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Paul’s top picks – Iconic 5star Hotels

Take a look at my personal hotel favourites. This week it is iconic city hotels. Famous landmark hotels full of history and character.


1 – New York – The Plaza:

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This is New York’s most iconic hotel and instantly recognisable from Hollywood films like Home Alone in New York. It is a New York institution and offers up glamour and traditional luxury right on the doorstep on Central Park.

2 – Los Angeles – Chateau Marmont:

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The hotel is designed to look like a French chateaux and since its opening has become a Hollywood landmark and location for numerous films and home to many movie stars.

3 – Las Vegas – The Bellagio:

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This is a beacon of European styled elegance in this glitzy neon city. One of the strips original super luxury hotels it sits behind a lake that houses the famous Fountains of Bellagio.

4 – Miami – The Delano:

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This cool and hip boutique hotel put South Beach back on the map in the 1990’s. A favourite haunt of superstars like Madonna and Prince this Phillipe Starck designed hotel still oozes style and class.

5 – Sydney – Park Hyatt Sydney:

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Wow, what a view! Not an historic hotel as such but in here as it offers guests the best view in Sydney where rooms overlook the beautiful Sydney harbour and the opera house.

6 – Hong Kong– The Penninsula:

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The legendary ‘Grande Dame of the East’. Step inside the colonial facade and away from the hustle and bustle into old world luxury where all your needs are looked after by the famously attentive staff.

7 – Bangkok– The Oriental:

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This legendary historic hotel sits on the banks of the Chao Praya river with amazing river views and award winning service and luxurious timeless elegance with a contemporary twist.

8 – Singapore – Raffles:

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This iconic and historic landmark hotel is one of the most famous addresses in the World. Sit back and relax in colonial splendour and enjoy a Singapore Sling, which was invented at the hotel in 1915.

9 – Rio De Janeiro – Copacabana Palace

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Copacabana Palace: Another stylish colonial style facade which sits on the famous Copacabana seafront is a mixture of old World glamour and cosmopolitan style.

10 – Dubai – Burj Al Arab:

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The most luxurious hotel in the Worlds luxury hotel capital. This stunning sail shaped building is instantly recognisable and has hosted  Royalty and the super rich since it’s opening. Said to be the first six star hotel in the World when it was built.

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