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9 Iconic Hotels

Some hotels are simply a place to rest your head at the end of the day. Others are new and exciting, featuring the most up-to-date technology and trends. And then there are the ones that have withstood the test of time.

These iconic hotels play a role in the destination’s history and continue to be a backdrop for the future. They draw people through their doors and into their lobbies, whether the traveler has the pleasure of staying there or is just stopping by to briefly experience it. We have rounded up nine hotels that are just as legendary as their locations.

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THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

Built in 1912, The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most glamorous hotels in the world. “The Pink Palace” has a star-studded guest list – including Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and John Lennon – of celebs that are as well-known as the legendary banana leaf-print wallpaper.

Insider Tip

Don’t miss the Polo Lounge. This iconic spot was a favorite among Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and is still a favorite watering hole for entertainment execs, movie stars, and more.

Did You Know?

You can stay in Bungalow 5, where Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned 6 (out of 8!) times!

Destination Tip

Take a break from the city landscape and visit Pershing Square.

Hotel Bel-Air Sign

HOTEL BEL-AIR

If The Beverly Hills Hotel is the place to see and be seen, Hotel Bel-Air is the spot to escape from the LA scene. Surrounded by 12 acres of pristine gardens, this hotel is an oasis in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the world.

Insider Tip

Consider this Hollywood hideaway for a romantic getaway. For a true indulgence, request a room with a private patio where you can relax in the lush surroundings.

Did You Know?

When you stay at Hotel Bel-Air, you have some pretty impressive neighbors, including Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Destination Tip

If you’re interested in architecture, don’t miss the Stahl House. This historic landmark is one of the most famous mid-century modern homes in the world and has been use in many movies, tv shows, and advertising campaigns.

HOTEL EDEN

Perched near the top of the Spanish Steps, Hotel Eden is in a quiet location that is within walking distance of many of Rome’s top spots – the best of both worlds!

Insider Tip

Enjoy breakfast (it’s complimentary as our client!) or a cocktail at Il Giardino, and savor the incredible views of Rome from this rooftop spot.

Did You Know?

Hotel Eden has a partnership with Roma Polo Club, so guests can access their outdoor swimming pool located only minutes from the hotel.

Destination Tip

Visit Santa Maria Ai Monti, a 16th century church that features stunning baroque architecture.

HOTEL PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA

Hotel Principe di Savoia combines Milan’s sophisticated glamour with the white-glove service of a luxury hotel. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel provides the perfect, stylish respite after a day exploring Italy’s fashion capital.

Insider Tip

If you are a fan of an Aperol Spritz, try the Meneghino at the Principe Bar.

Did You Know?

Hotel Principe di Savoia offers complimentary limo service from the hotel to the historic city center.

Destination Tip

After exploring the Modern Art Gallery in Milan, stop by LuBar for a drink or bite.

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LE MEURICE

Le Meurice opened in 1835 and is one of 24 palace hotels (aka the creme de la creme of hotels in France). The gorgeous hotel may be fit for Queen Victoria, Salvador Dali, FDR, and Bette Midler, but we think it is perfect for families with its spacious rooms and prime location across from the Tuileries Gardens.

Insider Tip

Make time to savor the complimentary breakfast – the French Toast is what dreams are made of.

Did You Know?

The Pastry Chef at Le Meurice was named the Top Pastry Chef in the world. Be sure to book a teatime at Le Dali so you can experience his delicacies.

Destination Tip

For lunch or dinner, visit Au Vieus Paris d’Arcole, a charming spot minutes away from Notre Dame de Paris. The façade is picture-perfect – don’t forget your camera!

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HOTEL PLAZA ATHENEE

Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, Hotel Plaza Athenee is just as glamorous as its neighbors – Valentino, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. As soon as you step into the lobby, you can’t help but feel as chic and stylish as the local Parisians enjoying a bite to eat or a cocktail at the hotel.

Insider Tip

In the winter, the hotel has an ice skating rink in the courtyard – perfect for younger travelers.

Did You Know?

Hotel Plaza Athenee is home to Dior Institut au Plaza Athenee, the only spa of its kind in Europe. It is truly haute couture for your mind, body, and soul.

Destination Tip

Looking for a colorful spot? Head to Rue Cremieux where you’ll discover Instagram-worthy pastel houses.

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THE DORCHESTER

Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, The Dorchester is one of the most iconic hotels in London – and the world. Its grand 1930s feel and legendary teatime has drawn travelers from around the world.

Insider Tip

As our client, your room at The Dorchester is guaranteed to be ready upon arrival. That means when you land in London in the morning, you can settle in your room, shower, and feel refreshed before exploring the city in the afternoon.

Did You Know?

The Dorchester’s rich history dates back to 1792 when the Earl of Dorchester bought a house where the hotel currently stands and named it Dorchester House. The house since has been replaced, served as the American Embassy and a World War I hospital, and was demolished again before the hotel finally opened in 1931.

Destination Tip

For an amazing view of the city, visit the Sky Garden. Go around sunset, and enjoy a cocktail while taking in this scene.

45 PARK LANE

Located across from The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane is a boutique spot with only 45 rooms. It offers a more contemporary feel and is a stone’s throw from some of London’s most iconic sites.

Insider Tip

45 Park Lane’s art installations change quarterly, so be on the lookout for the latest display.

Did You Know?

All accommodations come with a fabulous view of Hyde Park.

Destination Tip

Don’t miss the Somerset House, a neoclassical landmark that is a major arts and cultural center in London.

COWORTH PARK

Coworth Park, located on a 250-acre estate in Windsor Great Park, is a grand country house without the stuffiness. Whether you need a rural escape or a romantic getaway, Coworth Park is the place to go.

Insider Tip

The hotel is located only 15 minutes from Heathrow airport (and 45 minutes from central London), making it the perfect spot for a pre- or post-cruise stay or to get over jetlag before exploring London.

Did You Know?

Prince Harry and Prince William not only have played polo here, but they also stayed a Coworth Park the night before Harry and Megan’s wedding.

Destination Tip

Though there is much to do at Coworth Park, the surrounding area offers many experiences, like Windsor Castle, the Ascot Racecourse, and St. George’s Chapel (where Harry and Megan’s nuptials took place).

 

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