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America's Best City Hotels

St. Regis New York

Courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

Walk into the St. Regis New York and it still feels like 1904—the year this Beaux-Arts landmark welcomed its first guests. Then and now, well-dressed travelers saunter downstairs to sip Bloody Marys (perfected here) before stepping outside to enjoy the best of the Big Apple.

It’s no surprise, then, that the St. Regis was named one of America’s best city hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure in our annual World’s Best survey. In fact, the storied Manhattan hotel is one of three New York City properties to earn a top spot. But with 15 other cities claiming at least one of the top hotels, you’ll never be too far from a great city stay.

In the Midwest, the Windy City blew away the competition, with four hotels in the top 25. Among them is the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, at No. 9. This 346-room, sky-high property—located on floors 30 to 46—features deluxe rooms and suites with mid-century French flair; one- and two-bedroom suites were recently restyled for a more contemporary look. The hotel’s trump cards? Panoramic views, a glass-domed indoor pool (disposable swimsuits are available for guests), and easy access to the upscale shops that line Michigan Avenue.

Out West, it turns out that downtown Los Angeles is not the place for SoCal’s best city hotels, according to T+L readers. Instead, they prefer L.A.’s leafy west side, home to the 65-year-old Hotel Bel-Air, which ranked No. 2 on the list this year. Closed until late 2011 for a facelift (this is Beverly Hills, after all), the beloved pink stucco icon is a 12-acre oasis of tranquility renowned for its gardens, resident swans, and ramshackle-chic layout of 91 rooms and suites. The renovation will add 12 hillside rooms and suites and a 12,000-square-foot La Prairie spa.

A boutique hotel and a modern skyscraper property are also represented on this list of America’s best city hotels. Which others made the cut? Read on to find out.

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