Iconic Hotels Selection

You probably already know the names of these famous hotels, but do you know why they are famous? Because they inspired artists or because they were the places where the most fantastic romantic relationships, legends and social events occurred — Icon-Icon has selected a series of beautifully illustrated books dealing with the most iconic luxury hotels… in the world!

Often former royal and imperial residences, sometimes luxury hotels specifically designed to maintain this way of life… From the Ritz Paris to French and Navarrese hôtels particuliers, and also enchanting places scattered to the four corners of the earth — these beautifully illustrated books unveil the short stories, anecdotes, and the historical and personal paths regarding the geniuses behind these sometimes century-old buildings, who have established global norms meant for this luxurious art of reception!

These legendary luxury hotels, discussed and mentioned in numerous films and books, are not merely part of history; they sometimes made history. The Ritz Paris is one of these hotels. The first modern luxury hotel was also a source of inspiration for Marcel Proust — in real life or in his famous novel In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust managed to build his narration by using the guests of the Ritz Paris as models!

Speak of the Ritz… We owe its devoted staff the preservation of a Louis Vuitton trunk that contained the manuscript of A Moveable Feast. A manuscript whose author, Ernest Hemingway, had simply forgotten its existence…

Icon-Icon is still interested in these luxury hotels which immerse us in the refinement and elegance dating from bygone ages… Hotels that contributed to defining modern elegance. For example, the Plaza Athénée, whose bar inspired Christian Dior in the 1940s for his legendary Bar Suit. In short, the New Look revolution originated in the design of this luxury hotel!

Of course, there is also the Eden-Roc hotel — a luxury hotel standing on rocks and dating from the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald… This great 19th-century mansion watching over the Cap d’Antibes has 117 rooms and two villas with splendid Louis XV- and Louis XVI-style furniture, golden mirrors and candelabra. Madonna, Sharon Stone, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, or Marc Chagall painting from these cliffs… There has been many figures who have found intimacy and inspiration over there!

We can also mention the Martinez, the Carlton, the Claridge’s and so many other famous hotels sought-after for their glamour and flawless service available for all…

Thus, these beautifully illustrated books relate the fascinating history, as well as the current times, of these timeless hotels through a coveted form of art — the art of reception — which they incarnate so well.

This selection, which is mainly composed of books published by luxury publishing houses Assouline and Taschen, is meant for future professionals of the hotel sector as well as aesthetes looking for a destination that combines tradition, way of life and an enchanting setting.

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  • Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

    Hopper
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    Edward Hopper was a great traveller — someone who was used to beautiful hotels and touristic residences… This beautiful monograph deals with the American hotels that inspired Edward Hopper’s paintings. A dive into these places as seen by a great painter. Maybe the occasion for readers to make their next bookings!

    Author: Leo G. Mazow

    Publishing House: Yale University Press

    Publication Date: October 2019

    Using recreated itineraries, travel along with Edward Hopper on his various road trips and encounter hotels, staff, and guests as seen through the artist’s eyes. The painter, draftsman, and illustrator Edward Hopper (1882–1967) is one of America’s best-known and most frequently exhibited artists. Hotels, motels, and tourist homes are recurring motifs in his work, along with streets, lighthouses, and gas stations forming a visual vocabulary of transportation infrastructure. In ten essays, this fascinating volume explores Hopper’s lifelong investigation of such spaces, shedding light on both his professional practice and far-reaching changes in transportation and communications, which affected not only work and leisure but also dynamics of race, class, and gender. Hopper’s covers for the trade journal Hotel Management, in addition to other well-known works, invite reflection on the complicated roles of the nascent New Woman; the erasure of hotel work and workers; contemporary associations of the color white with cleanliness and purity; the watercolors Hopper made from hotel windows and rooftops in Mexico; and the broader context of transportation history. A final chapter then situates Hopper’s contribution to the fascinating role that the hotel has played in the broader development of American art in the 20th century. As a unique feature, the book’s backflap also holds two “TripTik”-like, removable maps that trace the journeys that Hopper and his wife, the artist Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper, took by car in the 1940s and 1950s; selected correspondence and quotations from Jo’s own diaries join reproductions of postcards and ephemera illuminating their—and fellow Americans’—shifting travel habits.

