Canadian Geographic



FAIRMONT CHÂTEAU LAURIER, OTTAWA The Château Laurier has been Ottawa’s most splendid hotel since Sir Wilfrid himself declared it open in 1912, a place where royalty, politician­s and the rich and famous have long mixed. Built at the city’s former rail junction a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill, the château’s castle-esque shape recalls a grand bygone era, but recent renovation­s have added a stylish modern sparkle to its rooms and luxury suites — and to Zoe’s Lounge, where cocktails or afternoon tea complete any capital experience.

TOKYO STATION HOTEL, JAPAN Look out on the Imperial Palace and down the ginkgo tree-lined avenues of Tokyo’s Marunouchi district from your two-floor guestroom in the Tokyo Station Hotel ( below). Restoratio­n of the enormous 1915-built redbrick railway building, which lost much of its top during Second World War bombings, was completed a few years ago, and the result combines an “Important Culture Property of Japan” designatio­n with historic common spaces, chic high-vaulted rooms and, should you want to extend your rail-exploratio­n of Japan, a direct connection to the JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi. thetokyost­

THE CALEDONIAN, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND When Edinburgh’s old Princes Street Railway Station was demolished in 1970, the red sandstone Caledonian (the Waldorf-astoria Hotel Edinburgh) was left standing at the street’s end. And like so many great railway hotels, she’s a grand old dame — especially since spare-no-expense renovation­s were completed in 2012. The station’s concourse and ticket offices were transforme­d into the luxurious Peacock Alley restaurant, and many of the guest rooms ( above) offer views of Edinburgh Castle, which like the Royal Mile is but a short walk away. waldorfast­

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