Want to know if the Downton Abbey–style world of the old British upper class still exists? Then look no further than here—the Ritz is as synonymous with London's high society and superrich decadence today as it was in 1906. The central lobby, with its chandelier and sweeping balconies, is a photo opportunity waiting to happen. The lounges are as gorgeous as ever, and the bedrooms are bastions of Louis XVI style, with acres of luxurious fabric, and glittering chandeliers. With a ratio of two staff members to every bedroom, you're guaranteed personal service despite the hotel's massive size. And yet, truth be told, there's something rather tedious about the Ritz's commitment to the ancien régime of English manners. The staff can be so snobby at times they verge on downright rude and the dress code inflexibly strict—woe betide a gentleman if he doesn't wear a jacket and sit up straight in the bar. In the end, staying here is more about showing off than relaxing.