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Hotels and Resorts

Cigar Aficionado's panel of travel experts picks the most luxurious, most outstanding, most exciting range of destinations in the world
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Jim Belushi, November/December 2010

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In previous polls, London was never able to yield a clear winner, suffering from an overabundance of top luxury properties. This time, however, despite plenty of votes spread among all the usual suspects, from the timeless Connaught to the hipper Haymarket by Firmdale, The Lanesborough won, and convincingly, showing  a fundamental shift in the English capital. Amy Ziff, former Travelocity editor-at-large and longtime travel journalist says, “The Lanesborough is not just a classic hotel, it has become an institution. You’ll always be in style, and its fabulous location in Knightsbridge overlooks Hyde Park. Your personal butler will get you acclimated to the surroundings, and, things only go up from there.”

Runners-Up: TIE: The Goring, Dorchester, One Aldwych.

Best Hotel Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows

Tying for the nation’s Best Large Hotel, this one easily carried Los Angeles, with its combination of classic timelessness and up-to-the-minute relevance, especially among the A-listers who frequent it and the countless stars who choose it to host interviews. It also enjoys an incredible location in the heart of the city’s most desirable neighborhood. “With its hidden bungalows and iconic Old Hollywood nature, the ‘Pink Palace’ will have you posing poolside in your fluffy robe or taking an important phone call with the other glitterati in the Polo Lounge,” says golf and travel writer and broadcaster  Michael Patrick Shiels.

Runners-Ups: TIE: Beverly Wilshire, Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Best Hotel Paris

Four Seasons George V

Best in Paris, best anywhere. Perhaps the only hotel on earth famed for its incredibly excessive lobby flower arrangements, the George V won in a landslide and was the world’s top vote getter in this poll. Nonetheless, the other grand dames of Paris had a good showing, with votes cast for the Meurice, Plaza Athenee and Crillon, which finished second. To journalist Everett Potter the George V’s appeal is simple: “They get all the details correct.” Carrie Wallace is quick to recommend it to romantic honeymooners, because “they understand the mentality of their U.S.-based guests without compromising their French credentials.” Not surprisingly, this hotel easily won the same category five years ago, prompting Nota Bene’s Lassman to credit it with, “The finest hotel service in Europe with arguably the most polished room service of any hotel in the world.”

Runner-Up: Hotel Crillon.

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