Asian and European properties dominate the latest listings of the world's top 12 hotels, with one exception from the United States, New York's Carlyle, which was rated the best hotel in the America's and 12th best in the world.
The rankings result from a survey by Institutional Investor, a monthly magazine for bankers and the global investment community. It has ranked the world's 50 best hotels since 1977 by surveying senior bankers from around the world.
Rated the world's best - for the eighth consecutive year - was the Oriental in Bangkok. Next came the Regent in Hong Kong; Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, West Germany; the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong; the Connaught in London; Shangri-La in Singapore; the Okura in Tokyo; the Ritz and Bristol, both in Paris; the Peninsula in Hong Kong; the Plaza Athene in Paris and the Carlyle in Manhattan.