West Baden Springs Hotel Makes Exclusive Condé Nast Traveler Gold List

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Resort chosen one of the best places to stay in the world by readers of prestigious travel magazine

West Baden Springs Hotel

This is incredibly gratifying for us

The awards keep coming for West Baden Springs Hotel! Already recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler as 21st in the Top 75 U.S. Mainland Resorts, the Southern Indiana resort destination has now made the magazine's ultra-exclusive Gold List for 2009. The 15th annual Gold List, published in the January 09 issue, features 710 of the best hotels, resorts and cruise lines from around the world. Over 32,000 readers voted in the Readers' Choice Awards and then the magazine interviewed them to identify what specifically makes them the cream of the crop.

"This is incredibly gratifying for us," said Mark Bommarito, vice president of sales and marketing."We set out with the goal of creating the Midwest's best resort destination and the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have affirmed this with their wonderful reviews."

With an average score of 90.2, West Baden received ratings of 95.5 in the categories of rooms, service, food and design, outranking well-known resorts such as the Wynn Las Vegas, The Greenbrier and the American Club, Kohler.

Originally built in 1902, West Baden Springs Hotel re-opened in May 2007, following a meticulous restoration. Nearly 100 million dollars was spent in a top to bottom restoration which maintained the historic integrity of the building but upgraded its amenities to that of a four-star property.

West Baden is a part of the French Lick Resort , which as a whole has undergone a 500 million dollar restoration and development project. In what has been called one of the largest private restoration projects in the U.S., the owners saved two turn-of-the-century grand hotels and brought resort life back to Indiana. No small feat, their work has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About Condé Nast Traveler
Truth in Travel: Many travel publications accept free travel and accommodations. Condé Nast Traveler does not, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously. They experience travel the way consumers do, both the good and the bad, and report on it fairly and honestly. In 2008, Condé Nast Traveler was named one of the top 10 magazines in the U.S. by both Adweek and Advertising Age, one of only three magazines in the U.S. to be named to both lists. Condé Nast Traveler has an audience of 3.1 million and is published by Condé Nast Publications, Inc. The magazine's Website is cntraveler.com.

About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 42,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick (opening 2009); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

For more information or to book a stay, please visit http://www.frenchlick.com or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

Contact:
Dyan Welsh
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort
812-936-5926

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort
812-936-5861

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