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Despite the shaky economy, travel has been staging a comeback: Vacancy rates have dropped, and 47% of U.S. hoteliers expect higher rates this fall compared with last year, according to the latest TripAdvisor Industry Index. Why the resurgence? It could be our escapist tendencies, but it could also be a spate of new openings in the hotel industry: From chic new properties in evergreen destinations like London and Chicago to a coastal paradise in Montenegro, the options are plentiful. But where to go? We searched near and far to come up with a shortlist of the best hotels that have opened or reopened in the past two years. Take your pick -- then pack your bags.