What’s the first thing you see upon entering a hotel? The lobby. So, while it’s also important that the bed is comfy and the bathroom sparkly, it’s the lobby that can make or break a hotel’s reputation. That’s why hotels all over the world spend millions of dollars.
From multi-ton chandeliers to indoor gardens, these 10 hotel lobbies really get that whole “first impression” thing.
In certain hotels, historical elements take center stage among newer, contemporary renovations which is taking pains to recast its famous reception rooms without sacrificing its aesthetic heritage.
Here are 10 our favorite hotel lobbies that are absolutely spectacular.
10 Most Extravagant Hotel Lobbies That Are Absolutely Spectacular:
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
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/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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