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A restored former palace and convent just behind the main square in the Peruvian city of Cusco is one of the hottest new hotels for 2012, according to travel reviews website TripAdvisor.

The site has compiled a list of the top 10 hotels around the globe which opened this year, based on reviews from travellers on TripAdvisor. Cusco's Palacio Nazarenas, an Orient-Express hotel, is among them.

"Despite being open for only a year, these hotels have already been making a name for themselves due to their wonderful amenities and excellent service standards," TripAdvisor spokesperson Jean Ow-Yeong said.

"From what travellers are already saying about them, these new properties are set to continue winning over many guests in years to come."

Also included on the list is the InterContinental Danang Resort on the Sontra Peninsula in Vietnam, which has beachfront villas with private pools and two golf clubs. "The moment you enter through the impressive gate and arrive in the lobby, it feels as if you have entered a different world, and suddenly left reality behind," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.

Others hotels which made the top 10 list are:

·Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, a luxury hotel with two floors of meeting and event facilities for business travellers plus a spa and wellness facility.

·Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona, which offers pet-friendly services, an outdoor pool and lounge with views over the Valley of the Sun skyline. It was described by one reviewer as "exactly what I'd design if I were dreaming up the ideal hotel".

·Apex Temple Court Hotel in London's city centre, near major attractions such as St Paul's, the Tate Modern and the Houses of Parliament. "Every aspect of our stay here was great," one traveller said.

·K+K Hotel Picasso on Barcelona's Passeig de Picasso, a boutique hotel which has a rooftop swimming pool, stylish rooms and chic restaurants.

·Dusit Thani Maldives, a 100-villa resort on Mudhdhoo Island in the Maldives' Baa Atoll, of which one traveller said: "They managed very well to integrate all the amenities of a luxury resort into the natural appearance of this beautiful Maldivian island."

·Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, a boutique hotel surrounded by lush gardens. "We've just returned from a short break at this exquisite hotel and could not rate it highly enough," a reviewer wrote.

·The NoMad Hotel, near Madison Square Park in New York City, which has original artwork, mahogany writing desks, handmade rugs and complimentary Wi-Fi. It was described in a review as "a beautifully resorted building" with "gorgeous" common areas.

·Conrad Macao Cotai Central, Macau's biggest hotel boasting a shopping mall, outdoor pools, spas, fitness centre and children's zone. One TripAdvisor reviewer said their stay was "four days of complete, total satisfaction".

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