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Top City-Center Hotels


Top City-Center Hotels

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Aldrovandi Palace, Rome. The Hideaways Take: This gem offers up two of the best finds in Rome: an outdoor swimming pool, and "baby," the Michelin-starred restaurant featuring the cuisine of Alfonso Iaccarino, one of the major names on the Italian culinary scene. Room Recommendation: Enjoy a penthouse-like experience when you stay in a Deluxe Room, located on one of the hotel's highest floors, with bella views of the Borghese gardens or the 19th-century villas in the surrounding countryside.

The Conrad, Tokyo The Hideaways Take: Only one thing is traditional about this hotel: its superb, very polite Japanese service. Everything else is as modern as could be, with an Asian flair. Room Recommendation: Stay on an Executive Club Floor and enjoy the view from your luxurious glass-walled room. The amenities of the Club Floors—a fabulous breakfast spread, drinks and snacks whenever you want, and wine, cocktails, and delectable hors d'oeuvres in the evening—are well worth the extra cost.

Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires The Hideaways Take:This elegant hotel is run with a sense of pride as well as a team of butlers on each floor to attend to guests' needs, starting with complimentary ironing of two garments on arrival. Room Recommendation: Enjoy just-right space and sophisticated European style in an elegant Junior Suite.

The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore The Hideaways Take: The Fullerton has a central location that is second to none; not only is it convenient to just about everything you'd want to see in Singapore, it also offers some fantastic views. Room Recommendation: We all know the view from the top is the best, and that's just what you'll get—along with oodles of space—with an Esplanade Room, located on the top floor of the hotel and with panoramic views of Marina Bay or the Singapore River.

The Peninsula, Hong Kong The Hideaways Take: Built in 1928, The Peninsula is one of the most historic and legendary hotels in a city that regularly tears down old buildings to replace them with the ultra-tall and modern. Room Recommendation: Definitely book a room on the harbor side, and if you can afford it, spring for one of the tower's luxurious corner suites, where you'll enjoy unusual space and luxury with panoramic views from on high.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston The Hideaways Take: Stepping through the red-carpeted entryway of The Fairmont Copley Plaza is somewhat akin to being transported into the pages of a French fairytale. Trip Notes: "The Copley Plaza has long been THE place to stay in Beantown. Built in 1912, it offers a rich history, authentic location, and palatial living at its best."—Darcy Allen, Hideaways Travel Services Manager, excerpted from A Beantown Landmark.

Casablanca Hotel, New York The Hideaways Take: One-half block from Times Square, this property is reminiscent of Bogart's Morocco. Trip Notes: "This boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquility. You may feel you've entered another world. As its name suggests, the Casablanca's decor is Moroccan. The feel is slightly eclectic but elegant. Guest rooms are decently sized and are extremely quiet."—Abby Maxted, Hideaways ambassador, excerpted from Casablanca Hotel: An Elegant Retreat in New York City.

Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto The Hideaways Take: Old-world charm and elegance meet modern luxury and technology. Trip Notes: "Now this is Toronto's version of 5th Avenue,' I thought as I walked down Bloor Street, noticing every tony signature store, including Chanel, Prada, and Gucci. And tucked away mere steps from Bloor is the Windsor Arms. Hand your car keys over to the valet, and enter this century's nod to the past."—Kristyn Lak Miller, Hideaways staff writer.

Hotel Lutetia, Paris. The Hideaways Take: Here is a hotel that celebrates contemporary life along with a host of memories—a place where the spirit of the Left Bank lives on. Trip Notes: "Unfortunately, we only enjoyed Hotel Lutetia's gorgeous views and top-notch service for one night—then itwas off to our next hotel."—Andrew Thiel, Hideaways Director of Partner Relations, excerpted from Traveler's Journal: Loving Paris.

The Athenaeum , London The Hideaways Take: A delightful staff and the comfort and convenience of a home-away-from-home make this a perfect base from which to explore London. Room Recommendation: Stay in an apartment (or flat, as the Brits say) for the most authentic, living-like-a-local experience, as well as additional space and flexibility. Trip Notes: "We loved The Athenaeum. The staff was outstanding! And the food (breakfast) was fabulous."—Susan Elsholz, Hideaways Aficionado Club member

Hotel Grand Bretagne, Athens. The Hideaways Take: A true showpiece of éclat among Athens' already stellar monuments. Trip Notes: "Built 130 years ago, the hotel is the unquestioned grande dame of the city. And yet, it's not at all tired-looking as many historic hotels tend to be. Thanks to a complete makeover just prior to the 2004 Olympics, the Grande Bretagne seems new again."—Andrew Thiel, Hideaways Director of Partner Relations, excerpted from The Two Sides of Athens.