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Hot hotels of the year

Looking to end 2012 with a trip to celebrate a hard, productive year? Or just looking for a nice gift for someone looking to get away? TripAdvisor has taken the guess work out of the hotel portion of the planning for you with their list of the top 10 new hotels in the world.

The NoMad Hotel in New York City
Steps from Madison Square Park, this hotel offers travelers 168 rooms inspired by some of Europe's grand hotels. Amenities include original artwork, mahogany writing desks, handmade rugs, walk-in showers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and beyond. Average nightly rate is $385 and up.

Palacio Nazarenas by Orient-Express in Cusco, Peru
Formerly a palace and convent, this property is now one of the city's most impressive hotels. Travelers can retreat to one of the 55 suites, which offer 24-hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, an iPad and even oxygen-enriched air conditioning upon request. Average nightly rate is $590 and up.

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa in Conca dei Marini, Italy
Situated atop cliffs overlooking the Amalfi Coast, this property features four levels of gardens, lush landscaping, rows of plush lounge chairs and an infinity pool that blends into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Guests can also enjoy the fully equipped spa which boats a sauna, stream room, hydro pool and more. Rooms start at around $500...