Luxury Upon Arrival: The 14 Most Breathtaking Hotel Lobbies

Sometimes you actually can judge a book by its cover -- especially when it comes to your hotel lobby. And because first impressions last forever, it's important to make a splash as soon as guests walk through the hotel doors. The moment you walk through these spectacular hotel lobbies, there's an instant indication to the type of accommodations, service, architectural pedigree and sheer luxury that these hotels embody.

Kimberly Wilson Feb, 20, 2017

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Chicago may be home to the Sears tower, deep-dish pizza, the Cubs and Barack Obama, but it’s also home to one of the most luxurious properties in the world - the Hotel Allegro. This stunning and lavish retreat takes your breath away as soon as you walk through the doors, so much so, that it’s sure to leave an impression that will last a lifetime. So look no further than Kimpton Hotel Allegro's boutique downtown Chicago, if you’re also looking for top notch accommodations, delicious cocktails served up at the lobby bar, unsurpassed hospitality, and a bed that will make you want to move into the hotel permanently.

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As soon as you enter the lobby of the Connecticut's Mohegan Sun resort, you're in for a treat. Immersed into the Full of Life experience, the hotel is fun for the whole family. And as fun as Mohegan Sun may be with all of its entertainment, attractions and dining options, what sets the hotel apart is incorporating its legacy and history into the design of the property. Paying homage to the surrounding Mohegan Tribe, the entire lobby is inspired by American Indian design and culture: from its woven wood panels, to the displays of beadwork. The high-spirited lobby, which was designed by the renowned David Rockwell, is as inspirational as it is visually appealing Centered in the middle of the hotel lobby is its lipless pool filled with water that flows down gushing waterfalls. If only each of us could have this within our own humble abodes.

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Looking for beautiful artwork beyond Miami’s Wynwood Walls? You’ll find it in the most unlikely place - by stepping into the stunning Living Room at the W on South Beach. The lobby, which is designed by Anna Busta features dramatic artwork from noted collector Aby Rosen's private collection.  Strongly influenced by art deco elements, the Living Room features sleek floors inlaid with bronze and wood with a terrazzo border and a row of white quartzite columns set against a soaring 120-foot-long marble wall. An eclectic yet sophisticated mix of furnishings create intimate conversation areas throughout the space, that make it the perfect background for people watching while sipping cocktails, or relaxing after a long day on the beach.

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LA may be known for its fast pace, but you’ll feel right at peace once you step through the doors of the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The stunning hotel offers elegant luxury accommodations and dramatic decor with an ambiance that combines see-and-be-seen excitement and the calm of an urban resort. Needless to say, it’s the perfect destination for your bae, besties or even if you need to take a breather by yourself. And the fantastic views extend far beyond the lobby, so once you get into your room you’ll also get views of the Hollywood sign.

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If you're familiar with the Langham brand, then you already know that its Chicago location is legendary. The epitome of luxury, the elegant, glassy lobby features the design genius of not one, but six architects and designers. As they describe it, it is "the marriage between fine art, architecture and interiors." Light, spacious and airy, it is the perfect destination for any visit to Chicago. And to make it even better, the Chicago River is set as the backdrop to this renowned property.

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Who wouldn't want to step into a warm and welcoming hotel lobby, with superior staff and a roaring fireplace waiting for you? It doesn't have to be winter for this to sound like music to your ears. Not to mention, location is everything, especially in New York City. So the fact the Bowery is set in the legendary Lower East Side neighborhood means that this is prime real estate. This classic European hotel is big, brown and boasts a number of artful and seductive details depicting 19th century New York scenes that make it one of the premier hotels within the city. It will almost feel as though you've stepped back into time as you can lounge and socialize in the lobby's main area filled with antique chairs, sofas, and tables, hand-picked by proprietors Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson.

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The Obamas may be gone, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit Washington DC. The iconic property recently reopened following a $200 million renovation, and has already caught the eyes of many with its breathtaking gold bottle filled lobby. With a flowing, avant-garde architectural refit to complement the hotel’s classic elegance and bold mid-century modern design, no trip to the Watergate is complete without a photo to document the experience. In a nod to the hotel’s Italian heritage and inspired by its distinctive undulations, designer Ron Arad also custom designed sculptural furnishings, many of which are manufactured by the Italian furniture company Moroso.

