The world's best hotels are as appealing to you and to me as they are to our favorite celebrities and diplomats.

Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa

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Spotted: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey

With Table Mountain's staggering silhouette in the backdrop and the shimmering, yacht-filled marina on the remaining three sides, Cape Grace is a beautiful property long beloved by locals as well as traveling stars. Here, gracious staffers are committed to calling you by name, and remembering your preference for wine. Signal, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, serves Cape cuisine like bobotie-spiced springbok and pickled yellowtail with apricot chutney and crispy kataifi.

Why celebs love it: In addition to spectacular views, it’s the little details that make this hotel feel so luxurious. Think hand-painted fabrics in the guest rooms, marble baths, and fresh flowers. Follow in Matt Damon’s footsteps and book one of two penthouse suites. It’s even rumored he left his barbecue grill on the rooftop.

The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa

Spotted: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey

With Table Mountain's staggering silhouette in the backdrop and the shimmering, yacht-filled marina on the remaining three sides, Cape Grace is a beautiful property long beloved by locals as well as traveling stars. Here, gracious staffers are committed to calling you by name, and remembering your preference for wine. Signal, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, serves Cape cuisine like bobotie-spiced springbok and pickled yellowtail with apricot chutney and crispy kataifi.

Why celebs love it: In addition to spectacular views, it’s the little details that make this hotel feel so luxurious. Think hand-painted fabrics in the guest rooms, marble baths, and fresh flowers. Follow in Matt Damon’s footsteps and book one of two penthouse suites. It’s even rumored he left his barbecue grill on the rooftop.

The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Celebrities are people, too, and they need a good vacation just like the rest of us. 

Hotels with the most celeb appeal seem to attract our favorite stars like moths to a super nova: one deems a property worthy of their presence, and the whole lot of them descends upon that lucky beach town, castle mount, or glistening skyscraper.

Our favorite movie stars and performers flock to properties that can ensure them privacy from paparazzi with private villas and designated butlers that escort them from glossy limo to glossier plunge pool. They seek over-the-top suites with personal screening rooms, far-flung destinations, and world-class dining. Wouldn't you? 

These 17 hotels and resorts have proven they, too, have star power, thanks to a long (sometimes centuries-long) repertoire with the world's most famous names. 

Book a room at any one of these properties for the chance to elbow up alongside your celebrity. Just try not to ogle.

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