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Happy National Coffee Day! Specialty coffee sales are inceasing around the world at a rate of about 20% per year. In the U.S., the average person drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, yet the U.S. is not in the top 10 for coffee consuption in the world. If you love coffee as much as we do, here's a list of five hotels in top cities for coffee that we love a latte (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

1. Thompson Seattle

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle

Home of Starbucks and known for chilly and rainy weather, Seattle is a haven for coffee lovers. The Thompson Seattle is perched above Pike's Place Market, making it a quick walk to the original Starbucks. Featuring contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Puget Sound, Pike's Place Market, and the Olympic Mountains, the Thompson Seattle has a rooftop bar and the signature Scout restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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2. Hotel Continental Oslo

Bar at Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Norway is in the top 10 countries for coffee consuption, and Kaffe is typically served at breakfast and after dinner with dessert, while Turkaffe is traditional Norwegian hiking coffee. At the Hotel Continental Oslo, guests can begin their day with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee at Caroline's, then explore the walkable Nordic city, and finish up their day with a gourmet dinner at Theatercafeen complete with dessert and coffee. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room as well as VIP status.

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3. The Nines, Portland

The Nines Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for a unique coffee culture with a mix of independent roasters and coffee cafes brewing espressos and lattes topped with artful foam. At The Nines, guests can stay in the heart of the city in the historic Meier & Frank Building, formerly a department store. The LEED Silver Certified Hotel is steps from Pioneer Square and the trendy Pearl District, plus there's two gourmet restaurants on-site specializing in local Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

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4. Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Cafe Sacher Wien at Hotel Sacher Wien

Viennese coffee houses are an institution in Vienna, typically with marble tables, newspapers, pastry creations, and of course, coffee drinks. At the Hotel Sacher Wien, guests can experience a Viennese coffee house within the hotel. The Cafe Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffeehouse with a refined setting featuring red interiors, chandeliers, pastries, coffee specialties, and teas, as well as local dishes like fried chicken salad, Wiener Schnitzel, or Tafelspitz.

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5. Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

Known for coffee houses where espresso is served at a bar, and guests drink the coffee quickly while standing, Rome offers a coffee culture of its own. At the Palazzo Manfredi, guests stay in the heart of Rome, steps from the Colosseum and the city's coffee houses. There's also the rooftop Aroma restaurant with Michelin Star cuisine, as well as the American Bar on-site. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for two, and tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. 

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Linking four 19th century palaces together, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna offers a historic retreat within the heart of the imperial city of Vienna. One of the hotel's highlights is the luxurious Presidential Suite. Set within the former Palais Gutmann, built by coal Sir Wilhelm Gutmann, the exclusive space features one-of-a-kind details such as the ceiling painting by August Eisenmenger around the living room's chandelier from the former Belletage, depicting 12 months and four seasons. Eisenmenger also painted the famous Golden Hall of the “Musikverein” ceiling fresco. Continue reading below the living room photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Within the 2,045-square-foot venue, there is a separate living and sleeping area, as well as Hermès furnishings. There's also a kitchenette with a Nespresso machine and refrigerator, plus a personal library with an iMac setup and work station. The luxurious suite has a spacious master bathroom, along with a large dressing room and makeup table. In addition, for added privacy there are bullet-proof and soundproof windows. Continue reading below the bedroom photo. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna Presidential Suite Bedroom

Guests of the Presidential Suite receive exclusice Club Lounge Access, which includes five daily culinary experiences, dedicated concierge service, and beverages including Champagne, wine, beer, and spirits. Butler, security, nanny, and secretary services are available upon request, and the suite can be connected to a second room for additional space. 

From now through December 31, 2017, guests booking the Presidential Suite receive:

- €200 Euro credit for the hotel's restaurants & bars

- €200 Euro credit for The Ritz-Carlton Spa

- Airport pick up and drop off

In addition, the property is offering a complimentary horse carriage ride for guests booking 3 or more nights for stays in August and September. 