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  • Four Seasons: The Art of Hospitality

    Four Seasons
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    Author: Pilar Guzmán

    Publishing House: Assouline

    Publication Date: November 2018

    Each Four Seasons destination is a distinctive experience, yet all properties are united under the philosophy that exceptional personal service and savoir faire can make a single stay life-changing. It is the spa manager, the executive chef, the astronomer, the concierge, the sommelier, the florist, and the myriad other star team members working behind the scenes who make up the true identity of Four Seasons, taking the time to connect with guests and turn dreams into reality every day. Artist Ignasi Monreal’s sensational paintings capture these people, and the essential details they make it their mission to perfect, that place Four Seasons hotels and resorts in a class all their own.

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  • Great Escapes Africa. The Hotel Book

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    Beautiful pictures and good examples of African interior designs — this beautifully illustrated book will carry readers away and make them want to book their next flights for these places, which are as secret as they are dreamt of!

    Authors: Angelika Taschen, Shelley-Maree Cassidy, Christiane Reiter

    Publishing House: Taschen

    Publication Date: November 2019

    Travel the length and breadth of Africa with this updated guide to the continent’s most beautiful hotels. With a refined eye for the X-factor in accommodation, Angelika Taschen takes us to hidden gems across the continent, profiling each getaway through extensive photography and key information. A treasure trove of inspiration for your next Africa-bound getaway.

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  • Great Escapes Europe. The Hotel Book

    Great Escape Europe
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    Author: Angelika Taschen

    Publishing House: Taschen

    Publication Date: September 2019

    From a 150-year-old Portuguese estate to Norway’s Budsjord, last stop on one of the loneliest pilgrimage routes in the world, Angelika Taschen scours the European continent for the most beautiful places to rest your head. This updated guide from our Great Escapes series profiles each hotel through postcard-ready photography and key information including directions, contact details, and reading recommendations.

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  • Great Escapes Italy. The Hotel Book

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    Author: Angelika Taschen

    Publishing House: Taschen

    Publication Date: August 2019

    In Italy, art and life are entwined. This visual journey offers glimpses of rural landscapes, high culture, and divine food, all spied through the doorways and windows of the country’s most stunning hotels. Gorgeous photographs of hideaways and homesteads from Venice to Sicily offer fabulous accommodation suggestions for your next dolce vita getaway. Angelika Taschen takes us to hidden gems across the country, profiling each getaway through extensive photography and key information.

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  • Great Escapes USA. The Hotel Book

    Great Escape USA
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    Author: Angelika Taschen

    Publishing House: Taschen

    Publication Date: August, 2021

    From the Napa Valley to the Hudson Valley, from the Wild West to the South, from the mountains of New Mexico to the coast of Maine: a journey across the USA will take you to legendary landscapes with all kinds of wonderful accommodations. Angelika Taschen presents her favorite destinations: beach houses and desert camps, motels and ranches, mobile homes and tents, resorts and inns.

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  • Hôtel de Bourrienne

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    Author: Thierry Sarmant

    Publishing House: Tallandier

    Publication Date: September 2020

    The Hôtel de Bourrienne is the only private residence that remains in Paris to recall the atmosphere of the Directoire and the Consulate. A series of small miracles has made this two hundred year continuity possible: since the end of the Age of Enlightenment, great speculators, financiers, manufacturers and captains of industry have succeeded one another within its walls in order to preserve a heritage that is rich in memories. After four years of ambitious restoration, the architecture and decorations are once again revealed with singularity and elegance.

