TripAdvisor Names 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for World’s Best Hotels

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives was named the Top Hotel in the World and The Langham Chicago the #1 hotel in the United States, in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards. TripAdvisor®, whose travel sites are accessed by 315 million travelers a month, announced the winners.

The 13th annual awards showcase 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

“TripAdvisor’s community of millions of travelers has helped us highlight some of the very best hotels from around the world,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travelers as they think about their 2015 travel plans. From opulent, luxury hotels to budget-friendly B&Bs, those looking for an accommodation can research, compare prices and book a Travelers’ Choice property on TripAdvisor, or any other hotel that meets their travel needs.”

Travelers’ Choice awards take into account the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and opinions and traveler ratings specific to each award category. While these are the favorite hotels of travelers around the world, there are some great bargains available when booking on TripAdvisor. The average nightly rate of Travelers’ Choice award-winning Top Hotels on TripAdvisor is $357; Bargain is $91; B&Bs and Inns is $136; Family is $250; Luxury is $482; Romance is $539; Service is $467 and Small Hotels is $563.

A recent survey of TripAdvisor travelers revealed 82 percent of U.S. respondents feel Travelers’ Choice award recognition is important when considering a hotel.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Hotels in the U.S:

1. The Langham Chicago, Chicago, Illinois – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $442. Least expensive month to visit: January ($347)

Since its opening in September 2013, this elegantly modern hotel has impressed TripAdvisor travelers with its commitment to service, luxury, and beyond. Guests praise its 316 spacious rooms that overlook the Chicago River, Mediterranean-inspired Travelle restaurant, and 22,000 square-foot Chuan wellness facility. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This hotel is simply the best; every effort is taken to make you feel appreciated and comfortable. You are treated like royalty throughout your entire stay.”

2. French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $465. Least expensive month to visit: January ($360)

Located in the center of historic Charleston, this 50-room boutique hotel combines the warmth of Southern hospitality with old world elegance for a memorable experience. Guests will feel pampered by the classic, warm décor in shades of red and gold, as well as the host of complimentary snacks and beverages. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The location is perfect, the rooms immaculate, the wine and cheese, cookies and other surprises were awesome. I could not have had a better night in Charleston.”

3. Bardessono, Yountville, California – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $805.Least expensive month to visit: December ($545)

In the heart of Napa Valley, travelers are invited to immerse themselves in contemporary luxury at this sustainable LEED certified hotel. Each of the 62 guestrooms can accommodate private in-room spa treatments, while the rooftop pool allows guests to unwind under the California sun. Guests won’t have to travel far for an exquisite meal, as the on-site Lucy Restaurant and Bar offers mouthwatering local fare. “Everything about the Bardessono is wonderful. It is peaceful and quiet. It is beautiful. The service is perfect, with every staff member making clear that their goal is to be helpful,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

4. The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $602. Least expensive month to visit: January ($507)

Located within the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, this 249-room Mediterranean estate boasts a state-of-the-art spa, outstanding restaurants and boutique shopping. Outdoors, guests can lounge by the adults-only relaxation pool, hike along the trails surrounding the magnificent property, or hit the links at the championship golf course. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The Grand Del Mar is the perfect oasis for mind, body, and spirit. From the moment you arrive, the entire staff treats you like royalty, and the facility is elegantly lavish in all the best ways.”

5. Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, North Carolina – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $312. Least expensive month to visit: March ($228)

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa offers European-style luxury in a tranquil, rustic setting. Guests will enjoy endless recreation exploring nearby hiking trails, lakes, and waterfalls, while the renowned spa invites travelers to kick back for some world class pampering. “The rooms are beautifully appointed, complete with automatic fireplaces and extra jets in the shower. The staff was friendly and responsive; a truly relaxing place in beautiful surroundings,” added a TripAdvisor reviewer.

