After a long day of shopping your way up and down Fifth Avenue, go directly to the plush club chairs in the nearby lobby of Le Parker Meridien New York (parkermeridien.com). As you head to your room (request one with a panoramic view of Central Park), keep an eye out for a colourful neon hamburger. There youfind, hidden behind a thick velvet curtain, the entrance to one of New York Citybest burger joints —simply called Burger Joint. Donleave without trying Works.”Ita meal that will never go out of style. (And it will be the best $7.50 you spend all day.)
While in town Put down your in-room blow-dryer and descend to the hotelnewly renovated subterranean mecca of beauty and wellness. Primp with a prix-fixe blowout at Drybar, a detoxifying facial at the Moonshine spa (your treatment starts with a shot of the good stuff) and a custom pedicure at the apartment-style nail salon TenOverTen. Then head back upstairs to NYC brunch landmark Normafor the blueberry pancakes with Devonshire cream.
For the Prada-clad jet-setter Stepping into The Hempel (the-hempel.co.uk), in West London, is like entering a minimalistdream. Even the front foyer feels like a luxe retreat, with its ivory-coloured floors and sunken seating area. The boutique hotel was designed by British designer Anouska Hempel to pay homage to all things Zen, and as you make your way to the front desk —which is illuminated by glowing candles —youfeel your shoulders start to relax and the stress leave your body.
While in town Take a jaunt in Hyde Park, or check out the luxury shopping in nearby Notting Hill. Or, if you feel like staying in, enjoy a bite at No. 35, The Hempelrestaurant, which overlooks the hotelfamous Zen garden. (The uber-private terrace was the backdrop for the final scene in the Hugh Grant film Notting Hill.)
For the party girl and celeb hunter That the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (thompsonhotels.com) reigns over the middle of the Walk of Fame is no accident —it holds a central position in the history of the entertainment biz itself. The landmark hotel hosted the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, and Marilyn Monroe lived there for two years. More recently, Vince and the boys of Entourage made their home at the Roosevelt. Book a swish room overlooking the infamous Tropicana Bar to be part of the endless poolside parties, and then wander over to the Spare Room to bowl on an actual vintage bowling lane while sipping a classic cocktail.
While in town Hit the strip, baby. Thereas much high wattage as you can handle —coming from both the neon signs and the star power walking along Hollywood Boulevard. Get a little wild at the end of a long night by slipping down to BeacherMadhouse, Rooseveltvaudeville-inspired theatre
For the glam connoisseur When a doorman in a perfectly appointed pillbox hat swings open the door to the Peninsula Beverly Hills (peninsula.com), you know yousomewhere special. And when you pad along the plushly carpeted hallways to your room —extra-cozy thanks to a year-long renovation —cross your fingers that youbeen upgraded to the Grand Deluxe Suite, which overlooks the garden. Decorated by American design icon Nancy Corzine, the sweeping icy-blue two-bedroom suite even has a fireplace for evenings in. colours make a California blonde look glamorous,”said Corzine. Oprah has said shelike to stay here. Bonus: Repeat guests are treated to monogrammed pillowcases during their stay.
While in town Slink up to the ultraprivate rooftop patio to sip a Jalapeno Margarita and enjoy an unbeatable view of the hills —and the other gorgeous guests, since celebs often sun themselves around the secluded pool.
For the too-cool-for-school urbanite The Hotel Gault (hotelgault.com), based in architecturally rich Old Montreal, is full of wonderful contradictions. Itfashionable but not pretentious and sleek yet full of warmth. With giant French windows, Eames chairs and warm wood furniture, each loft-style room is unique. Relax in the huge soaker tub (big enough for two, nudge, nudge) or borrow an iPad to use during your stay. Service is discreet and personal.
While in town Keep the sense of rejuvenation going by diving into the soothing Nordic bath thermotherapy experience at Le Scandinave Les Bains and squeezing in a meal at Le Bremner, celebrity chef Chuck Hughes’speakeasy-style seafood restaurant
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