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Destination Spotlight: Amsterdam

The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a mix of experiences set along a series of 165 waterways with 1,280 bridges. Recognized for its tall row homes built in the city's 17th century Golden Age, many of which have been transformed into hotels, boutiques, and museums, there's much to explore. Visitors can see the city from guided canal cruises along the waterways, or rent a bike to explore the its network of bike paths just like the locals.  

Founded in the late 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam is named after the city's origin around a dam on the Amstel River. Today, the 17th century canals and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Museum Quarter is home to the Rijksmuseum, showcasing iconic works of art from the Dutch masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Plus, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of modern art, and Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The area is also home to the city's most famous shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, lined with upscale shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. There's also the famous Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam is home to a variety of Michelin star restaurants. 

During the spring, the city is filled with blooming tulips. But there's always something to explore in the canal-filled city from art fairs to culinary events. King's Day is celebrated with parties on April 27, 2017. The LifeFit Grachtenloop on June 23, 2017 is a midsummer evening running event along Haarlem's canals, In August (8/18 - 8/27), the World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and outdoor screenings to the Rialto Cinema and Marie Heinekenplein. The Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show (8/29-9/3) is a festival of boating and watersports, and on September 3, the boats make way for swimmers to partake in the Amsterdam City Swim. While December is the time for Christmas markets and holiday concerts.

Amsterdam offers a variety of luxury accommodations as unique as the city itself, including Historic Retreats, Modern Boutiques, and Grand Properties. Read more below about some of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam or Explore all Amsterdam Luxury Hotels.

Historic Retreats

Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer Guest Room

Set within 25 Golden Age canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer offers a historic location with views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, museums, and Central Station, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European cuisine, Pulitzer's Bar, and a private salon boat. 

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The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan Amsterdam

Nestled in a charming 17th century building on the Keizergracht, The Dylan Amsterdam combines modern European design with the history of the city. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and 14 suites has its own style, and there's Michelin star dining at Restaurant Vinkeles. Guests can relax in The Garden--a secluded outdoor courtyard with candles.

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The College Hotel

The College Hotel Amsterdam

Housed in a 19th century building that opened as a school in 1895, The College Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary styling. A short stroll from the Museum District and shopping area, the boutique hotel has afternoon tea, a restaurant serving chef-prepared cuisine rooted with Dutch flavors, The Bar lounge, and an outdoor courtyard. 

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

I Love Amsterdam Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies a landmark hertigage building. Providing a unique architectural setting accented with contemporary design, plus restaurants, a bar, and lounge, the luxury hotel offers the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Steps from the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, and high end shopping, the property is ideal for those seeking a mix of history and modern style.

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Modern Boutiques

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam Guest Room

Situated within the lively Jordaan District, the Andaz Amsterdam provides a contemporary setting reflecting a modern take on Dutch history and local culture. Designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, the property has more than 50 pieces of video art and original works of art around every corner. Plus, the Bluespooon Restaurant serves seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. 

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W Amsterdam

Bathroom at the W Amsterdam

Next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is located in two unique buildings, a former bank and a telephone exchange building. Mixing contemporary style with the city's heritage, the hotel has a rooftop lounge with a pool, views of the canals, and innovative guest rooms and suites. For dining, Mr. Porter combines the menu of a modern steakhouse with the feel of a chic lounge, while The Duchess is a restaurant with a tea room, bar, and cuisine inspired by Southern France and Italy. 

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Sir Albert Hotel

Guest Suite at the Sir Albert Hotel

Situated in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam, the Sir Albert Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel with a modern attitude. Housed in a 19th century diamond factory, the property has high ceilings and large windows. The restaurant, Izakaya serves critically-acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and the entire property is focused on creating connections with amenities such as a stocked library, signature bedding, and communal spaces. 

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Grand Properties

Hotel De L'Europe

Hotel De L'Europe

Situated within the landmark Rondeel Building from 1896, the Hotel De L'Europe offers a grand setting overlooking the Amstel River. The Promenade features replicas of famous Dutch artworks, and there's outdoor dining overlooking the canals, an indoor pool, spa, and library. Plus, the hotel's Bord'Eau Restaurant is a recipient of two Michelin stars. 