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  • Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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    A beautiful book with delicious pastel-coloured pages, which explores each sumptuous room of this 150-year-old shelter overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a special place — a place that inspired Scott Fitzgerald, a luxurious, enchanting place that has housed great figures of this century… A place immortalised by photographer Slim Aarons as the absolute palace of the Dolce Vita! Dive into the history of this timeless place thanks to hitherto unseen anecdotes, documents and photographs…

    Authors: Alexandra Campbell (Author), Graydon Carter (Preface)

    Publishing House: Flammarion

    Publication Date: April 2021

    At the heart of Cap d’Antibes’ magnificent landscape lies a priceless treasure, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. A true legend on the Côte d’Azur, this palace has been around for one hundred and fifty years, inspiring its visitors. High ranking aristocrats, painters, directors, actors, poets and photographers, many great names have stayed here and wanted to return regularly. Throughout its history, the hotel has welcomed personalities who have marked the history of art and cinema such as Francis Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth. This mythical hotel is both an exceptional place, a place for extraordinary meetings, and an ideal second home where the sweetness of life is cultivated to perfection.

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  • Hotel Petra

    Hotel Petra
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    Author: Robert Polidori

    Publishing House: Steidl Interart

    Publication Date: September 2016

    This book is Robert Polidori’s portrait of the interiors of the now demolished Hotel Petra in Beirut, a grand icon of the city’s prewar history. The Hotel Petra was once one of the most popular hotels in Beirut, conveniently located in the city center adjacent to the Grand Theatre. After the Lebanese Civil War of 1975-90, Rafiq al-Hariri founded a holding company, Solidere, whose goal was the selective demolition and reconstruction of downtown Beirut’s urban fabric. In 1992 the Hotel Petra was set aside for later restoration, and from that moment essentially cut off from any human intervention.

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  • Hôtel Plaza Athénée – L’adresse couture

    Plaza Athénée
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    Author: François Simon

    Publishing House: Assouline

    Publication Date: 30 April 2015

    Celebrating its first 100 years, Hôtel Plaza Athénée in the elegant heart of Paris is looking ahead to its next century. Following a yearlong renovation, guests are rediscovering the warm, refined surroundings for which the hotel is legendary. Located within one of Paris’s most prestigious districts, the Plaza Athénée remains at the center of fashionable and artistic Parisian life. This stately volume opens the doors of this magnificent place, through previously unpublished documents and interviews with those whose lives have intersected there, recounting the life of a mythical hotel.

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  • Hôtel Splendid de Dax

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    During this visual trip that takes readers through the renovation of this Art Deco treasure, we are granted a rare access behind the scenes of this hotel’s renaissance.

    Authors: Marianne Le Morvan, Pierre Dupin

    Publishing House: Cairn

    Publication Date: October 2020

    An art book to discover the restoration secrets of the Splendid Hotel de Dax, a true architectural jewel of the Art Deco period. Through a subtle and graphic approach, this richly illustrated album immerses us in the history of this exceptional building.

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  • Hôtels et palaces de Nice

    Hotels et Palaces de Nice
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    The French Riviera (‘Côte d’Azur’, in French, which literally means the ‘Azure Coast’) got this nickname and won its spurs thanks to artists, aristocrats and cocottes who quickly chose this place as their favourite for their holiday. Nowadays, this chic and socialite taste and lifestyle are conveyed by the luxury hotels of Nice, the capital of the French Riviera… Luxury hotels such as the Negresco and the Carlton, whose one of the towers was directly moulded from one of the Belle Otero’s breasts! This is the kind of story you will discover by reading this beautifully illustrated book!

    Authors: Alain Bottaro, Véronique Thuin-Chaudron, Michel Steve, Jean-Louis Panicacci

    Publishing House: Gilleta

    Publication Date: November 2019

    Since the end of the 18th century, Nice, with its modest size, has been popular among foreigners who seek its location mainly for its climate. After it became part of France, the construction of numerous hotels and palaces, as vast as they were elegant, enabled it to welcome royal families and heads of state from all over Europe to holiday on the Côte d’Azur. Brilliant architects built sumptuous residences, where the masterly ornamentation of the facades was matched by a desire for modern interior comfort, which was completed by private gardens and parks, veritable plant paradises and dreams of the Orient. Unfortunately, the First World War spared no one and Nice had to adapt to the scarcity of luxury customers. Gradually, the Belle Époque style gave way to Art Deco: the fashion for apartment-hotels became all the rage. At the end of the Thirty Glorious Years, the hotel industry experienced an unprecedented upheaval: chains and groups became the leading investors in tourism. Since 1980, globalisation has increased the importance of tour operators and has led to a new dimension in the history of the hotel industry. This book, full of illustrations and accompanied by an unpublished historical atlas, was written by a group of renowned specialists (Alain Bottaro, Véronique Thuin-Chaudron, Pierre-André Hélène, Eliane Schor, Jean-Louis Panicacci, Alain Callais, Michel Tschann, François Jouvet and Landy Blanc). It provides a fascinating insight into the hotel industry’s heritage, which is now a permanent part of the city’s soul.

