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The Art of Dreaming

Sleeping near great works of art can inspire the conscious-and subconscious. The creative surroundings of these Leading Hotels of the World will surely lead guests to have artistic dreams.
Appreciate the devotion to authenticity that inspired crushed-marble painted walls and restored trompe l'oeil ceiling frescoes in this hotel, which overlooks the Grand Canal.
Stroll the halls of this grand yet family-friendly Hamburg mansion hotel, and admire the pristine collection of 16th- and 17th-century Gobelin tapestries.
Recline in your room's chic Knoll and Eames furniture at this mid-century-styled São Paolo property, designed by revered Brazilian architects Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan.
Experience doha's blossoming arts scene, including the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, while staying in this über-cool desert oasis, which boasts Murano chandeliers and pieces by Baccarat.
Marvel at the meeting of old and new at this hip Portuguese hotel, located within the walls of a 16th-century citadel in the center of seaside Cascais, a vibrant colonial city.
Take In views of Boston's Public Garden from your room at this refined hotel after a day of art appreciation at the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum and Museum of Fine Arts.
Gaze at the painting Robert Rauschenberg created especially for a wall in the penthouse where he stayed in this Zurich hotel, which is comprised of nine adjoining medieval townhouses.
The return of the fall season will see quality theater performances, including classic play revivals and debuts of new shows. These Leading Hotels of the World are the places to stay in London, Dublin and New York - cities that have particularly robust theater districts - and the concierges are happy to help secure tickets.

The Greenwich Hotel

New York, United States

Tribeca is one of New York City's most under-the-radar neighborhoods, beloved by locals and plugged-in visitors who appreciate its proximity to SoHo, Greenwich Village and Wall Street, but love being away from the tourist troves. One of the area's biggest spokespersons is Robert De Niro, who spearheaded the Greenwich Hotel, a bold statement of handcrafted design. The work of numerous artisans from around the world is woven into the interiors, which feature such design details as leaded glass windows, exposed oak beams and antique wood floors. A mix of styles, from Tibet to Morocco, is featured in guest rooms, and some have working fireplaces. The hotel's gorgeous library, leafy courtyard, spa and pool are open only to guests, making even first-time visitors feel like they are bona fide Tribeca residents.

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The Langham, London

London, England

When the Prince of Wales opened the Langham on Regent Street in 1865, it was London’s first grand hotel. Through its doors passed such literary greats as Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. The hotel has preserved its distinguished reputation, aided by an GBP 80 million renovation in 2010 that included the addition of the new Regent Suite, with expansive views of Regent’s Park, and a GBP 2 million luxury health-and-wellness center, the Chuan Spa. Voted Top London Afternoon Tea in 2010 by the Tea Guild, the traditional meal served in the Palm Court, on the ground floor, consists of delicate finger sandwiches, miniature pastries and thirty blends of tea. The glamorous cocktail bar, Artesian, offers martinis made by award-winning mixologist Alex Kratena.

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The Merrion

Dublin, Ireland

The Merrion encompasses four meticulously restored Georgian Townhouses that imbue it with a touch of Irish history. Popular with art lovers, the property is located in the heart of Dublin city and close to the National Gallery and National History Museum. It also contains the largest private collection of 19th-and 20th-century art in Ireland, including works by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Henry and Impressionist William Leech. Guests can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea during the summer in the hotel’s landscaped gardens and dine all year round in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Merrion Drawing Rooms, or under the vaulted ceilings of The Cellar Restaurant & Bar. The Tethra spa has an 18-meter swimming pool plus a gymnasium, steam room and treatment rooms.

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The Westbury Hotel

Dublin, Ireland

Located between Trinity College and Stephen’s Green, The Westbury Hotel is in the hub of the cultural quarter, with its endless restaurant and shopping options. The hotel itself is high on the list of city attractions, especially in its famous Gallery, with an extensive art collection and traditional afternoon tea. Fine-dining restaurant Wilde uses local ingredients to create an international menu from celebrated chef John Wood, while Café Novo is a trendy street-level brasserie with a modern menu and cocktails from the bar’s mixologist. All guest rooms have custom-designed furniture, Frette bed linens and Acqua Di Parma bath products. The Presidential Suite comes complete with its own gym and entertainment system.

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As the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Georg Friedrich Händel, Germany remains a bastion of excellent classical music. Today, many of its great cities boast extraordinary philharmonic orchestras. These Leading Hotels of the World will provide serene stays for guests looking to experience melodious bliss in Germany's great concert halls.

Leading Spa Brenners Park – Hotel & Spa

Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden is Germany’s most renowned wellness city, and this hotel is an urban oasis set in a private park. A favorite of dignitaries and celebrities, the hotel garnered international attention when U.S. President Barack Obama and twenty-five heads of state arrived for the 2009 NATO Summit. Perhaps some of these overworked leaders enjoyed a treatment at the medical spa that boasts a team of German doctors, who oversee everything from preventive check-ups to nutrition coaching. There are also two beauty spas specializing in Asian and South Pacific therapies. The Brenners Park-Restaurant sets a romantic tone, with deep-red walls and glittering chandeliers, but it's the two-Michelin-star food by head chef Paul Stradner that makes it the area’s top-rated restaurant.

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Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Cologne, Germany

Many hotels claim to be in the heart of a city, but in the case of Cologne's Excelsior Hotel Ernst, it's truly the case. The property sits opposite the Cologne Cathedral, a stunning Gothic extravaganza and world heritage landmark that took some 600 years to build. Opened in 1863, the hotel has a long history as the city’s most luxurious hotel. The city’s best shopping is within walking distance and the fairgrounds are just across the Rhine river. Suites, each uniquely decorated with rich fabrics and vibrant colors, overlook the Cathedral. Taku, the Asian-restaurant, recently awarded “best international restaurant in Germany”, makes an ideal dining experience for business or leisure and draws guests and locals alike, while Hanse Stube, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, offers contemporary French cuisine at its best.

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Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Berlin, Germany

Hotel de Rome is set in a 19th-century bank building in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood, and it offers a whimsical take on these historic surroundings: its spa is located in what used to be the vault, and the Opera Suite, the former office of the financial institution's founder, features the original oak paneling. It's not all old-world history, though. The rooms, with their high ceilings, saturated color scheme and high-tech amenities, are the perfect merging of old and new, while the restaurant features a thoroughly modern take on time-honored Mediterranean. Children receive a special welcome: complimentary food and drink for the under-six set, designated swim time, and a personal invitation to bake cookies in the hotel's kitchen.

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