When we hear that a beloved hotel is getting major work done, we hold our breath. What happens if they ditch those period brass doorknobs in favor of brushed-steel ones, or swap vintage sconces for “contemporary” halogens that will kill the lobby’s vibe? Lucky for us, these properties got it right. Click ahead to see this year's best refurbished landmark hotels—including one Paris grande dame where animal-shaped faucets are actually a good thing. View the full list of the year's best new hotels at cntraveler.com/hot-list.