There are hotels. Then there are iconic hotels. We all dream of staying in such luxurious and opulent places. These legendary hotels have played a central role and shaped many historical, social and cultural events. From the high rise futuristic city of Dubai to the banks of the Yangon river, let’s take a look at the 10 most iconic hotels in the world.
Iconic Hotels of the World
The Grand Plaza Hotel, New York
All great New York movies depict a scene of the timelessly elegant Grand Plaza. This French Renaissance-inspired château style building is a cultural icon. It’s become a staple in pop culture to mention The Grand Plaza whenever there’s a mention of New York’s rich and famous.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec
Everyone’s “I’ve seen this place before but not sure where or when” place. Almost everyone has seen a photo of the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac at least once in their life. After all, this UNESCO Heritage Site is the most photographed hotel in the world.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
A visit to Morocco is not complete without staying a night at the luxurious La Mamounia. This palace hotel has the distinction of being Winston Churchill’s favorite hotel. The hotel is an intricate mix of Moorish and Andalusian craftsmanship which showcases the best of Moroccan hospitality.
The Ritz, Paris
Sophia Lauren once called The Ritz “the most romantic hotel in the world”. Coco Channel never checked out of the hotel. A favorite of celebrities and royalty alike. The hotel is known for its elegant and opulent décor and service.
Soneva Jani, Maldives
This luxury resort has taken over all our Instagram feeds. An island sanctuary flanked by 24 over-water villas with their own lagoon-facing private pool and slides that fall right into the bright blue sea. The pristine beach and lush tropical forests make it the perfect luxury getaway.
India’s most famous hotel, the Taj Mahal Place in Mumbai opened its doors back in 1903. The hotel is a cultural icon and situated right opposite the Gateway to India. It is the gateway to an alluring world. Maharajas, dignitaries, and celebrities have all graced the luxury hotel with their presence.
One word to describe Burj Al Arab Jumeirah- Luxurious. Waving its sails high above Dubai on top of a man-made island. No expense is spared to make guests feel like royalty. The hotel has 28 double-storied suites, a fleet of Rolls Royce, and butlers that cater to all your needs.
The Strand, Yangon
The Strand was called “The finest hostelry East of Suez”. And it’s still a landmark of Yangon. The charming décor combines art deco and colonial style. Live your best lives in exquisite suites that look like 19th century time capsules.
Raffles is an elegant English country house in the middle of Singapore. It’s a national monument and a haunt for the rich and famous. It played host to Rudyard Kipling who wrote “The Jungle Book” while staying in one of the suites.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, California
The Beverly Hills Hotel is all about 20th-century glitz and glam. Famous for its bright banana yellow wallpaper, and pink walls. The ‘Pink Palace’ welcomed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and John Wayne during its heydays.
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