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Conde Nast Traveler Unveils its Annual Hotels, Restaurants, Spas, and Clubs Hot List

- Conde Nast Traveler's 11th annual May 'Hot List' issue is the insider's guide to the newest, hottest, sexiest hotels, restaurants, spas, and nightclubs opened all over the world in the past year.

To develop the list, the magazine's editors checked out hundreds of new properties around the globe, rigorously evaluating each one on a standard set of criteria. The result is a definitive guide to the world's most exciting new establishments destined to become instant classics.

The 2007 Hot List features 138 new hotels and resorts, 95 new restaurants, 25 new nightclubs, and 75 new spas whose design, service, and amenities transcend industry standards.

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The hotel findings range from Mexico's four-suite colonial retreat, Oasis, to Las Vegas' 816-room behemoth overlooking the Strip, Red Rock Casino. Hot and trendy doesn't have to mean pricey. Check into 24 of the hottest hotels under $200-per-night. The 138 hotels and resorts on this year's Hot List encompass 46 countries on 6 continents.

The U.S. properties named to the list include:

• Hotel Angeleno, Los Angeles, CA
• Sofitel LA, Los Angeles, CA
• Shade, Manhattan Beach, CA
• US Grant, San Diego, CA
• The Keating, San Diego, CA
• Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco, CA
• Winvian, Litchfield Hills, CT
• The James, Chicago, IL
• 21C Hotel, Louisville, KY
• Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
• Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, NV
• The London NYC, New York, NY
• Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY
• Hotel deLuxe, Portland, OR
• Hotel Fauchere, Milford, PA
• W Dallas-Victory, Dallas, TX
• Hotel Palomar, Dallas, TX
• Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, & Spa, Austin, TX
• Pan Pacific, Seattle, WA

This year there is global foodie buzz aplenty. Conde Nast Traveler highlights the hottest trends, including the organic-food revolution and cutting-edge restaurant design, and unearths 95 of the newest, most irresistible restaurants out there. New York City reigns as the food capital of the world, with eight new restaurants on the list, and Los Angeles and San Francisco rule the west coast, with five new eateries each:

Restaurants in the U.S. making the Hot Tables List include:

• Brix, Flagstaff, AZ
• Katsuya, Los Angeles, CA
• Social Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
• Hatfield's, Los Angeles, CA
• Cut in the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
• West at Hotel Angeleno, Los Angeles, CA
• Salt House, San Francisco, CA
• Perbacco, San Francisco, CA
• Coi, San Francisco, CA
• NOPA, San Francisco, CA
• Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA
• Dressing Room, Westport, CT
• Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt, Washington, DC
• David Bouley Evolution at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami, FL
• Michy's, Miami, FL
• Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Miami, FL
• Trois, Atlanta, GA
• David Burke's Primehouse at The James Hotel, Chicago, IL
• De La Costa, Chicago, IL
• Riche, New Orleans, LA
• Sorellina, Boston, MA
• Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
• Nove Italiano at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
• Rao's at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
• Boqueria, New York, NY
• Little Owl, New York, NY
• A Voce, New York, NY
• L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons, New York, NY
• Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC, New York, NY
• Waverly Inn, New York, NY
• Momofuku Ssam, New York, NY
• Varietal, New York, NY NY
• Herons at the Umstead Hotel, Cary, NC
• Piedmont, Durham, NC
• XIX and the Park Hyatt, Philadelphia, PA
• Craft at W Dallas-Victory, Dallas, TX
• Bess Bistro on Pecan, Austin, TX


No longer the pastime of a rarefied few, spa-going has become a vital part of world travel. Every hotel and resort worth its salt contains a spa, and destination spas are opening at a fast clip around the world. Conde Nast Traveler's editors donned their robes in the world's newest, from intimate day-spas to sprawling resort facilities, to determine the best of the burgeoning bunch.

Spas in the U.S. making the Hot Spas List include:

• Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, AZ
• ESPA at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, CA
• Bliss Los Angeles in the W Westwood, Los Angeles, CA
• Spa at Rancho Valencia Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
• Away Spa at the W San Diego, San Diego, CA
• Spa at the Del in the Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA
• California Wellbeing Institute, Westlake Village, CA
• Four Seasons Westlake Village Spa, Westlake Village, CA
• Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Avon, CO
• Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, CT
• Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Amelia Island, FL
• Spa at Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, GA
• Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, Maui, HI
• Red Rock Spa, Las Vegas, NV
• Qua Baths & Spa at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV
• Townhouse Spa, New York, NY
• Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers, New York, NY
• Delluva Vinotherapy Day Spa, New York, NY
• Lancome The Boutique, New York, NY
• Skana Spa at Turning Stone, Verona, NY
• The Umstead Spa, Cary, NC
• The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA
• Spa Django at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Bastrop, TX
• ReFresh in Whole Foods market, Dallas, TX

This year's search for the Next Big Thing in nightlife brought Conde Nast Traveler reporters to lounges, dance clubs, neighborhood bars, and burlesque performance clubs in 20 cities around the world:

Nightclubs in the U.S. making the Hot Nights List include:

• Sol y Sombra, Scottsdale,
• Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA
• Boulevard3, Los Angeles, CA
• Stingaree, San Diego, CA
• Alembic, San Francisco, CA
• Karu&Y, Miami, FL
• Pops for Champagne, Chicago, IL
• Rooftop Bar at the Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
• Playboy Club/Moon Nightclub at the Palms, Las Vegas, NV
• Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY
• D'Or at Amalia, New York, NY
• The Belmont, Austin, TX

Full reviews of each hotel, restaurant, nightclub and spa can be found in the "Hot List" May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 24, 2007.

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