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City Wonders

Many of the world's major metropolises are instantly recognizable for a single, man-made landmark. From Istanbul and Moscow to New York and Barcelona, read about ten Leading Hotels of the World close to some of the cities' inimitable symbols.

EXPLORE Istanbul's world-famous Blue Mosque and the banks of the Bosphorus with a stay at this opulent former residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
VISIT Moscow's Red Square and ornate St. Basil's Cathedral, both just a stone's throw from this foodie-favorite hotel in the shopping district of New Arbat.
DISCOVER the historic sights, ocean views and spectacular Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco at one this 100-year-old landmark hotel.
WALK along the banks of the River Thames and see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the 700-year-old Westminster Abbey, all close to this modern London hotel.
STAY at this elegant boutique hotel on Avenue Paso de Gracia and discover Barcelona's iconic modernist buildings and signature Sagrada Familia.
MARVEL at views of Midtown Manhattan, bustling Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building from this sixty-story, contemporary New York retreat.
SPLURGE on a suite at this historic Berlin hotel and wake up to views of the Brandenburg Gate.
SIP a cocktail on the rooftop bar of this sleek Rio de Janeiro hotel and look out to Ipanema Beach and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
SLEEP under frescoed ceilings at this historic Pisa hotel, just minutes from the city's famous leaning tower and the elegant walled town of Lucca.

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Trend Article: New World/New Wonders: United Arab Emirates

Of the seven city-states that make up the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the most transformed. Both grew from small fishing villages to futuristic metropolises in just fifty years. The UAE is today known for soaring skyscrapers and man-made islands that are changing the world's maps. Read about four Leading Hotels showcasing the United Arab Emirates' unique kind of opulence.

One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Located on the man-made modern wonder of the Jumeirah Palm, the One&Only The Palm is an unexpected thing in Dubai - an intimate beachside retreat away from the bustling city. All rooms, suites and private villas blend Moorish and Andalusian architecture with elegant, modern interiors, and the three restaurants include the hip 101 at the marina.

Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi
This city-center hotel is a dream escape for anyone who loves to shop. A stone's throw from a white-sand beach and the Arabian Sea, it is connected to the million-square-foot Abu Dhabi mall – home to over 220 stores – by a private, underground passageway. Unwind from a day in the designer boutiques with a treatment at the Zen spa, or relax in one of the ten on-site restaurants.

Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
This serene property fronting the Arabian Gulf represents a world within a world, located on a leaf of the Jumeirah Palm. Guests see little reason to leave the verdant setting-nestled in 65-plus acres of landscaped gardens-with eight restaurants, pampering spa, nearby golf course, hair salon and host of water sports.

The Monarch Dubai
This gleaming skyscraper stands 33 floors tall at the top of Sheik Zayed Road-the heart of the financial district. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vast city, but for the best views, book the dramatic Duplex Sky Suite, which is suspended between the hotel and an adjacent tower, on the 29th floor.

Round Up: Getting Close to Ancient Wonders

There are historic and archeological sights so familiar through books, film and traveler's tales that it's easy to feel like you've been there and done that. A handful of ancient wonders, however, can never be experienced from afar, and these Leading Hotels enable you to visit three of these magnificent sites in luxurious style.

The Pyramids of Giza are the only wonder of the Ancient World still in existence. Built over 4,500 years ago as elaborate portals to the afterlife, it seems impossible that such an epic site could be so easily accessible. Travelers today can make their base at the nearby Kempinski Nile Hotel - Garden City, a luxurious 11-story tower blending Egyptian culture and modern European design, and still be just 30 minutes from these marvels.

In the heart of colonial Cusco, the Hotel Monasterio stands as one of the most magnificent historic hotels in Peru. Dating from 1592, bedrooms look onto an interior courtyard and retain much of the property's original character, including 16th-century paintings and religious artifacts. Modern extras include oxygen ventilation (to help combat altitude sickness) and organized tours to the legendary Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Located in Athens' stylish Kolkani neighborhood, the Divani Caravel is a sleek city hotel with one exceptional extra: panoramic views of Constitution Square and the ancient Acropolis. Head to the rooftop pool at night (it is covered and heated in the winter) and take a truly memorable swim in the shadow of this magical ancient wonder.

Divani Caravel
The guestrooms and common spaces of the Divani Caravel reflect a deep respect for historic Athens while providing all the comforts of a 21st-century hotel. Fashionistas love the location, close to the boutiques of Kolonaki, the city's uncontested neighborhood for high style and nightlife, while art aficionados are walking distance from the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the National Gallery. All guests will admire the views of Constitution Square and the Acropolis from the hotel’s rooftop, which boasts a gorgeous pool. For business travelers, there are many options for meetings and events, including sixteen fully-equipped function rooms, the Olympia ballroom and the Athens View banqueting hall overlooking Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis.
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