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The Peninsula New York
Midtown Manhattan’s golden Peninsula calls itself a “cocoon of peace and quiet” amid the fray on Fifth Avenue. And recent travelers agree, though they contend that it’s an expensive cocoon. Highlights include free internet access, the rooftop terrace Salon de Ning (which offers stunning city views), and a highly acclaimed spa and health club. But that’s not all this ultra-luxurious hotel has going for it. Previous visitors cited the top-notch service, spectacular vistas and enviable location (just steps away from Central Park and Rockefeller Center) as equally compelling reasons to return.
The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel
Since 1930, The Pierre has been sitting pretty along swanky Fifth Avenue across from Central Park. Epitomized by its opulent rotunda, this elegant hotel strives to provide elite luxury befitting of its Upper East Side locale. Recent travelers praised the tastefully decorated rooms and comfortable beds, as well as the gracious hotel staff. Wellness professionals are ready to pamper you with soothing in-room massages, and Perrine, the on-site restaurant, draws guests out of their rooms with delectable dishes. If you can, book a room facing the park. Previous visitors said that the views overlooking the greenery are spectacular. Keep in mind that all of the rooms boast sweeping city or park views, along with Turkish marble bathrooms, luxe toiletries and Bose sound systems.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel is iconic to La-La Land lore, made famous by The Eagles tune “Hotel California.” But the Pink Palace has racked up quite a few fabled stories: Katharine Hepburn is said to have jumped into the pool fully clothed, and Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed six honeymoons here. Today, this Dorchester Collection hotel continues to cater to discerning travelers with stylish guest rooms (equipped with marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access and gourmet minibars), business amenities and a supreme Sunset Boulevard location. Travelers say the customer service is just as legendary as the hotel itself, praising the hotel staff for its attentiveness. And the on-site Polo Lounge is not only known for its celeb-spotting – it’s known for serving up a mean breakfast as well.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that’s why people love it. This Relais & Châteaux property brims with carefully manicured greenery on top of plenty of amenities and activities to woo any type of traveler. Visitors are complimentary of the respectful, thoughtful staff while guest rooms stun for their aesthetic. Accommodations here exude a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep-soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. For pampering, Rancho Valencia’s spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies. The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant complements the serene environment.