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October 19, 2017
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The chosen ones

You should check out TripAdvisor before you book your next hotel. “The world’s largest travel site” just announced the winners of their 10th Annual Traveller’s Choice awards and the 2012 list is a doozy; 3943 properties in 30 countries worldwide. The Best Hotels category is worth a look for its Top 25, Bargain and Best Service subcategories; Luxury is at least worth a look-see. The average nightly rate of all of the winners is US$270, but 45 percent have an average nightly rate of US$200 or less. The average rate for Bargain hotels is US$106; Best Service US$255; Luxury US$455. So who are the big ol’ winners “awarded by you,” the site’s 50 million monthly users? Here’s a rundown:


Top 25 hotel in the world: The Phoenix in San Pedro, Belize.
Top 25 hotel in Canada: L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver, BC.


Best bargain in the world: Hue Nino Hotel in Hue, Vietnam.
Best bargain in Canada: Cairns Motel in Summerside, PEI.


Best service in the world: Arcadia Residence in Prague, Czech Republic.
Best service in Canada: Auberge Le Vincent in Quebec City, QC.


Best luxury in the world: Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
Best luxury in Canada: Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, BC.


Interestingly, TripAdvisor has discontinued its headline-grabbing Dirtiest Hotels list; they want to steer away from the negative and be more positive, reps say. Sure, but it might also have something to do with the US$10-million dollar lawsuit filed against the site by one of the “winning” hotels last year. For all of the “positive” winners: tripadvisor.ca/travelerschoice.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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