ForbesTraveler.com has issued its first-ever ForbesTraveler 400 list – a compendium of the world's best hotels and resorts. ForbesTraveler 400 properties were selected by a panel of more than 80 travel experts who are unaffiliated with hotels, including prominent tour operators, editors and writers, travel industry executives, CEOs and travel agents.

To create the ForbesTraveler 400, ForbesTraveler.com editors compiled a list of over 600 of the world's top-ranked hotels from a variety of respected sources (brand-new hotels and hotels closed for renovations were excluded); allowed for individual nominations beyond the original pool of properties; and asked the experts to rate each property on seven criteria: service, room & bathroom, décor, food & beverage, public areas & facilities, sports & recreation, and location.

The survey results determined the world's top 400 properties, and the reviews were written by professional travel writers who personally visited each property without receiving complimentary rates or stays from the hotels they covered. All of the 80 panel experts are listed at forbestraveler.com/jsp/panel.

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