The World's Most Opulent Hotel Lobbies

27 September 2013

Based on the adage that first impressions are all important, there are luxury hotels around the world that boast incredibly opulent hotel lobbies. These architectural gems are designed to inspire and captivate. Here are our favourite lavish hotel lobbies.

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Hôtel du Palais, France

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Spectacularly located on a cliff overlooking the famed French coast at Biarritz, the lobby of the Hôtel du Palais is decorated with antique furniture, gilded cabinets and chandeliers, which are in keeping with its Napoleon and Eugénie heritage.

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

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Hollywood were so impressed with the lobby of the Zumeirah Zabeel Saray that it was featured in the film Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The architecture is inspired by the imperial palaces of the Ottoman era.

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Palazzo Versace, Australia

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The stunning antique chandelier that features as the centrepiece in the lobby of the Palazzo Versace once illuminated the State Library of Milan. Situated on the Gold Coast, every aspect of Italian-inspired architecture and ornamentation reflects a level of opulence that was once the domain of the grand hotels of Europe.

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The Breakers Palm Beach, United States

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 Image Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach.

Originally opened in 1896, the current incarnation of The Breakers Palm Beach, which was modelled on the Villa Medici in Rome, dates to 1926 after fire destroyed the first two original structures. Be sure to look up and appreciate the ceiling of the 61-metre lobby that was painted by seventy-five artisans brought from Italy.

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Fairmont Olympic Hotel, United States

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Featuring Italian renaissance architecture, Seattle's historic 450-room Fairmont Olympic Hotel first opened in 1924. It's a pleasure to enjoy a cocktail in the piano bar located in the heart of the lobby.

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The Langham, Hong Kong

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Channelling the timeless elegance of past eras, the Langham Hong Kong boasts a Baroque-inspired lobby with a domed ceiling, opulent chandeliers and inlaid marble floors. This is the perfect hotel that blends classic sophistication with modern luxury.

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Al Bustan Palace, Oman

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The Al Bustan Palace is noted for its impressive 38-metre high domed atrium lobby. The property located in Muscat was originally built in 1985 and has a reputation as being "jewel of the Sultanate."

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The Landmark London, England

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Originally called the Great Central Hotel, The Landmark London first opened in 1899 and was designed by architect Robert William Edis, who was known for his penchant for the Gothic revival style.

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The Roosevelt New Orleans

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Walking through the lobby of The Roosevelt New Orleans, past the golden columns and under the crystal chandeliers, is a sumptuous experience. Originally built as one of the region's grand hotels, the property continues to inspire new generations of visitors.

 

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.