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TripAdvisor picks winners

TripAdvisor, an online travel information and advice destination has announced its 2005 Travelers’ Choice award winners. Unlike other hotel awards programs that
survey perhaps thousands of people, TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice winners
are “selected” by the millions of travelers from around the world who
provide their real and unbiased reviews or opinions about hotels on and across the web.

The 2005 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards recognized the best hotels
in the following categories: Best Luxury, Best Hidden Gem, Best Bargain, Best
for Families and Best Pool.
  “This year’s winners stand out for their excellence in service,” said
Michele Perry, spokesperson for TripAdvisor.

She added,  “Because real travelers are
making the selections, Travelers’ Choice winners are not necessarily the ‘in’
places for the rich and famous but rather the hotels that make the average
traveler feel rich and famous.  This year’s winners feature something for
everyone, from bargain to luxury hotels in major cities to extraordinary finds
in off-the-beaten-path places around the world.”

  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Bargain Hotels in the World (Good
value at low price points):
  1.  Residenza Il Villino, Florence, Italy
  2.  Hotel Davanzati, Florence, Italy
  3.  Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites, Montreal, Canada
  4.  Hale Koa Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii
  5.  The Bungalows Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico
  6.  Norwood Hotel, Lancashire, England
  7.  Hotel Domus Praetoria, Rome, Italy
  8.  The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
  9.  BelleSuite Rome, Rome, Italy
  10. Michalis Studios & Apartments, Kos, Greece

  A sample of the winners in other categories:
  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best Luxury (4&5 star hotels) was Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best Hidden Gem (Unexpected service or
hard-to-find hotels) was Holiday Inn Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best for Families in the U.S. was Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel—Anaheim, Anaheim, California

  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best Luxury Hotel in New York City was Sofitel New York, New York, New York

  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best Luxury Hotel in London was Covent Garden Hotel, London, England

  TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Best Luxury Hotel in Paris was Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France

  Remaining faithful to its promise to provide the whole truth about travel,
the good the bad and the ugly, TripAdvisor also identified the 10 “dirtiest”
hotels in the U.S. based on traveler ratings for cleanliness.  Five of the ten
dirtiest hotels are in the Big Apple, and the overall dirtiest, according to
TripAdvisor travelers, is New York City’s Hotel Carter.