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InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Exterior of the InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Celebrating 150 years of welcoming royalty, celebrities, and guests from around the world, the InterContinental Amstel Hotel is in the heart of the financial, cultural, and entertainment district along the Amstel River. Featuring a regal lobby with a historical stairway, elegant chandeliers, and high ceilings, the grand hotel offers an authentic setting with hand-printed wallpaper, classic furniture, pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain mixed with modern comforts. 

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Bathroom at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Featuring a long, rich history, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has an exterior comprised of six 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces, along with a grand staircase built by Daniel Marot, Louis XIV's architect. Guest rooms and suites overlook the canals or the hotel's courtyard garden and feature expansive bathrooms. There's an indoor pool, fitness center, and Guerlain Spa. Plus, renowned dining at Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a two Michelin star recipient, and the Vault Bar.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Originally the site of two convents, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam was built in three sections, with two courtyards and a central element. Over the years the property served a variety of purposes including a city hall. Transformed into The Grand Hotel in 1992, the luxury hotel offers a historic setting infused with modern styling, multiple dining options including Le Petit Bistro and The Flying Dutchman, a spa, afternoon tea, floral boutique, horse drawn carriage rides, and royal breakfasts. Guests can also explore the city via The Grand's boat and bicycle tours.

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Experience a five star stay with Five Star Alliance Rates at the Hotel del Coronado. Featuring an oceanfront setting on California's famed Coronado Island, the iconic property is located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers a unique amenity of a commemorative book (one per room reservation) celebrating the history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming celebrities, dignitaries and guests since 1888. The National Historic Landmark provides an upscale oceanfront resort setting with elegant restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, and boutiques. Guests can choose to stay within the historic Victorian Building with its signature red-shingled roof, or within the residential-style Beach Village.

One of San Diego's premier properties, all guests of the hotel enjoy:

  • Beachfront location
  • Keurig coffeemakers
  • Signature personal care and bath products
  • Access to the "My Hotel Del" app with exclusive features and benefits

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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary commemorative book celebrating the iconic history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado at sunset.


High up on the hillside of the magnificent reserve of the Datca Peninsula, lies D-Hotel Maris, an exclusive resort with spectacular and breathtaking views of nearby small islands, luscious pine forests, volcanic mountain ranges, crystal clear waters, and five natural private beaches. This intersection point of Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is in the middle of the cradle of the civilizations. Famous for having the third highest concentration level of oxygen in the world, the Datca Peninsula is said to have natural healing properties that date back to the 12th Century BC and was once a sacred place of pilgrimage to the legendary Aphrodite of Knidos.

The resort has 193 luxurious and elegantly appointed rooms, suites and an exclusive villa, all with exceptional mountain or sea views and most Deluxe rooms feature a bathtub on the balcony. 

D-Hotel Maris Beach

D-Hotel Maris is one of the World's Best Beach Resorts for 2016. Why? Each one of the five stunning natural sanded beaches offers their own concept. Bay Beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag rating. The Bay is the largest beach, it features DJ performances in the afternoon and offers an a la carte snack menu and dinner buffet. The Breeze Beach is located next to the Aegean restaurant. The Silence Beach is for those wishing a quieter area to relax. The Executive Beach features six stylish cabanas especially dedicated for Executive Club Lounge guests. The Coliseum Beach at the tip of the peninsula benefits from both the calmer sea and windier side. Two of the five beaches are open to children over the age of 12 and the rest are adult only.  

Guests who book their room reservation through Five Star Alliance at this resort hotel in Turkey receive a welcome bottle of wine in their room upon arrival.

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Note Bene: D-Hotel Maris welcomes children 8 years and older.

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Planters Inn
Congratulations to Planters Inn, which has been named the # 1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure's 2014 World's Best Awards.

The historic Charleston inn is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment. The 64-room inn is home to Peninsula Grill, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked culinary experience. 

Planter's Inn is situated on the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Planters Inn is perfectly situated for strolling through tree-lined South of Broad streets, shopping on King Street, meeting sweetgrass basket weavers at the City Market, watching a play at the Dock Street Theatre, touring antebellum house museums, sailing on the harbor, and much more.

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Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa has a 38 meter by 10 meter infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi and swim-up pool bar.

