Coco Chanel once said, in her inimitable way, that “luxury must be comfortable; otherwise, it is not luxury.” When it comes to hotels, we couldn’t agree more. It’s the little, often unnoticed, design details that distinguish a truly luxurious property from the rest -- heated floors, monogrammed sheets, walls swathed in silk, tubs that fill in 90 seconds. And it’s also what makes these standouts worth the splurge for a special occasion, like -- wink, wink -- Mother’s Day, which this year falls on Sunday, May 10th.
The St. Regis New York
At the St. Regis, walls are covered in silk, the chandeliers are Waterford crystal, there’s a TV in the marble bathroom that’s stocked with Remède amenities, and pricey Pratesi sheets adorn the pillow-top beds. If that’s not enough, all butlers have BlackBerrys to handle e-mail requests promptly. Rooms from $995. (212) 753-4500, www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
The suites may be individually decorated to perfection, but it’s guaranteed that any and all guests are sleeping under Yves Delorme sheets and Sferra silk bedspreads and that all the marble bathrooms are stocked with Kiehl’s toiletries and soap custom-made in England by Gilchrist & Soames. Those splurging for the Empire Suite will find walls upholstered in cashmere, and a private art collection curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rooms from $755. (212) 744-1600, www.thecarlyle.com
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While no two rooms are alike here, many have private entrances, terraces, and working fireplaces. Other luxurious touches included with the Tuscan-inspired decor: French doors, hand-painted murals, marble wet bars, and high-end F. Schumacher & Co. window treatments and upholstery. Rooms from $385. (310) 472-1211, www.hotelbelair.com
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The Peninsula Chicago
A recent refurbishment means guests now slumber on Pratesi sheets and, if in the Peninsula Suite, on a handmade, horsehair mattress by Hastens. Handcrafted armoires hold 42-inch plasma televisions, a bedside control allows easy adjustment of everything from Do Not Disturb signs to lighting, and bathroom amenities are by Davi -- the luxury skin-care line created by the Mondavi (as in wine) family. Rooms from $395. (312) 337-2888, www.peninsula.com
The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa
There’s art deco–style custom furniture throughout the rooms; large, walk-in closets; and fl at-screen high-definition televisions. Bathrooms have large windows (original to the historic building), marble vanities, inlaid marble mosaic flooring, and are stocked with Baronessa Cali olive-oil–based amenities from Italy. For added ease, guests also have complimentary use of a Mercedes SUV . Rooms from $245. (214) 871-7111, www.stoneleighhotel.com
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Black-out shades, Italian linen sheets, and down-filled pillows promise blissful nights of sleep. Marble bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown products, complimentary high-speed Internet (in-room and throughout the hotel common areas), and butler’s pantries on each floor ensure other cravings (hunger or otherwise) are always met. Stay in one of the Magnificent Seven Suites (accessed only via private entrances) and be treated to whirlpool tubs, full kitchens, and your own private balcony. Rooms from $285. (800) 597-8399, www.hotelzaza.com
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