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Leading Hotels Welcome Guests to Destinations Where Sports History Has Been Made

The locations of past Olympics Games have gone down in history, with guests of Leading Hotels still sensing the presence of athletic excitement during their visits. Seeing the sites of past Games offers the opportunity to relive the great events that broke records and made headlines. These Leading Hotels provide incredible comfort and style, allowing for an inspiring trip filled with incredible sightseeing. Set in glorious regions, the properties can be enjoyed in all seasons.

Having held the games just twenty years prior, St. Moritz, Switzerland hosted the first Olympics following World War II in 1948. There were 28 nations competing back then, compared to the 205 countries that will be represented at the 2012 Olympic Games. Today’s visitors to St. Moritz feel as if they are time traveling to a bygone era, being driven in chauffeured Rolls Royces and enjoying live harp music at breakfast when staying at the fairy-tale-like Badrutt's Palace Hotel, whose lobby has been dubbed "St. Moritz's living room."

Norway became the first Scandinavian country to host an Olympics in 1952. During the Oslo Games, British athletes and spectators were mourning the loss of their king, George VI, whose sudden death occurred just days before the opening ceremony. The Hotel Continental's Theatercaféen, centrally located downtown within walking distance to the palace, served as a meeting place for officials and honored guests. The grand café was named one of the world's favorites by the New York Times.

The 1956 games, held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy were the first Olympics to be internationally televised. The arenas were built with television in mind, but the athletes were not yet used to the concept, apparent when an ice-skater tripped on a television wire during the opening ceremonies. The figure skating competition was held outdoors for the final time at these Games. Visitors can still see the Olympic ice rink and imagine the spectacular sight of performances framed by the magnificent Dolomites. Guests of the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf will continue to be awed by the views of the mountains and Ampezzo Valley from their rooms, many of which boast hand-painted ceilings and boiserie.

The Japanese capital has long pioneered trends, as exemplified by Tokyo’s 1964 Olympic arena that hosted a total of 94 nations. Built so well that it withstood the 2011 earthquake and tsunami without damage, the stadium will be repurposed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics after a billion-dollar restoration. Tokyo visitors can watch rugby matches and see all the city's sights from the comforts of the Palace Hotel, Tokyo, which has recently undergone a massive renovation and boasts high-tech amenities such as waterproof LCD bathroom televisions.

During the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, the US men’s hockey team skated to what became known as the Miracle on Ice, when they defeated the formidable – and favored – Soviet men’s team, and went on to claim gold with a win over Finland. Visitors today can still see the arena where the matches were held, while they create their own vacation miracles with a stay at Whiteface Lodge. Designed to recall the legendary Great Camps of the Adirondacks, the hotel provides extraordinary levels of sophisticated comfort, summer or winter.

Athens, the original city of the Olympics is home to the Acropolis, a building still studied by architects, and the Olympic Stadium "Spiros Louis," built for the 2004 Games. It was the first time since 1896 that the Olympics were held in Greece. The arena, with a roof suspended by hydraulics, features innovative operating systems. Today it holds football matches and concerts, and sits just a twenty-minute drive from the seaside Divani Apollon Palace & Spa. The serene hotel located on the Kavouri Bay offers world-class spa treatments and two outdoor swimming pools, as well as a tennis court with views of the Mediterranean.

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About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)
When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion.

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