2011 TA Traveller’s Choice Awards..my thoughts

It is one of the highly anticipated lists that comes out each year….TA naming the best hotels in the world in various categories.

One thing I don’t like about TA is that their review system is a lot more flawed than it was a few years ago. People that only travel to one Hotel once every few years, often pick the “No 1” in that particular city…however often that hotel is not the best in the city, nor is it popular by normal standards. So..the rating continues to be high….regardless if the property is actually worthy to be listed as the best in that city. And I get annoyed that people pick on the smallest things in 3 and 4 star hotels. If you expect 5 Star pay for it and stop complaining!

I have seen a 1 Star Family resort beat out properties like Oberoi Hotels among others….which to me, is not a fair or accurate rating system.
And odds on, the average traveller doesn’t pick 5 star Hotels…more likely 3 or 4 stars, so the properties that are worthy of the No.1 position are often 13 or 18 down the list.

Here’s this year’s TA Winners. I haven’t stayed in any of them…have you?

Best Bargain in the World – SeaCoast Inn – Hyannis, Mass.
Best Luxury (4 and 5 star hotels) in the World – Golden Well (U Zlate Studne) – Prague, Czech Republic
Best Luxury in the U.S. – Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – Wailea, Hawaii
Best for Service in the World – Anastasis Apartments – Santorini, Greece
Best Bed-and-Breakfast and Inn in the World – The Old Manse – Invermoriston, Scotland
Best Bed-and-Breakfast and Inn in the U.S. – Sedona Views Bed and Breakfast – Sedona, Ariz.
Best for Romance in the World – Capella Ixtapa – Guerrero, Mexico
Best for Romance in the U.S. – Spindrift Inn – Monterey, Calif.
Best All-Inclusive in the World – Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso – Playa Paraiso, Mexico
Best Relaxation and Spa in the World – Adler Thermae Spa Resort – San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy
Best Relaxation and Spa in the U.S. – Bardessono – Napa Valley, Calif.
Trendiest Hotel in the World – citizenM Amsterdam City – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Trendiest Hotel in the U.S. – W Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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