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Ideally situated for free-riders and piste ski enthusiasts, House Hannes Schneider is located in Stuben am Arlberg, the birthplace of skiing. Providing a private Alpine townhouse setting, the property is steps away from the world's finest Alpine slopes. The legendary Hannes Schneider, an alpine ski pioneer, was born in the home in 1890. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of the House Hannes Schneider

Today, the property offers guests a pampering setting with fine dining and an environment that promotes deep relaxation. Within the house there is a pre-heated sauna, large soaking tub, theater room, and a fireplace for apres ski rejuvenation. There's a highly skilled on-site team ready to prepare fine hot chocolate and aperitifs, or brew a cup of tea. Continue reading below.

House Hannes Schneider Tub

Stuben is a picturesque Alpine village offering runs for skiers of all ages throughout the winter months and into May. The birthplace of alpine skiing, Stuben was once a popular stop for travellers and merchants journeying between Tirol and Vorarlberg. 

Visit the House Hannes Schneider website to learn more

Guest room at the House Hannes Schneider

 


Just across from the Vienna State Opera House, the Hotel Sacher Wien offers the opulent Pelléas et Mélisande Presidential Penthouse Suite that reckons the elegance of the past. Named after several classical compositions, the exclusive space offers 1,184 square feet of room that can be combined with the Nurejev Suite for a total of 1,884 square feet. Continue reading below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Salon at the Hotel Sacher Wien
Featuring a "Rhapsody in Red" color palette throughout, the suite features a primarily red and white color scheme throughout with red accents in the drapery, textiles, and wallpaper. The salon provides an upscale lounge area in shades of beige, with a fireplace, sitting area, and high-tech entertainment equipment. Plus a dining room with a large dining table ideal for entertaining. The classic bedroom, has red toile wallpaper, lavish red drapes, upholstered headboard, and large windows with incomparable Vienna views. Read more below.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Bedroom
To finish the space, there's a large private terrace with views of the Opera House, and furniture for dining al fresco or relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Continue below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Terrace at the Hotel Sacher Wien
The Hotel Sacher Wien opened in 1876 in a prime location. It's been the setting and inspiration of multiple films, and the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the world including John F. Kennedy, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, and Rudolph Nureyev have checked-in t this famous address. Home of the world famous Sacher Torte, the hotel's Cafe Sacher Wien provides a traditional Viennese coffeehouse setting, plus a spa.
 
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Ever since opening in 1985, Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol has displayed a successful combination of traditional Tyrolean hospitality,
alpine charm, and contemporary ambiance. The internationally renowned hotel impresses guests from all corners of the globe with
the spaciousness of its interior, the unrestricted far-reaching views of the surrounding mountains, and its great location.

Interalpen-Hotel Tryol

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Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa offers guests an epicurean journey of pleasure.
Austrian specialties which fully rival the diverse selection of Salzburg cuisine;
freshly caught fish from the on-site castle fishery; or the choice Austrian wines
from the castle's wine cellar - all enjoyed on the legendary lake terrace.

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

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The third floor at Palais Coburg Residenz offers an oasis of calm for the weary traveler. It offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, training area, conservatory, sun terrace, and a range of massage and cosmetic treatments.

Palais Coburg Residenz

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Against the mountain scenery the terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler invites guests to a late summer breakfast, an aperitif at sunset, or an afternoon coffee.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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Residenz Heinz Winkler was created from a late medieval building and has been rebuilt it into a modern yet tradition-conscious Residenz. There are 32 rooms and suites with balconies, terraces, or access to the garden. There is also a Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. But is is the famous Venetian Gourmet Restaurant that is the heart and the soul of the Residenz Heinz Winkler. The elegant interior and the Italian ambiance is the perfect setting for unforgettable hours of culinary enjoyment and pleasure. In his starred cuisine Vitale Heinz Winkler creates classic menus and offers surprising creations to inspire his guests.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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The Executive Suites feature at Hotel Sacher Wien feature separate living rooms and bedrooms
in a spacious overall room size of 50 to 70 square metres (538 to 750 square feet). The suites are
equipped to the highest standards to meet your every need. The luxurious marble bathrooms are equipped
with double sinks, separate showers and bathtubs. The bathrooms have under-floor heating, separate
showers and bathtubs.

Hotel Sacher Wien

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