Best new hotels of 2012

Best new hotels of 2012

Get ready to drool -- it's Condé Nast Traveler's annual take on the world's top sleeps
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan in Egypt is a Victorian hotel overlooking the Nile.

We’d hate to be the guy at the drawing board when a new hotel is in the works.

More than ever, the hotel industry has been launching one global superlative after another -– from  luxury "groundscapers" to an entire resort inspired by a Spanish La Liga football team

But that makes it all the more fun to be the traveler … or a travel reporter.

Oberoi GurgaonThe Oberoi, Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi strikes a futuristic contrast with its surrounds.U.S. travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has just published its annual "Hot List" of the best restaurants, hotels and spas.

For the past 10 months, 41 reporters have toured hotels in dozens of countries, casting a lofty, judgmental eye over views, architecture, interiors and cuisines.

They seem to have had some difficulty narrowing it down, seeing as 121 out of the 172 hotels evaluated ended up on the list.

And while most of us won’t be able to afford these stylish stays, just scrolling through the slideshow will induce some serious jaw dropping.

From refurbished railway hotels to rows of minimalistic concrete blocks, here are some of the magazine’s picks for top new hotels, by region.


St. Pancras Renaissance, London, England
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
Square Nine, Belgrade, Serbia

The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Naked Stables Private Reserve, Paitou Town, China

North America
Aulani, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
Manrey, Panama City, Panama 

South America
Fasano Boa Vista, Porto Feliz, Brazil
The Westin, Lima, Peru
Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan, Egypt
Hogmead, Nairobi, Kenya
Alphen Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

For the full gallery, visit the Condé Nast Traveler website.

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Frances Cha is a Digital Producer at CNN Travel. 


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