Booking the best hotels for vacations and the holidays just got easier. Mid-October is typically a big week for the hospitality industry, as organizations around the world release their annual “best hotels” lists. Condé Nast Traveler released its extensive worldwide reader’s choice list in October, but according to some, there is more than one “best hotels” list to consider — and at least one best time to find hotel deals.
In helping tourists to find the best hotel, every corner of the globe has their own authority. For instance, WISH is Australia’s luxury magazine, and they have their own curated list of best hotels in the world with Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji in WISH’s number one position.
In Paris, the fight for the best hotels is reaching epic proportions. In a story that will be released on November 3 in Forbes Life Magazine, staff contributor Alexander Lobrano explains that many of the Parisian best hotels that set standards for others around the world are closed (or partially closed) for major renovations in 2014.
“Between the arrival of the Shangri-La Paris hotel in September 2010 and the opening of the Peninsula Paris in August, the roster of iconic Paris hotels that have either closed for overhauls or undergone major renovations is, well, pretty much the roster of iconic Paris hotels: Le Bristol, Le Meurice, The Four Seasons Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Hôtel de Crillon and the Hôtel Ritz, which is still undergoing its three-year $300 million renovation.”
Adding to the idea of being the best hotel in Paris, The Peninsula is working to be the top luxury destination with a $1.3 billion renovation. About the price tag of the project, Nicolas Béliard, the hotel’s general manager, is quoted in Forbes Life as saying that this money bought “a lot of very discreet and useful luxury.”
Condé Nast Traveler made a splash in mid-October with a best hotels list voted on by their readers. In addition to the Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, Condé Nast Traveler also produces a Hot List 2014 of best hotels and The Gold List of worldwide best resorts and hotels. Careful not to pick favorites, Condé Nast awards hotels as the best across several categories to help tourists make the right decision for themselves.
Condé Nast is not the only organization releasing a best hotels list. Other best hotels lists to take note of that are released in the fall of every year are Fodor’s 100 Best Hotel Awards, with over 5,000 properties nominated by readers that are evaluated by 500 worldwide experts. To select the best hotels with Fodor’s list, 15 staff editors make the final cut based on nine categories.
Noteworthy best hotels lists also include the Orbitz.com Customer’s Choice Awards and the Prix Villegiature Awards 2014 of the best hotels in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
If you are on a tight budget but still want to visit some of the best hotels in the world, DealNews has a solution. According to their research, it was revealed that November 23, 2014, or the week before Thanksgiving, is one of the cheaper booking days for some of the best hotels.
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