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Living for the City: Top Hotels for Urban Getaways

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For intrepid travelers, urban exploration beats lounging on the beach. These fine hotels offer ultimate luxury in the heart of some of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. and beyond.

The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia (above)

It’s easy to see how Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel scored the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award. This superior hotel in the City of Brotherly Love boasts four dining venues, chic rooms and suites and ample business and meeting space. But it’s the location- just steps from Rittenhouse Square in Center City- that make the Rittenhouse an especially good choice for exploring Philadelphia’s many historical landmarks, museums, art galleries and shopping districts.

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The Fairmont, San Francisco

The stunning views from the top of Nob Hill are just one perk of staying at the world-renowned Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Guests can enjoy three fine dining establishments, gorgeous accommodations and a luxurious spa. Exploring San Francisco’s many eclectic offerings is easy thanks to the Fairmont’s central location, which just so happens to be the only place in the city where all cable car lines meet.

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Hotel 1000, Seattle

Seattle may be the birthplace of grunge, but Hotel 1000 is anything but. Conveniently located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Madison Street in the heart of downtown- within walking distance to endless dining and entertainment options- this boutique hotel offers guests a uniquely personal experience that includes an award-winning restaurant and bar, a full-service spa and in-room amenities such as pedestal tubs and intelligent thermostat control. Book the Grand Suite for breathtaking views of the city and Puget Sound.

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Brown’s Hotel, London

Across the pond, Brown’s Hotel is one of the finest in London. This historic five-star destination is an ideal amalgam of old and new, fusing traditional British style with modern luxuries. Guests can take Afternoon Tea in the English Tea Room for a classic London experience, or get a taste of modern British cuisine at Hix Mayfair, helmed by one of the capital’s premiere chefs. Exploring the city is easy with Brown’s as home base- it’s located in central London, close to museums, boutiques, parks and more.

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