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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 restuarants. 

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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Featured Journeys: Romantic Trip Through Italy

Italy, known for food, art, and culture, it seems as if there's something new to discover at every turn. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Romantic Trip Through Italy. While there's so much to explore, this journey will feature three of the major cities, along with a stop in Tuscany for wine and enjoying la dolce vita. 

Rome
Siena
Florence
Venice

Rome

The journey begins in Rome. Founded around 753 B.C., the city is a haven for history lovers. Three of our favorite hotels below provide ideal locations to explore all the Eternal City has to offer, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain. Thanks to Italy's fashion houses, many of the city's major landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain have recently been refurbished, making it an ideal time to visit. 

Here are a few of our top Rome hotels:

Palazzo Manfredi

Palazzo Manfredi

Directly opposite the Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is a boutique hotel set within a 17th century villa. Offering the Michelin star Aroma Restaurant, guests can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying views of the iconic Colosseum. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive daily breakfast for 2, complimentary welcome drink, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.

Palazzo Montemartini

Palazzo Montemartini

Situated in central Rome, Palazzo Montemartini offers a modern, yet romantic setting. The only hotel in the city crossed by the Servian Walls, the luxury hotel is set within a stately former palazzo with a spa, Turkish bath, and indoor lap pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a bottle of wine, plus a 10% discount at the Senses restaurant and spa treatments. 

Fendi Private Suites

Fendi Private Suites

Why only shop at the Fendi flagship boutique when you can spend the night in the Fendi Private Suites? Offering seven chic and creative suites within the Palazzo Fendi, the innovative designs incorporate the brand's classical visual language in the heart of Rome.

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Siena

Offering a medieval setting, the city of Siena makes for a great base for exploring Tuscany. While the town itself is charming, we recommend spending a few nights (or why not an entire week if timing allows?) at one of the area's vineyard hotels where you can relax, sip some wine, and take in the beauty of the Italian countryside. 

Here are a few of our top Siena hotels:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This majestic estate has an 800-year history. Set in Val d'Orcia just north of Montalcino, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany's largest contiguous estates. Completely restored, the property offers a focus on the land, wine, and history. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive $100 USD resort credit, and a welcome bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine. 

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero

Set amongst the Chianti vines, Castel Monastero is situated within a medieval village from the 11th century. About 30 minutes from Siena, this country resort offers a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, an intimate church for weddings, wine cellar with Tuscan wine tastings, and spa with wellness programs and medical anti-aging treatments. Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a three course lunch for two with wine, and $100 spa credit. 

Castel Porrona Relais

Castel Porrona Relais

Nestled amongst vineyards, cypress trees, and olive groves, the Castel Porrona Relais is a historic village resort with an outdoor swimming pool, fine Tuscan cuisine at Il Chiostro Restaurant, and suites with personal butler service. The Agua Spa offers wine therapy baths, Moroccan-inspired hammam, and treatments incorporating Tuscan wine and olive oils. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and 15% discount on spa services. 

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Florence

Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a must-see for art lovers. Yes, Michelangelo's "David" is here, but there's so much more to see. Il Duomo, the Florence Cathedral was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and was built on the site of 7th century Church of Santa Reparata, where visitors can see the remains of the foundation in the crypt. On the piazza outside of the cathedral is the Baptistery of St. John, considered the oldest religious site in all of Florence. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the "newest" part of the city for shopping, and be sure to try the iconic Florentine Steak for one of your meals. 

Here are a few of our top Florence hotels:

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is in the heart of historic city center. Set within a 6th century byzantine tower and medieval church from 1400, the luxury boutique hotel has an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Note: you may recognize the property, as it is where Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks' character) stays while in Florence in the DaVinci Code and Inferno. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, along with a welcome amenity. 

Hotel Il Salviatino

Hotel Il Salviatino

Perched on the hillside of Fiesole, Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa. Overlooking Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, the unique property has outdoor pools set immersed in the green hills. There's a spa with aroma's of Dr Vranjes, an exclusive Florence perfume house, along with La Cucina serving Tuscan cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on the property. 

Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele

Surrounded by gardens with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele is set within a former monastery. Minutes way from the center of Florence, the building was expertly restored with the assistance of the Florence Fine Arts Authority. There's an Italian Cookery School with hands-on cooking classes, La Loggia Restaurant, and a hilltop pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers, and fruit upon arrival. 

