Live out a Florentine fantasy ensconced in a 15th century palazzo filled with renaissance art and painted frescoes at the newly opened Four Seasons Firenze. No two of the 117 rooms are alike, but the primo dwelling is the Royal Suite (pictured), with its vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms and French doors opening to garden vistas. And, uncommon in Italian lodging but standard in Four Seasons hotels: wireless internet and a spa. Rates for the Royal Suite start at $17,040 per night. www.fourseasons.com
The venerable 154-year-old Claridge's, beloved by everyone from Queen Victoria to Yul Brenner, has recently refreshed its look, including 11 redesigned suites by Lord David Linley. The update honors the hotel's Art Deco heyday; original pieces are mixed in with signature marquetry work and custom furniture, including "tub" chairs. Order a 1930s-style fizzy at the renovated Fumoir bar. Suites start at $4,538 per night. www.claridges.co.uk
The 120-year-old Hotel del Coronado is looking spritely again after a $150 million renovation that gave the Victorian resort new restaurants, shops and a spa. Authoring the new development are 78 luxury oceanfront rooms and suites, each with gourmet kitchens, spa-style baths and luxe amenities such as ipod docking stations and 400-thread-count bedding. A spa, private pools and concierge service are also available. Oenophiles, take note of the new Eno Wine room, with its 500 varieties of wine paired with artisanal cheeses and chocolates. From $395 per night. www.hoteldel.com
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