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It is easy to understand why travelers venture to some of the world’s largest cities. They are often packed with gorgeous architecture, delicious food, fabulous art institutions, endless shopping and unparalleled entertainment and nightlife, but there are potential downsides to a high density of culture. Bustling metropolises usually attract massive crowds, frustrating traffic and deafening noise. For those looking for some respite, book a room in hotels sequestered away in quieter quadrants of these respective cities.

Take two-year-old Hotel da Estrela in Lisbon’s Campo de Ourique neighborhood. While most hotels and B&Bs in Portugal’s capital are concentrated in buzzier Chiado, Rossio and Bairro Alto, Hotel da Estrela’s less-central address offers quiet nights and crowd-free streets—and the city’s best restaurants, lounges and shopping are just a ten-minute taxi ride away. The same can be said of Hôtel Americano in Manhattan’s West Chelsea, tucked away from the main drags but still near enough to the action.

If these places are still too close for comfort, opt to inch even farther out of the center at an accommodation situated in the outlying areas of a city. If you decide to book one of the grand resorts in Marrakech’s Palmeraies region, you won’t be within walking distance of the city’s major tourist points, but you might not want to be: The Palmeraies house some of Marrakech’s most over-the-top resorts, including Palais Namaskar. The hotel doesn’t skimp on luxury amenities—with two palaces and a private jet—so even though it is off the beaten path, it still has everything.


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