2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

  • 2013 Readers' Choice Awards

    2013 Readers' Choice Awards

  • Arriving at W Retreat & Spa Maldives

    Arriving at W Retreat & Spa Maldives

  • Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon

    Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon

  • The lobby lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai

    The lobby lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai

  • Park Hyatt Sydney’s rooftop pool area

    Park Hyatt Sydney’s rooftop pool area

  • The New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo

    The New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo

  • Gulf of Thailand views from the deck of a two-bedroom villa at readers’ favorite resort on Koh Samui, the Four Seasons

    Gulf of Thailand views from the deck of a two-bedroom villa at readers’ favorite resort on Koh Samui, the Four Seasons

  • A suite at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta

    A suite at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta

  • The Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, a 14- villa spa resort on the shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay

    The Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, a 14- villa spa resort on the shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay

  • The lobby at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

    The lobby at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

  • Poolside at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, the island’s top-ranked resort in this year’s poll

    Poolside at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, the island’s top-ranked resort in this year’s poll

  • Afternoon tea in the lobby of Hong Kong grande dame The Peninsula

    Afternoon tea in the lobby of Hong Kong grande dame The Peninsula

  • Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace

    Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace

  • Poolside at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

    Poolside at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

  • Cornucopia, a fiberglass sculpture by Frank Stella, hangs above the Ritz- Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s lobby

    Cornucopia, a fiberglass sculpture by Frank Stella, hangs above the Ritz- Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s lobby

  • A room in the historic Metropole Wing of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    A room in the historic Metropole Wing of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

  • Singapore Airlines nabs the #3 spot.

    Singapore Airlines nabs the #3 spot.

  • Changi Airport’s Terminal 3

    Changi Airport’s Terminal 3

  • Singapore— readers’ favorite city destination —as seen from the rooftop pool at Marina Bay Sands

    Singapore— readers’ favorite city destination —as seen from the rooftop pool at Marina Bay Sands

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HANOI
Sofitel Legend Metropole Ngo Quyen St.; 84-4/3826-6919
Colonial-era grande dame in the heart of the Vietnamese capital’s former french quarter.

Stats: 364 rooms; 3 restaurants; 3 bars.

Readers say: “A beautiful palace with fantastic rooms.”

Don’t miss: A look at the old air-raid shelter rediscovered in 2011 beneath the hotel’s Bamboo Bar.

Runner-up: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake

HO CHI MINH CITY
Park Hyatt Saigon 2 Lam Son Square, District 1; 84-8/ 3824-1234
Stylish addition to the city’s hotel scene with colonial-inspired décor and views over the old opera house.

Stats: 244 rooms; 2 restaurants; 2 bars.

Readers say: “Best service in town.”

Don’t miss: Weekend champagne brunches on the terrace of Opera restaurant.

Runner-up: Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

HONG KONG
The Peninsula Salisbury Rd., Kowloon; 852/2920-2888
Newly refurbished 1928-built landmark that frequently ranks among the best hotels in the world, with a modern 30-story tower facing Victoria Harbour and a fleet of bespoke Rolls Royce limousines.

Stats: 300 rooms; 6 restaurants; 2 bars.

Readers say: “Timeless elegance” and “unrivalled hospitality.”

Don’t miss: Afternoon tea in the Peninsula’s Neoclassical lobby, an institution in its own right.

Runner-up: Four Seasons

JAKARTA
Grand Hyatt 28–30 Jl. M. H. Thamrin; 62-21/ 2992-1234
Bay-windowed city-center high-rise overlooking the Indonesian capital’s Bundaran HI traffic circle.

Stats: 450 rooms; 5 restaurants; 2 bars.

Readers say: “Classic luxury in an ideal location.”

Don’t miss: Watching the spectacle of Jakarta’s notorious rush-hour traffic from the serenity of the fountain lounge.

Runner-up: Shangri-La

KUALA LUMPUR
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur City Centre; 60-3/2380-8888
30-story tower dwarfed by the neighboring petronas twin towers, with a swimming pool overlooking the greenery and water features of KLCC Park.

Stats: 643 rooms; 5 restaurants; 4 bars.

Readers say: “One of Kuala Lumpur’s most opulent addresses.”

Don’t miss: Taking in a performance at the nearby Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Runner-up: Shangri-La

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