There's a difference between being first in line when a new boutique opens and being one of the first guests in a new hotel. The former means snagging your favorite designer's hard-to-find line before it sells out. The latter can lead to a disappointing experience that may ruin a hotel's reputation for years to come. As with any other business, launching a hotel is fraught with opening-day jitters, oversights and accidents. Most new properties need several months to get everything right. That's why we excluded new properties when we asked the Forbes Traveler 400 board of experts to rate the world's best hotels and resorts.
But we still like to keep an eye on the rising stars, so we asked our experts to name a favorite new hotel (if they had one). New, in this case, means having opened on or after January 1, 2007. From these recommendations, we compiled a list of the World's 50 Best Hotels; we then further narrowed it down to United States locations. What follows are America's Best New Hotels, as determined by our team of globetrotting business leaders, celebrities, travel writers and luxury travel professionals.