John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

In the world’s great towns, these legendary establishments consistently provide five-star excellence to their discerning clientele.

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Aman Tokyo 
High in Otemachi Tower, the Aman exudes serenity while providing stunning views. Ryokan-style rooms feature pale wood and washi paper with vast windows, while a Japanese focus on nature and balance informs spa treatments. Masakazu Hiraki, who cooked in Venice’s finest kitchens for 17 years, presides over Arva restaurant.

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The Connaught 
With a history dating back to 1815, The Connaught, with its fanciful facade, gables and turrets, is a bastion of Mayfair elegance. Its client list has included everyone from Alec Guinness and Princess Grace to Jack Nicholson and Ralph Lauren. Visit illustrious restaurants by Jean-Georges and Hélène Darroze, and don’t miss David Collins’ sliver-leaf-embellished Connaught Bar, with its famous martini trolley.

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Featuring glorious views of the Han River and city skyline, this architecturally sleek structure offers sophisticated, high-tech guest rooms in shades of taupe and gold. Eating establishments range from a grill and bar on the 37th floor to a noodle bar combining East Asian tradition with seasonal ingredients.

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Evelyn Hotel
New York City
Designed in 1903, this hotel has had several iterations, but in 2014, following a multimillion-dollar renovation, it was renamed after Evelyn Nesbit, the storied model and actress of the early 20th century. The decor captures this period with art nouveau touches in the lobby, rooms and suites, which feature heated floors and Frette linens. The hotel houses the Michelin-starred Benno as well as a trattoria and café.

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Heritage Hotel 
A Relais & Châteaux property in central Madrid, the belle-époque Heritage Hotel offers a sprightly and regal 19th-century ambience. Rooms feature extravagant handmade wallpaper, geometric patterns, touches of velvet and select artworks. Emphasizing local, seasonal fare, the dazzling Restaurante Haroma, overseen by chef Mario Sandoval, has been awarded two Michelin stars.

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The Inn of the Five Graces
Santa Fe
The five “graces”—sight, sound, smell, touch and taste—are all awakened at this adobe-and-stone inn. Rooms feature extravagant tapestries, fireplaces, handlaid tile and exotic antiques. On-site amenities include a Tibetan spa, gym and intimate restaurant whose French fare is given a contemporary, market-driven spin.

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The Langham 
Occupying 13 floors of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s IBM Building, The Langham overlooks the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city skyline. The 268 rooms and 48 suites feature full-length windows, sumptuous textiles and a soothing palette. Travelle restaurant serves seasonal American cuisine; authentic afternoon tea is available at Pavilion.

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The Peninsula 
This grand structure in the 16th arrondissement, formerly known as the Majestic, dates to 1908. Within are 200 rooms, 86 suites (including a duplex garden accommodation) and three restaurants: the newly Michelin-starred L’Oiseau Blanc, an alfresco rooftop space and Paris’ largest enclosed terrace—all draw on the French culinary tradition.

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Constructed in 1912, this palazzo-style landmark—the first in North America to use the Ritz-Carlton name—underwent an extravagant renovation in 2008. In addition to its 130 lavish rooms and suites, the property houses Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud, the historic Palm Court and a Dom Pérignon champagne bar. The 5,500-square-foot Spa St. James uses signature aromatherapy treatments.

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Occupying a curvilinear glass tower, the Thompson features 10 categories of sleek rooms and suites, all with views of downtown Nashville and the vibrant Gulch neighborhood. Marsh House serves seafood-centric fare; the top-floor L.A. Jackson offers cocktails and small plates; Killebrew is a bustling lobby café.

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