|By Ron Sylvester, Las Vegas
SunMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Jan. 11, 2013--The Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons were named the top hotels and the Cosmopolitan ranked as the best casino hotel in Nevada, according to readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.
Those were Las Vegas' highest-rated entries in the publication's "500 World's Best Hotels" list released this month.
No Las Vegas hotel, however, made the top 50. Hotels outside of the top 50 are not ranked in the magazine's listings but do receive a numerical score. Hotels are scored by the magazine's readers. The top-rated hotel in the survey received a score of 98.25 out of 100.
The Mandarin Oriental (91.86) scored high for its contemporary Hong Kong design and 650-square-foot premier rooms. It's the hotel's second year on the list, after opening amid questions about whether it could survive.
The Four Seasons (90.17) makes the list for the fourth consecutive year. "Few Strip hotels have mountain views like those of the west-facing Executive Suites," Travel & Leisure writes.
The Cosmopolitan (89.38), meanwhile, tops Strip casino hotels in its first year on the list. "It's rare to find a culture-minded hotel in Las Vegas -- especially smack-dab in the heart of the Strip," the magazine says, citing rooms designed by David Rockwell and the Art-O-Mat machines -- repurposed cigarette dispensers that sell small original works of art.
The magazine called the Cosmopolitan "the most bragged about" destination because it had the most Four Square check-ins of any of the 500 hotels on the list.
Other Las Vegas resorts making the T&L 500 are the Palazzo, (88.41) the Wynn Las Vegas, (88.37) the Encore, (88.38) the Venetian (87.68) and the Bellagio (87.75).
Who's No. 1? The Singita Grumet Reserves (98.25) in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
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