For many of us, that true holiday feeling starts when you first step foot through the doors of your hotel.
From James Bond style entrances to hand-blown glass flowered ceilings, we have rounded up a selection of our favourite hotel entrances that are sure to leave guests with a lasting first impression.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is a five star luxury hideaway in Venice, situated on its own private island, Isola delle Rose. Guests are welcomed with a James Bond style arrival by private boat, which takes them from St. Mark’s Square straight into the hotel lobby.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is an oasis away from Venice’s labyrinth of canals and bridges, with lush green spaces and wide open areas where guests can spend days exploring the finest wellness and dining experiences on offer at the island resort. All of this just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Venice. Families will also be well looked after with a range of activities to enjoy, from the dedicated family pool to Venetian biscuit making at the Sapori Cooking Academy.
Nightly rates at JW Marriott Venice start from €450 (approx. £377) for a double room.
Credit: JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa
Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas
The most affordable hotel on our list is the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Guests may not be planning a trip to Las Vegas specifically for fine art, but that is exactly what guests are treated to when they enter the Bellagio lobby. Sculptor Dale Chihuly has earned a reputation for his work with glass and perhaps one of the most eye grabbing pieces is his incredible installation at the Bellagio which is made from 2,000 colourful hand-blown glass flowers and weighs over 40,000 pounds.
The hotel which is inspired by the Lake Como town of Bellagio in Italy, is also famed for The Fountains of Bellagio display which runs daily. Each performance is unique in expression and interpretation so no matter how many times you have seen the Fountains, they always have more in store to wow you with.
Nightly rates at Bellagio Hotel & Casino start from $209 (approx. £155)
Credit: The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Langham, Jakarta
After years of anticipation, The Langham, Jakarta officially opened its doors this September in Indonesia’s capital city as the new leading ultra-luxury hotel and lifestyle destination. The stylish and contemporary 65-storey hotel is located within the new prestigious complex of District 8 at SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District) in close proximity to the city’s most important financial, cultural and entertainment centres.
Upon entering the arrival lobby, all eyes will be drawn towards the magnificent chandelier depicting 3,000 fluttering crystal butterflies, some of which are suspended by intricate wire work. Titled “Haven” by Lasvit, the renowned designers of dazzling bespoke light installations from the Czech Republic, the chandelier takes its inspiration from the Indonesian rainforests where butterflies fly freely thereby creating an ethereal aesthetic in the remarkable space.
Nightly rates start from 3,726,800 IDR (approx. £194)
Credit: The Langham, Jakarta
The Aman, located atop the Otemachi tower in Tokyo offers panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed to resemble the inside of a traditional shoji paper lantern, the space also incorporates a water feature and rock garden to showcase the beauty of nature meeting the elegance of Japanese design.
Foodies must try the Lounge’s themed afternoon teas, which have become an iconic Aman Tokyo experience. The team of expert mixologists also concoct signature tipples from behind the bar, where they preside over a rich and varied collection of premium sake, beers, wines, spirits and renowned Japanese whiskies.
Nightly rates at Aman Tokyo start from ¥75,000 (approx. £490) in a Deluxe Room.
Credit: Aman, Tokyo
Corinthia Hotel, London
For English decadence at its finest, look no further than London’s Corinthia Hotel. This elegant establishment is a stone’s throw from the city’s finest attractions, moments from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
The hotel lobby is punctuated with a stunning Baccarat chandelier and grand piano and guests can enjoy one of London’s finest afternoon teas here which includes a glass of champagne in Baccarat flutes.
Nightly rates at Corinthia Hotel London start from £599 for a Deluxe Room.
Credit: Corinthia London
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
The most expensive hotel on our list is a blow the budget ultimate luxury experience. Designed by architect Tom Wright, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has become an iconic landmark of architectural innovation, and a symbol of Dubai to the rest of the world. The hotel is home to one of the tallest grand atriums at 180 metres high, and the building itself sits at over 300 metres, even taller than the Eiffel Tower.
With lashings of gold at every corner, a coral-filled aquarium, kaleidoscopic fountains, and floral displays that are tended to by a team of 16 florists, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah screams opulence and has taken hotel design to a new level of modern luxury.
Nightly rates at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah start from £1,083.
Credit: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
These unique hotel entrances offer travellers opulence at first glance across some of the most amazing destinations around the world. So, where to go first?