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 Four Seasons George V, Paris Takes Top Position
of Hotels Ranked by Senior Corporate
and Financial Executives


Institutional Investor Magazine's Survey of the World's Best Hotels
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2004 - When Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz bought the George V in Paris, in 1996, he declared that it was "simply the best hotel in the world." Eight years later, the refurbished hotel, managed by Four Seasons Hotels under a 99-year contract, is the top choice of a high-powered panel of senior corporate and financial executives surveyed by Institutional Investor magazine for its 24th annual ranking of the World's Best Hotels. The Four Seasons George V, which features a restaurant with three Michelin Guide stars and charges $850 per night for a room, rises from 11th in last year's ranking.
Four Seasons George V
31, avenue George V
75008 Paris, France 

Taking second place in this year's ranking is Bangkok's Sukhothai, which offers a restaurant set in a water garden and "seems to float on a lotus pool," as one recent guest put it. At the third-ranked Bel-Air of Los Angeles, the hotel's Presidential Suite is tucked away behind a lush, 12-acre garden.

Here are the top ten hotels in the world, as ranked by respondents to Institutional Investor's World's Best Hotels Survey.

Rank             Hotel                           City
1             Four Seasons George V       Paris
2             Sukhothai                            Bangkok
3             Bel-Air                                Los Angeles
4             Four Seasons Singapore      Singapore
5             Four Seasons Marunouchi    Tokyo
6             Peninsula                            Hong Kong
7             Four Seasons Istanbul          Istanbul
8             Mandarin Oriental                 San Francisco
9             Ciragan Palace Kempinski     Istanbul
10           Park Hyatt-Vendome             Paris
This year's panel of senior corporate and financial executives ranked 80 hotels in 37 cities. The voters are seasoned travelers who spent an average of 52 nights in hotels over the past year. Respondents rated hotels they had visited recently on a scale of 1 to 100.

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