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TripAdvisor announces Travelers' Choice best hotels awards

TripAdvisor today announced the 25 hotels that found a home on the 10th annual Travelers Choice Awards lists. The list recognizes the most outstanding hotels, as ranked by TripAdivsor travelers and members.

The list comprises aproperties in the U.S. and around the world and spans all categories including budget to luxury, and B&Bs and spas. According to the TripAdvisor announcement, 3,943 properties globally "have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide."

What's interesting about the list is that many of the winners are independent properties or boutique hotels. Kimpton Hotels has three properties that made the list, and in New England, the SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis made the list twice - best bargain hotel in the U.S. and best service in the U.S.

So, where are the best hotels in the world? Without further adieu, here are some of the select 2012 Winners...