Arguably, without the Grand Tours of the 17th and 18th centuries, there would be no Grand Hotels.
United Kingdom Grand Hotels
Ralph Fiennes polished his hotelier act here in 1983, whilst working as a porter. This Rocco Forte owned property has been in business since 1837 and has played host to Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling and Agatha Christie - amongst others.
It's difficult to know what Burton and Taylor, regular guests in the '60s and '70s, would have thought of the 2014 boycott - perhaps they would have simply slipped down to The Grill for an undisturbed, if somewhat liquid, lunch...
Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Dvořák, Toscanini, Winston Churchhill, Charles de Gaulle, Wallis Simpson & Princess Diana. A setting for Sherlock Holmes books and James Bond films... what more could one ask of a Grand Hotel?
The Ritz London
Mick Jagger was refused afternoon tea, as he wore neither jacket nor tie.
The story goes that London taxi's short turning radius was necessitated by the Savoy's driveway. One wonders how the various Rolls and Bentleys manage to manoeuvre the turn.