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Venice

The final stop on the journey is Venice. The City of Canals offers a romantic setting with ornate palaces lining the Grand Canal, narrow mysterious streets, and arched marble bridges crossing over canals with gondalas. Popular with artists and writers for centuries, the city is an ideal place to roam and wander with the one you love. Designed to approach from the water, Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square is a must-see, but can get crowded. We recommend visiting in the early morning.

Here are a few of our top Venice hotels:

Boscolo Venezia

Guest room at the Boscolo Venezia

Overlooking the lagoon, Boscolo Venezia is tucked inside a 16th century villa with a hidden garden. Providing a classic Venetian setting, the hotel's Giardino Segreto Restaurant provides a Boscolo Food Experience with themed islands, open kitchens, and an emphasis on food presentation. The Serenissima spa draws inspiration from the city's wellness traditions, and the hotel has a private boat offering transportation to St. Mark's Square. 

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

Tucked on the private island of Isola delle Rose, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa is a 15-minute boat ride across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square. There is a Wine & Cooking Academy providing guests with the opportunity to learn the art of Venetian cuisine, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family activities. There is a romantic church, four restaurants, water sports, and a rooftop lounge with a pool. Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive VIP status, Venetian sweets, and a bottle of prosecco. 

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Aman Canal Grande Venice

Overlooking the Grand Canal, guests typically arrive by boat to the Aman Canal Grande Venice. Evoking the feeling of bygone era with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings, and historic frescoes, the luxury hotel has private gardens, and a boutique specializing in Venetian glassware. There's a roof terrace, along with the Dining Room serving Italian and Asian cuisines, and guests have walking access to San Polo. 

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For a celebrity style getaway, the Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel offers an iconic setting within a legendary building. Overlooking downtown LA, the suite blends contemporary style with Old Hollywood glamour, such as an emerald green velvet couch, oak furnishings, mohair, and silk accents. There's a balcony with panoramic views and a lounge space, plus a large living room with a fireplace and grand piano. Ideal for entertaining, there's a full kitchen and dining room, complete with a bottle of Krug champagne to toast the occasion. Read more below the photo of the dining room. 

Presidential Suite Dining Room at The Beverly Hills Hotel

To work on closing the deal while staying in style, the suite has a separate office with a regal desk and seating for guests. Continue below the office photo.

Presidential Suite Office at the Beverly Hills Hotel

To unwind, the luxurious marble bathroom and powder provides the ultimate celebrity style retreat. While the opulent guest room has a chaise lounge, elegant furniture, and a spacious, residential feel. Continue below the photo.

Presidential Suite Bedroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Does your pet like to travel in celebrity style? The Beverly Hills Hotel welcomes pets with custom dog beds, bowls, and personalized bone-shaped dog cookies with pet's names written on the cookies. 

Dog at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Built in 1912 and named Beverly Farms, the hotel began before there was the city of Beverly Hills. Set on 12 acres with a white stucco Mission Revival-style exterior and a terra cotta roof, the property was built to lure Easterners to the West Coast with a hotel halfway between Los Angeles and the sea. Over the years, the property has been the backdrop of movies on the silver screen including Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall's "Designing Women," and Neil Simon's "California Suite." Popular with movie stars, royalty, musicians, and athletes, the hotel welcomed Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "Let's Make Love," Faye Dunaway spent the night at the hotel after winning an Academy Award, Charlie Chaplin was a frequent guest in the 1920s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the week in a bungalow in the 1970s, and Liz Taylor was a frequent guest. Throughout the years the property has continued to evolve with renovations to keep it a glamorous setting with upscale amenities, and a bespoke atmosphere.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Entrance


Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the city's Old Port neighborhood, the Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a modern setting infused with historic artifacts. For a truly unique environment, some of the Relais & Chateaux hotel's suites are housed within the Hunt House, part of which dates back to the 18th century. Featuring a rustic elegance, the suites (including the Du Jardin Suite, shown below) in this building have original wood floors and exposed wood beams, along with modern amenities such as heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, and Bose sound systems. For incredible views of the St. Lawrence River, the Panorama Suite features contemporary styling within the Hunt House along with a large balcony. Continue reading below the photos.
 
