There really are some wonderful hotels all over the world. Whilst it will be impossible to see them all we have put together this list of 10 Awesome Hotels That Must Feature On Your Bucketlist. This list takes into account a number of factors including status, location, service, amenities, notoriety and reputation. If you ever manage to visit them all you really should be very content.
Burj al Arab, Dubai
The most famous hotel in Dubai and possibly the world, the Burj al Arab hotel is frequently referred to as the world’s only 7 star accommodation. A national treasure, the luxury hotel appears like the billowing sail of a ship, on a man made island some 280 metres from Jumeirah beach. Linked to the mainland by a private bridge the property is promoted as the ‘world’s most luxurious hotel and the ultimate in Arabian hospitality’. One of the plushest hotels you will ever see the Burj al Arab has its own helicopter pad on the roof and famously sells hamburgers of imported Angus beef from Scotland for $100 a serve.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
You will know this hotel instantly from the iconic images of the thatched-roof Polynesian-style bungalows that are scattered across the impossibly turquoise waters. Located on 17 waterfront acres the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a wonderful position amongst the timeless unspoiled coral reefs and lagoons that make up the scintillating views of French Polynesia. The ultimate in bliss and relaxation each bungalow features glass tables that you can open to feed the tropical fish below. The spa treatments available here are out of this world too.
Made famous by Sid Vicious, bass guitarist of the Sex Pistols, who murdered his girlfriend Nancy Laura Spungen in a frenzied drug induced stabbing, the Chelsea Hotel in New York is one of the most notorious hotels in the world. Now a historic New York landmark the 250 room unit hotel has long since attracted some of the most famous names in music. Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell and Alice Cooper are just some of the many famous names who have stayed there, as has Madonna who also shot the photos for her picture book ‘Sex’. An institution for all lovers of music as well as the macabre, it is a little known fact that several survivors of the Titantic stayed at this place for a short while after rescue.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Home of the Singapore Sling, which was invented here by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon sometime before 1915 and is still the best place in the world to buy one, the Raffles Hotel Singapore is championed for its luxurious accommodation, superb dining and fantastic service. A national monument, the hotel boasts tall elegant ceilings, regal doors, Asian décor, marble flooring and shady verandas as well as a rich history, which includes being occupied by Japanese soldiers in World War II, that is showcased in its Raffles House Museum. A must for lovers of high end fashion the property features an arcade that houses a number of exclusive brands such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co, as well as Singapore’s famous custom tailor, CYC The Custom Shop, which has made suits for some of the world’s most famous celebrities and dignatries.
Le Meurice, Paris
If you love good food Le Meurice is the place for you. Located in the district of 01. Louvre this wonderful hotel not only enjoys superb views of the Eiffel Tower and surround suburbs but also offers some of the best food in Paris. Run by chef Yannick Alléno who was recently awarded his third Michelin star the Restaurant le serves delicious contemporary French cuisine including such delights as olive oil and blue lobster soup and thinly sliced cuckling paired with turnips.
Fresh Hotel, Athens
You might not have heard of the Fresh Hotel in Athens before but it is a pleasant, well equipped four star hotel with a rather fantastic secret. Its rooftop bar provides sensational views of the Acropolis at night. Definitely worth staying at least one night here.
A legendary hotel, the Chateau Marmont has been the venue for some of Hollywood’s biggest scandals including when Jean Harlow indulged in a sordid affair with Clarke Gable whilst on her honeymoon with Harold Rosson and also when John Belushi tragically died of a drug overdose. Believed to be the inspiration for the famous song by The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ the property contains an noteworthy swimming pool area, superb restaurant and a hip cocktail bar that more often than not is frequented by celebrities.
Claris Hotel Barcelona
Vogue magazine doesn’t lavish out praise easily so when they describes a property as ‘the most chic hotel in Barcelona’ it is definitely worth a visit. Located in the metropolitan heart of the city The Claris Hotel in Barcelona is quite extraordinary. Perhaps the only hotel in the world to possess a museum of Egyptology onsite, replete with arguably the world’s finest private collection of ancient mummies, statues, carving, scripts and decorated tombs and Egyptian artefacts the hotel also possesses a magnificent swimming pool and terrace as well as Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium and massage centre.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf & Spa, Bariloche Río Negro, Argentina
If you love to play golf or indulge in a fabulous spa in breathtaking surroundings the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf & Spa in Bariloche Río Negro, Argentina is definitely the place for you. Located in the heart of the country’s lake district the property has somewhat of a magical mountain lodge feel to it. Framed by the scintillating vistas of the Andean Peaks the golf course incorporates a landscape of deep-blue lakes, snow-topped mountains and bosky forests (its 18th hole is ranked among the 500 best in the world) whilst its spa offers state-of-the-art wellness and relaxation treatments that are amongst the best in South America.
Four Seasons New York
One of the best hotels in Manhattan, the Four Seasons New York is a throwback to the 1920s. Offering wonderful service and luxury five star accommodation the property boasts a magnificent lobby that is furnished with giant bronze urns, gorgeous marble flooring, 20 foot high onyx ceilings and a grandiose entrance hall. However its best feature, beyond a location that places it between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, is the magnificent panoramic views of both Central Park and the city skyline that can be taken in from any of its 63 luxury suites. An added extra that is tough to beat at any other hotel in New York City.