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The 2012 Orbitz Best in Stay Awards
Say hello to the few, the proud, the winners of the 2012 Orbitz Best in Stay Awards! Our winners are the cream of the crop hotels in 75 of our most popular destinations around the world. In addition to the 75 market winners, winners were also selected in 7 categories: Value, Luxury, Couples, Eco, LGBT, Ski and All-Inclusive.
Orbitz Best In Stay Award winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of nearly 200,000 hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked and stayed at hotels since 2011. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes on a scale of 1 to 5, including amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location, and value. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions, such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking and reputation of hotel staff.
Orbitz Best In Stay Destination Winners
From the sultry beaches of Hawaii to the pulsing streets of New York, the Orbitz Best In Stay Destination Winners are the best in class hotels in 75 of the most popular destinations around the world. For example, The Talbott Hotel is the 2012 winner among all the 593 Chicago hotels, and Gaylord Opryland is the 2012 winner among 327 Nashville hotels.
Best in Stay Category Winners
Orbitz customers can also rate hotels based on category. Along with review score, an all-star team of travel gurus who have traveled the world and stayed in thousands of hotels collectively used their expert knowledge to help pick the best of the best hotels in each of the categories.
Works Hard for the Money: Best Value Hotel
Properties in this category give you the biggest bang for your buck and let you stretch your travel budget dollar like it’s never been stretched before. The winning hotel leaves both you and your wallet happy.
Caviar Dreams: Best Luxury Hotel
These hotels are the stuff dreams are made of. Mingle with the world’s movers and shakers and get treated like the royalty you are. Our champ hotel is the utmost in refined taste and unmatched service.
The Whole Enchilada: Best Resort/All-Inclusive Hotel
This category includes hotels with everything but the kitchen sink. From decadent eats and designer drinks to waterpark thrills and endless shopping, these all-inclusive resorts meet every whim.
Planet Picks: Best Eco-Conscious Hotel
Our greenest hotels take their dedication to the Earth seriously. They support environmental organizations, use green products and work to make your vacation an eco-friendly one.
Do Not Disturb: Best Romantic Hotel
Stays at these romantic hotels are an exercise in starry-eyed indulgence. Let romance bloom at these escapes for deux—the perfect spots to get lost in the moment, or create new ones.
Rainbow Digs: Best LGBT-Friendly Hotel
More than just top-notch lodging, this group of hotels proudly welcomes gay, lesbian, bi and trans visitors. With an inviting spirit, our winner puts equality first.
Sweetest Slopeside Stop: Best Ski Hotel
Access to the freshest powder is just the start. These hotels serve up downhill action plus the best in post-slope lodging, après ski, spas and shopping.
Everyone can celebrate along with the Best In Stay winners, Orbitz customers can enjoy $50 off a vacation package of 3 or more nights to any of these top-of-the-line havens and rock star digs.
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Orbitz Expert Bios
National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Rudy Maxa is host and producer of 86 episodes on public television featuring the world's great destinations titled "Rudy Maxa's World." His two-hour, weekend radio show of the same name is America's most widely syndicated radio travel show, broadcast on 160 news/talk stations and XM Radio. His writing and broadcast work has won numerous awards.
Formerly the editor of Budget Travel magazine, Erik Torkells is a contributor to Orbitz's blog and has written for many other publications, including Travel + Leisure, the New York Times and T Magazine. He has appeared on MSNBC and “Good Morning America” on Orbitz’s behalf. Torkells finds hotels to be the sexiest places on earth. (Good hotels, that is.)
A writer, editor and columnist for over 15 years, Sarah Preston Gorenstein is the Managing Editor of Content for Orbitz. Before Orbitz, Gorenstein was the Managing Editor of Playboy.com, and has spent over a decade covering nightlife and interviewing celebrities for publications such as Chicago magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine and People magazine. Gorenstein pored over hundreds of hotels to determine the Best in Stay in each of their categories.
Kate is the Senior Editor at The Away Network. She has traveled extensively in the United States and Australia, plus visited Europe, other South Pacific areas, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and Central America. Kate’s stayed in some pretty fabulous hotels along the way, and, of course, some not so fabulous ones, too. As a mom, she appreciates family- and budget-friendly properties, but she also likes to splurge sometimes when the whole crew isn’t traveling.