By Jason Cochran
May 20, 2009

Nightlife guru Rande Gerber will break into Europe next month when he inaugurates the bar and restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel Madrid (14 Plaza de Santa Ana; 800/336-3542). For T+L's annual Hotels Issue, we asked Gerber which properties he'd emulate if he were to build his own retreat. Peninsula Beverly Hills 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; 800/462- 7899. "When I go up to my room, it's got the beer that I like, the tequila that I like." Four Seasons Hotel, New York 57 E. 57th St.; 800/ 332-3442. "The staff makes everyone feel like a VIP, with no attitude at all. They consistently give good service—something trendy hotels so often get wrong." Blakes, London 33 Roland Gardens; 800/926-3173. "It's a small forty-five-room hotel that doesn't really have a lobby, so you just walk in and you're home."