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Grandes Dames

9 Hotels with Age & Beauty
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel, California

  • Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

  • The Balmoral, Edinburgh

  • Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

  • Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

  • Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

  • De L’Europe, Amsterdam

  • Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

May, 2012

While we do have a soft spot for the modern boutique, there’s something to be said for the kind of experience that’s only found in the grandest of grand hotels.

1.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, California — Even a city as young as Los Angeles has its grandes dames, of which The Beverly Hills Hotel is without a doubt the queen. The “Pink Palace” celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
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2.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Budapest, Hungary — Just in case you need a little refresher on what exactly Hungarian Art Nouveau looks like, the Gresham Palace is a textbook example — and a fine luxury hotel to boot.
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3.

The Balmoral
Edinburgh, Scotland — The doormen at the Balmoral still dress in full Highland regalia, but inside it’s a more contemporary sort of classic, with modern interiors thanks to a Rocco Forte redesign.
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4.

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt
Buenos Aires, Argentina — Though it’s only been a hotel since 2006, the Duhau is a throwback to BA’s roaring ’20s, a time when the expression “rich as an Argentine” was instinctively understood.
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5.

Hotel Sacher Wien
Vienna, Austria — The Viennese know a thing or two about opulence, and the extravagant Sacher Wien, a Vienna landmark, is remarkable for more than just a perfect chocolate torte.
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6.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Paris, France — It’s a rare historic hotel where youth doesn’t look out of place, but the Plaza Athénée’s clientele spans all ages, thanks to some timeless design and a flattering color palette.
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7.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam — Along with Hanoi’s Opera House and Presidential Palace, the Metropole is among the more beautiful vestiges of the French imperial era — and an exceptionally well-run hotel.
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8.

Hotel de L’Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands — This riverfront beauty pays tribute to Amsterdam’s artistic heritage. Rooms, decorated in rich hues, feature replicas of Dutch Master paintings from the Rijksmuseum.
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9.

Taj Mahal Palace
Mumbai, India — Long one of the most storied hotels in the world, the Taj Mahal Palace continues to earn its fame for a new century with its timeless glamour and its extremely devoted service.
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