Monday, October 22, 2012

Orbitz 2012 "Best In Stay" Awards Recognize Highest Customer-Reviewed Hotels

Travelers Get $50 Off Vacation Packages to All Award-Winning Hotels

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- Orbitz today announced the winners of the 2012 Orbitz Best In Stay Awards which recognize top-rated hotels based on reviews by Orbitz customers.

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 applauds the 2012 Best In Stay winners for being best-in-class properties and for offering exemplary service and top-notch facilities to hotel guests," said Peggy Bianco, group vice president of global hotel services for Orbitz. "According to a recent Orbitz Hotel Survey, 70% of respondents said they not only look at reviews when searching for a hotel but trust them. Whether booking on a desktop or a mobile device, Orbitz now offers over one million verified hotel reviews as a resource for our customers to make sure they not only choose a great hotel but the perfect hotel for them. And, the more social media explodes the more we see customers making that choice based on the opinions of other travelers."

From now until October 21, travelers will receive $50 off a vacation package that includes a flight and hotel stay of three or more nights to any of these top-of-the-line havens using promotion code BESTINSTAY50.1 Visit for a complete list of Orbitz Best In Stay winners. All winning hotels will also feature the Orbitz Best In Stay icon.

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 cream of the crop hotels in 75 of the most popular destinations around the world. Below are the winners in the Top 10 Domestic and International Destinations. Visit the Orbitz Best In Stay page for a complete list of winners.

2012 Orbitz Best In Stay:

Top 10 Domestic Destination Winners

2012 Orbitz Best In Stay:

Top 10 International Destination Winners

Las Vegas: Bellagio

Cancun: Le Blanc Spa Resort

New York: The Peninsula New York

Punta Cana: Iberostar Grand Bavaro

Chicago: The Talbott Hotel

London: London Marriott Hotel Country Hall

Los Angeles: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Jamaica: Couples Tower Isle

Washington, D.C.:  Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

Paris: Hotel Eiffel Seine

Orlando: The Peabody

Vancouver: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Denver: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Sydney:  Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

San Francisco: Argonaut Hotel

Aruba: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino

Maui: The Fairmont Kea Lani

Montreal: Hotel Le Crystal

Miami: Dream South Beach

Bangkok: Le Meridien

Orbitz 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 – including Rudy Maxa, National Geographic Traveler contributing editor and host of the nationally syndicated television and radio show "Rudy Maxa's World" and Erik Torkells, former editor of Budget Travel – 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 below.

2012 Orbitz Best In Stay:

Category Winners

Value: Mahekal Beach Resort, Riviera Maya

Luxury: The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

Couples: Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Eco: Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Costa Rica

LGBT: Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

All-Inclusive: Secrets Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya

Ski: Four Seasons, Vail

Results from the Orbitz Hotel Survey:

64% of consumers said they would choose a hotel solely based on the awards it has received
75% of consumers typically stay at three or four star hotels
Cleanliness (35%), location (22%) and amenities (12%) are the three most important attributes that vacationers look for when choosing a hotel.

Terms and conditions:
1Book a qualifying flight+hotel package between October 15, 2012 12:00AM (CST) and October 21, 2012 11:59PM (CST), for 3 or more nights for travel between October 15, 2012 and December 31, 2012, via Orbitz and instantly receive $50 off your booking through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.

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