The world’s most luxurious hotel lobbies

Above: Royal Mansour, Marrakesh

What’s better than going away on holiday? In my opinion, staying in an architectural marvel.

In a constant bid to be the top pick of tourists, hotel executives from the world’s best hotels often throw millions of dollars towards updating the design of their accommodation.

Marble entrances, extravagant water features, lush greenhouses – nothing is out of the question, particularly when designing that critical first point of contact for guests: the lobby. Because as the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

Whilst many of us would only be so lucky to stay at these top-of-the-range hotels, we are often able to peek into their entrances to appease our curiosity.

Once hotel lobbies were simply a place to check in and collect one’s keys, hoteliers have well and truly cottoned on to the fact that lobbies can be commercialised to make that extra impression and generate those extra bucks.

Grand bars, chef-hat restaurants, celebrity magnet cafes – all of these are often found in the world’s most renowned hotels.

As such, lobbies aren’t just a waiting place or formality anymore, but a provider of a certain type of lifestyle and incredible design.

Below is a collection of some of the world’s boldest lobby designs (there’s even an Australian one!)…

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Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto

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Armani Hotel, Dubai

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Selman Lobby, Marrakech

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Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, China

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Hotel lobby in Chicago

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Xi’an Westin Hotel, China

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand

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Four Seasons, Budapest

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Grammercy Park Hotel, New York

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

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Raffles, Singapore

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The Roosevelt, New Orleans

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The Westin Excelsior, Rome

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Palazzo Versace, Australia

Photos from here and here.