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Arizona, which is notably known for its red rocks and pristine hotels that feature some of the best spas in the country, it’s no wonder that L'Auberge is the gem of Sedona. The luxury retreat decided to up the anty with a recent renovation that provides stunning rustic views of Sedona and beyond. Now plush modern, and stunning, it's not only luxurious, but welcoming to those looking for a home away from home. The lobby also features local artwork curated by Sedona-based Goldenstein Gallery, that make an added benefit for those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. And the best thing about any hotel lobby? Well, its bar of course. The award-winning bar (and wine menu) is perfect for locals and tourists looking to unwind in a relaxing setting, while enjoying adorned Oak Creek views that peer out of the lobby windows.

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As the location to Philadelphia's former Four Seasons, it’s no surprise that the semi-newly opened Logan Hotel is just as, if not even more, spectacular. As you walk through the hotel's high-energy, nautical lobby, which features a chandelier installation with the faces of Philadelphia's "elite," you are instantly entranced by its décor and design. In just a few short months it has become a city favorite, for guests and locals alike, as its enchanting lobby pays homage to Philadelphia, while also honoring the brand's legacy. Not to mention, the gorgeous lobby bar boasts an enormous collection of spirits, wine and beers, so you can come in for a drink, or stay for as a guest.

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What happens when a ski-hotel meets luxury? The answer is that you get the perfect mashup of a welcoming, yet lavish resort, set in one of America's most beautiful ski towns (and it's quite gorgeous in the summer as well). The Waldorf Astoria's Grand Lobby in Park City fits that bill to a tea. Guests are greeted to a stunning cascading staircase, which sets the tone for the hotel's stylish décor and design. In the middle of the room hangs a beautiful chandelier made of wrought iron and baccarat crystals, which reflect the wonderland set right outside of the hotel's lobby windows. So whether you visit in the winter or the summer, you're sure to see a reflection of Park City's beauty shining down right from the center of the hotel. And of course, you can't have a hotel in Park City without a roaring fireplace, set below a 300 year-old mantle imported from the south of Italy.

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Steeped in rich American history, The Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C. is fit for a president. But that comes as no surprise as it's in the heart of the nation's capitol. As soon as you step in the lobby, you can take it spectacular views of the terraced garden below (if you happen to visit in April, you may even spot a few cherry blossoms). And the design of the lobby was actually inspired by monuments set throughout the iconic city that is storied in unique history. As you enter the main area, you'll be entranced by the design, which was inspired by the work of John Russell Pope, designer of the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art.

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Who says you can't find luxury in Oregon? The Nines doesn't just have a single story lobby, but is one that is comprised of 7 total floors, which take the height of the entire hotel. As you look up into the naturally lit lobby, you can see the sunlit glass ceiling filled with the beautiful day's sunlight (depending on the day). And if that's not breathtaking enough, you can check out some of the lobby's featured artwork, which houses various mediums including installations and paintings. And to make it even more enticing the hotel is set in the heart of downtown Portland, so not only will you experience spectacular views as you walk into the lobby, but also once you enter your room, and look down into the city. The hotel is everything today's modern hotels want to be: chic, luxurious and stylish, which attract a wide range of travelers.

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Located just minutes from the World Trade Center in the heart of Battery Park City, the Conrad Hotel is known for its timeless style, that is evident by its 15-story atrium lobby. Famously known for its Sol LeWitt painting, Loopy Doopy, which rises 13 stories high, the lobby is not just attraction, but it's a visual wonderment. And that's not the only piece of art like it that spans the hallways and rooms of the hotel. The hotel, which is Manhattan's only all-suite hotel, features globally inspired architecture, brings a spectacular design pedigree to a city that rivals in hotels, in the way that is does great pizza. And as you move beyond the lobby to your room, expect stunning views of the Hudson River to New Jersey and Liberty Island.

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When you think of Miami, you instantly envision a hotel that is stylish and chic. The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach is both of these, and then some. Since opening in 1954, has been an icon of Miami style and design and a well-regarded architectural landmark in the city. Not to mention, it especially appealing on the eyes. The hotel lobby has a number of iconic visual installations that catch your eye as soon as you walk through the lobby doors. Not to mention, the lobby itself is massive, so at first glance, you may be confused as to whether you entered a hotel, or a unique art installation exhibit. The fabulous 7,000-square-foot lobby houses two art installations that were both specially-commissioned for Fontainebleau: the "Stairway to Nowhere," and bow tie tiling that is a tribute to the hotel's architect, Morris Lapidus' original design.


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