Best City Hotels

Vote for your favorite in the 2018 Platinum List Awards

May / June 2018

In the world’s great towns, these legendary establishments consistently provide five-star excellence to their discerning clientele. Help us determine the best in luxury travel for the 2018 Celebrated Living Platinum List Awards. Your vote will help select the top properties. Voting ends June 30. Read about the winners in our Platinum List Awards issue, on planes September 1.

Baccarat Hotel

New York City, New York, United States

The legendary French elegance of the Baccarat crystal company is reimagined for the modern traveler.


Beijing, China

This 29-story high-rise features a unique, contemporary exterior and modern details. 


Miami Beach, Florida, United States

As the first hotel designed by Baz Luhrmann, the Faena lives up to the extravagance of the Australian director’s films, featuring a fantastical kaleidoscope of elaborate prints and novel sensations. Peppermint-striped umbrellas dot the pool deck, a gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth by arist Damien Hirst occupies a beachfront lookout, and, in the feline-themed Living Room, a chandelier flickers whenever lightning strikes the Argentine Pampas. In the three years since it opened, Alan Faena’s brainchild has easily become one of the city’s buzziest spots.


San Francisco, United States

Atop Nob Hill, this legendary property has been entertaining moguls and celebrities for more than a century.

Grand Hotel Plaza

Rome, Italy

One of the oldest hotels in Rome, the property sits on the Via del Corso with views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Spanish Steps. 

The Hay-Adams

Washington, D.C., United States

Affording iconic views of The White House, St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park, this Italian Renaissance-style property has been a focal point of the capital for 90 years. 

Hotel Café Royal

London, England

Since it opened in 1863, the Café Royal has attracted luminaries of the time, from Oscar Wilde to Winston Churchill, Brigitte Bardot to David Bowie. Early in its history, owner Daniel Nicols enlisted his cousin from Burgundy to stock its wine cellar, which was once considered the greatest in the world and today boasts an extensive list with a focus on French regions. In 2012, British architect Sir David Chipperfield unveiled a sweeping restoration that transformed the former restaurant into a luxury hotel, ushering in sleek, modern touches to rooms and suites while adapting this Grade II-listed building to the 21st century. Naturally, architectural details such as gilded boiseries and carved stone moldings reflect its 150-year history.


Hotel Emma

San Antonio, Texas, United States

Long before the Hotel Emma was awarded AAA’s Five Diamond designation, the 146-room hotel was the site of the Pearl Brewery, which hotel namesake Emma Koehler successfully ran after her husband’s death in 1914 and, through her ingenuity, survived Prohibition. It finally closed in 2001, and the next year interior designers Roman and Williams were tasked with preserving the 1894 buidling. An enormous bottle capper transformed into a chandelier and brew tanks converted into seating areas at the bar are some of the quirky touches that allude to its past. Books from San Antonio writer and historian Sherry Kafka Wagner can be found in the wood-paneled library. Reserve the grand Emma Koehler Suite for its double-height floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the San Antonio River.

JW Marriott

Mexico City, Mexico

In the heart of Polanco, this refined high-rise is the perfect place to explore the city by foot with its unbeatable location. 

The Langham

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, the downtown skyscraper offers views of the cityscape, Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. 


New York City, New York, United States

Designed by Jacques Garcia, this Madison Square property features an elegantly moody vibe and a buzzy clientele. 

The Peninsula

Shanghai, China

Soaring over the Huangpu River with sweeping skyline views, The Peninsula is the newest building in the historic Bund district in more than 70 years. Though this 235-room hotel opened in 2009, its opulent, art deco interiors, soaring pillars and gilded chandeliers evoke the glamour of the city’s storied past—even the indoor pool area features a deco fireplace. The only hotel on mainland China with two Michelin-star-rated restaurants, The Peninsula also incorporates an upside-down room at the clandestine Salon de Ning, where a portrait, bookcases and other decor are whimsically anchored to the ceiling.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, California, United States

Five-star The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel offers upscale patio dining, a rooftop pool and 195 guest rooms (including 17 private villas) just steps from Rodeo Drive — though chauffeured transportation is provided. There’s an available menu of only-in-L.A. activities at this luxury Los Angeles hotel, like a shopping with a celebrity stylist or a Hollywood-style photo shoot complete with hair, makeup and wardrobe.

The PuLi

Shanghai, China

Built as China’s first urban resort, the striking property conjures a Zen ambiance with polished tile floors, silk wall coverings and reproductions of ancient Chinese household items. 

La Réserve

Paris, France

Located between the Champs-Élysées and the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this 19th-century property—formerly a private residence—offers views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. 


Paris, France

After a four-year renovation by Thierry W. Despont, the legendary hotel that Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marcel Proust called home has been restored to its belle époque glory. 

The St. Regis

New York City, New York, United States

Dating to 1904, the elegant New York landmark retains details such as the original marble staircases, as well as the iconic King Cole Bar.