Fodor's names top 100 hotels in the world

Fodor's names top 100 hotels in the world

Released November 14, the second annual ranking from the 74-year-old brand whittled down a global nomination list of 4,000 hotels from 41 countries across nine categories which editors say represent the hottest trends in the industry.

In the Trendsetting category, for example -- defined as hotels that are changing the hospitality landscape -- editors tipped their hats to The Out in New York City, whose cheeky tagline of being “straight-friendly” caters to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community – the city’s first.

Treehotel in Sweden was also singled out for pushing the envelope in eco-friendly properties, with everything from mirrored camouflage cubes and replica bird’s nest units perched up to 6 meters above ground in the treetops.

In the New and Noteworthy category, editors singled out the opening of Toronto’s Shangri-La hotel for focusing on art installations and for being home of celebrity chef David Chang’s first Canadian outpost of his Momofuku empire.

Meanwhile, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, a hotel that dates back to 1876, also made the list for being a global icon and landmark hotel. The 136-year-old property is considered an institution in the city and sets the bar when it comes to luxury accommodations, editors said.

Likewise, the Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas was dubbed a global icon for being an instantly recognizable property and attracting guests to its equally renowned restaurants Michael Mina and Le Cirque.

Other categories include Trip of a Lifetime; Local Experience; City Chic; Royal Pedigree; Fun for All Ages and Best All-Inclusive.

For the full list, visit http://www.fodors.com/hotel-awards/2012/.