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Johnny Cash Suite, Abode Manchester

Abode Manchester is just a five-minute stroll from both Manchester Piccadilly railway station and the city’s creative core, the Northern Quarter. Housed in a grade II listed building – a former Victorian cotton warehouse – the hotel is best-known as the location of one of the city’s finest restaurants, Michael Caines Restaurant. But on the fifth floor of the property – aptly named Fabulous On Fifth – are five loft-style suites

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The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Only steps away from the famed Sunset Strip, The London West Hollywood merges its quintessential British character – aristocratic touches and bulldog statues – with the allure of Old Hollywood – plush velvet sofas, teal leather and polished marble surfaces. Recently added to the 200-room hotel are 16 luxury vista suites designed by the David Collins Studio, along with five Gate Suites, named after the gates of London’s Hyde Park

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Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Perched on the side of a cliff in the Hajar Mountains, 2,000 metres above sea level and Alila Jabal Akhdar is certainly in a prime location. Inspired by Omani forts and built from light-coloured local stone and dark wood using traditional Omani techniques, the property eschews the gaudy trappings so often associated with luxury for a neutral colour palette and an elegant, minimalist design aesthetic

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Grand Hotel, Oslo

Since 1901, the hotel has hosted the annual Nobel Prize banquet, while laureates stay in the Nobel Suite. As you walk through its doors, you can feel the lingering presence of some of the world’s most distinguished luminaries. It is probably the only place in the world where you can walk in the footsteps of the great Noregian playwright Henrik Ibsen, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and The Rolling Stones

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Raffles Makati, Manila

The 32-suite Raffles Makati is located in the highly developed financial centre of Manila, Makati, within walking distance of the popular Greenbelt Shopping Centre and a 10-minute taxi ride from the bars and restaurants of Bonifacio Global City. Raffles’ elegant Junior Suite is a combination of classic style and contemporary comfort, with a predominantly neutral colour palette set off by dark wood floors

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Terria Patagonia, Chile

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sarmiento, on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, it’s hard to distinguish the Tierra Patagonia resort, built entirely from indigenous lenga wood, from the surrounding landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the minimalist rooms and the cavernous restaurant-cum-lounge frame awe-inspiring views of the Paine Massif, while indigenous wildlife such as guanacos and rheas (Patagonian ostriches) stroll past

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Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Vienna’s Hotel Bristol has always turned heads. A hangout for Europe’s well-heeled elite since its 1892 opening, it’s an emblem of, not only Austria, but also of the dying art of old-world luxury. With a prime location (next door to the glorious State Opera House), this Biedermeier building with Art Deco styling has had its fair share of famous – and infamous – guests coming through the doors.

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Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi

A hotel complex in a nature reserve seems like it could be one of those novelty UAE ideas, but the Anantara resort, on Sir Bani Yas Island, is very much in the midst of a working wildlife preserve.

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Hotel La Cour des Augustins, Geneva

Tucked into a quiet back street of Geneva’s Latin Quarter, La Cour des Augustins is an urban hideaway in an utterly stunning city. The building has a beautiful 19th century facade, allowing it to blend with ease into its surroundings.

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Archer Hotel, New York

In a city that’s constantly evolving, Manhattan’s Garment District is suddenly in vogue. Archer Hotel, located amongst Midtown’s trimming stores and bead shops, opened in May 2014 to become one of the area’s trendiest addresses.

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Charming House, Venice

Any trip to Venice should be complemented by stylish accommodation, and Charming House, a boutique hotel with three sites across the city, has this in abundance.

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The Chedi, Muscat

The Chedi might well have been the first five-star hotel to open in Muscat but, although it’s more than a decade old, the resort feels fresh as ever.

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The Quin, New York

Located on a stretch of 57th Street now known as Billionaire’s Row, The Quin has something many new luxury high rises can’t boast: a top-level open-air terrace.

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Crillon Le Brave, Provence

The bell in the old church lazily clangs to let you know another hour has slipped past in this beautifully tranquil corner of southern France.

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Trump SoHo, New York

Trump SoHo New York, a hotel named for, well, you know who (now, of course, as the rather outspoken Republican candidate as well as retail magnate), is becoming something of a jewel in downtown Manhattan.

