Hotel Les Armures Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The lobby at the Hotel Les Armures in Geneva shows off an impressive wood-beamed, hand-painted ceiling that exemplifies this quaint, luxury boutique's chalet-like vibe.

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Look Up! Unique Ceilings Around the World (2 of 29)

 The lobby at the Hotel Les Armures in Geneva shows off an impressive wood-beamed, hand-painted ceiling that exemplifies this quaint, luxury boutique's chalet-like vibe.
We're all about unique hotel stays here at Oyster, and some of the most original and surprising details we've come across during our travels are actually hovering above us. From hand-painted murals to wood beams, ceilings at some of our favorite hotels are dressed to impress. So look up! You'll be pleasantly surprised what you find there. The 19th century style of this 63-room hotel in Rome is opulent (some might say over-the-top), but it feels fitting in this grand, historic city. The Junior Suite, seen here, offers especially impressive decor above its guests' heads. The lobby at the Hotel Les Armures in Geneva shows off an impressive wood-beamed, hand-painted ceiling that exemplifies this quaint, luxury boutique's chalet-like vibe. This futuristic property in Hong Kong is hip and luxurious with fun details -- many of them above your head. The glamorous Fairmont Royal York is one of Toronto's grand dames, with hand-painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers that harken back to the hotel's opening as the Royal York in 1929. This 300-room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, literally an L.A. landmark, combines the shimmer of silver-screen history with a cutting-edge party scene centered around a massive pool and bar. This 1,639-room historic hotel in the Loop has a storied past, and a breathtaking lobby with a painted ceiling and glittering chandeliers. The 189-room Driskill Hotel sets a new standard for historic hotels in Austin. The hotel was built in 1886 and beautifully restored, and the gleaming marble floors, towering columns, and stained-glass or tin ceilings evoke a bygone era. Built centuries ago as the home of a Florentine merchant family, this property was inherited through marriage by the Niccolinis in 1891. They have kept its historic charm intact, having preserved the wood-beamed ceilings and frescoed walls. The 67-room Petit Palace Posada Del Peine is located in a historic building in Madrid, dating back to 1610. While the building has a real sense of history, the decor is quite modern. This historic Parisian building near Champs Elysees -- once a private mansion of Comte de Breteuil, and formerly known as the Crowne Plaza hotel -- is now owned by the InterContinental brand. Rooms are modern and bright, with black and white ceiling murals. One of New York's most visually stunning hotels, the 899-room New York Palace has a gilded, grandiose style that is fabulous enough to blow away all of the city's other boutiques. The gorgeous lobby is perhaps the most lavish part of this Florentine hotel, with its marble and stone floors, intricate moldings, and ornate ceiling. The upscale Saint James is a rare find in Paris -- in fact, the 19th century manor is considered the only chateau-hotel in the city. Ashford Castle embodies the fantasy of the Irish castle hotel, featuring a massive historic stone facade, complete with towers and turrets; gorgeous, manicured grounds; a stunning setting on a huge lake; and common spaces that are truly grand, with rich wood paneling, chandeliers, and antique furniture. Hidden away on a tree-lined backstreet in downtown Hamilton, this boutique hotel has the elegance and genteelness of a Gilded-Age mansion. Acclaimed throughout Hamilton, the on-site Ascots Restaurant is filled with modern art and adorned with a mural ceiling for a rather highbrow appeal. The extraordinary service at the grand, century-old St. Regis is only bested by the Plaza in New York City, and it has the glamorous details to match, such as this gorgeous ceiling mural in the lobby. The Milestone is perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, and certainly lives up to its expectations, with exquisitely designed rooms and exceptional service. Housed in the former residences of the Bertolini princes, the Grand Hotel Baglioni lives up to the grand image painted by Florence's past. The hotel is filled with heavy-handed regal touches and ornate decor from top to bottom, including gorgeous dark wood ceilings. The Merrion is Dublin's most exclusive luxury hotel, and has a convenient location across from the Government buildings in four 18th-century townhouses. Unique design touches can be seen everywhere, even in the hallways. Originally built as an army base in the late 1800s, the hotel has retained many charming historical details in its two main buildings as well as in its Historic Rooms, which were all formerly officers' residences. Hotel Palazzo Dal Borgo Aprile is a family-run hotel in a Renaissance building dating back to the 1400s. Rooms are decorated in traditional Florentine style with canopy beds and rich upholstery, and street-side rooms on the upper floors offer fantastic views over the rooftops of central Florence. This charming, historic hotel is housed in a former school dating back to 1859. The architecture of the hotel is most striking in Olivier's Restaurant and the Schoolhouse Bar, which share a beamed cathedral ceiling. Together with the famed Ospedale degli Innocenti building, this 16th-century building forms one of Florence's most stunning Renaissance-era architectural complexes. Beautiful arches and columns make for an impressive exterior and the feeling of grandeur continues inside, with wood-beamed ceilings and parquet floors throughout. The St. Francis combines the history, decor, and traditions of a turn-of-the-20th-century grand old dame with the amenities, modernity, and corporate-dominated clientele of a large chain property. The Gramercy Park Hotel currently sets the bar for New York cool -- hence the celebrities in the lounge and the paparazzi on the sidewalk. It offers ultra-luxe but small rooms done up in high Boho-chic style. The century-old, 282-room Plaza is a New York landmark, with absolutely stunning period details like stained-glass ceilings. This upscale boutique hotel has a location right by the river, on the northern edge of the Historic District. It has 75 rooms (though some are small for the price) with outstanding bathrooms and unique high-end decor inspired by the period when 18th-century British maritime settlers landed in Savannah. Castle Hill Resort and Spa offers old-world charm that is all about the details -- from the historic wood-paneled walls to the library filled with old books. There are just 10 quaint rooms here, offering antique touches like Tiffany lamps, claw foot tubs, and brick fireplaces. A former Federal Reserve bank turned luxury hotel in the grey, sterile Financial District, the Langham boasts immaculate, distinctively Bostonian rooms.
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