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  • Hôtels particuliers de La Rochelle

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    A new dive into the large carriage doors of La Rochelle’s streets — in this book, a well-informed historian takes us on an instructive and ecstatic tour of these small palaces characterised by their taste and extravagance! 

    Authors: Jean-Louis Make, Yann Werdefroy

    Publishing House: Geste

    Publication Date: April 2021

    After Trésors d’architecture de La Rochelle in 2019, Jean-Louis Mahé (for the texts) and Yann Werdefroy (for the photos) have joined forces once again to offer you an opportunity to discover the town houses of La Rochelle. Did you know that the historic centre has nearly a hundred of them, from the Renaissance to the dawn of the 20th century?

    But what is behind these high walls and monumental portals? Often beautiful stones and magnificent timeless gardens where the mind enjoys travelling and rediscovering the ways of life of the past. Do you want to experience history? Then follow us, join us in opening these heavy doors to discover the treasures of the Rochelais heritage!

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  • L’Hôtel de Verre

    Hotel de Verre
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    Authors: Emily St. John Mandel, François Guérif, Gérard de Chergé

    Publishing House: Rivages

    Publication Date: March 2020

    On Vancouver Island stands a hotel with glass walls, only accessible by sea. It is frequented by an exclusive clientele that wants to break with “connected civilization”. There, no wifi, no cell phone, we’re at the end of the world.

    Paul, an aspiring composer, and his sister Vincent, an amateur videographer, all work at the Hotel Caiette. One evening, while waiting for the arrival of the New York billionaire Jonathan Alkaitis, the manager discovers with horror a tag engraved on one of the transparent walls: “What if you swallow broken glass?” Who is the author of this threatening graffiti? Is it intended for someone?

    In this luxury haven, people meet, destinies are made and fall apart. At the Caiette Hotel, but also in Vancouver and New York, lives will take an unexpected and often dramatic turn. As a butterfly in Brazil can cause a storm in Texas, a drink at the Hotel Caiette bar can ruin an existence…

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  • Le Grand Hotel et le Café de la Paix

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    Author: Laure Verchère

    Publishing House: Flammarion

    Publication Date: September, 2021

    During the reshuffling of Paris by Haussmann, the Opera district saw the Grand Hotel and the Café de la Paix emerge. The embodiment of the Belle Epoque style, this 34,000 m2 palace with 458 rooms was renovated in 2019-2020. The Café is a social place where celebrities appear, from Zola to Clinton, Hemingway and Travolta. With the mythical recipes of the Café.

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  • Le style Empire. L’hôtel de Beauharnais à Paris

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    Even though the history of this building is very interesting, what makes this book so special is that it deals with its interior and furniture… On top of a detailed tour of the main rooms, texts complete the essential information shared on this revered Empire style — decorative paintings, Empire furniture, fabrics and garniture, among other things.

    Authors: Jörg Eberling, Ulrich Leben, Francis Hammond

    Publishing House: Flammarion

    Publication Date: October 2016

    This book is the first major monograph devoted to the Hôtel de Beauharnais, today the residence of the German ambassador in Paris, a masterpiece of the Empire style and, for two centuries, a major element of Franco-German history. Built in 1713 by the architect Germain Boffrand, it was in 1803 that Prince Eugène de Beauharnais acquired it and, with the help of his mother, Empress Joséphine, undertook sumptuous works that placed the hotel at the forefront of art history and were at the origin of its reputation. After the fall of the Empire, it became the Parisian pied-à-terre of the Prussian king, then the German embassy, before becoming the residence of the German ambassador to Paris in 1968. Most of the interiors from Prince Eugene’s time have been preserved and this book, thanks to an exceptional photographic campaign, bears witness to the incredible beauty of this exceptional place. As a result of extensive research and restoration work that lasted more than ten years, it traces the history of this building and the destiny of those who lived in it with great documentary wealth.

