Superior service, stately environs, an abundance of amenities, and the Ritz reputation make this luxury stalwart the premier choice for most dignitaries and celebrities. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, although bathrooms in some of the smaller accommodations are surprisingly basic. Guest amenities include an outstanding fitness center and spa. The casual restaurant, Parallel 37, offers decent farmers’ market–driven American cuisine. The Lounge is the place to be during spring and winter holidays for legendary afternoon tea service, and for a drink or a quick bite year-round. If you’re here in December with a tot in tow, don’t miss the teddy bear tea. The price is steep, but the experience—and the free plush bear—make it worthwhile.