Best of the Best Hotels

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Let's face it. We all love "best of" lists. Be it accolades from industry insiders or polls voted on by seasoned travelers, everyone has an opinion on what constitutes the best room, best value, or best experience, and we are all ears. We sorted through some of the popular 2009/2010 lists and compiled a collection of which hotels took top honors. Think of them as the Oscars of travel, only they rate marble bathrooms instead of art direction. Read on to see who took the top prizes -- and what makes them so special.
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Best of the Best Hotels

Let's face it. We all love "best of" lists. Be it accolades from industry insiders or polls voted on by seasoned travelers, everyone has an opinion on what constitutes the best room, best value, or best experience, and we are all ears. We sorted through some of the popular 2009/2010 lists and compiled a collection of which hotels took top honors. Think of them as the Oscars of travel, only they rate marble bathrooms instead of art direction. Read on to see who took the top prizes -- and what makes them so special.

Best of the Best Hotels

Modern art lends both function and flair to Louisville's 21C Museum Hotel, where the colorful letters of Camille Utterback's "Text Rain" tumble down the lobby wall and ergonomic Herman Miller chairs furnish the 90 sophisticated rooms. The staff has even made an art of hospitality -- its Southern charm boosted the boutique hotel to the top of Condé Nast Traveler's 2010 Gold List. www.21cmuseumhotel.com

Best of the Best Hotels

A jewel in Boston's Back Bay, the Eliot Hotel, the number one US small city hotel on Travel + Leisure's 2009 World's Best list, offers elegance -- French doors and marble bathtubs -- at a reasonable price. Gourmands will appreciate executive chef Ken Oringer's inventive cuisine as much as the trendy eateries on nearby Newbury Street. www.eliothotel.com

Best of the Best Hotels

A regular elite list-topper, The Peninsula Chicago was named 2009 Best City Hotel by luxury travel authority Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. The spacious suites have classic design, reliable comfort, and glittering skyline views -- plus the Magnificent Mile is right outside the front door. www.peninsula.com/Chicago

Best of the Best Hotels

This is one of the most over-the-top hotels in an over-the-top town and it racks up award after award, from Zagat's Most Popular Hotel to Expedia's Top Destination Resort. The casino also tops lists, especially the poker room, which won Casino Player magazine's Best Poker Tournaments in 2009. Lady Luck herself would be hard-pressed to find a more desirable place to linger. www.bellagio.com

Best of the Best Hotels

It's no wonder Gaia was named North America's Leading Green Hotel in 2009 by the World Travel Awards. It was constructed with earth-friendly materials like recycled granite and lumber from sustainable forests and is Gold LEED-certified. The property strives to be environmentally conscious inside and out, including using bulk soap dispensers, chemical-free landscaping, and fair trade organic coffee. www.gaianapavalleyhotel.com

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