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  • Les plus beaux hôtels du monde. Bien plus qu’un lit !

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    Author: Diane Routex

    Publishing House: L’imprévu-Adulte

    Publication Date: November 2019

    Palace, capsule hotel, boutique-haste luxury hotel. design hotel at green hotel… today. The concept of a hotel contains an extremely dense and diverse reality. The hotel is a very codified place meeting official standards, which often gives it an impersonal and banal character. But when he transgresses the codes-in terms of design, architecture or intimacy he acquires a very special personality. In order to stand out from the ever increasing number of offers, the hotel establishments compete for originality and personality. Atypical layout, infinite luxury, architectural challenge. spectacular surroundings, eco-tourism labels or trendy terraces are the elements that determine the success of an establishment. Today’s hotels can take any shape and make the craziest architectural shores real.

    The most beautiful hotels in the world take you around the world to some of the most innovative and daring establishments in terms of aesthetics and design and present you with sixty-five of these hotels that offer more than a bed for a simple night’s sleep!

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  • The Luxury Collection: Hotel Secrets

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    If you think going to a hotel is an adventure in itself, then you’ll definitely see this book as an experience in itself as well! The book shows more than 80 hotels from New York City to Buenos Aires, from Dubai to Phuket, to offer readers a journey through time and all over the world — a travel as splendid and chic as can be.

    Authors: Collectif

    Publishing House: Assouline

    Publication Date: January 2020

    The seventh volume in The Luxury Collection series, The Luxury Collection: Hotel Secrets discovers the hidden stories of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Showcasing a curation of exclusive sights, decadent flavors, and unparalleled history, explore the unique experiences that make each Luxury Collection property truly distinct. Sleep in Frank Sinatra’s private suite at the Castillo Hotel Son Vidal, relish the rare volumes of Hotel Augustine’s thirteenth century library, and order sweets from the chef’s secret menu at Domes Miramare; behind each Luxury Collection property is a story closely connected to the culture and people of its city. Uncover the secrets of each destination and draw exceptional insights from travel tastemakers such as artist Donald Robertson, fashion mogul Laure Heriard Dubreuil, designer Waris Ahluwalia, and photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank.
    The Luxury Collection is an ensemble of more than one hundred fifteen of the world’s finest hotels and resorts, each noteworthy for its architecture, art, furnishings, and amenities. Sharing a dedication to immaculate service and comfort, each property has a unique heritage inextricably tied to its destination. Curated for their spirit of diversity and genre, each Luxury Collection property has a story to tell.

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  • The Oyster Box Hotel

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    Jane Broughton tells us more about one of the best hotel destinations in the world — this illustrated book relates some fascinating facts about the 86-room hotel…
    An incentive to discover this royal hotel through the stories of a bygone age and a very inspiring present.

    Author: Jane Broughton

    Publishing House: Assouline

    Publication Date : February 2019

    Overlooking the sultry waters of the Indian Ocean, The Oyster Box Hotel sits regally on the rocky crags of the eastern coast of South Africa. Built in the 1860s, the historic property is known as the Grande Dame of Umhlanga and is the official custodian of the Umhlanga lighthouse. This eighty-six-room luxury hotel has been voted the best in South Africa by culinary and hospitality reviews alike and is frequented by royalty such as Prince Harry of England, the Zulu King Goodwill, and Prince Albert II of Monaco, who selected the property for his wedding reception and honeymoon. Renovations by the Royal Carnation Hotel Group have put the hotel on par with some of the best hospitality destinations in the world. The Oyster Box is a pearl on South Africa’s coast, its lighthouse beckoning travelers into the safety and comfort of one of the world’s most sought-after hotels and wellness resorts.

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