The energy and excitement and the sights and sounds are what make exploring world-class destinations so fun. There’s so much to do and see that, at the end of the day, the best feeling in the world is putting your feet up and relaxing. Here are five hotels in bustling cities that offer a secluded respite of so much hospitality, amenities and sheer style that you’ll never want to leave.
The Pottinger Hong Kong
After navigating the chaos of Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong offers a welcome reprieve. Smack-dab in the middle of the city’s vibrant Central District, this charming boutique hotel is clean and crisp with tasteful accents that blend East and West in art and design.
Try hearty Italian fare at Gradini Ristorante e Bar Italiano or modernist Asian cuisine at Ta Vie. For something lighter, experience high tea at The Envoy or taste artisanal chocolates at Venchi, a sweet complement to The Pottinger’s amenities that make it hard to leave.
Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, London
In the elegant West End of London, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel exudes a certain sophistication that harkens back to the distinguished 350-year pedigree of the area. From the lobby to the Park Room restaurant and bar that overlooks Hyde Park (perfect for an afternoon tea service), the hotel’s aesthetic blends a contemporary look and feel with classic luxury.
With a salon, fitness suite and additional restaurants and bars like JW Steakhouse or The Bourbon Bar, it’s easy to make Grosvenor House your exquisite escape in London Town.
Millennium Seoul Hilton
In Seoul, the massive metropolis of skyscrapers, heritage sites and K-pop in the shadow of Mount Namsan, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Millennium Seoul Hilton is a fully stocked home away from home near the city’s business district and entertainment areas.
Travelers and businesspeople alike can take a load off with amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, five restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, a golf driving range, a spa complex and an indoor swimming pool. There’s so many relaxing options here that you forget you’re in the heart of downtown Seoul.
W San Francisco
Go urban at the W San Francisco, where stark modern design and an electrically cool ambience set the mood for a high-beat retreat in the city. Appropriately located next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the hotel places creativity front and center. Its feature piece is a 27-foot-tall light sculpture that floats above the hotel lobby.
Some of Mother Nature’s finest landscapes, not to mention stunning views of the city skyline and Bay Bridge, can also been seen from numerous spots within the 31-floor hotel. With a state-of-the-art Fit Gym, the aptly named Bliss Spa and a pet-friendly philosophy, you’ll feel like a member of the family who’s decided to take a long-deserved break from the city’s brouhaha.
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, New York City
Get tucked in at the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village the next time you find yourself in the city that never sleeps. Inspired by the Georgian architecture in Greenwich Village and the neighborhood’s history, this 18-story boutique hotel in downtown Manhattan welcomes you home with its stunning façade.
Inside, Art Deco meets bohemian in the lobby, while rooms are stylish with a touch of vintage, distinctly inspired by classic NYC living. Complimentary perks, from Wi-Fi and the fitness center to shoeshine services and C.O. Bigelow bath products, encourage you to unwind at the cozy getaway in the Village, safely secluded from the buzz of the city.