ADVERTORIAL • September 2018
When it comes to hotels, few can do it as big, as bold or as bodacious as the US. From the glitz of the Ritz-Carlton to the regal St Regis, now's the time to indulge in the most luxurious hotels that lady liberty has to offer
Watching over Madison Square park is an old revivalist clock tower. Originally built for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s headquarters in 1909, nowadays, it serves as a centrepiece for one of New York’s most stylish hotels. The New York EDITION on 24th Street and Madison Avenue is a 273-room boutique conglomeration of mahogany wood panels and curated art hallways. Just like its timepiece, the hotel interior is a tick-tock of classical design and functionality, with its very own Michelin-starred restaurant and a jaw-dropping, 24-carat, gold-leaf-embellished bar - the ideal spot for a late-night martini.
Built in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace, with a nightly turndown service, shoeshining and attentive butlers on every floor – The St Regis in Washington DC is nothing short of presidential. As it happens, the hotel is only two blocks from the president himself, plus a stately stones-throw from the capital's top attractions. After a day seeing the sights, return for an Old Fashioned by the fireplace at the hotel's sumptuous, leather sofa-adorned bar, before collapsing into luxury in your signature St Regis bed.
If it’s cool, urbane modernity you’re looking for, look no further than the intimate W, New Orleans. From the splashes of colour to the mellow, low-tempo atmosphere, this jazz-inspired hideaway positively jingles from its spot in the heart of the French quarter. You’re never more than a drumbeat away from Bourbon Street and the pulse of live music, but it’s worth indulging the hotel’s own entertainment choices too; SoBou is one spirited option - the hotel's much-lauded restaurant, offering handcrafted cocktails and amazing Louisiana street food.
It’s not a luxury list without the sun, the palms and the glamour of Los Angeles. And there are few places quite as glamorous in LA as the famous Marina Del Rey, neighbour to Venice Beach and home of the incomparable Ritz-Carlton. Designed to resemble the interior of a designer yacht, this is a structure built with the ocean as its muse, featuring the first - and only - heated, saltwater waterfront pool in the city. There's also the stunning Sisley Spa and farm-to-table style dining at Cast & Plow, not to mention the hotel's prized spot on the world's largest man-made marina.
You wake up in a nest of Egyptian cotton, you can smell the Atlantic through your open window and, when you roll over, you see that white sand stretching for miles. You’ve checked into the W, Miami and you’re living your best South Beach life. Unsurprisingly, this spacious oceanfront escape is a favourite spot amongst sun-seeking celebrities. It's also where you'll find the illustrious Mr Chow restaurant, a premier white-sheen dining experience accentuated by a 125-foot gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier. For more surprises, head to the rooftop, where a full-sized basketball court awaits.
There is something poignant about a 1930’s-style ‘first-school’ skyscraper standing tall in the heart of downtown Chicago. Stepping into The Gwen feels not so different to stepping back 90 years to the city’s golden era. The interior is inspired by one of the period’s foremost art sculptors Gwen Lux, who is also the hotel’s namesake. If you can tear your eyes away from the astonishing artworks dotted around the lower levels, you might want to make your way to the rooftop bar, where is located the hotel’s masterpiece; a sprawling cityscape view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
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