Fodor’s Travel Announces Top 100 US Hotels with Fodor’s Choice Gold Awards 2010; Visit Fodors.com for a Full List of Winners

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Fodor’s Travel today announced on Fodors.com the Fodor’s Choice Gold Awards 2010 honoring the best of the best in US hotels. One hundred hotels were ranked as the top 10 winners in each of 10 categories; Best Destination Wedding Hotel, Best Hotel Design, Best Hotel for Kids and Families, Best Hotel Pool, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Hotel Service, Best Resort or Destination Spa, Best Sense of Place Hotel, Best Urban Escape Hotel, Most Romantic Hotel.

Fodor’s Travel today announced on Fodors.com the Fodor’s Choice Gold Awards 2010 honoring the best of the best in US hotels. One hundred hotels were ranked as the top 10 winners in each of 10 categories; Best Destination Wedding Hotel, Best Hotel Design, Best Hotel for Kids and Families, Best Hotel Pool, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Hotel Service, Best Resort or Destination Spa, Best Sense of Place Hotel, Best Urban Escape Hotel, Most Romantic Hotel.

Since 1988, Fodor’s Travel has been awarding the annual Fodor’s Choice distinction to the very top hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world—those that offer travelers a not-to-be-missed experience and a value that transcends their price range. These choices represent only the best 15% of the thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions Fodor’s writers and editors experience, examine, and evaluate every year.

For the first time ever, Fodor’s has narrowed the field even further and selected one hundred Fodor’s Choice Gold Award winners. These properties embody the 10 best US Fodor’s Choice hotels, including Puerto Rico and USVI, in each of 10 categories. For a full review of each hotel and description of why it was chosen, visit Fodors.com at http://www.fodors.com/fodors-choice/gold-awards/2010/.

“As travelers we’ve all discovered a place so wonderful that its worthiness should be shared and valued. The Fodor’s Choice Gold Award is reserved for US hotels so exemplary in their category that words don’t do them justice – you just have to experience them to know” says Fodor’s Publisher Tim Jarrell.

Unlike the many "best-of" lists top-heavy with the expensive and familiar, the Fodor’s Choice Gold Award 2010 caters to travelers with a range of budgets, experiences and interests. See the lists and read each hotel’s description and bio at: http://www.fodors.com/fodors-choice/gold-awards/2010/.

Best Hotels for Kids and Families
U.S. hotels offering the best amenities and services for families traveling with children.
Acqualine Resort & Spa on the Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, and All-Star Movie Resorts (Orlando, FL)
Arizona Gran Resort (Phoenix, AZ)
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Kauai, HI)
Hotel Del Sol (San Francisco, CA)
Loews Coronado Bay Resort (San Diego, CA)
Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY)
Mount Washington Hotel (Bretton Woods, NH)
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
Winnetu Oceanside Resort (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)

Most Romantic Hotels
Top places in the U.S. to stay for an intimate getaway.
Claiborne Mansion (New Orleans, LA)
Dana Hotel and Spa (Chicago, IL)
Encore Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
Halekulani (Waikiki, HI)
Horned Dorset Primavera (Roncón, Puerto Rico)
Inn of the Five Graces (Santa Fe, NM)
Library Hotel (New York, NY)
Stephanie Inn (Cannon Beach, OR)
Union Street Inn (Nantucket, MA)
Ventana Inn & Spa (Big Sur, CA)

Best Hotels for Destination Wedding
U.S. hotels offering the best services and amenities for wedding planning and celebrations.
Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)
Casa Monica Hotel (St. Augustine, FL)
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Orlando, FL)
Monteleone Hotel (New Orleans, LA)
New York Palace Hotel (New York, New York)
San Juan Water & Beach Club (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Sheraton Kauai Resort (Kauai, HI)
The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs, CO)
The Homestead (Hot Springs, VA)
Wentworth by the Sea (Portsmouth, NH)

Best Design Hotels
U.S. properties that boast the most stunning architecture and décor.
Ace Hotel (Portland, OR)
Delano Hotel (Miami Beach, FL)
Fountainebleau (Miami Beach, FL)
Gramercy Park Hotel (New York, NY)
Hix Island House (Vieques, Puerto Rico)
Hotel Murano (Tacoma, WA)
Maritime Hotel (New York, NY)
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Big Island, HI)
Parker Palm Springs (Palm Springs, CA)
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA)

Best Urban Escapes
U.S. properties that offer a relaxing getaway within a US city.
Four Seasons Hotel Miami (Miami, FL)
Hotel Drisco (San Francisco, CA)
Maison Dupuy (New Orleans, LA)
Mandarin Oriental New York (New York, NY)
Mandarin Oriental Boston (Boston, MA)
Peninsula Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Rittenhouse 1715 (Philadelphia, PA)
Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (New York, NY)
Swann House (Washington, DC)
Wentworth Mansion (Charleston, SC)

Best Hotel for Service
U.S. hotels that offer remarkable hospitality experiences and continually strive for top quality customer service.
Arizona Inn (Tucson, AZ)
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Maui, HI)
Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)
Little Nell (Aspen, CO)
Ritz-Carlton Boston Common (Boston, MA)
St. Regis (Washington, DC)
The Lodge & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
The Peninsula (New York, NY)
The Resort at Paws Up (Missoula, MT)
Twin Farms (Woodstock, VT)

Best Hotel Restaurants
The top dining concepts located on U.S. hotel properties.
CityZen (Washington, DC)
Dining Room at Woodlands Resort & Inn (Summerville, SC)
Fleur de Lys (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV)
Inn at Little Washington (Washington, VA)
Jean Georges (New York, NY)
Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA)
Scamp (Boston, MA)
The Bazaar by Jose Andres (SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA)
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol (Tucson, AZ)
White Barn Inn Restaurant (Kennebunk, ME)

Best Resort or Destination Spas
The best spas located on U.S. hotel properties.
Cal-a-Vie (San Diego, CA)
Canyon Ranch (Tucson, AZ)
El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa (Fajardo, Puerto Rico)
Enchantment Resort/Mii Amo Spa (Sedona, AZ)
Four Season Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA)
Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa (Stowe Lake, Vermont)
Ten Thousand Waves (Santa Fe, NM)
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma, CA)
Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando, FL)
Westin Maui Resort & Spa (Maui, HI)

Best Sense of Place
U.S. properties that offer an authentic feel of the region and/or environment in which they are located.
Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
Hamilton-Turner Inn (Savannah, GA)
Hay-Adams (Washington, DC)
Island Inn (Monhegan Island, ME)
Monmouth Plantation (Natchez, MS)
Old Faithful Inn (Yellowstone National Park, WY)
Omni Parker House (Boston, MA)
Sorrel River Ranch (Moab, UT)
Strater Hotel (Durango, CO)
White Pine Camp (Saranac Lake, NY)

Best Hotel Pools
The best pools located on U.S. hotel properties.
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort (Mt. Hood, WA)
Grand Wailea Resort (Maui, HI)
Hanalei Bay Resort (Kauai, HI)
Hard Rock Hotel (Orlando, FL)
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge (Aspen, CO)
Hotel Gansevoort (New York, NY)
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (San Diego, CA)
Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV)
Pointe Hilton at Piestewa Peak (Phoenix, AZ)
National Hotel (Miami, FL)

About Fodor’s Travel
Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information. Covering over 300 destinations worldwide, Fodor’s guidebooks and Web site, Fodors.com, have provided the most up-to-date, accurate information for travelers for more than seventy years. Written by a team of over 700 writers located around the globe, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, intelligently and accurately reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance.

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