U.S. News' lists look only at luxury hotels and are compiled based on a range of expert reviews as well as guest reviews provided by travel site TripAdvisor and a hotel's class or star rating. "To rank very highly, a hotel will have a very high rating among travelers, it will have collected several top industry awards, and it will be a higher-starred hotel," Erin Shields, travel editor for U.S. News & World Report, said. From an imposing entry in Lower Manhattan to an eye-catching gem in Macau, Forbes looks at 20 properties that have somehow managed to stand out of the press releases regarding new hotel projects it receives. Get the full story at CNN and Forbes