Finally hitting the road again but tired of the same old routine? Check into one of these stylish stays.
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Business travel is back
You may not recognize it as such, but business travel is staging a comeback. Airlines are reporting -- gasp! -- profits, and U.S. hotel occupancy is up 5% so far this year, says Duane Vinson, vice president of travel research firm STR Global. But with rates still down, the options for road warriors are better than ever. For the third year in a row, Fortune has teamed with design magazine Wallpaper to crown the best new business hotels worldwide. The following are the finalists for North America -- 15 smart new entries that have opened or reopened since March 2009, as chosen by our panel of judges (ten worldwide winners will be announced on Fortune.com in December). Read on -- and dust off your corporate card.
THE JUDGES: John Barratt, president and CEO, Teague; Heather Cho, senior vice president, Korean Air; Lady Linda Wong Davies, chairwoman, K.T. Wong Foundation; Giorgio Giudotti, president, worldwide communications, MaxMara; Andrew Goetz and Matthew Malin, founders, Malin & Goetz; Peter Greenberg, travel journalist; Holly Hotchner, director, Museum of Arts and Design; Harri Koskinen, industrial designer; Stephen Susman, partner, Susman Godfrey; Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef and restaurateur