12 Best Hotels in the World

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Twelve properties with nearly-open doors have entered into your list of favorite hotels - from the cheerful Vermont Hotel in New England to the very romantic and only for adults in Costa Rica. This year, two iconic properties that have been closed for long and long renovations - the 489-year-old Gritti Palace in Venezia and the 259-year-old D'Angleterre in Copenhagen - soon return to the Readers' Choice list.

1. Nayara Springs, Arenal, Costa Rica

This new boutique hotel is a Costa Rican dream for anyone looking for a secluded vacation spot. Nayara Springs perched on top of the rainforest, surrounded by tropical plants and tributaries with beautiful views of Arenal volcano.

2. The Langham, Chicago, IL

Decorated in two different color tones, the guest rooms have stunning views of the Chicago River, frosted privacy glass that hides the bathroom, and - our favorite feature - a fantastic and beautiful "small barn" (portable small wine cooler). The clean lines of the rooms and simple elegance pay homage to the minimalist aesthetics of Mies van der Rohe.

3. Thompson Chicago, IL

Four things really stand out in the 247-room hotel at Windy City Thompson: superlative service, location (in the heart of the Gold Coast), rooms (with gem-branded furniture, large windows, especially large showers and REN products), and, the most important.

4. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, VT

This hotel, opened in 2013, is contemporary-state: modern and sleek, yet also warm and welcoming. The hotel remains faithful to its home country, offering locally made products and local food - on display by three superb dining venues, including the second post of Vermont's favorite restaurant, Hen of the Woods.

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5. The Gritti Palace (Luxury Collection), Venice, Italy

Built in 1525, this Venetian-Gothic palace is the former residence of the Vatican ambassadors to Venice. You can not beat the location on the Grand Canal; the interior presents a hand-painted grand piano, woven carpets, marble tiles, and gold-trimmed ceilings.

6. The Pearl, Rosemary Beach, FL

Tech lovers and luxuries will find a delightful mix of both at The Pearl, featuring in-room iPads and Apple TVs beside poolside maniacs and private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel offers a stretch of private beach, and you can choose spa treatments in the cabana next to the beach.

7. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Maui, HI

At Andaz Maui, the sea is there to provide adventure when you want it (excellent snorkeling and surfing lessons), but the resort is also a sanctuary for total R & R. More than half of the 297 rooms have water views, and everything is made better by a private lanai, where you can stare at the sky filled with stars and dream up the next day's plans.

8. Alfond Inn, Winter Park, FL

If you want to relax and enjoy the day, Alfond Inn is the right hotel for you. A typical evening might mean taking a blanket, sitting outside, listening to jazz and sipping champagne while the hotel chef prepares the smoked pork. There is also afternoon tea, an elevated swimming pool, and special VIP (Very Important Pup, natch) service for dogs.

9. The Epicurean Hotel, Tampa, FL

The name of this new Tampa hotel shows a food-focused property. There are two restaurants: Elevage focuses on American and Southern dishes with a fresh and healthy touch (think fish and chips made from stunned tuna or French toast with orange blossom honey), while Chocolate Pi is not surprising for a sweet tooth with a cake made on-site daily ...

10. Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Khmer-meet-Art Deco renovation designed by Siem Reap's central government feels very appropriate, especially the sunlit Living Lounge lounge, which has pink velvety love chairs and bookcases filled with the textile-filled books local tower.

11. Hotel D'Angleterre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen eventually has an elegant and sophisticated hotel like the streets around it. Most of the 90 guest rooms are minimalist but warm, with pistachio-colored silk curtains and small balconies (all better to let in light on endless summer days), and almost every space has at least one purple splash, which usually comes in shiny gray lilac shape.

12. The Quin, New York, NY

The starving artist has never been so good. The most famous is the hotel art program: Each room contains original artwork; the lobby level gallery showcases the works of the artists of choice; and a 15-foot digital display in the lobby featuring multidimensional pieces in turn.

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