Lovers of old-fashioned luxury will appreciate the opulent Esplanade, which dates to 1925, when it was built as a stopover for passengers on the Orient Express (hence its proximity to the train station). From the elegant Art Deco lobby, sweeping marble stairs lead up to the rooms and suites, which are spacious and furnished in classic style, with fabrics and carpets in muted cream and beige tones, and marble bathrooms complete with double sinks, separate showers and bathtubs, and L'Occitane toiletries. A generous buffet breakfast, with smoked salmon eggs Benedict, omelets and pancakes cooked to order, and proper coffee, is served at outdoor tables on the patio in summer. The restaurant has a halal certificate. Former guests include Louis Armstrong, Orson Wells, and Woody Allen. Tip: If you’re thinking of traveling with a canine companion, check out the Esplanade’s Very Important Dog (VID) scheme, which includes a dog menu and specially designed beds.