Yippie!! It is that time of year again.
The Trip Advisor 2009 Travelers Choice Awards are out!!
And for those of you who aren't a member of Trip Advisor (Sheesh, just wake up from a hundred year nap? what are you waiting for?? Get right over there and join!) it is a free travel site with a forum, advice, photos and tons of travel into from real travelers.
That is what makes these awards *so* special. They are chosen by people like you and me-not travel execs or guidebook writers.
The following are the catagories that were awarded:
Best Inns and B&B's
Best Luxury Hotels
Best All-Inclusive Hotels
Top Hotel Brands
There are alot of awards to go 'round, but I am happy to report that quite a few hotels in Italy made the cut!
Can I get a whoohoot?!
I am going to highlight winners in Italy for the catagories of Best Bargains and Best Luxury Hotels.
Best Bargains (10 out of the 100 awarded are in Italy)
#1. Hotel Vecchio Asilo - San Gimignano
#10. Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo - Venice
#55. Hotel Floridiana – Amalfi
#70. Il Nido Ristorante Hotel – Sorrento
#73. Ca' del Dogi – Venice
#88. Residenza del Duca Hotel – Amalfi
#90. Hotel Centrale – Bellagio
#91. Imperia Hotel – Jesolo
#92. Hotel Rosary Garden – Florence
#99. Hotel La Tosca – Capri
Best Luxury (8 of the 100 awarded are in Italy)
#3. Villa Marsili Hotel – Cortona
#13. Hotel Villa Carlotta – Taormina
#14. Best Western Hotel la Solara – Sorrento
#35. Hotel Bentley – Genoa
#39. Palazzo Sant'Angelo sul Canal Grande – Venice
#43. Locanda dell'Amorosa - Sinalunga
#80. JK Place Hotel – Florence
#87. Golden Palace – Turin
And though I have highlighted Italy- there are so many other catagories and lovely hotels featured from around the globe- this is one I'd keep handy and refer to again and again for years to come!
If you'd like to view the visually stunning, thirty-one page PDF in it's entirely, you can do so here.
I highly recommend that you do, because if you click on the individual hotels listed in the PDF document, a link will take you directly to the hotel's page on Trip Advisor, where you can read every review and other details. Quiet a nifty little trick, I might add.
A small warning though. This one has a drool factor of 9 out of 10…so cover your keyboard. There is a real danger of frying your laptop just looking at the photos!
So, have you stayed at or heard of any of these hotels? Tell us about your experience!
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