The 20 most popular luxury hotel brands

December 22, 2014, 4:30 PM UTC

Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Opened March 2011 It's a tall order, so to speak, but Ritz-Carlton has done it: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, rising from the 102nd to 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre and dominating the city skyline with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, is officially the world's tallest hotel. And the service is just as lofty: With 312 state-of-the-art rooms, the property features six restaurants and an alfresco rooftop lounge, complete with fire pits, that measures 1,600 feet above sea level. Ritz-Carlton is zeroing in on Asia as a key market for expansion: The luxury chain has recently opened properties in Okinawa, Japan, and Shanghai; an additional 13 properties are planned for Bali, Vietnam, India, Japan, and China -- where eight more hotels are on the drawing board -- by 2017. From $870

According to a survey conducted by the Digital Luxury Group, the luxury hotel brands that are most sought-after by hotel guests are:

1. Hilton

2. Sheraton

3. Westin

4. Four Seasons

5. Ritz-Carlton

6. Hyatt

7. Renaissance

8. Embassy Suites

9. InterContinental

10. Hyatt Regency

11. Shangri-La

12. Wyndham

13. Grand Hyatt

14. Fairmont

15. JW Marriott

16. Sofitel

17. Loews

18. Mandarin Oriental

19. Conrad

20. Peninsula

Source: The World Luxury Hotel Index 2014, compiled by Digital Luxury Group in partnership with the chair of luxury hospitality of École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Professor Samad Laaroussi.

This Executive Travel story appeared in the Dec. 22, 2014 issue of Fortune.