Jet setters rejoice! Whether you are on the road (or in the air) for business or pleasure, wherever you look these days there is a luxury hotel awaiting you to rest your weary feet. The number of hotels offering top-of-the line accommodations is growing as fast as the millennial generation, which isn’t averse to pulling out the pocket book.
When we think of hotels and travelling abroad, we often look to the heyday of luxurious hotels, or rather Hollywood’s midcentury romanticized rendition of hotel life: a glamorous place with soaring ornate architecture where bellhops wear crisp uniforms and adorable hats, where the interior décor is as fresh as the food, where plush carpets cushion the feet, where marble sprawls as far as the eye can see, where champagne or fine scotch is always pouring, where business men gather and where a concert pianist’s notes are forever floating through the air. But as travel became more economical and common, the luxurious hotel was superseded by plentiful simple lodgings boasting fewer amenities and catering to tourists on a budget.
Just because cheap accommodations have become more common, it by no means proves the day of luxury is at an end. In fact, we might say the sun is only now rising on the day of luxury. There are more international luxury accommodations than ever before, offering the height of technology, comfort, shopping and style. When these hotels describe themselves as the crème de le crème of luxe they mean it; you will literally feel like you are in the comfort of your home — if your home has a butler — and then some.
If you are making a pit-stop in Tel Aviv, London or Paris during your globe trotting travels there are few places to stay as refined as the InterContinentals — in fact it’s worth a trip just for the chance to check them out in person. Each of the following hotels has teamed up with a star of its respective city to offer guests a very unique opportunity. Even Trip Advisor’s meticulous and picky reviewers (who used words like spectacular and excellence to describe their experiences) have given these three hotels the thumbs up on everything from sleeping quality to value, but what they were most pleased with: service.
Le Grand (Paris, France):
We bet you didn’t know that guests who stay in the Le Grand’s Royal Suite get a personal tour of iconic macaron maker Ladurée’s kitchen, a private baking session and a curated tasting with an expert pastry chef. If you’ve ever tried your hand at making your own macarons you know these delicate confections are certainly tricky to concoct.
The David (Tel Aviv, Israel):
Apparently InterContinental has an affinity for well prepared food, because the icing on the cake at The David is a culinary journey through the heart of Tel Aviv with Israel’s most renowned chef Yaron Kestenboum.
Park Lane (London, England):
London’s Park Lane is home to the Made in Mayfair Insider Experience, an exploration of British craftsmanship of custom and bespoke goodies, like customized fragrances and tailored clothing — the prefect destination for the well-travelled fashionista.