‘Tis the season for annual awards lists, but if you think you know what’s coming, guess again. Oyster’s awards aren’t like the other guys’ — we’re not like the other guys, so why should our awards be? You can find lists of the world’s best luxury hotels in a dozen other places, but only Oyster digs deep to learn every hotel’s secret quirks. Our hotel investigators trot the globe and visit every hotel in person so we can bring you the unvarnished truth, and this year, for the first-ever annual Oyster Hotel Awards, we’d like to show you the wackiest, coolest, weirdest, and most interesting things they came across in their travels. We are thrilled to present the 2012 selection of Oyster’s Most Intereting Hotels in the World.
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Any future that doesn't involve more luggage handler robots is a future we want no part of.
It doesn't get much more authentic than staying within the walls of a medieval village.
The Algonquin is allregedly haunted by the ghosts of the 1920s literary society The Round Table, who met regularly in the hotel dining room. Lady Gaga might be scared of hotel ghosts, but we're not.
One by the Five only has one bed, but the hotel made it count: It's levitating, covered in rose petals, and placed underneath a faux starlit sky.
The Cosmoplitan is still one of the hottest new hotels on the Vegas Strip, and it's trendy nightclub and five bars help make it a first-rate spot for making new lady friends.
It's hard to sweat it when working out alongside stunning views of the ocean and Copacabana, Rio's most famous beach.
Ginger, the Muse's teacup pomeranian, knows that your pet deserves to be greeted at check-in, too! And the human front desk staff doesn't speak dog.
French fashion designer Christian Lacroix designed the rooms at this charming Parisian boutique hotel.