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Hot Hotel Trends
Top 2005 U.S. Hotel Openings
Top 10 U.S. Hotel Restaurants
"The Best of" Hotel Lists
The World's Best Hotels
Business Travel Guides
Hotel Dining: La Fougasse
The Concierge

Condos, Sinatra Wake-up Calls and Ladies Only Digs

We thought 2004 was a frenetic year for the hotel industry, but it’s proven tame in hindsight. Among the surprising trends that came our way in 2005: an upscale New York City "dorm," sleek new chains offering bang for the buck, a condo explosion and a very un-P.C. but delicious deference to female guests.

Fresh on the Scene

Although California dominates our list of eclectic properties that opened in 2005, we’re not playing favorites. The Golden State just happened to have an abundance of high-profile openings. That said, the rest of the country made a valiant showing, from the prototype for a new chain in Houston to a long anticipated extravaganza in Vegas.

Check in, Dine in and Turn Down

Proof that the hospitality industry is advancing in an enlightened direction, fifteen of the top 40 dining rooms selected for our "2005 Restaurant Issue" are located in hotels. Prepare to be wowed by some of the biggest names in the food world, from Jean-Georges to Michel Richard.

Only the Best

Whether you’re in town to see and be seen, close a deal or luxuriate in the latest spa treatment, "The Best of" lists are an invaluable resource. And we don’t just stick to the major metropolises. We’ve plucked the top luxury, business, value, spa, boutique, romantic and hip hotels in destinations around the country.

The Best is Yet to Come

Admit it: lists are fun. Better yet, when it comes to hotels, they help plan the vacation of your dreams. We’ve culled the finest digs for travelers of all types, from extreme adventurers and luxury-loving families to wannabe cowpokes and wine country connoisseurs.

Business as Usual

Business travelers have always had their own unique requirements, whether it be translation services or the name of a restaurant for wooing a client. Our guides take these needs into account, and then some. Along with information on getting to and from the airport and where to spend your off hours, we showcase the best business hotels in each city we cover.

A French Twist in the Twin Cities

Food and travel publications are always focusing on big name hotel restaurants. But beyond the hype are a wealth of lesser known but worthy-of-applause dining rooms. Named after the Provencal flatbread, La Fougasse---in the Sofitel Minneapolis---brings the fare of Mediterranean countries to the Twin Cities.


HOTEL SEARCH: From "Top of the Line" to "Practical," search among thousands of hotel reviews in our database, and find out the Hot 10 Hotels in each city.

FEATURED HOTELS: Whether in the countryside of Southern France or the mystical red rock landscape of Sedona, every hotel has a story to tell.

HOTEL & TRAVEL NEWS: Keep up with the newest plans and trends in the hotel world.

TOP HOTEL RATINGS: From Atlanta to Washington D.C., Paris and London: Find out which hotels rate the highest in your area.

TOP SPAS & FEATURED SPAS: It's no coincidence that a majority of the best spas in the U.S. and in the world are located in the most luxurious hotels.

HOTEL & TRAVEL SPECIALS: Luxury at value prices, from weekend escapes designed around decadent themes to reduced-rate packages at your favorite properties.

RATING SYSTEM EXPLAINED: Our ranking of the decor, service, amenities and ambience of each hotel is expressed in Golden Keys, from one to five.

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