Some of the top 10 luxury hotel chains offer limousine transfers for V.I.P. customers. (Photo: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images )
The top 10 luxury hotel chains are made up of properties often found in the dreams of most travelers. These hotels offer the lavish decor and outstanding customer service expected of luxury properties, but often stand out from their competitors by providing the very best in every fashion. Luxury hotel chains offer rooms that are appointed in expensive linens and furniture, and you will find private bathrooms that typically have marble vanities and counters. Additionally, all the luxury hotel chains on this list offer fine dining options and spas at many of their properties. Because of their exceptional customer service, companies listed in the top 10 luxury hotel chains repeatedly have their properties land on "Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List" or "Travel + Leisure's World's Top Hotel List."
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
The Canadian-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (fourseasons.com), established by Issy Sharp with the help of his father, Max, opened the doors to its first property in Toronto in 1961. Throughout the remainder of the century, the company continued to expand and currently has luxury properties on six continents that pride themselves on personalized service.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's (mandarinoriental.com) luxury flagship properties are found in Hong Kong and Bangkok, but the company has a presence in many cosmopolitan North American, European and Asian cities, such as London, New York and Paris. Mandarin Hotel remains familiar to travel professionals and guests because of its fan logo, inspired by the company's Asian roots.
Oberoi Hotels and Resorts
Although the majority of Oberoi Hotels and Resorts (oberoihotels.com) are found in India, they easily garner a spot on the top 10 luxury hotel chains list because of the opulence and elegance emanating from their properties, evident in their rich decor. Founded in 1934, Oberoi has grown over the years to include properties in Mauritius, Indonesia and Egypt.
The luxurious Peninsula Hotels (peninsula.com) were also founded in Asia. Peninsula's flagship Hong Kong Hotel, built in 1928, is Hong Kong's oldest standing historic building. With less than 10 hotels, Peninsula is a small luxury chain with most properties in Asia and North America.