Top Ten Luxury
Most Famous Hotels
Here they are, the hotels with names so famous that even those uninitiated in the more indulgent excesses of luxury travelling would recognize their monikers. Some are famous by virtue of their venerable age and history, others because they are an architectural flight of fancy and still others, God help us, because of Hollywood and the elegant backdrop they presented in a movie.
Hilary Doling, 1/4/10
 Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, USA
Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, USA
Yes, it's the Pretty Woman Hotel where Richard Gere's character holes up in the penthouse with the kind of hooker you could take home to mum.
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Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
Modelled on the wind-blown sail of an Arab Dhow with a very high tech twist, the Burj Al Arab stands for all that is over the top and excessive in the Emirates.
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Four Seasons George V, Paris, France
Four Seasons George V, Paris, France
A key feature of the décor of Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris are the lavish displays of flowers everywhere, the work of floral designer Jeff Leatham.
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Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
What could be more refined, or famous, than Hotel Cipriani?
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Mena House Oberoi, Cairo, Egypt
Mena House Oberoi, Cairo, Egypt
The view has been enchanting guests since 1869 - the great pyramid of Khufu is practically in the back yard and looms large in the windows of many of the rooms.
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The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
The grand old Oriental, which has sat overlooking the Chao Phraya River for over 130 years, is a Bangkok institution.
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The Raffles, Singapore
The Raffles, Singapore
This hotel has a legendary past. In colonial days the decadent and gin-soaked sat on its white-arched verandahs and discussed all kinds of dubious deeds.
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The Ritz London, England
The Ritz London, England
Ritzy: (slang) adj: stylish, elegant, ostentatiously rich.
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The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, India
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai, India
The victim of a terrorist bomb blast in December 2008 it has since re-opened its doors.
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Waldorf =Astoria and Towers, New York, USA
Waldorf =Astoria and Towers, New York, USA
The first hotel to feature in a movie, the first to introduce room service and let's not forget it invented the Waldorf salad.
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