TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels of 2012

Wondering where to hold your next meeting? TripAdvisor has tried to make deciding a little bit easier with its list of the world's best hotels, which are recipients of TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice awards, it announced this week.

In addition to winners in the categories of "Best Luxury," "Best Bargain," "Best for Service," "Best B&B and Inn," "Best All-Inclusive," "Best Spa" and "Trendiest," TripAdvisor has recognized a total of 3,943 properties by including them in "best of" lists for 30 countries and eight regions around the world.

"TripAdvisor is incredibly proud to announce its Travelers' Choice award-winning hotels for the 10th year," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "We're also thrilled to grow our awards with winner lists for twice as many markets globally this year, as we continue our mission to help more travelers around the world plan and have the perfect trip."

Based on millions of reviews and opinions from the travelers who use its website, TripAdvisor's 2012 award winners are:

Best Hotel in the World
The Phoenix Resort
San Pedro, Belize

Best Hotel in the U.S.
Elysian Hotel Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

Best Luxury (4&5 star) Hotel in the World
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Best Luxury (4&5 star) Hotel in the U.S.
The Grand Del Mar
San Diego, Calif.

Best Bargain in the World
HueNino Hotel
Hue, Vietnam

Best Bargain in the U.S.
SeaCoast Inn
Hyannis, Mass.

Best for Service in the World
Arcadia Residence
Prague, Czech Republic

Best for Service in the U.S.
SeaCoast Inn
Hyannis, Mass.

Best B&B and Inn in the World
The Twenty One
Brighton, England

Best B&B and Inn in the U.S.
A.G. Thomson House: Historic Bed and Breakfast
Duluth, Minn.

Best All-Inclusive in the World
Garonga Safari Camp
Phalaborwa, South Africa

Best All-Inclusive in the Caribbean
East Winds Inn
Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Best Relaxation and Spa in the World
BollAnt's im Park
Bad Sobernheim, Germany

Best Relaxation and Spa in the U.S.
Bella Monte Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Trendiest Hotel in the World
Villa Zest Boutique Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa

Trendiest Hotel in the U.S.
Smyth Hotel – A Thompson Hotel
New York

For the complete list of TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice award winners, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.