Travel and Leisure's list of the top 500 hotels in the world for 2012 is out. This is the list that's compiled from a public vote, so it's supposed to be a little more "common man" of a list than one that's put together by people who make their living critiquing hotels. I've spent the last couple of hours going through the magazine, and while it's full of some great choices, there's a few head scratchers in there as well. Did we really vote Fairmont Whistler on to the list ahead of Fairmont Pacific Rim? This is why they don't let us vote for important things people!
Still, I suppose everybody has their own tastes, so I'll take the results with a grain of salt. There were certainly some highlights. One of my all-time bucket list hotels, the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island, was voted top hotel in Canada. I can't count how many times I've made plans to get out to Tofino and check out the Wickaninnish, but something always seems to get in the way. It might have something to do with the fact that my number one reason for wanting to go there is to go storm watching, yet when it's stormy it's a lot harder to get to the island because the ferries are unreliable. I need to find a way to overcome this obstacle, but so far I've only managed to come up with one idea. Anybody own a submarine?
|Winter Walk on Chesterman Beach Photographer Jacqui Windh|
That's pretty sad, and it gets even worse when you consider that four of those seven were in Las Vegas. Take Nevada out of the picture and the only top hotels I've visited were in Whistler, Huntington Beach, and New York City (glad to see the Plaza survived our stay and still managed to crack the top five hundred). My kids are doing even worse as they've only visited two of the hotels on the list, although that's partly understandable. Somehow I don't think the Hotel Goldener Hirsch - "a rustic-chic, 69-room property filled with 15th-century antiques" would be a really good place for my kids to practice their keep-away skills.
|Hyatt Huntington Beach|
It's probably just as well that I don't get a vote in these things.