1. Du Jardin Suite Bathroom
Du Jardin Suite Bathroom at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
2. Capitaine Suite 
Capitaine  Suite at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
3. Francaise Suite
Francaise Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is built on a major archeological site in the heart of Quebec City. Once the home of wharves, cannon emplacements, and warehouses, the hotel displays hundreds of artifacts from the French and British regimes that unearthed during an archeological excavation. The hotel's award-winning restaurant, Panache! serves modern French cuisine prepared with ingredients from the hotel's garden, and is housed in a historic warehouse building with wood beams and stone walls. Continue reading below the image of Panache.
Panache Restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book the "Best Available Rate through Five Star Alliance will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two at Panache, $100 CAD food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 
 
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Considered one of the U.S.A.'s most culturally and historically diverse cities, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food, and music. Offering a host of restaurants, live music venues, historical sites, and cultural attractions, along with a long list of luxury hotel options, it can be difficult to choose where to stay.

Here are Three Boutique Hotel options in New Orleans:

1. The Audubon Cottages provide a historic setting in the French Quarter, with one and two bedroom suites set within seven private cottages. Offering a high level of service, guests have full access to additional amenities at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel including valet parking, fitness center, and continental breakfast. Continue below the photo.
The Audubon Cottages
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2.  Set in the French Quarter, the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a historic venue that recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation. Classically furnished, guest rooms are designed for the modern traveler with plush pillowtop beds and walk-in showers. Steps away from Bourbon and Royal Streets, the hotel has a private courtyard with an outdoor pool, plus the Roux on Orleans restaurant. Read more below. 
Guest room at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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3. Modern and trendy, the Hotel Le Marais is a chic hotel in the French Quarter. Combining a historic backdrop with contemporary styling,  the trendy bar Vive! features signature cocktails, and a chic lounge that opens to a French Quarter courtyard with a heated outdoor pool and lounge space.  
Hotel Le Marais
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In honor of Election Day 2016 in the U.S.A, we're celebrating three All-American destinations where visitors can visit historic sites that played key roles in the country's history and freedoms. From Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., here are three great places to discover.

1. Philadelphia
Founded by William Penn in 1682, this city played a key role in the founding of the country. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States. Within Independence Hall, the country's founders debated and ultimately signed the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution (1787). Today, the Independence National Historic Park provides a hands-on history lesson, where visitors can see the Liberty Bell, as well as tour Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Read more below.
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Tip: Spend the night across the street from the National Historic Park at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Set within the Lafayette Building built in 1906, the boutique hotel offers iconic views, rooftop lounge overlooking Independence Mall, and a chef-driven restaurant. 

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2. Boston
"One if by land, two if by sea..." 
One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston was the site of key events during the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. From the east side balcony of the Old State House, the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed to cheering crowds by Colonel Thomas Crafts on July 18, 1776. Continue reading below the photo.
Corner Suite at the Ames Boston Hotel
Tip: Wake up to views of the Old State House at the Ames Boston Hotel. This boutique hotel combines a historic building with Romanesque arched windows and fireplaces, with modern design. Along the Freedom Trail, guest rooms have white marble rainshowers, hardwood floors, and large windows with historic views. 

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3. Washington, D.C. 
The nation's capital city, there's a political point of interest on nearly every corner (or so it seems). From the White House lawn to the majestic National Monument, there are captivating points of interest. Spend the day exploring the Smithsonian Museums, take a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, or discover the iconic Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, and veterans memorials. Continue below. 
The Hay-Adams Hotel
Tip: The Hay-Adams Hotel offers views of the White House and St. John's Church. Built in the 1920s as a residential hotel, the boutique property offers the feel of a private residence, directly on Lafayette Square. In the evenings, retire for a cocktail at the Off the Record Bar, a popular place to be seen (but not heard) by politicos and visitors alike. 

