While boutique hotels are hot, there’s something to be said about chain hotels. You pretty much always know what you are going to get and there (hopefully), won’t be any surprises. There’s a safety in it. And if you have very expensive, luxurious taste, it’s safe to say any of these twelve luxury hotel chains will suit any of your needs and of course, your wants too. When you need to know you will get a good night’s sleep and be pampered in a beautiful room, if you stay at any of the hotels on this list, your're likely to get that and a whole lot more.
Shangri-La hotels, which are known for having some of the best service in the industry, just sound super luxurious (say it "Shangri-La...."). And they certainly are. With hotels and resorts all over the world (except for the United States) including Australia, The United Arab Emirates, India, Italy and Canada, there are so many great options. In 2013, Forbes Magazine rated the Shangri-La the best hotel in Paris. On the Seine river, the hotel was once the palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. To that, it’s hard not to say “oui.”
11 J.W. Marriott
When you think of Marriott, you might not think of luxury, but you need to think again. The very high-end J.W. Marriott brand is named for the founder of Marriott Hotels, John Willard Marriott. And it is quite luxurious, competing with some of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world. Amenities include spas with private sanctuaries, personal trainers, pools and ultra luxurious suites. J.W. Marriott has over 75 locations including New York (The famed Essex House is now a J.W. Marriott), Los Angeles, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, several in Hong Kong, Mexico, The United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
10 The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons is a Canadian five-star luxury chain. There are 98 Four Seasons properties throughout the world including Toronto (of course), New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Paris and Seychelles. Many Four Seasons properties are resorts offering beach front amenities with water sports such as sailing and diving, as well as other locations which offer skiing, golf and of course, the famous Four Seasons Spas. While all the activities are great, one thing that most people forget you do at a hotel is actually sleep- and for that, The Four Seasons has you covered with their luxurious beds. And if you fall in love with the bed so much you don’t want to leave- no worries, you can buy one ranging from $2,199 for a twin size to $2,999 for king sized mattress. Remember, you can’t pay for a good night’s sleep, but you can pay for a very good mattress.
The Ritz-Carlton is one the first names you think of when you think of a luxury hotel. The hotel chain, which is owned in part by Marriott, has 87 locations in 29 countries. Some notable locations include New York (there are multiple locations), Los Angeles, Aruba, Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. One amenity the hotel chain is known for is its spas. In fact, the Toronto, Canada location was voted Number. 1 on the Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top Hotel Spas Overall. Now, that sounds relaxing...
8 Peninsula Hotels
There are only nine Peninsula Hotels. The first one was in Hong Kong, which opened up in 1928. The other locations are in Beijing (where the in-hotel Louis Vuitton store is considered the “world flagship” for the famed luxury brand), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Chicago, London and Shanghai. One interesting amenity of the hotel is that they will provide some of the most extraordinary transportation from the airport including helicopters (really the best way to avoid traffic in any city), boats and if you insist on ground transportation, every hotel has a fleet of Rolls Royce cars.
7 Banyan Tree
You might not have heard of the luxury chain, Banyan Tree because they don’t have locations in America. Focusing more on Asian countries, Banyan Tree has locations throughout China, Indonesia, Seychelles, Mexico, Maldives, Vietnam, Thailand, The United Arab Emirates and South Korea. If you are looking for a unique experience, check out the Private Collection, where you can stay in beautiful stunning villas on several of Banyan Tree’s properties. Similar to a time-share, it costs $150,000 per year to join their club and then an additional $3,300 per week to book a villa. That’s one club we’d all like to be members of!
6 Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental hotels are a favorite luxury chain of many celebrities including Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver and Jerry Hall. Famed shoe designer, Christian Louboutin also endorses the hotel and no one knows more about luxury than he does. Mandarin Oriental is known for their excellent spas, which offer a variety of treatments including Thai Yoga Massages, and fourhanded massages (what could be more relaxing?). Locations include New York, Miami, Boston, Las Vegas, Atlanta and throughout Asia and The Middle East.
5 St. Regis
When the St. Regis hotel in New York was purchased by Starwood in 1998, they realized they could turn one of the first names in luxury hotels into a chain, opening multiple locations of St. Regis resorts throughout the US, China, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico and The United Arab Emirates, as well as several other countries. John Jacob Astor IV, who was one of the wealthiest men in America at the time, built the original St. Regis. Construction started in 1901, and the hotel opened in 1904. It is a Forbes-Five Star, AAA diamond resort, just four blocks from Central Park. As can be imagined, a room at the luxurious hotel doesn't come cheap with rooms starting at $1,045 per night.
Aman properties aren’t merely hotels, they are true resorts offering “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences. Aman has a number of locations including Bora Bora, France, Morocco, Montenegro, the Turks & Caicos, Turkey, Greece and Italy. Most resorts have less than 55 rooms total and a staff ratio of four staff to one guest. Yes, you read that correctly, four staff for one guest! To create a unique experience, there aren’t even bellboys, a front desk, or a reception area, as all guests stay in private villas. Many properties are beachfront or have skiing and golf. Some locations even offer private Safaris. And of course, there are spa services and fitness services including Yoga and private Pilates instruction.
You might have stayed in a Rosewood Hotel and not even known it. Many of the world’s most famous hotels are Rosewood properties, including The Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Hotel Crillon in Paris. Rosewood operates 11 hotels in 9 countries, as well as 7 resorts in a variety of exclusive locations. The resorts are incredible properties offering a variety of choices from beachfront and desert locations to spas, golf courses, yachting, diving, country and even wine and cuisine destinations. The cuisine destinations including Menlo Park and San Martin California, Jumbo Bay Antigua and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, offer private epicurean encounters of the location.
Jumeirah is Arabic for the word “beautiful,” which is a great way to describe Jumeirah’s hotels. Jumeirah used to own the Essex House in New York City, but no longer has any properties in the United States. But, they do have locations throughout the Middle East, as well as other places including Maldives, Rome, Frankfurt, as well as Istanbul and London. Jumeirah has some of the most beautiful spas in the world, each of which are designed to reflect the beauty of the location.
Intercontinental has over 178 hotels with 53 currently in development. It is considered one of the first “luxury chains.” There are 60,560 rooms total. Any Intercontinental Hotel you stay at will be fabulous. Just a few of the most famous locations are New York, Beverly Hills, Mumbai, Bora Bora (rated one of the top 25 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller's 2011 Reader Travel Awards UK), Monterey, Paris, Washington D.C. (The Willard) and Las Vegas (The Venetian Hotel). One of the most expensive hotel suites in the world is at the InterContinental in Hong Kong, with a rate of over $13,000 per night.