By Neeti Mehra posted Aug 9th 2013 at 6:00AM
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Escape into stunning abodes that are a home away from home and also a repository of stunning art, design and architecture. Celebrating the arts, these hotels are houses of curiosity-each celebrating design in their unique way. We look at a few that stand apart in the luxe universe.
Grand Hotel National - (Lucerne, Switzerland)
When two pillars of the hospitality universe put their minds together to design a hotel, rest assured, the result is an immaculate edifice with a beating heart and an all-encompassing soul. The magnificent Grand Hotel National was founded in 1870 by César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier in lovely Lucerne. Set on the banks of the lilting Lake Lucerne, its beautiful balconies give you a view of Alpine peaks soaring amongst the clouds-Pilatus, Rigi and Stanserhorn-standing like sentinels. The suites and rooms exude an air of quiet elegance, furnished in the original Empire style. Each is fitted with Italian marble flooring, and is elegantly wallpapered, with hand-woven Stockwell carpets from England lining the floor, and plush sofas and chairs sprinkled around the space. Soak in its old world charm at the stylish National Bar that will captivate you with its turn-of-the-century décor. As winter descends on the town and pots of simmering fondue make their way to tables, find your way to the National Bar. Sip on a cocktail to the strains of a piano as you soak in the atmosphere of one of the world's best classic hotels that will never go out of style.
Photo Courtesy: Grand Hotel National
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