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Chicago has a history of great architecture, iconic foods, and storied sports teams. For more than 100 years, fans have walked through the gates of Wrigley Field to watch nine innings of baseball, with the hope that "this year" would be the year the Cubs would win the World Series. The beloved team had not won the championship since 1908, but that all changed last night when the Chicago Cubs won game 7 of the World Series in extra innings. Today, we are celebrating #TravelBackThursday by featuring three of our favorite hotels that have been part of the Chicago skyline since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

1. The Burnham Chicago
The Burnham Chicago
Set within the Reliance Building - a National Historic Landmark, the boutique Kimpton Hotel combines vintage details such as marble staircases, ornate wrought iron, and mosaic tile floors with modern amenities. Designed by architectural firm, Burnham and Root, and completed in 1895 by Charles B. Atwood, it was the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up much of its exterior, and the property was used as an office building for decades. Transformed to a boutique hotel in 1999, it is steps away from Millenium Park, State Street shops, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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2. The Silversmith Hotel and Suites
The Silversmith Hotel and Suites
Originally constructed by Architect Peter J. Weber, of D.H. Burnham and Company in 1897, the building was designed to house jewelers and silver craftsman. Reflecting the transition from the Romanesque Revival era to the Arts and Crafts Movement, the architectural gem was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Today, the building is a luxury boutique hotel blending historic elements with contemporary design, such as 12-foot ceilings, tufted headboards, and sleek furniture. One block from Michigan Avenue, the hotel is close to shopping, restaurants, and museums.

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3. Renaissance Blackstone Chicago
Lobby of the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
As the city was celebrating the Cubs winning of the World Series in 1908, the construction of this landmark hotel had just begun. Overlooking the lake, the 23-story Beaux Arts building has hosted its share of celebrities and notorious events, since opening in 1910. The Suite of Presidents hosted Harry Truman in 1944, where he held a private phone conversation with his wife as he pondered the idea of accepting the VP nomination, and President Kennedy finished a bowl of clam chowder within the suite in 1962 before rushing back to DC for Cuban missile crisis negotiations. Declared a historic landmark in 1998, the luxury hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2008, and offers an extensive art collection, upscale accommodations, and fine Spanish cuisine at Mercat a la Planxa. 

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For panoramic views of the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams Hotel is the perfect destination. Originally built in 1928 as a residential hotel, this historical boutique property has a walnut paneled lobby, ornate plaster moldings, and Italian Renaissance-style architecture. Throughout the years, the hotel has hosted its share of celebrities including the Obama family, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and more. Guest rooms and suites feature luxurious amenities, unparalleled views of the White House and Washington Monument, plus a centralized location for sightseeing or business. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at the Hay-Adams Hotel

The hotel's location and rooftop terrace, Top of the Hay, make it a popular destination for hosting events, including the Author Series, where attendees get up-close-experiences with prominent international authors.

But, perhaps one of the hotel's most well-known spots is located in the downstairs of the building. The Off the Record Bar is a favorite place for guests and politicos to grab a drink. Selected by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars”, the bar features a bespoke atmosphere with caricatures of Washington's political elite, both past and present. Red velvet tufted booths provide a vintage-inspired atmosphere to relax, while enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine, or small plate and the setting is the ideal place to be seen, but not heard.

Off The Record Bar at the Hay-Adams Hotel

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Exterior of the Hay-Adams Hotel

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The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel

Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo. 

Trump International Washington D.C.

The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.

The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.

Trump International Washington D.C.

There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.

The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.

Trump International Washington D.C.

Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.

Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.

The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.

Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.

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Nestled amongst its own park overlooking the lake, the Baur au Lac is a historic hotel steeped in 170 years of tradition, enhanced with modern styling and state-of-the-art technical amenities. Luxurious guest rooms have modern styling, and marble bathrooms have heated floors and high end amenities. Learn more below the image. 

Exterior view of Baur au Lac Zurich

Showcasing the finest of Swiss traditions, the hotel's on-site 1844 Chocolat offers exclusive Swiss chocolate creations using a selection of handpicked cocoa varieties. A short stroll from the Paradeplatz financial district and the celebrated shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse, the elegant property is close to Zurich's landmark destinations, yet removed enough to offer an upscale retreat with views of the Alps. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at Baur au Lac Zurich

The hotel's Le Hall offers a celebrated traditional afternoon tea from October to April, and the Christmas season is particularly festive with a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Chalet au Lac with fire tongs punch and mulled wine with Swiss dishes, and the New Year's Eve Ball ends with a fireworks display over the lake.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary breakfast for two at Pavillon, $100 food and beverage credit, fruit amenity, and homemade chocolate from 1844 Chocolat.

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