11/15/2012 07:04 am ET Updated Jan 15, 2013

Hotels That Are Also Attractions (PHOTOS)

A hotel often proves to be a vital part of the travel experience. In fact, there's a handful of truly remarkable properties around the world that are so iconic they are experiences unto themselves.

Whether these hotels have created culinary staples, witnessed historical change or inspired the world's greatest minds, they all have one thing in common -- they have irreversibly changed the way the world perceives hospitality and they have become proud emblems of the cities they're located in:

--Kristen McKenzie,

The World's Most Iconic Hotels