Expedia.ca issues Insiders Select list of world's top hotels ... Top Canadian restos!
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The popular website this week issued what it calls an "exclusive ranking" that "considers the guest and their utmost comfort, selecting the top 650 hotels in the Expedia global market place."
Expedia considered more than a million guest reviews and in-house experts and chose hotels that "consistently deliver value in the form of competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer serivce."
1. One and Only Palmilla Resort, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (see photo at right)
2. Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Quepos, Costa Rica
3. Marrol's Boutique Hotel, Bratislava, Slovakia
4. Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
5. Hotel d'Europe, Avignon, France
6. Capella Ixtapa Resort and Spa, Ixtapa, Mexico
7. Welk Resort Sirena del Mar, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
8. Casa Velas Hotel Boutique and Beach Club, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9. The Knight Residence, Edinburgh, Scotland
10. The Leela Palaca Bangalore, Bengaluru, India
Interesting to see a whopping half of the top ten (that would be five of ten for those of you keeping score at home) are in Mexico and that two of the top seven are in the Cabo San Lucas area. Wow.
There were no American hotels in the top 10, which I find kinda cool in so far as this shows it's not too U.S. centric. There were no Canadian hotels in the top 100, in case you were wondering. Here are the top 10 Canadian properties:
137. Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Vancouver
172. Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, Brentwood Bay, B.C.
299. Auberge St.-Antoine, Quebec City
386. Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
388. Loden Hotel, Vancouver
413. Hazelton Hotel, Toronto
462. Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler B.C.
481. Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, Vancouver
536. Hotel Le Germain, Dominion, Quebec City
Once again here's a large survey that gives HUGE kudos to British Columbia hotels, with B.C. hogging the entire podium with a gold-silver-bronze finish and seven of the top ten in the entire country. Vancouver got the top two and four of the top six spots and five of the top nine, which is amazing. Quebec City got two of the top 10 and Toronto got just one. Belleville and Medicine Hat were, once again, skunked.
I had a talk today with Sean Shannon, vice president and managing director of Expedia Canada, and asked him about the B.C. influence.
"Our survey is very scientific," he said. "There are 205,000 properties available on the Expedia site worldwide and we invite folks to submit reviews. If they don't stay somewhere, they can't do a review, so these are real reviews from folks who've been there. We get about a million reviews a year and they're basically scored on a scale of 5."
There's an algorithm involved, of course, and Shannon said that could explain how some properties that might seem excellent get overlooked. In other cases, it might be that they don't have enough reviews.
Shannon pointed out that the Ritz Carlton Toronto gets excellent reviews but that there are only 41 reviews on the Expedia site. The new Shangri-La in Toronto has excellent marks but there are a measly seven reviews so far, he said.
"The list changes every year," he said. "It doesn't mean there aren't great hotels in Toronto."
Perhaps more interesting than the lack of Ontario hotels is how the best Canadian mark was number 126, Shannon said.
"I think people might want to ask how come no Canadian property made the top 25. I think there's something interesting there."
Asked about having so many Mexico properties in the top 10, Shannon laughed.
"Mexico always does well. It's a vacation spot. You're in a good mood, it's all inclusive, the sun is shining, the booze is flowing. But some really are very impressive hotels. They take care of you and a lot of people never leave the property."
TOP RESTOS FROM EN ROUTE
Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has launched the People’s Choice Award, a first in the magazine’s twelve-year history of its esteemed national restaurant rankings, Canada’s Best New Restaurants. In partnership with the lead sponsor of the 2013 awards, Jaguar Land Rover -- one of the world's premier manufacturers of luxury vehicles -- enRoute today is proud to launch the microsite www.eatandvote.com (www.mangervoter.com) designed to encourage Canadians from coast to coast to vote for their favourite restaurant from a list of 35, nominated by a highly respected volunteer judging panel of Canada’s leading food and hospitality industry leaders.
Here's the list of potential winners: The Acorn, Vancouver, BarBounya, Montreal, Bar Isabel, Toronto, Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu, Quebec City, Burdock & Co., Vancouver, Café Boulud, Toronto (see photo at right) , Candela Lounge, Calgary, Canteen, Edmonton, Carino Bistro, Calgary, Carmen, Toronto, Ça Va Bistro Moderne, Victoria, Daishō, Toronto, Electric Mud BBQ, Toronto, España, Vancouver, Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, NL, Gezellig, Ottawa, Heirloom, Vancouver, Hôtel Herman, Montreal, Hudson’s on First, Duncan, BC, Kinton Ramen, Toronto, Maison Publique, Montreal, Market, Calgary, Mezcla, Montreal, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Toronto, Oddseoul, Toronto, Patria, Toronto, Pidgin, Vancouver, La Planque, Quebec City, Porzia, Toronto, Richmond Station, Toronto, Shōtō, Toronto, Supply & Demand, Ottawa, Union Local 613, Ottawa, Vij’s Railway Express, Vancouver, Wildebeest, Vancouver.