The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-10-18T16:40:19Z

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11. 21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati

United States

Readers' Choice Rating: 97.7

Rooms: 98.4

Service: 95.1

Food: 95

Location: 100

Design: 100

The 1924 landmark Metropole Hotel survives in the restored terrazzo floor, curving staircase, arched windows, and ornate plasterwork of 21c, its every corner, from the 156 guest rooms to the nine-story solarium, a showcase for contemporary art. Much of it is playful and witty, such as the trademark four-foot yellow penguins that pop up in elevators and hallways.

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