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Park Hyatt, Zurich

Wander in from a weekend on the slopes to a warm, welcoming lobby, and collapse into one of the large sofas by the library and roaring fireplace.

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Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s latest luxury hotel, Cape Weligama is on the south coast of the country just a 30-minute drive from the World Heritage List town of Galle.

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Charlotte Street Hotel

Located in a quiet yet central location, the boutique five-star hotel features quirky interiors toying with the idea of modern English.

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South Beach, Camps Bay

Your stay here is half hotel-half apartment, and with full kitchen amenities, the classic suites are a relaxed alternative to a traditional hotel stay.

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The Oberoi, Mumbai

Located on Marine Drive, India’s most expensive strip of real estate, The Oberoi honours the Indian notion that ‘guest is king’.

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Kandooma, The Maldives

Kandooma resort exists as an homage to all that is indelibly appealing about the Maldives.

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Mona, Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania is fast evolving as new frontier in luxury travel, and located in the northern district of the state’s capital of Hobart is the Museum Of Old And New Art, colloquially known as Mona.

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The London, West Hollywood

Expect poolside cabanas, swanky rooftop parties and casual, sun-kissed Californian style punctuated by a sharp crowd of A-listers and industry bigwigs.

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The Marly, Camps Bay

Most visitors are instantly drawn to The Marly because it collects awards like they’re going out of fashion.

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The Leela, New Delhi

New Delhi’s Leela Palace Hotel is located in the city’s calm and uncluttered diplomatic enclave in historic South Delhi.

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The Ritz, Paris

The Ritz’s 159 rooms and suites have seen every head of state and high-profile celebrity you care to mention.

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The St Regis, Florence

The 19 suites are decorated in the Medicci, Fiorentino and Renaissance styles and boast stunning artworks that combine with the more contemporary touches.

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Mayfair, Adelaide

Housed in Adelaide’s heritage-listed former Colonial Mutual Life Building, Mayfair has shaken up the city’s lacklustre luxe hotel scene within just one year of opening.

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Claridge's, London

Claridge’s offers some of the finest suites in the city, the recent Linley refurb in particular something of a triumph.

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Hotel Muse, Bangkok

Hotel Muse dishes out lashings of style, bags of comfort and plenty of atmosphere without ever crossing into the pretentious.

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Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Tokyo

Housed in Adelaide’s heritage-listed former Colonial Mutual Life Building, Mayfair has shaken up the city’s lacklustre luxe hotel scene within just one year of opening.

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Hotel Belmond Caruso, Ravello

Perched at the top of a small cobbled street in Ravello, the building was formerly an 11th century palazzo and has retained its Neapolitan good looks.

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The Zetter Townhouse, London

Take the unmarked doors and exclusive air of a private members’ club, throw in London’s passion for all things hipster, add a dash of Wes Anderson oddness, and you have the Zetter Townhouse.

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St Regis Dubai

The St Regis Dubai doesn’t really do ‘small scale’, so the dimensions of its penthouse (9,828 square feet) should really come as no surprise.

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Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka

Amangalla, in Sri Lanka’s 2,000-year old maritime fort of Galle, is a shrine to Dutch colonialism and charmingly reminiscent of the original Oriental Hotel that stood before it.

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Loisaba, Laikipia, Kenya

For the traveller who’d like to tick ‘African safari’ off their bucket list, but wants a more exclusive experience than your average game drive, the Loisaba Conservancy is a must.

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Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC, Dubai

It’s not just the prime location that marks out the Four Seasons Hotel DIFC as one that should be on your list of must-visits.

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich

his opera-house-turned-luxury-hotel keeps good company with the likes of Dior, Bulgari and Hermès across the street.

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Hotel Cafe Royal, London

Once a meeting place for London’s high society, the Café Royal became the Hotel Café Royal after a four-year transformation in 2008.

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The Silo, Cape Town

Not only is it set to attract tourists from far and wide, it is also a trendsetting spot for locals to view the city from a refreshing new angle.