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa 

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World's Best New Hotels and Resorts 2014

The latest and greatest in luxury hotels and resorts is here! These luxury hotels and resorts opened during the year 2013 just in time for guests to be able to score a reservation in the new year. Of course, hundreds of luxury hotels open every year all over the world, but our experts have combed the globe to find the top 50 that are must-visits. There are new luxury boutique hotels, beach resorts, ski resorts and hotels perfect for a city-break. These top luxury resorts and hotels are so newly-opened, you might be the first guest to stay there!

Here's a few of our choices:

Samabe Bali Resort and Villas

-Samabe Bali Resort and Villas - Located in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is an exclusive oceanfront resort that occupies 8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean, along with kilometer of famous white sand stretching along the coast. The resort features 39 gorgeous full Ocean View Suites, 13 of which come with their own private pool. The 42 pool villas range from one to three bedrooms, and each of those comes with its own luxurious private pool.

 


 

Westhouse Hotel New York



-Westhouse Hotel New York
- Located in New York, NY, United States
This aesthetically modern property allows business or leisure guests to experience a boutique hotel experience where personalized service and special privileges are thoughtfully delivered in a private and exclusive atmosphere. The 172 refined and exquisitely appointed guest rooms including 18 spacious suites, many with views of Central Park or Times Square, are replete with in-room comforts. The Den serves international culinary offerings.
 

 

W Guangzhou


-W Guangzhou
- Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
At W Guangzhou, guests will find everything needed for a stylish escape from it all. Guests can mix and mingle, eat, drink, flirt or play, knowing that the hotel has got it covered. Want to take care of business? Room are fully wired. When it's time to rest and de-stress, work-out at the fully-equipped FIT gym, or get soothed and pampered in the AWAY Spa. For all other wishes fulfilled, the Whatever/Whenever service is available 24/7/365. 

 

 

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The Grand Hotel de la Minerve, located in Rome, is considered to be a jewel in the heart of the ancient city. The hotel is ideally located as it central to Rome’s most famous historical landmarks like from the famous Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Due to the property’s prime location, makes their Roof Garden restaurant a hot spot amongst both locals and tourists. 

Grand Hotel de la Minerve

The Roof Garden offers a 360 degree view of Rome's rich historical and artistic treasures. Open for lunch and dinner, the Minerva Roof Garden offers visual and culinary influences both summer and winter, seducing its guests with the beauty of its location and the scents and flavors of a cuisine, but at the same time linked to tradition. Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Rome, it is no wonder why it is a favorite amongst socialites. Open for lunch and dinner, the Minerva Roof Garden also offers a menu of specialized mojitos in multiple different flavors that hotel guests can sip on while they enjoy a beautiful Roman sunset.

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River Inn of Harbor Town
Close to the Mississippi River, travelers will find River Inn of Harbor Town, a small boutique hotel nestled in all of its old south meets classic European glory. If you are a looking to explore all things southern, then look no further.

Delight in an elevated sense of luxury in one of the 28 beautiful guest rooms and suites, draped in rich Southern and European decor. Watch the sun set with sweeping views of the majestic Mississippi River from a flower-boxed open window in the privacy of your room or suite. Relax with a book and a glass of port served in the library-style seating areas situated on each floor. 

An ideal place known for its serene atmosphere, River Inn at Harbor Town's services ensure that guests will revel in all the southern comforts. Guests can also enjoy southern cooking at the Paulette’s, a Memphis institution. River Inn's rooftop terrace overlooks the majestic Mississippi River, and the view in the opposite direction is a panorama of the Downtown Memphis skyline. Guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and the pink and blue hues of a spectacular Mississippi River sunset.

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Chatrium Residence Sathon BangkokIf you travel for business often and so just so happen to be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand- be sure to book your stay at the Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok. A favorite amongst business travelers, the beautiful property makes it easy for their guests to forget they are there for work by making them feel at home with amenities located on the property. Business guests can maximize on some rest and relaxation in their limited spare time. 

Amenities that business travelers will appreciate include:

Dry cleaning and laundry service
Wireless High speed Wi-Fi internet connection
Private meeting rooms
Offices and workstations
Secretarial services
Photocopying and faxing services
Video conferencing services
Boardroom with LCD screen and projector
Full Service Business Center open from 8AM-5:30PM

The Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok is also ideally located as it is central to all the business convention centers in the area, in addition to being steps away from leisure tourist attractions such as parks, shopping centers and complexes, riverfronts, and markets.

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