Some of the world's most luxurious hotels have become icons thanks to their historic connections.Some have gained infamy for their interior or exterior design, and their significant political or social affiliations. Others have shone by the determined will of their owners to provide the very best for their guests - including those with a sweet tooth. Here's our list of Top Ten luxe hotels that have helped create history.
You're not a true chocolate cake aficionado if you haven't sampled Sacher Torte. And the only place to order a slice of the world's most famous (and decadent) chocolate cake is here in Vienna at the Hotel Sacher.
Keeping visitors to the Japanese island of Honshu comfortable has been the proud tradition of 46 generations of one family. In 1994, Houshi was formally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest inn in the world.
The oldest operating hotel in NYC (since 1902), it's position in mid-town Manhattan (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) has established it as not just one of the most sought after places to stay, but to wine and dine and be entertained.
Open your copy of Graham Greene's The Quiet American and start reading now. Think Catherine Deneuve in Indochine and a Vietnam in the last throes of French Colonialism and you have the feel of this place.