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Hints on Hotels for US Travelers

Hints on Hotels for US Travelers

The holiday travel season is right around the corner.

Many folks will plan holiday vacations, family get-togethers, holiday shopping trips and other excursions during this time of year. Although plenty of people will stay with relatives at their various destinations, lots of others will make hotel reservations instead.

Which are the best of all American hotels?

Travelers Choice 2010 listed the “Top 25 Hotels in the United States.” The choices may surprise many hotel patrons, as lots of the top options may not necessarily boast the most costly nightly room rates. In addition, the top 25 hotels selected include business, city and resort properties.

What’s more, the top 15 hotel properties listed also represent both independent hoteliers and major hospitality chains.

Here’s the lineup of Travelers Choice’s “Top 25 Hotels in the United States.” The roster merits review before making reservations.

25. Conrad Hilton Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
24. The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge – Charlotte, NC
23. Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel – Pittsburgh, PA
22. Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center – Portland, OR
21. Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch – St. Louis, MO
20. Le Rivage Hotel – Sacramento, CA
19. Marriott’s Harbour Lake – Orlando, FL
18. Marriott Cleveland Downtown at Kev Center – Cleveland, OH
17. EPIC Hotel – Miami, FL
16. Residence Inn Denver City Center – Denver, CO
15. Marriott Minneapolis City Center – Minneapolis, MN
14. Homewood Suites Tampa Brandon – Tampa, FL
13. Pan Pacific Seattle – Seattle, WA
12. Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Phoenix, AZ
11. Doubletree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn – Detroit, MI
10. Sofitel Washington DC – Washington, DC
9. The Houstonian – Houston, TX
 8. The Mansion on Peachtree – Atlanta, GA
7. Fairmont Battery Wharf – Boston, MA
6. Hotel Drisco – San Francisco, CA
5. Grand Hyatt DFW – Dallas, TX
4. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
3. The Talbott Hotel – Chicago, IL
2. Elan Hotel Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
1. Inn New York City – New York City, NY

Which are the worst hotels in the US?
On the other end of the scale, Travelers Choice also presented a list of the ten dirtiest hotels in the entire United States. Based on consumer reviews, here are the filthiest lodging houses in the country.

10. Continental Oceanfront Hotel South Beach – Miami Beach, FL
9. Desert Lodge – Palm Springs, CA
8. Capistrano Seaside Inn – Capistrano Beach, CA
7. Parisian Hotel & Suites – Miami Beach, FL
6. New York Inn – New York City, NY
5. Quality Inn – Stroudsburg, PA
4. Atlantic Hotel Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA
3. Palm Grove Hotel and Suites – Virginia Beach, VA
2. Motel 6 Eureka – Eureka, MO
1. Heritage Marina Hotel – San Francisco, CA

Perhaps it pays to pre-site before making plans – particularly for group stays.

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