New boutique hotels will always have the buzz, but trendy newbies can't replace the splendor of staying downtown at a truly grand hotel. More than just fancy places to spend the night, these architectural gems are woven into the local landscape, having served as meeting places for leaders and celebrities, and in many cases, dining and entertainment hubs. The latest hotspots jockeying for attention may have trendy designs and of-the-moment restaurants, but it's hard to beat a signature building that truly has a place in history. Here are just some of the legendary, historic hotels that serve as focal points in their respective cities.
∙ Hotel Week 2014 [Curbed]