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Hottest New Hotels, Restaurants, Spas, and Clubs
in the U.S. Named by Conde Nast Traveler
NEW YORK, April 19, 2006 - Conde Nast Traveler's 10th 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.
The Hot List features 130 new hotels and resorts, 82 new restaurants, 25 new nightclubs and for the first time, 55 hot new spas whose design, service, location, (and, if appropriate, food) transcend industry standards. Conde Nast Traveler's editorial staff sifted through the sea of properties that opened in the past year, and called upon a global network of editors and field reporters to visit each one.
The hotel findings show amazing diversity -- from Tasmania's exquisite 3- bedroom Avalon Coastal Retreat to Shanghai's 511-room behemoth, Regent. Hot and trendy doesn't have to mean pricey. Check out -- and into -- 34 of the hottest hotels under $200-per-night. The 130 hotels and resorts on this year's Hot List encompass 54 countries on 6 continents.
The U.S. Hotels named to the Hot List include:

     * The Chamberlain, Los Angeles, CA
     * Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
     * Hotel Solamar, San Diego, CA
     * Tower 23, San Diego, CA
     * Hotel Vitale, San Francisco, CA
     * St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, CA
     * The Huntley, Santa Monica, CA
     * Les Mars Hotel, Healdsburg, CA
     * Hyatt Grand Aspen, Aspen, CO
     * Keyah Grande, Pagosa Springs, CO
     * Standard Miami, Miami Beach, FL
     * Twelve Hotel & Residences, Atlanta, GA
     * Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
     * Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, MT
     * Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY
While most of us probably don't travel just to eat, all of us certainly eat when we travel. Food has no rival: it provides insight into another culture, paves a shorter path to meeting the locals and serves as one of life's most savory pleasures. Conde Nast Traveler roamed the globe -- from Australia to Vietnam -- and unearthed 82 of the newest, most irresistible restaurants out there. New York City reigns as the food capital of the world, with nine new restaurants on the list including new places by superstar chefs David Bouley and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Restaurants in the U.S. making the Hot Tables List include:

     * Tower Bar, Los Angeles
     * Pizzaiolo, Oakland
     * Island Prime, San Diego
     * Supperclub San Francisco, San Francisco

     * Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder

     * Restaurant at The Setai, Miami
     * Afterglo, Miami Beach
     * Restaurant BT, Tampa

     * Town, Honolulu

     * Alinea, Chicago

     * Mare, Boston

     * Alex, Las Vegas
     * Joel Robuchon at the Mansion, Las Vegas

    New Mexico:
     * La Mancha Restaurant and Bar, Galisteo

    New York:
     * Brooklyn Fish Camp, Alto, New York
     * BLT Fish, New York
     * Del Posto, New York
     * Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano, New York
     * Morimoto, New York
     * Perry St., New York
     * Telepan, New York
     * Upstairs at Bouley, New York

     * Vintage Kitchen, Norfolk

    Washington, D.C.:
     * Zengo
Spas are today's lifestyle essential, as varied in their approaches to pampering and wellness, as they are ubiquitous. Conde Nast Traveler's editors donned their robes in the world's newest, from intimate day-spas to sprawling resort facilities. In the last ten years, the number of U.S. spas has quadrupled to more than 12,000. Spas earn more money per year than ski resorts, theme parks or motion pictures.
Spas in the U.S. making the Hot Spas List include:

     * Spa Avania, Scottsdale
     * VH Spa for Vitality & Health, Scottsdale

     * Peninsula Beverly Hills Spa, Beverly Hills
     * PSYC, Palm Springs
     * Bliss San Francisco, San Francisco
     * Remede Spa, San Francisco

     * Spa V, Miami Beach
     * Standard Miami, Miami Beach

     * Blue Medspa, Atlanta

    New Mexico:
     * Absolute Nirvana Spa, Santa Fe

    New York:
     * Cornelia Day Resort, New York
     * Okeanos Club and Spa, New York

     * Spa at Wynn, Las Vegas
This year's survey of the most alluring nights on the town taps in to the trend of hot hotel bars with sky-high views. One distinctive example is Pure, a Las Vegas nightclub overlooking the entire Sin City strip, but many neighborhood bars and live music venues also make the list.
Nightclubs in the U.S. making the Hot Nights List include:

     * Mini Bar at the Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs
     * Altitude Skybar & Garden Lounge, San Diego

     * Corridor 44, Denver

     * OM Restaurant and Lounge, Cambridge

     * Centaur Bar, Detroit

     * Pure, Las Vegas
     * Tao, Las Vegas

    New York:
     * G Spa & Lounge, New York

     * Bar Belmont, Dallas

    Washington, D.C.:
     * Tabaq
Full reviews of each hotel, restaurant, nightclub and spa can be found in the May issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 25, 2006.
About Conde Nast Traveler:
Conde Nast Traveler's philosophy of "Truth in Travel," where writers pay their own way, travel unannounced, and are independent from the travel industry, is unique to the publishing industry. The result is that Conde Nast Traveler reports on travel the way consumers experience it: freely, fairly, honestly. The editorial leader in the field, Conde Nast Traveler has won six National Magazine Awards, the highest honor in magazine publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2005 Zagat Survey Best Travel Magazine and a 2004 Advertising Age "A-List" magazine, has a rate base of 750,000 and is published by Conde Nast Publications, Inc.


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Also See: Top Resorts, Top Hotels - Results of the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler / October 2005
Zagat Survey 2005 NYC Restaurants; Average Check Now at $37.45, Only Four Restaurants Left Requiring Jackets and Ties; Gramercy Tavern Rated Most Popular Restaurant in NYC / October 2004

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