Belmond Charleston Place: Well-Mannered Charm in the Historic Heart of Town

I’ve never considered a city hotel just a spot to sleep between sightseeing, but rather an extension of the city itself. The right home base achieves a perfect balance of creature comforts, urban polish and sense of place — it’s as much a destination as the streets that surround it. Belmond Charleston Place, tucked amid the bustle of historic…

A Chic Urban Haven at The Mark Hotel in New York

Swank and warm, The Mark Hotel — housed in a 1927 Renaissance Revival-style building that overlooks Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of New York. This 5-star luxury property hotel has service to match, but it doesn’t feel at all stuffy. The staff was engagingly warm, welcoming and gracious throughout our stay.…

History Comes to Life at Sofitel’s Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam

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Significant landmark hotels have big expectations behind them, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is certainly no exception. What’s remarkable here, and what distinguishes the Metropole in Southeast Asia, is the incredible preservation of its historic North Vietnam sense of place as the hotel of choice for writers, celebrities and diplomats since it opened in…