Observatory Hotel, Sydney $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
An antiminimalist's godsend with its gleaming marble floors, overstuffed sofas, and velvet upholstery, this hotel's lobby could serve as the set for an Agatha Christie adaptation. Part of the Orient-Express chain, six suites here are named for carriages on the British Pullman train; the other 88 luxurious rooms are furnished in country-estate style, with brocade curtains, mahogany furniture, and botanical etchings. The lush Anglophilia, the day spa and pool (its ceiling painted and lit like the night sky), and the out-of-the-way location (it's about a 15-minute walk to the Harbour) help to explain why celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Jackman hole up here when they're in town.