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Publish Date: 13-Oct-2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

VANCOUVER, October 13, 2011 – Condé Nast Traveler magazine has released its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, honouring 29 Fairmont hotels and resorts around the world as among the world’s best, including all seven Fairmont hotels located in the Pacific Northwest region: Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver), The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, The Fairmont Waterfront (Vancouver), The Fairmont Empress (Victoria), The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Seattle).

The poll ranks hotels, resorts, cities and more on a variety of metrics, and publishes the crème de la crème in its November 2011 issue. From more than 8 million votes cast among 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers, 24 Fairmont properties returned to the list after being honoured last year, while new additions include London’s recently restored The Savoy, the sophisticated Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, The Plaza in New York, and two of Fairmont’s storied California properties: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and The Fairmont San Francisco.

“Our return to this prestigious list is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our colleagues here at the hotels,” said Philip Barnes, regional vice president for the Pacific Northwest. “We pride ourselves on the authentically local travel experiences we offer and aim to create lasting memories for each of our guests. This is the recurring theme that runs through all our hotels and the reason we continue to top surveys such as this.”

Contemporary properties such as Mexico’s Fairmont Mayakoba and Vancouver’s The Fairmont Waterfront were honoured alongside grande dame hotels such as The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland. The brand prevailed in Canada, with seven of the country’s top hotels and seven of the top resorts. In Kenya, Fairmont’s two legendary safari retreats, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, were honoured among the top resorts in Africa.

The following is the full list of Fairmont hotels and resorts that were chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers as favourites within their categories:

Top Resorts, Mainland U.S.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Top Hawaii Resorts
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Top Hotels, U.S.
The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel; The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle; Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows; and The Fairmont San Francisco

Top Hotels, Canada
Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver; The Fairmont Vancouver Airport; The Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver; The Fairmont Empress, Victoria; Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa; The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton; and The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Top Resorts, Canada
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; The Fairmont Chateau Whistler; Fairmont Le Château Montebello; The Fairmont Banff Springs; Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City; Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix ; and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Top Resorts, Mexico
Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Top Resorts Caribbean
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Top Resorts, Atlantic
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

Top Resorts, Africa
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club; and Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Top Hotels Northern Europe
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Switzerland; and Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

Top Hotels, British Isles
The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

To view the full awards list, click here.
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