From Chicago to Sydney, the month’s hottest hotels
CLAIM TO FAME: Said to be the most expensive hotel ever built in Sydney, the Shangri-La is a destination of choice for international royalty, including Denmark’s Princess Mary, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and Hollywood’s King George Clooney I.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: All 563 rooms feature stunning vistas, but only the Royal Suite lets you tickle the ivories of your own grand piano while gazing out soaring windows, beyond which the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge provide compositional inspiration.
HOT PLATE: At the 36th-floor restaurant, Altitude, go local and order the poached hapuka, a firm and flavorful white fish found along Australia’s southern coast. Partnered with bright pea-quinoa “risotto,” this dish is as fresh as a Pacific breeze.
SIGNATURE DRINK: The Chairman Mao—scotch, chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and sweet vermouth—offers a bracing update on the Rob Roy.