The art of being a luxury hotelier is no small business. We take a look around some of the most opulent hotels on the planet: the luxurious hotels you must visit.
THE CORINTHIA, London
This Victorian gem, situated near the River Thames and Trafalgar Square, has been serving the citizens and guests of London since 1885. It is just minutes away from Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, the National Gallery and Covent Garden, making it ideal to explore historical and cultural sites.
If you need more relaxation while enjoying the centre of the capital, there is an enticing day spa. The spa is just one of the many features in this hotel, in addition to it’s fitness centre, several fine dining rooms, hair salon and afternoon tea. It’s 300 elegant rooms are a combination of suites and penthouses.
At The Corinthia, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Their afternoon tea is highly rated, while the in-house spa, ESPA Life at the Corinthia, is rated the best in Europe.
THE PLAZA, New York
With an artistic flair, The Plaza Hotel is an iconic combination of past and future. It boasts the largest square footage of any New York hotel, and has an impressive 282 distinctive rooms, including 102 incredible suites. The hotel is filled with Beaux Arts décor. Twenty-four hour a day, butler service is available to suite guests to enjoy.
The Plaza takes pride in their “white glove” service and the technology they have placed very discreetly in the rooms and around the hotel. You can enjoy high-definition television, high-speed internet and room service at the touch of a button. There is an iPad in every room, and a business centre is ready for your use.
Visitors can enjoy the view as The Plaza is right across from Central Park. They can spend time at the spa or fitness centre – both very highly rated, use valet parking, the babysitting service or breakfast in bed. BMW 7s are available for guests to explore New York.
FOUR SEASONS, Toronto
Spectacular and sophisticated, this 55-storey hotel is in the middle of the downtown shopping and restaurant area of Toronto. The contemporary 259 guest rooms, including 42 luxury suites, are spacious with an inspiring view of nearby boutiques, galleries and cafés along the tree-lined streets.
The Four Seasons has the largest luxury spa in the city, hosting 17 treatment suites, two steam rooms and a hair and nail bar. Meanwhile, the many cultures of Toronto come together in both contemporary casual and fine dining areas.
A swim could be on your list while visiting, so you can enjoy the sky-lit, indoor pool on the ninth floor. If staying in is more to your liking, you can relax and soak in the elegant, deep tub located in each suite.
THE UPPER HOUSE, Hong Kong
A small, but no less sensational, hotel, The Upper House was designed by Andre Fu. He is one of the top young designers in Asia Pacific today. The hotel seems to resemble a private residence with the tranquil ambience, as the hotel was designed and built to have a sense of calm.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the hotel and discover the contemporary works of art, placed all through the building.
Rooms have he incredible view of the harbour or islands. There is more to enjoy. The Upper House has walk-in showers in the rooms. Penthouses are available with dressing rooms, down bedding, iPod touch, duo-temperature wine fridge, television, Espresso machine and a selection of tea.
There are several levels of suites in The Upper House, all above street line to avoid the noisy and busy street below. Guests can be sure they will get the relaxation they need during their stay.
Of course, if you’re tempted by a luxury getaway to one of these destinations, your TRULY concierge will be only too happy to help.