The following hotels are either a) places that have come recommended to me in which I have not yet stayed, or b) places I am fond of.
So, take my word for it. Or take someone else’s.
New York City
The Hudson Hotel (I stayed there for the US Open last year. Small rooms, very affordable, cool design. Problematic air conditioning.)
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Four Seasons (See my review here.)
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Bangkok Tree House
The Peninsula Shanghai
Pico Bonito Lodge (My review here.)