Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 13, 2008
Columbia Hospitality, Inc. is the only hospitality management company in Washington state to operate two properties named to both Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Best in the World and Travel + Leisure's Top 500 Hotels in the World in 2007: The Inn at Langley, a luxurious inn on a Whidbey Island and the Salish Lodge & Spa, a romantic mountain retreat 30 minutes east of Seattle.
The November 2007 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, which highlights the Top 100 Best in the World, from hotels to cities, named only three Washington state hotels to the category of Readers' Choice Top 50 Mainland U.S. Resorts. The Inn at Langley was #17 with a score of 88.8 out of 100 possible points. Salish Lodge & Spa was recognized as number 100, with a score of 86.4 out of 100. The #1 resort, located in Georgia, scored a 95.4.
The Readers' Choice awards are determined from an annual poll of Condé Nast Traveler readers that has numbered more than a half million since 1988. Properties were rated in the categories of food/dining, location, rooms, overall design and service.
"We are honored to be recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler," said John Oppenheimer, President and CEO of Columbia Hospitality. "In our business, it's all about the people, and we are indebted to each and every person who has visited one of the properties we've had the privilege to manage."
The Inn at Langley is consistently lauded as among the best in the world including being a multiple recipient of the Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List rating. The Inn and Restaurant received the ZAGAT Extraordinary rating in 2006, the highest rating in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the Restaurant at The Inn is a 2006 Washington Wine Grand Award Winner.
The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List has recognized Salish Lodge as a top Washington resort for seven consecutive years. In 2007, Seattle Magazine awarded Salish the Best Tableside Preparation for its "Snoqualmie River Hot Rocks" appetizer, featuring local seafood specialties cooked on heated rocks tableside. The magazine also named the Spa at Salish Lodge the Readers' Choice for Best Spa, 2007.
About The Inn at Langley:
The Inn at Langley is a 26-room contemporary inn on a Whidbey Island bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage in Washington state's Puget Sound. Each well-appointed room features a queen bed with goose down comforter, a wood-burning fireplace, an oversized jetted tub, and a 180-degree waterfront view. Matt Costello is the inn's general manager and chef. The award-winning restaurant, which is the heart of the inn, overlooks a formal herb garden and features a double-sided, river-rock fireplace and an open-display kitchen. Reservations can be made by telephoning 360-221-3033 or visit http://www.innatlangley.com. The Inn at Langley is owned by Paul and Pam Schell.
About Salish Lodge & Spa:
Consistently ranked among the best small resorts in the world, the AAA Four Diamond Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. Each of its 89 guestrooms has a bedside wood-burning fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, goose-down comforter, feather bed, and balcony or window seat. The resort offers a variety of recreational activities, treatments at the award-winning Spa, Chef Roy Breiman's seasonal cuisine, an award-winning wine list and personalized service. The resort is located 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle, within 40 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and three hours from Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, Oregon. For more information or reservations, please call 800-2-SALISH or visit http://www.salishlodge.com. The Salish is owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
About Columbia Hospitality, Inc.:
Columbia Hospitality, Inc., a leading hospitality management and consulting firm, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer. Columbia Hospitality creates exceptional experiences for guests and employees while achieving phenomenal results for its property owners. Specializing in luxury hotel and resort management, Columbia Hospitality expertly transforms each vision for a unique property into an enduring and profitable business. In addition to The Inn at Langley and Salish Lodge & Spa, Columbia Hospitality's premier properties include boutique hotels and secluded resorts such as:
- Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma County, Calif.
- Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island in Washington state
- Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes on San Juan Island in Washington state
The company also manages a portfolio of conference centers and event venues in Washington state, including the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. The company additionally supports an active consulting division that has worked on more than 80 hospitality development projects in the western U.S. states and Canada. For more information on Columbia Hospitality, Inc., visit http://www.columbiahospitality.com.
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