Lucky 13: Luxury Hotels We Love - Brownell Travel

Lucky 13: Luxury Hotels We Love

If you are looking for a fabulous luxury hotel, it is your lucky day! We’ve rounded up thirteen amazing properties from around the world that our advisors put on the top of their lists. From a family friendly Hawaii hotspot to the most photographed hotel in the world, these are our lucky thirteen luxury hotels.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Why We Love It: Opened in 1929, this charming property blends local style with French colonial architecture and is a quick 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the center of town. Enjoy a Femme Fatale in the Elephant Bar, the drink created to celebrate Jackie Kennedy’s visit to Cambodia.

Advisor Tip: Be sure to stay in one of the Landmark rooms – the ceilings are high (14-feet) and they are in the history building.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Location: Banff, Canada

Why We Love It: “I just loved waking up at Chateau Lake Louise and looking out my window where my entire view was the lake and mountains. It’s the ideal location for activities at Lake Louise- winter or summer.” – Brownell Advisor Deborah Barth

Advisor Tip: Make reservations in advance at the hotel’s restaurant Walliser Stube – the authentic Swiss fondue dinner is not to be missed!

Fairmont San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California

Why We Love It: “Shout out to the Fairmont Nob Hill in SFO – an old standard that many overlook. That ol’ girl got a renovation about two years ago and the rooms in the main building are nice and big! I had a corner room with stunning views of the city. And, you can’t beat the Tonga room with its Asian/tropical theme…it’s “campy” but cool just the same.” – Sarah Richardson, Assistant to Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Location: Quebec City, Canada

Why We Love It: Perched on a hill overlooking the river, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac stands as an icon in Quebec’s skyline. The enchanting hotel is located within the walls of Old Quebec and hosted Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt when they discussed a strategy for World War II.

Advisor Tip: “Feel like a princess when you stay in a turret suite.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Marion McDonald

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Why We Love It: “It’s like stepping back in time to old Vietnam- it has beautiful rooms, great service, a fantastic bar, and perfect location. I will never forget the 90 minute massage I had there, after 36 hours of travel from the States. I called down on a whim and they happily said they’d take me…I just needed to name the time! So of course I showed up 5 minutes later, to have the most rejuvenating massage I’ve ever had.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Louisa Gehring


Fairmont Southampton

Location: Bermuda

Why We Love It: With a kid’s club, two pools, golf course, tennis facility, fabulous spa, and complimentary ferry into town, the Fairmont Southampton is a great resort for families – plus Bermuda is a quick flight from the East Coast.


The Plaza

Location: New York, New York

Why We Love It: The Plaza is about as iconic as you can get in a New York Hotel. And the location is fabulous – you can walk out the door and you’re right by Central Park and Fifth Avenue.

Fairmont Empress

Location: Victoria, Canada

Why We Love It: “One of my top hotel rooms EVER was the Vice Admiral Suite at the Empress in Victoria. It is one of the most visually stunning hotels in which I have ever stayed.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Marion McDonald

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Why We Love It: Situated in the middle of the city, this hotel dates back to 1411. As with many historical hotels, every room is different, but they all offer views of the canal. Be sure to enjoy a meal in the hotel’s garden if the weather is nice.

Fairmont Kea Lai

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Why We Love It: “All the rooms are 800 square feet 1-bedroom suites. It has a great beach with good snorkeling, fantastic spa, and oceanfront 2- and 3-bedroom villas plus a two level family pool with waterslide and an adult only pool.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Suzette Mack

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Why We Love It: Just a street over from Michigan Avenue, the Sofitel has easy access to all the shopping you could dream of but allows you to get away from the crowds. It is also two blocks from the Hancock Building, and you can easily get downtown or to the lake from the hotel.


The Savoy

Location: London, England

Why We Love It: In addition to being a classic London hotel, The Savoy is in a great location for theater lovers. And be sure to come thirsty – The American Bar is regularly listed as one of the top bars in the world!

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Why We Love It: “I can’t get enough of the old-world charm of the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. And the pool is a picture-perfect respite from the heat of the jungle.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Rachel Dicker