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America's Most Dramatic Hotel Lobbies

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    The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

    Railroad magnate Henry Flagler wanted his lavish hotel in Palm Beach, Florida to remind guests of their European tours. So he fashioned his marble lobby — 200 feet long with a vaulted, painted ceiling and Venetian chandeliers — after a palazzo in Genoa, Italy.

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    Roosevelt Hotel, New York, New York

    A stone's throw from New York City's glorious Grand Central Station, the Roosevelt's marble-pillared lobby has impressed visitors since 1924. A comfy chair beneath the lobby's iconic double-faced brass clock is perfect for watching the passing Big Apple scene.

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  • Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Virginia

    They say 'Gone With the Wind' author Margaret Mitchell's mansion at Tara was inspired by the 1885 lobby's great staircase. True or not, it's easy to imagine war-wearied Southerners viewing this palatial Richmond, Virginia, masterpiece as a symbol of the South's recovery. 

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  • The Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California

    The Biltmore's lavish Spanish-Italian interiors have been a ready-made Los Angeles set for more than 150 films and countless TV series. Especially popular is the ornate marble double stairway of the hotel's original 1923 lobby, now called the Rendezvous Court.

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    Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

    When you duck into Chicago's Palmer House and enjoy a drink at its cozy lobby bar, don't forget to look up at the ornate ceiling, with its 1920s paintings of Greek mythology by the French muralist Louis Pierre Rigal.

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    Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia

    Here in Atlanta is where architect John C. Portman first turned hotel design inside-out in 1967, creating a soaring 22-story atrium/lobby. Glass elevators still whisk guests skyward in a dizzying setting that has been copied the world over for four decades.

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    Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

    Inside, you'll feel humbled by the rustic genius of this 94-foot-high, 110-year-old wooden wonderland in Wyoming. Outside, as Old Faithful Geyser erupts, you'll understand why this may be the single most perfectly placed hotel in the world.

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    Contemporary Resort Hotel, Walt Disney World

    A futuristic vision in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in 1971, it still lives up to its title with that 14-story interior, window walls and whooshing monorail pass-through. "It's a Small World" designer Mary Blair did the the delightful mosaic mural (and hid a five-legged goat about a third of the way up).

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