Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok's Authors' Wing, circa 1900.
Famous Guests: Paul Theroux, John Steinbeck, Ian Fleming, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson.
Thailand's first luxury hotel also holds the distinction of giving Bangkok its first elevator (installed in the Garden Wing extension in 1958) and first city spa, opened in 1993.
Suites in the original Authors' Wing highlight the hotel's longstanding relationship with the literary world, housing Heritage Authors' Suites, each one unique and named after previous guests -- Noël Coward, Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham and James Michener.
During World War II, the hotel was used as a Japanese officer's club. After the war Jim Thompson, Thailand's silk king and former co-owner who also has a suite named after him, oversaw restoration of the property.
Current room rates: from US$300. Mandarinoriental.com/bangkok
These days you're more likely to find a wedding reception in the Authors' Wing than an author.