John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

From Palm Springs and Coral Gables to London and Berlin, these properties capture the glamour of travel through their unique architecture, decor and furnishings.

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The Biltmore
Coral Gables, Florida
From its Spanish inspirations to its massive pool, The Biltmore is a true Jazz Age icon from 1926. A pair of design firms recently completed an update to its 275 rooms, lobby and amenities, restoring details like the hotel’s original chandeliers while amping up the glamour of The Biltmore’s storied past.

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Fogo Island Inn
Joe Batt’s Arm, Canada
For pure wow factor, few moments beat your arrival at Fogo Island Inn, located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. The hotel’s starkly modern design rises up from the island’s jagged rocks. And you might spot a whale from the floor-to-ceiling windows in any of the 29 individually designed rooms and suites—now that’s remote.

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Hotel Mari Mari
Los Lagos, Chile
This five-star eco-resort is set amid 9,000 acres of the Mari Mari Natural Reserve, where you can explore the lush terrain on horseback or kayak along 13 miles of Pacific coastline. Six private villas overlook the sea, while a restaurant, spa and other amenities are offered at the resort’s stone Clubhouse.

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Kimpton Rowan
Palm Springs, California
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Rowan celebrates the sleek mid-century design that’s a signature of this resort town. Graphic upholsteries and wallpapers adorn each of the 153 rooms and suites, while the towering lobby and rooftop pool and adjacent High Bar offer plenty of Instagram-friendly moments.

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Located in London’s chic West End, the Mandrake begins its seduction of guests at the entrance, a dimly lit corridor leading into a double-height lobby of cement walls that showcases an oversized Gothic chandelier. From artwork by Salvador Dalí and Francesco Clemente to three-story walls of jasmine and passionflower, the Mandrake is a feast for the senses.

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The Mansion at MGM Grand
Las Vegas
Away from the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, The Mansion at MGM Grand indeed feels like an oasis. Inspired by an 18th-century Tuscan villa, The Mansion offers 29 suites with balconies and verandas overlooking the courtyard’s lush gardens and limestone fountain. A pool, private spa-treatment rooms and a Joël Robuchon restaurant complete the escapist vibe.

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The Murray
Hong Kong
Housed in a former government building designed in 1969 by British modernist architect Ron Phillips, The Murray is now one of Hong Kong’s most stylish hotels, starting with its original four-story arches. Minimalist decor is found in the hotel’s 336 rooms and suites, while a rooftop bar and restaurant offers panoramic city views.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a chic Paris apartment steps from the Louvre, don’t miss the Nolinski, located in the city’s 1st arrondissement. Carrera marble, trompe l’oeil treatments and plush furnishings in rich blue and green hues imbue this six-story, 45-room hotel with an abundance of Parisian luxe.

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Washington, D.C.
Taking his cues from the building’s origins as the historic Riggs National Bank, Jacu Strauss’ design evokes thoughts of private safety-deposit boxes, from the art deco-inspired chandeliers to the lavish use of stonework and brass, all juxtaposed with colorful furnishings. Be sure to check out the rooftop terrace, which offers views of several monuments.

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Soho House
With its mix of industrial Bauhaus-style interiors and glamorous 1920s furnishings, Soho House Berlin has perfected the modern idea of a shabby-chic hotel. Exposed brick walls are paired with bold wallpapers, while antiques and other vintage details populate the cozy rooms. The rooftop pool and bar is also a Berlin hotspot.

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