6. The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $370. Least expensive month to visit: January ($306)

 Downtown Bend, just steps from shops, art galleries and world-famous micro-breweries, this “eco-chic” boutique hotel blends luxury, ambiance and outstanding service in all 59 rooms. The premier Cascade Suite comes with a kitchen, large living area, and balcony with sweeping views of the mountains, while the smaller Terrace Suites offer an exclusive King bed and a luxurious bathroom complete with a steam shower and soaking tub. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Very centrally located, accommodating as well as super kind and friendly. So nice to be right in the hub and still have peace and quiet.”

7. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Bentonville, Arkansas – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $251. Least expensive month to visit: February ($224)

Boasting 104 rooms designed by architect Deborah Berke, this boutique hotel is also a contemporary art museum that displays curated rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events. The inviting accommodations feature high ceilings, custom furnishings, and large windows, while maintaining a warm, residential vibe that TripAdvisor travelers rave about. “Details matter and the 21c Museum has them figured out. Check-in is fast, the rooms are very comfortable. The service exceeded any reasonable expectation,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

8. Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $387. Least expensive month to visit: August ($240)

Offering world class amenities, spectacular accommodations, and lush, manicured grounds, this luxurious resort is located within walking distance of a premier golf course. Travelers can also visit nearby amusement parks for a day of fun in the sun, or enjoy a game of tennis or a dip in the pool at the property’s facilities. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Our villa was spacious, clean and very modern. The bathrooms are beautiful, the beds super comfortable, and the kitchen well-equipped. It was so nice to be able to stay in a villa together rather than separate hotel rooms with no common area.”

9. Tivoli Lodge, Vail, Colorado – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $327.Least expensive month to visit: May ($147)

Located between Vail Village and Golden Peak, where skiers head onto the mountain, the 66-room Tivoli Lodge is a fantastic option for travelers. Most rooms come with a fireplace and stunning views of the snow covered peaks, while amenities include a fitness center, two outdoor hot tubs, and complimentary fresh baked cookies, hot chocolate, cider and tea. “The rooms are spacious and first-class. The views are breathtaking. The staff was superb. I can honestly say it was one of the finest lodging experiences I have ever had,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

10. The Inn at Lost Creek, Telluride, Colorado – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $295. Least expensive month to visit: May ($203)

Peacefully surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, this luxury slope side hotel offers 29 charming suites and three studios in the heart of Mountain Village. After a day on the slopes, guests can warm up by a roaring fireplace, or venture out and explore the nearby shops and restaurants. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “From the well-appointed rooms with spectacular views, to the private rooftop Jacuzzi, and the tasty breakfast, this place has it all!”

Additional Select 2015 Winners:

Top Hotel in the World – Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $1,733

Top Luxury Hotel in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. – The Langham, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $442

Best Bargain Hotel in the World – Lawton Court Hotel, Llandudno, Wales    2015 average nightly rate: $117

Best Bargain Hotel in the U.S. – SeaCoast Inn, Hyannis, Massachusetts     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $181

Best Hotel for Families in the World – Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel, Ortisei, Italy   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $646

Best Hotel for Families in the U.S. – Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $507

Best Hotel for Romance in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S. – Inn Above Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $203

Top Small Hotel in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Top Small Hotel in the U.S. – Palm Springs Rendezvous, Palm Springs, California    2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $230

Best Hotel for Service in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Best Hotel for Service in the U.S. – Hotel California, Palm Springs, California     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $139

Best B&B and Inn in the World Millgate Bed & Breakfast, Masham, England  2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $119  

Best B&B and Inn in the U.S. – The Welsh Hills Inn, Granville, Ohio     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $140

To see all 8,151 winners of the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.

TripAdvisor manages and operates websites under 24 brands, collectively accessed by 315 million a month, enabling travelers to plan and book their trip. It offers more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. the sites operate in 45 countries, including China.

