Some of the best hotels in the world are those with classic architecture as they’re almost impossible to recreate.
Modern architecture hotels can also be an interesting choice if you value comfort, creativity, and better energy efficiency.
Some of the best hotels are made right in the middle of the action in large cities, such as those in New York and Paris. Others are specifically made for remoteness, such as hotels in The Maldives.
But there are plenty of 5-star hotels that can only be reached by airplane. This list looks at some of the best hotels in the world.
It’s not sufficient for them to offer a 5-star experience as they also need to have either a unique location, unique décor, or an unmatched story for them to reach this list.
The following hotels have some of these characteristics and this is why many musicians, politicians, and sports personalities are seen here.
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10. Claridge’s, London
For a historic hotel, Claridge’s isn’t that expensive. You can stay here and enjoy excellent central London access to its historic building. Steel and marble dominate its art deco design. This hotel is one that inspires travelers who like the classic appeal and who’re not the biggest fans of endless glass seen on new hotels being built today. We recommend going to the Fumoir for a few drinks to relax and to admire the true design inspiration of the hotel later in the evening.
9. Soneva Jani, Maldives
If you want a break from your busy life, a Maldive escape sounds brilliant. Based on unique luxurious villas, the Soneva Jani hotel is often considered the most exclusive option in the Maldives. If you’re a fan of the Indian Ocean, you know that it’s not just about the amenities at the hotel as it is about the beaches. The pristine beaches of the hotel are set in a group of 5 uninhabited islands which ensure you’ll get the tranquility you need even if you’re a VIP guest. Villas with multiple bedrooms are also available if you’re traveling with a butler or a personal chef.
8. Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Have you ever dreamed about sleeping in your villa in the rainforest? Now you can do this in Soneva Kiri in Thailand. However, you might be in for a surprise if you plan to drive to the hotel and ask for a room. Location in the Siam Gulf, the hotel is only reached by plane. You’d have to make a reservation and wait for the hotel’s plane to pick you up in Bangkok if you want to see the hotel with your own eyes.
7. The Peninsula, New York
If you’re seeking that mid-century vibe, you might still find it at The Peninsula. This hotel is just around the corner from the famous Fifth Avenue and it greets its guests with a building that reminds of the old New York. Marble, sculptures, and high ceilings make this hotel a unique experience for those who have to be in the middle of the action. We also recommend the Clement hotel for its luxurious dining experience here.
6. Thompson, Chicago
This hotel is one of the top choices if you’d like to sleep in a room which overlooks the Chicago skyline. It features dark colors and large windows which give it a unique atmosphere. You might even want to sleep next to the window when you see the views yourself. The on-site Osteria restaurant is a top choice if you love Italian food as well.
5. The St. Regis, Rome
With its classic interiors, this impressive hotel is situated in the heart of Rome. You can even take a short walk to Republica Square from the hotel if you want to explore Italy’s capital city yourself. With vintage inspiration, this 5-star hotel has been the home of touring Madonna recently. But all types of international pop stars tend to stay here every year.
4. Ritz, Paris
The classic appeal of the Ritz in Paris is what made so many high profile guests stay here. From politicians to local perfume-makers, the hotel attracts the best. It has been made in a classic style in 1898 and some of its decoration is inspired by Versailles as well as from other iconic Parisian buildings.
3. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
If you’re seeking luxury, remoteness, and an underrated hotel, the Fogo Island Inn in Canada is your best bet. It’s the most expensive hotel in Canada and you’ll need to arrange to pick up to reach its remote island locations in the Newfoundland and Labrador region. The hotel ranks highly in modern architecture originality. It can stand as an example of how a new hotel can be integrated into a rugged landscape. But its remoteness also makes it perfect for VIPs looking to get away from all of the action of big cities.
2. The Plaza, New York
Built 100 years ago, The Plaza is one of the most iconic hotels in New York. Its top suite comes with all of the vintage charms you could dream of. There’s even a kitchen if you’re bringing a personal chef to prepare you a different meal to the ones you find in the hotel’s luxurious menu. Celebrities tend to stay here due to its classic charm. No matter how many new hotels open around the world, they cannot recreate the idea of the golden age New York hotel that is found right here at The Plaza.
1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
As the most photographed hotel in the world, Burk Al Arab tends to attract a lot of attention even from those who don’t stay there. If you are rich enough to book a night at Burj Al Arab, you can expect world-class facilities such as 2-story suites with modern design. Multiple gyms are found here and you might even play tennis on the roof with Roger Federer as he’s been seen in the hotel several times.