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Kameha Grand, Zurich

The catchphrase is ‘life is grand’ and indeed, a stay at the Kameha Grand might leave you feeling in rude health.

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Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

Embedded in the lush landscapes of the Jumeirah resort, the five-bedroomed royal residence is totally secluded.

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Minaret Station, Wanaka

Minaret Station sits in a glacial valley in New Zealand’s Southern Alps and is accessible only by helicopter. The 65,000-acre working deer and sheep farm and luxury tented lodge is the incarnation of the childhood adventures of the four Wallis brothers – sons of the legendary New Zealand airman and entrepreneur Sir Tim Wallis – who grew up farming, fishing and foraging this vast alpine estate

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Halkin by Como, London

The Halkin stakes a claim as London’s very first boutique hotel, housed in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Belgravia, the Georgian-style property is, as you’d expect for such surroundings, elegant, impressive and a tad exclusive. That exclusivity means peace and quiet – no bad thing in our book – and a clientele largely made up of groups from the Middle East, Russia and, perhaps, the odd passing movie star

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15 Glasgow

The husband and wife team behind 15 Glasgow, Shane and Laura McKenzie, describe it as a “boutique bed and breakfast”, and that’s exactly what it is, but it offers a little bit more luxury than your average family-run B&B. The magnificent Victorian townhouse, built in 1834, is located less than 10 minutes from Glasgow Central Station, close to the bars and restaurants of the city’s West End

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The London Edition, London

The 173-room property is housed in a glorious Georgian building on Fitzrovia’s Berners Street, a short stroll across Oxford Street from London’s Soho neighbourhood. Schrager has managed to retain the historical spirit of the building while infusing the hotel with thoroughly modern chutzpah. The stylish but cosy rooms and suites, replete with wood-panelled walls and floors, are distinctly modern

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The Pierre, New York

Opened in 1930, The Pierre has built a reputation as one of New York’s grand properties, with notable guests including Elizabeth Taylor and Yves Saint-Laurent. Overlooking Central Park and featuring a stately exterior and ornate public spaces, The Pierre offers a taste of old New York with subtle touches honouring the Indian heritage of Taj Hotels Resorts And Palaces, the group that acquired the hotel a decade ago

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Hôtel Americano, New York

The gritty urban exterior of Hôtel Americano conceals 56 rooms coming in three types, each offering the feel of an urban ryokan. The work of Parisian interior designer, Arnaud Montigny, a beautiful Kengo Kuma bed dominates while black vinyl Zanotta beanbag chairs and denim Loden Dager robes emphasise the design-led experience.

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QT Sydney

A deft hand was required to transform the interiors of Sydney’s majestic State Theatre and iconic Gowings men’s store into a boutique hotel, and design duo Nic Graham and Shelley Indyk delivered in spades.

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La Mamounia, Marrakech

Found in the shade of the Koutoubia mosque, Morocco’s La Mamounia hotel has hosted the world’s most famous figures since opening in 1923.

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Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

Every hotel has a story to tell, but few tales are as impressive as that of Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Built in 1869 and named Villa Soleil, it was intended as a haven for writers starved of inspiration. By 1887 it had adopted its current name and was set to become the hotel that turned the French Riviera into a summertime destination.

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Perched 38 floors off ground level, the Mandarin Oriental is the perfect way to get your bearings in a city as chaotic as Tokyo.

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Sir Albert, Amsterdam

The intriguing Sir Albert Hotel in Amsterdam’s hip, multicultural de Pipj neighbourhood has taken the design hotel concept into new territory.

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Story Hotel, Stockholm

Filled with chic designs, contemporary art and a Parisian-influenced bar that has become the mainstay for the stylish locals, Story Hotel is a unique Swedish gem.

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ME London

ME London benefits from a fantastic location in The Strand, but you’ll find stopping in can be equally as enjoyable.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles

In the heart of Hollywood, no other hotel is as steeped in history as The Hollywood Roosevelt. An enduring presence; its red neon-lit sign is a glowing reminder of movie town’s Golden Age.

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Brown's Hotel, London

If there were a checklist for ‘the quintessential London hotel’, Brown’s Hotel would confidently tick them all off.

