A hotel is one of the most inevitable places people stay in during their travels. It has long been one of the main choices for temporary residences for any type of trip, whether it is for business or leisure. This is largely because hotels are usually complete with all the needed amenities and facilities meant to cater to the convenience of any traveler, such as suites, conference rooms, restaurants, spas, salons, boutiques, and even childcare centers.
But, among all the hotels all across the globe, there are those that branch out to become chains and to grab the title of being among the most expensive and most sought-after hotels in the world. To give you an idea on how massive these hotel empires have become and how luxurious they are, we have compiled five of the best among them below:
5.) St. Regis
The St. Regis Hotel is a Forbes five star and American Automobile Association (AAA) five-diamond luxury hotel that was initially erected in New York City. The first ever Regis hotel was built by legendary hotel mogul John Jacob Astor IV in 1901. The property was eventually purchased by Starwood in 1998 and later became one of the first luxury hotel turned into a chain. St. Regis resorts have been opened throughout the countries of US, China, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates.
This popular hotel is part of a chain of resort hotels that are reputed to give its guests ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. The name Aman, which means ‘peace’ when translated to Arabic, boasts of a number of locations, including France, Mexico, Morocco, and The Turks and Caicos.
Majority of the resorts only have less than 55 rooms and has four staff attending to just one guest. One of the greatest features of this hotel chain is the fact that guests are ushered into their own private villas, instead of the typical hotel room. And, aside from providing spa services, they are also giving out yoga and Pilates classes.
The Rosewood hotels and resorts is a Dallas-based international luxury hotel and company. It was founded in 1979 by the daughter of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, Caroline Rose Hunt. The idea was born out of her desire to provide people with a residential style luxury hotel.
Many of the world’s famous hotels like the Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Hotel Crillon in Paris are part of the Rosewood hotel chain. This empire has 11 luxury hotels in 9 countries and 7 resorts situated at exclusive locations. It is also known for its incredible properties that come with a variety of the choices, ranging from desert locations to beach fronts that offer spas, golfs, yachting and diving. They also have wine and cuisine destinations.
Coming from the Arabic word, which means ‘beautiful’, the Jumeirah is mainly located in the Middle East, but can also be found in other destinations like the Maldives, Rome, Istanbul and London. The hotel is known for having one of the most beautiful spas in the world.
Jumeirah boasts of a portfolio of numerous travel and tourism awards, such as National Business Awards’ Best Five-Star Hotel of the Year 2014 for the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Travel Weekly’s Hot Hotel Awards for Favourite Hotel for Spa and Luxury in 2014, World Travel Awards 2010 for Middle East Leading Luxury Resort, DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 for Best Hotel in Dubai for Burj Al Arab, and Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015 for Top Hotels for Romance – UAE. Other luxury hotels under the Jumeirah chain are the famed Burj Al Arab, Jumeriah Emirates Towers and Etihad Towers.
The Intercontinental is a British multi-national hotel company based on Deham, United Kingdom. This hotel chain has over 178 hotels, 60, 560 rooms in total, and is considered to be the first of the ‘luxury chains’. Some of its famous locations include Mumbai, Bora Bora, Monterey, Paris, and Las Vegas. It is also home to one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world, such as the one in the InterContinental Hong Kong, which has a rate of $13,000 per night.
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