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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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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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Across the street from Hyde Park in a 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley offers an elegant Art Deco setting in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood. Beautifully restored, the hotel is named after Sir Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, who served as the Prime Minister twice between 1828 and 1834, and later served as the leader of the House of Lords. The building was originally built by architect Lesley Green as the Hyde Park Corner underground station, and is the former home of Pizza on the Park - an iconic jazz and cabaret venue. 

Tranformed into a chic boutique hotel in 2012, the property offers guests a modern Art Deco setting with an exclusive location steps away from Hyde Park, Green Park, and Buckingham Palace. Guest rooms combine vintage influences with contemporary styling, including tufted headboards, crown molding, sleek wood furniture, and elegant Art Deco-inspired artwork. Carrara marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, TVs recessed into the mirrors, and exclusive Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte toiletries. Luxurious amenities and modern conveniences include integrated room controls, 24-hour butler service, and Samsung tablets. Plus, the hotel's team is known for it's impeccable knowledge and unparalleled discretion. Continue reading below the photo for our favorite experiences. 

Suite at The Wellesley

Here are five things we love about The Wellesley:

1. Complimentary Rolls-Royce drop-off service within 1.5 miles of the hotel. What better way to start a shopping trip at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, or Harvey Nichols?
2. The Running Butler. Available during the summer months upon request, the Running Butler tends to runners' every need including waiting with refreshments, homemade protein snacks, or drawing post-run aromatic bubble baths.
3. Live at The Wellesley jazz nights. A unique Knightbridge opportunity to enjoy live Jazz in an Art Deco setting while dining on fine Italian cuisine.
4. The Private Cigar Terrace. Offering inviting leather chairs within a heated outdoor terrace, the hotel offers an extensive cigar collection to please aficionados and novices alike, plus an on-site humidor specialist to guide guests through the process. 
5. Magical Christmas Memories. These packages provide guests with special amenities such as Christmas stockings and a full English breakfast. Plus, the hotel offers opulent holiday decor, and a prime location close to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, as well as the city's finest boutiques and department stores.

Did we mention that the hotel offers a yacht experience with the same bespoke setting? MY The Wellesley is available for private charters in the Mediterranean during the summer months, and in the Caribbean during the winter. Built in the Netherlands by Oceanco, the yacht's interiors were designed by Dennis Irvine Studios, and feature the 1920s glamour that epitomizes the hotel. 

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Congratulations to the Plume Restaurant at The Jefferson Washington, D.C. 

The Michelin Guide unveiled its first D.C. rankings on Thursday, and 12 restaurants were awarded stars, including Plume! Continue reading below the photo.

The Plume Restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel Washington, D.C.

Set within The Jefferson, the Plume pays homage to the hotel's namesake, President Thomas Jefferson. The award-winning restaurant offers a discreet and elegant setting, with cozy nooks, and an inviting fireplace. There's a seasonal menu, inspired by the harvests from Thomas Jefferson's kitchen gardens at Monticello, featuring classic dishes crafted using traditional techniques and fine ingredients, plus a wine selection geared toward oenophiles. Guests can make wine selections from a real-time, online wine list with 1,300 labels, including rare vintages from around the globe, and one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world. 

The Jefferson Washington, D.C. is a stately luxury boutique hotel set within a Beaux Arts building. Combining European and Washingtonian style, the high end property features historical details and Jeffersonian-inspired details. There's an extensive art and historic document collection with pieces displayed throughout the hotel, Clefs d'Or Concierges, 24-hour butler service, The Petite Spa at The Jefferson, and a private book room with a fireplace for guests. 

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Guest room at The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.
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Closed for an extensive renovation project, the Royal Mansour Casablanca, formerly Le Royal Mansour Méridien, is a luxury hotel in the Old Medina of Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1952, it has 7 Presidential Suites - so it is no surprise that the five star property is the preferred hotel of the Moroccan Royalty and Nobility. 

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Le Royal Mansour, situated centrally in the country's largest city and economic capital, is an oasis of calm. In the heart of the economic capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, it offers a palatial blend of traditional Moroccan architecture with contemporary comfort and modern technology, surrounded by deep-cushioned luxury. The hotel prides itself on its elegance, style and warmth of service, combined with luxurious amenities and excellent cuisine.

Le Royal Mansour Casablanca

Situated in the heart of the city, close to the Royal Palace and National Theater, the Hotel Continental Oslo is a historic landmark hotel. Offering 155 elegant guest rooms and 23 suites, the landmark property combines Scandinavian style with contemporary trends for a welcoming and upscale feel. The hotel's famous restaurant, Theatercaféen opened in 1900, and is part of Norway's cultural history with a rich ambiance that features arched ceilings and a Nordic-inspired international menu. There's also a sidewalk cafe to enjoy during warmer months, Eik Annen Etage is an upscale dining room featuring Baroque furnishings, and Caroline serves classic European breakfasts. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Continental Oslo

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance (excluding the standard room category), receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room and VIP status. Plus, based on availability at check-in: room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Hotel Continental Oslo

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