Around the globe, Millennium Hotels and Resorts is fortunate enough to call some world-renowned places our neighbours. On your next trip, make sure you call in on these famous spots to see why they live up to the hype.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club
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For sports fans, there are no better places to stay in London than the Millennium and Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club. Whether you stay at the four-star, 160-room Copthorne Hotel or the four-star-deluxe, 121-room Millennium Hotel – you’ll find both at Stamford Bridge – you’re just next door to the celebrated Stamford Bridge Stadium, home to Premier League greats Chelsea.
If you can, grab a ticket and attend a match with one of the nearly 42,000 football fans who flock to the stadium to cheer on Chelsea FC. If the club’s not playing, you can still tour the sports complex – the short-but-memorable one-hour guided tour is entertaining and educational. With the tour, you also have access to the on-site museum, so you can delve a bit deeper into the club’s history, which dates back to 1905.
After the match or your tour, find more family-friendly fun and fare at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner. Watch more sport on the restaurant’s 12 large-screen TVs as you dine on American-style diner food, including buffalo wings, nachos, classic burgers, stone-baked pizzas, milkshakes, sundaes and more.
Millennium Hotel Durham, Duke University
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In North Carolina, the Millennium Hotel Durham is the closest off-campus, full-service hotel to both Duke University and Duke University Hospital. This prime positioning makes the hotel incredibly convenient for those seeking world-class medical treatment (or staying nearby to someone who is), sport fans (especially basketball lovers) wanting to see the Duke Blue Devils at play, or simply those wanting to enjoy the beautiful campus and surrounds of one of most distinguished universities in the US.
With its comfortable rooms and suites, fitness centre, indoor pool and hot tub, you may never want leave the hotel. But the beautiful Duke University campus – with its mix of Georgian and Neo-Gothic architecture, surrounding forest and vibrant student atmosphere – will make you glad you did. Set off on a walking tour to get to know these hallowed grounds. Along the way, you’ll meander past residence halls, libraries, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum of Art and the Roman Pantheon-inspired Baldwin Auditorium.
Be sure to spend some time at the gorgeous Duke University Chapel, with its 77 stained-glass windows, vaulted ceiling and 64-metre-tall tower that’s home to a 50-bell carillon. If you can score some much-sought-after tickets, a Duke Blue Devils football (American football, that is) or basketball game is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, PETRONAS Twin Towers
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It seems only appropriate that our five-star Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur wins the grand prize for larger-than-life neighbours. They don’t come much larger than the city’s roughly 450-metre-tall, 88-storey PETRONAS Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers on earth. Check in to one of the hotel’s spacious 468 rooms or suites, then check out these massive glass-and-stainless-steel buildings and the attractions within and around them.
When you get to PETRONAS Twin Towers, head straight for Skybridge, which connects the two towers, on floors 41 and 42, the highest two-level bridge on the planet. There, magnificent views of Kuala Lumpur await. For even more of an adrenaline rush, keep going onwards and upwards to the observation deck on level 86. Come down from on high with a relaxing break in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) Park, just outside the towers.
Top off your towers visit back at the hotel, where you can choose from Japanese, Cantonese, Asian and bistro fare at the Grand Millennium’s four delicious restaurants. Or relax and unwind after a satisfying day of sightseeing with a dip in the swimming pool or a pampering session at the in-house spa.
ONE UN New York, United Nations Headquarters
One UN New York’s deluxe Room
In New York City, you’ll never be at a loss for great things to do, but a stay at ONE UN New York positions you for a truly unique experience – one with a capital UN. The hotel, which has for years been home to international VIPs and world leaders during their stays in New York, is just across from the United Nations Headquarters.
What’s more, you can tour this globally influential complex, which belongs not to New York and the US but to all of the UN’s Member States. (Indeed, it’s an international territory.) On your one-hour guided tour, you’ll see a number of the headquarters’ chambers, including the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber, and you’ll learn a bit about the UN buildings themselves. You’ll also learn about the structure and history of the UN and how the organisation tackles such global issues as peace, human rights, disarmament and security. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. Note: There are no guided tours on weekends, but the Visitor Centre is open.
When you want to leave international territory and get back to seeing New York City, you’re also not far from the world-famous Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Lord & Taylor department store.
Interested to learn more about other Millennium destinations? Check out our heritage hotels in key cities.