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10 of the world's most iconic hotels

Published On 03/30/2014 Published On 03/30/2014
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1. The Plaza Hotel Fifth Avenue at Central Park South , New York, NY 10019 (Midtown)

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.

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2. Hotel Plaza Athénée 25 Ave Montaigne, Paris, 75008 (Champs Elysees)

One of the most distinguished and notable hotels in Paris, the Plaza Athenee opened in 1911 and has 145 rooms and 43 suites.

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3. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

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).

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4. The Ritz 150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

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.

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5. Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna Kärntner Ring 1, Wien, 1015

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.

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6. Raffles Hotel 1 Beach Rd., Singapore, 189673

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.

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7. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah Meşrutiyet Cd. No:52 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul, 34430

This classic hotel was a favorite of such writers as Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway, so you should find it more than adequate too.

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8. Belmond Copacabana Palace Av. Atlântica, 1702, Rio de Janeiro, 22021-001

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.

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9. Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, 400001

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.

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10. Waldorf Astoria New York 301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

Declared an NYC landmark in the early '90s, the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Ave has long hosted eminent guests. But more important than the five-star, art-deco hotel's A-list clientele is its incredible all-you-can-eat brunch at its Peacock Alley Restaurant, which, though a bit pricey, is an experience in and of itself. The Waldorf is also home to La Chine and Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse.

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11. La Mamounia 1 Avenue Bab Jdid, Marrakesh, 40000

The luxury boutique hotel has an updated colonial vibe that's true to its history, and movie stars from Marlene Dietrich to Jennifer Aniston and Salma Hayek have graced La Mamounia with their presence.