5 favorite luxury hotels around the world
I began a love affair with hotel rooms when I was eight. On our many road trips, my thrifty parents accommodated us in Motel 8 (which used to be eight dollars) and other roadside budget motels with Magic Fingers vibrating beds.
Mom fed quarters into the beds while my baby sister and I sprawled on the bed letting the buzz envelop us. One day, we stayed at a Ramada Inn. We jumped from one fluffy bed to the next. I inhaled the pretty scented shampoos and giddily slathered the lotions on my ashy knees. Finally, I’ve arrived.
It’s been a few years since my first taste of “luxury” hotels. It takes a little more to impress me but my requirements are pretty much the same—gorgeous details, pretty toiletries and a fluffy bed I can jump on. Although the destination is usually key, the following luxury hotels are the destination if you’re looking to stay in for a delicious night.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ensconced in Vancouver International Airport (YVR), The Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Fairmont Room has floor-to-ceiling windows that display airplanes rolling soundlessly by. The bathroom features a separate shower and a deep, air-jet soaker tub. You can order an in-room bath drawing service, complete with rose metals and milk. Luxurious and sexy.
Eat & Drink: Globe@YVR, Jetside Bar
Amenities: Millar & Harris
Standard Room Rates: CAN$299-399 per night
Dallas, Texas, USA
The Hilton Anatole just finished its $120M rejuvenation. It remains Texas big but boasts chic Asian decor and artwork to rival a metropolitan gallery. The stunning Atrium II features Nebula — an enormous sculpture constructed of 10 miles of airplane cable and 4500 amber crystals. The hotel exhibits contemporary and antique art from the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the largest in Texas. It’s the only exhibit you can take in with a latte in hand.
Eat & Drink: Nana Restaurant, Media Grill + Bar
Amenities: Crabtree & Evelyn
Standard Room Rates: $120-190 per night
Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers
Kuwait City, Kuwait
In a city where the kids cruise main street in Porsches and Mercedes, luxury service is heads and tails above what we Americans are used to. A floor steward anticipates your every move, almost genie-like in his timing. The mini bar comes fully stocked, sans booze (but with near beer and bar nuts). A fresh fruit basket appears every morning along with the daily newspaper. The marble and gold gilt bathroom feels like a Versace showroom and the shower stall is bigger than my car. The spa is gorgeous and free for use for hotels guests and guests of the neighboring Four Points Sheraton. The teak jacuzzi is strewn with fresh rose petals. Attendants are attentive but invisible. It’s deliciously private and serene.
Eat & Drink: Le Tarbouche Lebanese Restaurant, English Tea Lounge
Standard Room Rates: KWD 85-94 per night
Hyatt Regency Osaka
The Hyatt Regency in Osaka is the place for young Japanese hipsters to get married. Hang out in the lobby to see over-the-top princess puffed wedding dresses in an assortment of candy colors. The best thing about the Hyatt in Osaka is that the entire room is remote controlled—the television, of course, all the room lights, the alarm clock and the curtains. You can do everything but flush in bed. Speaking of flush, the toilet is also fully customizable—flush strength, seat heater, bidet, personal wash (for the good china) and water temperature control. I spentd hours in bed, opening and closing the curtains and sipping my seaweed tea.
Eat & Drink: Irodori Restaurant, Lobby Lounge
Amenities: Hyatt Regency Japan
Standard Room Rates: ¥19,000-24,000
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
The MillenniumHilton Bangkok sits along the Chaya Praya River. This alone makes it one of my favorite hotels. The fourth floor pool feels like a rooftop pool. It features an infinity pool with a gorgeous view of the river and Bangkok skyline. In-pool loungers get rid of the need for tacky floaters. Enjoy exotic fruit and the view while dipping your toes into the cool water. Servers bring cocktails to you. Semi-private cabanas are staffed with masseuses for poolside spa treatments. Should you care to join the hot, sticky masses, the hotel offers free boat shuttles to the train station across the river.
Eat & Drink: Flow Restaurant, The Beach
Amenities: Crabtree & Evelyn
Standard Room Rates: THB 4600