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The Lowell, New York City, New York

Best City Hotels: Readers' Choice Awards 2016

By Andrew Harper

The Hideaway Report | September 1, 2016

The top hotels here are no surprise, both The Lowell and the Four Seasons George V have topped the Best City Hotels list for years. Most notably, The Goring in London and The Langham Chicago have dropped off completely, and Aman Tokyo made the list even though it has only been recommended since December. All in, 11 hotels that were not listed last year made the cut.

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1. The Lowell


New York City, New York — Refined hotel set along a tree-lined street between Madison and Park avenues close to notable museums, galleries and shops. The 47 suites are among the finest in the city. It offers a recently refurbished lobby with new Majorelle restaurant and garden terraces. Attentive service complements a peerless location.
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2. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


Paris, France — Grand luxury 244-room hotel in a landmark 1928 building near the Champs-Elysées, lavishly decorated with chandeliers, 17th-century tapestries and Louis XVI-style furniture. Three-star Le Cinq restaurant serves the classic cuisine of chef Christian Le Squer; new Le George restaurant offers light Mediterranean dishes.
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3. Four Seasons San Francisco


San Francisco, California — Sleek high-rise two blocks from Union Square and the Museum of Modern Art that contains 277 guest rooms and suites. MKT Restaurant – Bar serves dishes simply prepared from locally sourced ingredients in a dining room with panoramic fifth-floor views of the city.
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4. Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel


Beverly Hills, California — Strikingly restored 395-room (137 suites) landmark hotel built in 1928 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel, situated on Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills’ fashionable shopping district, has two wings: the original Wilshire Wing and the more modern Beverly Wing.
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5. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago


Chicago, Illinois — Exceptional 347-room hotel offers impressive views of a downtown tower complex that incorporates upscale Michigan Avenue shops. The guest rooms were designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Allium restaurant and bar serves contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on regional farm-to-table fare.
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6. Four Seasons Firenze


Florence, Italy — Magnificent hotel created from a 15th-century palazzo and a 16th-century convent, filled with museum-quality art. The 116 accommodations are individually decorated in a variety of historical styles. Michelin-starred Il Palagio terrace restaurant serves regional cuisine with a contemporary twist.
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7. Four Seasons New York


New York City, New York — Dramatic I.M. Pei-designed 52-story modern property between Madison and Park avenues. The 256 guest rooms and 112 suites (some with private terraces overlooking Central Park) are decorated in a refined contemporary style. Dining venues include The Garden for lighter dinner fare.
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8. Belmond Hotel Cipriani


Venice, Italy — Grand resort hotel amid lush gardens at the tip of Giudecca Island. The 95 accommodations offer garden, pool or lagoon views; some have private balconies or terraces and marble baths with double vanities and separate tubs and showers. Cip’s Club offers spectacular views of St. Mark’s Square.
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9. The Peninsula Chicago


Chicago, Illinois — Sophisticated 331-room hotel on North Michigan Avenue in the heart of the premier shopping district. Elegant, high-tech guest accommodations have been redesigned to feature a more contemporary style. Four dining and bar venues include the indoor/outdoor Shanghai Terrace for distinctive Chinese selections.
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10. Alvear Palace Hotel


Buenos Aires, Argentina — Atmospheric Old World hotel situated in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta district. The 190 refined guest rooms and suites are done in Empire, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. Dining options include a cosmopolitan, wood-paneled lobby bar and glass-roofed courtyard for buffet breakfasts.
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11. Aman Tokyo


Tokyo, Japan — Distinguished 84-room hotel, Aman’s only urban property, set in the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower in the heart of the financial district. Designed to evoke the feeling of being within a giant shoji lantern, the striking atrium lobby has 100-foot ceilings and two rock gardens.
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12. Le Bristol Paris


Paris, France — Elegant, impeccably serviced 188-room hotel in a mid-18th-century building near Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Each room is individually decorated in a traditional style; suites on the upper two floors have views of the Eiffel Tower. Dining at three-star Epicure and luxury Michelin-starred brasserie 114 Faubourg.
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13. Four Seasons Seattle


Seattle, Washington — Contemporary 21-story hotel and residential tower with 147 rooms (13 suites) on the first 10 floors, across from the Seattle Art Museum and near the energetic Pike Place Market. Goldfinch Tavern offers Pacific Northwest cuisine in an airy dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows.
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14. Baccarat Hotel New York


New York City, New York — Sophisticated hotel set in the first 12 floors of a 50-story tower located opposite the Museum of Modern Art. The Grand Salon is extravagantly decorated with massive chandeliers, beautiful display cases and a mica-flecked vaulted ceiling. The 114 rooms and suites, designed by Gilles & Boissier, are just as impressive, with floor-to-ceiling windows.
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15. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong


Hong Kong — Grand hotel adjacent to the Star Ferry terminal on Hong Kong Island. The 501 rooms and suites offer sleek contemporary décor, futuristic technology and opulent baths. The property contains 10 restaurants and bars, including Man Wah, serving Cantonese cuisine, and Michelin two-star Pierre, for gourmet French.
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16. Hotel Bristol


Vienna, Austria — Beautifully appointed Old World hotel opposite the Opera House and next to Vienna’s main pedestrian-only shopping zone. The 150 spacious rooms are furnished with fine antiques, oil paintings, walk-in closets and marble baths. Superb dinners available in the Bristol Lounge restaurant feature Viennese specialties.
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17. Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel


Rome, Italy — Stylish hotel near the Spanish Steps and lovely baroque Piazza del Popolo. The 122 high-tech guest accommodations (34 suites) are done in pastel hues, with an appealing mix of classic and contemporary furnishings, and feature marble mosaic baths; some suites have private terraces.
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18. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek


Dallas, Texas — Grand 143-room hotel surrounding an Italian Renaissance-style residence on four-and-a-half acres. Restored interiors feature handcarved fireplaces, stained-glass windows and marble floors. Mansion Restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine with French inflections.
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19. The St. Regis New York


New York City, New York — Sumptuously restored 238-room Beaux Arts landmark in the Midtown Fifth Avenue shopping district. Accommodations combine classic furnishings with contemporary art. Its King Cole Bar is famous for Bloody Marys and the striking mural by Maxfield Parrish.
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20. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok


Bangkok, Thailand — Legendary 374-room resort hotel founded in 1876 and set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River amid tranquil gardens. All rooms feature butler service and large baths. The bustling lobby is a primary focal point for the city’s social and business life. Nine superb restaurants and bars.
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Photo Credits: 1. The Lowell 2. Four Seasons George V 3. Four Seasons, San Francisco 4. Beverly Wilshire - © Don Riddle 5. Four Seasons, Chicago - © Peter Peirce 6. Four Seasons, Firenze - © Peter Vitale 7. Four Seasons, New York City - © Peter Malinowski 8. Belmond Hotel Cipriani - © Eric Laignel 9. The Peninsula, Chicago 10. Alvear Palace 11. Aman Tokyo - Courtesy of Aman © Nacasa & Partners Inc. 12. Le Bristol 13. Four Seasons Seattle - © Steve Sanacore 14. Baccarat Hotel - © Eric Laignel 15. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong © George Apostolidis 16. Hotel Bristol 17. Hotel de Russie 18. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek 19. The St. Regis, New York - © Bruce Buck 20. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok - © George Apostolidis
Andrew Harper Photo Our editors write under the Andrew Harper byline so they can travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who they are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.

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