Luxe Brands That Deliver (Cont.)

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The Ritz-Carlton , long considered the "luxe of luxe," lives up to its customer-service motto: "We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen." For the finest in grand, indulgent luxury—the kind that accompanies silver-tiered afternoon tea service—the Ritz fulfills unexpressed wishes with panache. From their signature cobalt-blue glasses in the dining room to their regal lion-and-crown logo, the U.S.-based Ritz excels in fine dining, spas, and golf. Its flagship Boston property is a historic landmark, as are its San Francisco and New Orleans hotels. The Ritz is also well represented in Florida.

Fairmont properties are also often historical attractions in and of themselves. Whether in the city or ensconced in verdant natural surroundings, these Canadian-owned palaces practice environmentally friendly policies that treat their surrounds in the majestic manner they deserve. From the Canadian Rockies' Lake Louise, Jasper, and Banff to Scottsdale and Hawaii to Sonoma and Boston (not to mention Miami and San Francisco), Fairmont hotels lack a snobbishness found in others of their caliber. Offering a decidedly European feel, their loyal patrons appreciate fancy surroundings and warm, personal service. They're hard to beat.

Published: 3 May 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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