Because sleeping somewhere steeped in history, rife with tales of illegal liquor and fountain-frolicking, where famous actors, presidents, and royals have checked in (and where some dead celebs refuse to check out) is almost always preferable to staying in one of these joints, we've put together a guide to 10 of the world's most storied hotels.
10 of the world's most iconic hotels
1. The Plaza HotelFifth Avenue at Central Park South , New York
2. Hotel Plaza Athénée25 Ave Montaigne, Paris
3. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
4. The Ritz150 Piccadilly, London
5. Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, ViennaKärntner Ring 1, Wien
6. Raffles Hotel1 Beach Rd., Singapore
7. Pera Palace Hotel JumeirahMeşrutiyet Cd. No:52 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
8. Belmond Copacabana PalaceAv. Atlântica, 1702, Rio de Janeiro
9. Taj Mahal Palace & TowerApollo Bunder, Mumbai
10. Waldorf Astoria New York301 Park Ave, New York
11. La Mamounia1 Avenue Bab Jdid, Marrakesh
The historic Plaza Hotel in New York City has been featured in many movies through the years, and for good reason: the place is staggering. It's located across the street from the Apple Store on 5th avenue, which is handy in case your iPhone's acting up while you're visiting the Big Apple.
One of the most distinguished and notable hotels in Paris, the Plaza Athenee opened in 1911 and has 145 rooms and 43 suites.
The Hollywood Roosevelt's Library Bar have launched eats/drinks for their iconic lobby, meaning you can now snack on chicharrones w/ chili & lime, and burrata w/ bagnet vert & cherry tomatoes, and drink cocktails like the Zelda Fitzgerald (ginger, grapefruit, Gosling's, lime, Luxardo & agave) while loitering down there in the hopes you may just be able to catch a glimpse of superstar celebrity person Ed Begley, Jr (swoon).
One of London's most luxurious hotels, the Ritz is a respite for the rich and famous known for its afternoon tea offerings and delicious cocktails at the Rivoli Bar.
Adjacent to the Vienna State Opera, the Hotel Bristol Vienna is a go-to destination for musicians the world over; the classical pianist Rubinstein and composer Puccini both stayed at the city's most coveted hotel, as did the Prince of Wales with his once illicit lover Wallis Simpson.
Raffles first opened its doors in 1887, and is perhaps best-known for being the birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail. If you're not much into drinking (HAH), then maybe the onsite spa facilities, restaurants, and leisure activities'll pique your interest.
This classic hotel was a favorite of such writers as Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway, so you should find it more than adequate too.
Since its grand opening in 1923, the Belmond Copacabana Palace has long been Rio de Janeiro's premier luxury hotel, hosting a plethora of VIP celebrity and royal guests.
This five-star hotel is actually composed of two different structurally distinct buildings, the Palace and the Tower. Its 560 rooms and 44 suites have seen such personalities as Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger, Oprah, and The Beatles, so you should fit right in.
Declared a NYC landmark in the early '90s, the Waldorf-Astoria has long hosted eminent guests, including presidents and celebrities, on Park Avenue.