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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

There’s an air of serenity that envelopes the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, which is unusual as in this city, chaos normally comes as the standard setting.

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Corinthia Hotel, London

There are seven penthouses in this 19th-century London building, each one meticulously decorated to its own theme.

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Pousada de Lisboa

Set on the riverfront of the Portuguese capital, the Pousada de Lisboa is infused with history.

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Mandarin Oriental, New York

The star of the show is undoubtedly the incredible view of Central Park, and with floor-to-ceilings windows flooding the vista in, it’s hard not to spend your entire stay simply stood, staring out.

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Vigilius, Monte San Vigilio

Italy’s South Tyrol region is considered by many as an Alpine Shangri-La, with its unique mountain scenery punctuated by the Dolomites.

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Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi, Tokyo

Found nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Four Seasons Tokyo Marunouchi is the cosy boutique arm of a giant brand.

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Cordis, Hong Kong

Cordis Hong Kong has emerged from a major overhaul looking radiant, with a new name, new look and an art collection worth US$4.5 million.

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Metropolitan, London

While most central London addresses sit firmly in a box marked ‘exclusive’ these days, there nevertheless still remains a certain cachet for those in the W1 postcode: Mayfair.

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Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali

Only the best locations in the world will do for Ritz-Carlton’s exclusive ‘Reserve’ collection, and Mandapa doesn’t disappoint.

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Kahanda Kanda, Colombo

A stunning antique Jogo house from Java, its dark wood interior of the Dubu suite is only bettered by the stunning gardens it resides in.

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Mayfair, Adelaide

Housed in Adelaide’s heritage-listed former Colonial Mutual Life Building, Mayfair has shaken up the city’s lacklustre luxe hotel scene within just one year of opening.

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Baur Au Lac, Zurich

Baur au Lac venerates tradition, and any stay here will leave you in no doubt of how it feels to stay at one of the world’s finest hotels.

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Katamana, Seminyak, Bali

Merging traditional Balinese craftsmanship with contemporary touches, the boutique hotel is almost entirely handmade.

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The Hoxton, Amsterdam

Housed in Adelaide’s heritage-listed former Colonial Mutual Life Building, Mayfair has shaken up the city’s lacklustre luxe hotel scene within just one year of opening.

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La Maison Favart, Paris

La Maison Favart is a spacious boutique hotel that pays homage to the romance of 18th century couple Charles Simon Favart and Marie-Justine Favart.

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Presidential Suite, Waldorf Astoria, New York

It’s for good reason that US presidents over the past eight decades have stayed in this Art Deco icon on Park Avenue.

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Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London

In little more than three years, The Shard has sharply become something of an icon in the city; a trip to the top almost as essential as seeing Buckingham Palace or the Tower.

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Lux South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Peaceful hideaway or active adventure, you’re in charge of the itinerary on this picture-perfect island.

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The Roxy Hotel, New York

New York’s music scene is far from over thanks to The Roxy, which put the swagger back into Manhattan’s step ever since revitalising the former TriBeCa Grand Hotel.

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Hotel D’Angleterre, Copenhagen

Our advice is to add your name to that of former visitors – Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly, Walt Disney and the Rolling Stones.

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Rome Cavalieri, Rome

Walking through the palatial Rome Cavalieri, perched on the leafy hill of Monte Mario, is like walking through one of the world’s best art galleries.

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Shangri-La Singapore

Ensconced in leafy, tropical (not to mention award-winning) gardens, Singapore’s iconic Shangri-La is a mere ten-minute stroll from the city’s famous shopping artery.

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Four Seasons Amman

The Four Seasons in Jordan is seen as the grand dame of Amman’s prestigious Fifth Circle neighbourhood.

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Gran Meliá Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

When the Hotel Nacional opened in 1972, it was the epitome of glamorous Rio.

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Park Gstaad, Switzerland

When actress Julie Andrews moved to Gstaad in the 1960s, she insisted on decorating its chalets with 1,000 lights.

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Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa

Heading through the gates and down the sweeping driveway here, you would be forgiven for thinking you were heading to a colonial mansion as opposed to a hotel.

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