TripAdvisor announced it’s best 25 hotels in its 10th Annual Travelers’ Choice Awards and the majority of the listed hotels are independent or small chains. Marriott, Hilton, and many of the top hotels chains were not on the list. The top ranking went to the Elysian Hotel in Chicago, which is set to join the Hilton Waldorf-Astoria chain.
One of our favorite hotel chains, Kimpton Hotels, made it on the list three times – in Chicago IL, Portland OR, and Alexandria VA. We’ve stayed at several Kimpton hotels, each with their own quirky (or not so quirky) theme, and loved every single experience. We haven’t been to any of the ones listed on the top 25, I can say for sure that Kimpton does things right. They have the best loyalty perks for someone who isn’t a heavy business traveler from free Wi-Fi to $15 in “honor-bar” items (from their mini fridges) just for being a member.
As for the best hotel in the world, that prize went to The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize – the photos look amazing!