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100 Most Amazing Grand Old Hotels in the World

If you visited most of the great cities of the world, and could stay anywhere you wanted, chances are you'd choose their grand old hotels. For example, in New York, that could be The Waldorf or The Plaza. These are the hotels that set the standard for gracious living. (They didn't coin the phrase "Putting on the Ritz" because of the crackers.) These are the hotels we see in the movies, and where movie stars stay; and world leaders, and royalty. The walls drip with history. You can sit in the same bars as Hemingway, Churchill, and Wilde did, drinking now common cocktails invented in that very bar. They are often tourist attractions on their own merit. Oddly enough, Canada has a disproportionate number of these classic hotels, the byproduct of its cities coming of age coinciding with the golden age of rail travel; hence their being colloquially referred to as "railway hotels", as they were originally built, owned, and operated by the major railroad companies. How many do you recognize?
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The Algonquin, St. Andrews - Canada
The Algonquin, St. Andrews - Canada
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American Colony, Jerusalem - Israel
American Colony, Jerusalem - Israel
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Amstel, Amsterdam - Netherlands
Amstel, Amsterdam - Netherlands
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Ashford Castle, Cong - Ireland
Ashford Castle, Cong - Ireland
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The Balmoral, Edinburgh - Scotland
The Balmoral, Edinburgh - Scotland
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The Banff Springs, Banff, Canada
The Banff Springs, Banff, Canada
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Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne - Switzerland
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne - Switzerland
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The Bessborough, Saskatoon - Canada
The Bessborough, Saskatoon - Canada
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The Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills - United States
The Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills - United States
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The Biltmore, Los Angeles - United States
The Biltmore, Los Angeles - United States
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Brown's, London - England
Brown's, London - England
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The Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise - Canada
The Château Lake Louise, Lake Louise - Canada
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The Château Laurier, Ottawa - Canada
The Château Laurier, Ottawa - Canada
14
Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles - United States
Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles - United States
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Claridge's, London - England
Claridge's, London - England
16
Copacabana Palace, Rio De Janeiro - Brazil
Copacabana Palace, Rio De Janeiro - Brazil
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The Dolder Grand, Zurich - Switzerland
The Dolder Grand, Zurich - Switzerland
18
The Dorchester, London - England
The Dorchester, London - England
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The Drake, Chicago - United States
The Drake, Chicago - United States
20
Eastern & Oriental, Penang - Malaysia
Eastern & Oriental, Penang - Malaysia
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21
The Empress, Victoria - Canada
The Empress, Victoria - Canada
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The Fairmont, San Francisco - United States
The Fairmont, San Francisco - United States
23
The Fort Garry, Winnipeg - Canada
The Fort Garry, Winnipeg - Canada
24
The Gellért, Budapest - Hungary
The Gellért, Budapest - Hungary
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Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg - Russia
Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg - Russia
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Grand Hotel Royal, Budapest - Hungary
Grand Hotel Royal, Budapest - Hungary
27
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como - Italy
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como - Italy
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The Grand, Stockholm - Sweden
The Grand, Stockholm - Sweden
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Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary - Czech Republic
Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary - Czech Republic
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Gritti Palace, Venice - Italy
Gritti Palace, Venice - Italy
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Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville - Spain
Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville - Spain
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Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich - Germany
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich - Germany
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33
Hôtel De Crillon, Paris - France
Hôtel De Crillon, Paris - France
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Hotel De Paris, Monte Carlo - Monaco
Hotel De Paris, Monte Carlo - Monaco
35
Hotel Del Cornado, San Diego - United States
Hotel Del Cornado, San Diego - United States
36
Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Côte D'Azur - France
Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Côte D'Azur - France
37
Hôtel George V, Paris - France
Hôtel George V, Paris - France
38
Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens - Greece
Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens - Greece
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Hotel Imperial, Vienna - Austria
Hotel Imperial, Vienna - Austria
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Hôtel Lutetia, Paris - France
Hôtel Lutetia, Paris - France
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