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Fodor's Choice Hotels 2005


Fodor's List Answers the Question - What Really Makes a Hotel the Best?
NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2004 - When asked to name the world's best hotels, travelers almost reflexively name the world's most expensive lodgings.  One can hardly begrudge the status and grandeur of the world's Four Seasons and Ritz Carltons, but does being luxurious necessarily make a hotel the best?  Or the best choice for you?
The Fodor's Choice Hotels 2005 list is the annual round up of the Fodor's editors top picks for hotels that receive the Fodor's Choice designation in our Gold Guides.  The editors culled through the thousands of picks to come up with this list of their top 20 choices. The hotels that were selected are unique, unusual, and not-to-be-missed; and you're sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience.
Unlike the many "best-of" lists top-heavy with ostentatious and expensive lodgings, this year's Fodor's Choice list offers travelers a variety of options in a variety of price ranges.  If eating on a seemingly implausible bridge cut out of a cliff, snuggling up in a rustic and elegant cabin in the woods, or staying in the heart of Venice for a fraction of the price of area hotels sounds appealing, then this list is for you.
These 20 superb accommodations won top honors in six categories to satisfy your every travel need.  The Fodor's Choice Hotels 2005 list is as follows:
Location, Location, Location:
     Hotel Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy
     Hotel Roma, Prague
     The Inn at the Market, Seattle, WA
     Pencarrow near Queenstown, New Zealand

Dazzlingly Decadent:
     Cayo Espanto, on private island west of Ambergris Caye, Belize
     Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India
     Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Romantic Retreats:
     La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
     Mankas Inverness Lodge, CA
     Auberge du Vieux-Port, Montreal, Canada

Budget Picks for a Pricey Locale:
     Hotel De Nesle, Paris, France
     Larchmont hotel, New York, NY
     St. Margarets, London, England
     Villa Igea, Venice, Italy

The Kids Will Love It Too:
     Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, Florida
     The Anchorage, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

True Value
     Desert Pearl Inn, Utah
     Hotel Burnham, Chicago
     Ocean Surf, Miami, Florida
     Old Wailuku Inn, Maui, Hawaii

Fodor' s Travel Publications
Also See: Unlike the Many Best-of Lists Top-heavy with Ostentatious and Expensive Lodgings, Fodor's Top 20 Choice Hotels Lineup Stresses Individuality, All Price Ranges / October 2003

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