9 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Lobbies in the World

Walking a fine line between contemporary and classic designs, more hotels are relying on their lobbies as an opportunity not only to make an outstanding first impression, but also to introduce their guests to the one-of-a-kind story of the destination. In certain hotels, historical elements take center stage among newer, contemporary renovations, such as at the currently closed Waldorf Astoria in New York City, which is taking pains to recast its famous reception rooms without sacrificing its aesthetic heritage. Below are nine spectacular hotel lobbies that raise the bar.

Photo: Courtesy of Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Saint Moritz, Switzerland

Dripping with Swiss luxury, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof lobby is tasteful and classic amidst modern renovations. The painted ceilings and warm gold details are an inviting treat for arriving guests. kronenhof.com

Photo: Paul Thuysbaert / Courtesy of Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

Four Seasons hotels are known for their magnificent spaces, but Gresham Palace shines brighter among the others. The sumptuous lobby is highlighted by the eye-catching chandelier at the center of the windowed dome ceiling. fourseasons.com/budapest/

Photo: Niall Clutton / Courtesy of the Dorchester Collection

Hotel Eden, Rome

The classic marble- and gold-accented interior juxtaposed against the bold black-and-white-tiled design of the entry hall provides a modern spin on a well-loved traditional Roman design motif. dorchestercollection.com

Photo: Courtesy of La Mamounia Hotel

La Mamounia, Marrakech

Channeling classic Moroccan design, La Mamounia is a feast of color as soon as you step inside. The stunning tilework and riad-style layout create a magnificent indoor-outdoor space for receiving guests. mamounia.com

Photo: Niall Clutton / Courtesy of the Dorchester Collection

Hotel Le Meurice, Paris

Hotel Le Meurice’s design harkens back to its aristocratic Persian roots with the oversize crystal lighting fixtures, but reaches into a more contemporary design aesthetic by Philippe Starck. dorchestercollection.com

Photo: Antonio Saba / Courtesy of Palazzo Versace

Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Dubai has no shortage of luxury hotels, but Palazzo Versace stands out among the rest. Boasting stunning views of the Dubai Creek upon entry, the design is light and airy, with a touch of elegance in the intricate floor mosaics and rich red and gold furniture. palazzoversace.ae

Photo: Courtesy of W Hotels

W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand

Step into vacation literally upon arrival in the W Retreat Koh Samui’s breathtaking indoor-outdoor floating lobby. wretreatkohsamui.com

Photo: Sammy Todd Dyess / Courtesy of the Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans

A row of elegant chandeliers lead you through a luxurious marbled hallway to the concierge. The Roosevelt Hotel is the perfect mix of Southern style and old European elegance culminating in one spectacular lobby. therooseveltneworleans.com

Photo: Courtesy of the Fairmont

The Fairmont, San Francisco

Elegance is redefined at the Fairmont. Marble columns and rich blue velvet accents surround you in luxury upon arrival. fairmont.com

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