For business I tend to like the old-style hotels. If I was stuck in London, I'd go to the Savoy in the Strand and get one of the rooms with river views. You get to know the staff and the service is wonderful. I'd go to the Palais du Jardin for lunch. At one point I lived in the Savoy for nine months, then I found out it wasn't tax allowable. In Paris, I'd stay at the Ritz - super service. The one I'd go for in New York is the Peninsula, just off Sixth Street: it's exceptional. I'd take a big suite or the penthouse or something; the service is wonderful. Other than that, I'm always interested in finding small boutique hotels with 10-15 rooms.
For pleasure In Miami, I like the Grove Isle Hotel in Coconut Grove. There's a limited number of rooms; each is a suite with a view over Biscayne Bay. The restaurant is wonderful and it's all very private, but not precious. In Barbados, everyone stays at the Sandy Lane, but I stay at Almond Beach, which has a wonderful mix of clientele. That's my favourite in the Caribbean. Then there's one of Rocco's (Forte) places in Rome, the Hotel du Russie: me and my girlfriend found that exceptional. The staff are fantastic. The room service food did keep coming cold, but the service was so good it hardly mattered. It's a cliche, but the best waiters and hotel staff are Italian. The concierge was called Antonio; I sent him a letter after our stay to congratulate him.