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Ten hotels with a story to tell

From Brazilian beaches to Russia's cultural capital - enviable locations and a host of famous faces have added to the allure of the world's most renowned hotels. Whether it's a palace on the sea, a prince's urban retreat, or a stronghold for revolutionaries, it is a rich history of hospitality and an openness to evolution which ensure their longevity. Have a look at our list of hotels which, despite their international acclaim, depend on more than just sheen and shine to attract their prestigious guests.