What makes a grand hotel a Grande Dame? Is it a palatial facade and grand interiors that channel Great Gatsby vibes and has old world charm flowing out of grand ballrooms with soaring ceilings dripping with chandeliers? Or is it having a famous restaurant where royalty and high society are known to dine? It is all of these and much more. A Grande Dame’s place in history and location is so well known, it’s an institution. It is a landmark, perhaps even is of architecture prestige like an opera house or the Parliament House. It has a history (sometimes storied) of society’s crème de crème dancing in its sumptuous ballrooms and tinkling glasses. It also offers good old-fashioned, white glove service which you can always count on – no excuses, no glitches. And most of all, it’s modern day appeal lies in how it brings us back to a sepia-tinted period where life’s refinements were enjoyed leisurely. To some, reliving this bygone era is the ultimate in luxury travel as it also means that you have all the time in the world to just relax in a hotel, enjoy its facilities and show up for dinner dressed to the nines. We round out three of the best that are consistently all of these, especially when it comes to service.