponi Restaurant, where the nine-course tasting menu represents Chef Gipponi’s award-winning talents. With excellent food, gorgeous design, and an undeniably perfect locale, it’s not hard to believe that The Fierro Hotel was awarded by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine in 2011.
This Park Avenue NYC hotel features stunning panoramic views of the city, 249 luxury rooms and suites, a three-story atrium lobby, and aubergine chandeliers. Guests delight in the rooftop pool that allows for lofty relaxation and unrivaled scenery. When night falls Gansevoort Park Rooftop and Lounge becomes an evening playground where guests can enjoy a drink by one of the indoor/outdoor fireplaces or pleasant conversation on one of the wrap-around terraces while enjoying unobstructed views of the Empire State Building. All of the rooms are outfitted with the most contemporary aesthetics and technology, including LCD televisions and customizable iPod Touch playlists.
A truly sophisticated hotel which offers only the very best of Turkish hospitality, the Istanbul Edition is a fifteen story tower with several venues for luxury dining and socializing including Ciprani restaurant and a nightclub, as well as a three-story spa by ESPA and private screening room. The Istanbul Edition has 78, spacious guest rooms with beautifully crafted design elements and wall-to-wall windows that overlook the city. The Penthouse Suite has 2,800 square feet of space with oversized closets and marbled bathrooms. Guests will enjoy its urban location where the uniquely vibrant Turkish culture blends European and Asian influences.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim is situated in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities—Vancouver. Its cosmopolitan locale does not sacrifice elegance or design. This Vancouver hotel has 377 rooms and blends contemporary stylistic elements and state-of-the-art technology with naturally inspired materials. The Fairmont Pacific Rim also offers the exclusive Fairmont Gold, which provides luxury lifestyle products and luxury services within the Fairmont Vancouver. One of the city's best luxury spas, The Willow Stream spa is located on the hotel’s fifth floor and allows guests lofty water views while soaking in a deep, Japanese Zen tub and also includes nine treatment rooms and an outdoor terrace.
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the James Chicago is a stylish and vibrant alternative to the typical business or travel hotel. A celebrated boutique hotel, The James Chicago is situated just blocks away from some of the city’s best luxury restaurants, best shopping and nightlife. The studios and Loft Suites at the James Chicago feature contemporary décor with clean lines, a full wet bar, and a private media room. Guests will also enjoy Chef David Burke’s innovative American cuisine, offering unique dishes such as Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake and Kobe Beef Sashimi.
The Naka Island Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, located in Phuket Thailand is a jewel among ocean view resorts. It is perfectly situated between gorgeous beaches, fruit groves, and the Andaman Sea. Naka Island has 67 beautiful, Thai-style villas outfitted in striking island tradition with private pool access and first-rate views of the Phang Nga Bay. Guests can luxuriate in the resort’s many luxury spa treatment options at one of the best beach resorts in the world. Guests can enjoy a meal at the Chinese Tea Room, a seaside restaurant offering elegant service and an unforgettable dining experience.
Given a nod by both Conde Nast Traveler’s Magazine and Travel & Leisure, the W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island is a luxurious resort and spa in Puerto Rico that is in a class all its own. Guests can enjoy some of the best luxury villas in the country, a cool dip in the infinity pool, and signature spa services at the Away Spa. The W Retreat on Vieques Island offers several luxury hotel suite options, all featuring modern designs, gorgeous views, private patios, and luxury concierge services among many other comforts. The W Retreat and Spa offers a variety of beach-side dining options, which feature Caribbean and Mediterranean fare, refreshing cocktails, and a relaxing ambiance at this luxury romantic hotel.
One of London’s hippest boutique hotels, the Sanderson combines a touch of fantasy with contemporary décor. Sanderson's luxury suites are complete with many luxury art pieces. Said to epitomize “new luxury,” the hotel serves as a modernistic retreat in London’s West End. The Courtyard Garden is reminiscent of something from Alice and Wonderland, while the indoor/outdoor lobby features a blend of contrasting primary colors, African furniture, and Salvador Dali’s red lips sofa. Sanderson’s Penthouse, among many of its other rooms, features a private elevator entrance, a gorgeous selection of art, custom furnishing, and state-of-the-art amenities.
Built in 1926, this Manhattan Upper East Side hotel has attracted a wide variety of celebrities, including John F Kennedy, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert. The 17th floor rooftop garden overlooks The Surrey’s Upper East Side neighborhood as well as Central Park. In the evenings, the garden café offers seasonal fare, signature cocktails, and fresh fruit. The Surrey is also pet-friendly, allowing guests to spoil their furry family members with a Pratesi robe and pet beds outfitted with Duxiana mattresses. Its convenient location puts guests close to the best New York shopping, best nightlife, and some of the best places to eat in the city.