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Built in the style of a French château by César Ritz, the Ritz London has been home to some of the swellest of swells since opening for business on May 24, 1906, in London's fashionable West End. While it's always been considered right up at the top, the hotel fell on hard times and lost a lot of its luster during a long period of neglect in the '80s and early '90s. Following the recent completion of an extensive six-year, $60 million makeover, the 2001 Ritz looks better than ever and has regained its standing.

Of the 133 lavishly furnished guestrooms and suites at the hotel, the 1,990-square-foot Berkeley Suite on the seventh floor is the jewel in the crown. Its marble-floored lobby leads into a spacious sitting room, two bedrooms, a study, and a small kitchen—all newly decorated in shades of gold and amber, with plush carpets and damask silk curtains. Mansard windows offer dramatic views over Green Park. Berkeley Suite, $2,605; other rooms, $486-$2,315. 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR, England; 877-748-9536, 44-20-7493-8181; www.theritzlondon.com.

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