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Historic Hotels of America Announces 2013 Annual Award Winners, Celebrates Milestones

The famous lobby at the Willard Hotel, the Washington DC hotel which dates from 1850 for which the term “lobbyist” was coined, as individuals seeking favor waited in the lobby. the Willard InterContinental was named Best City Center Historic Hotel © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Historic Hotels of America named its 2013 Annual Awards recipients at its gala, held at The Pfister Hotel (1893). Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Sustainability Champion and Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel.

Each year, these awards honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels of America Hotel of the Year Award is the highest honor awarded. The Best Historic Hotel awards are given to historic hotels demonstrating the highest contribution to furthering the celebration of history and demonstrating leadership and innovation in one of four categories ranging from under 75 to 400 guest rooms.

Of a strong group of nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious awards:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

o   The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. (1923) Washington, D.C.

Historic Hotelier of the Year

o   Dennis Costello, Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guest Rooms)

o   The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Best Historic Hotel (75-200 Guest Rooms)

o   Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Hotel (200-400 Guest Rooms)

o   Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923) Ojai, California

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guest Rooms)

o   Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

Best City Center Historic Hotel

o   The Willard InterContinental (1850) Washington, D.C.

Best Historic Resort

o   French Lick Resort (1845) French Lick, Indiana

Hotel Historian of the Year

o   Bob Tagatz, Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

o   The Morrissey Family, The Saint Paul Hotel (1910) St. Paul, Minnesota

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel

o   Plume at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., (1923) Washington, D.C.

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

o   The Stanley (1909) Estes Park, Colorado

Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion

o   Timberline Lodge (1938) Timberline, Oregon

Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)

o   George Moore, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (1852) Mobile, Alabama

Historic Hotels of America Heritage Award

o   The Marcus Family, The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Historic Hotels of America Community Leadership Award

o   The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts

Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award

o   Thierry Roch, Former Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America

The hotels were nominated by fellow members, past award recipients, and honorees. Award winners were judiciously chosen by the Historic Hotels of America selection committee.

“Historic Hotels of America is proud to announce the 2013 Annual Award winners,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “These historic hotels and hoteliers are the finest across America. They inspire travelers to discover and experience the treasures where America’s history was written.”

As the Official Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that the member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America.

Historic Hotels of America Honors Members Celebrating Milestones

Historic Hotels of America honored hotels celebrating a significant anniversary* in 2013, and those planning a 2014 celebration, at a special “Milestones & Celebrations” luncheon at the Historic Hotels of America 24th Annual Conference.. The celebration luncheon was held at The Pfister Hotel (1893) in Milwaukee.

“We are pleased to recognize eight 2013 historic hotels for achieving milestones ranging from 100 to 250 years old since first built and look forward to six historic hotels celebrating events and activities in 2014 for achieving similar milestones,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “In 2013, these historic hotels have recreated, commemorated or celebrated significant events and history from their past.  These hotels are where an important part of the history of America was written.   Their celebrations and achievements over the past 100 to 250 years are testimony to the contributions each has made to the heritage and economy of the towns and cities where they were built.”

2013 Historic Milestones and Celebrations:

100 Years:

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1913-2013

Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla, California 1913-2013

Hotel Du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware, 1913-2013

Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana 1913-2013

The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida 1913-2013

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, Asheville, North Carolina 1913-2013

125 Years:

Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, Florida 1888-2013

250 Years:

John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina 1763-2013

2014 Historic Milestones and Celebrations:

75 Years:

The Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida 1939-2014

National Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida 1939-2014

100 Years:

Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine 1914-2014

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana 1914-2014

125 Years:

The Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, West Virginia 1889-2014

150 Years:

The Morrison-Clark Inn, Washington, District of Columbia 1864-2014

(25 year anniversaries begin at 75 year increments as all member lodgings must be at least 50 years old to qualify for membership in Historic Hotels of America.)

About Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members.  In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. Historic Hotels of America has more than 244 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.  More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, visit www.HistoricHotels.org.

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