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Readers' Poll: World's Best Values

Inside: the Most and Least Expensive

Sale prices come and go, but which hotels are consistently giving travelers the most for their money?To find out, in our recent World's Best survey we asked Travel + Leisure readers to rate hotels around the world for value. Here, we give you the highest scorers by geographic region, along with the price for a standard double room (city hotel prices are for the month of March; resorts, high season). The results reveal that although you love a good bargain—Canadian properties, thanks in part to a favorable exchange rate, do exceptionally well—you're also happy to splurge on a fabulous experience at a famous hotel: the average cost of a night at one of your top 10 picks in Europe, for example, is $500. This year, for the first time, a resort in the U.S.A. takes the No. 1 spot overall. With four other American hotels in the top 10 worldwide, the rankings demonstrate that, when it comes to getting what you want at the right price, hotels close to home are hard to beat.

The Top Hotels for Value Overall
1. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia
74.7 $520*
2. The Oriental, Bangkok 74.5 $189
3. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto 73.9 $220
4. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac,
Quebec City
73.9 $99
5. Four Seasons Resort Bali at
Jimbaran Bay
73.3 $575
6. Windsor Court, New Orleans 72.7 $175
7. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia 72.3 $310
8. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 72.2 $315
9. Halekulani, Oahu 72.1 $325
10. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver 71.8 $192

The Top Hotels for Value in Europe
1. Four Seasons Hotel Milano 71.2 $487
2. Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg 70.2 $557
3. Westin Excelsior, Rome 69.5 $604
4. Balmoral, Edinburgh 68.9 $282 (tie)
4. Grand Hotel Zermatterhof,
Zermatt, Switzerland
68.9 $422*
4. Villa d'Este Grand Hotel,
Cernobbio, Italy
68.9 $580
7. Inverlochy Castle, Fort
William, Scotland
68.9 $550
8. Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy 68.9 $866*
9. Hotel San Pietro, Positano, Italy 68.8 $347 (tie)
9. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy 68.8 $234

The Top Hotels for Value in Hawaii
1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 72.2 $315
2. Halekulani, Oahu 72.1 $325
3. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island 71.2 $360
4. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui 70.8 $340
5. Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort &
Spa, Kauai
70.5 $395 (tie)
5. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &
Bungalows, Big Island
70.5 $375
7. Fairmont Kea Lani Maui 70.3 $325
8. Manele Bay, Lanai 69.8 $350
9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
at Historic Kaupulehu, Big Island
69.3 $500
10. Kapalua Bay Hotel, Maui 69.1 $350

The Top Hotels for Value in
Mexico and Central and South America
1. Hyatt Regency Cancun 70.2 $174
2. Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 69.6 $379
3. Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro 69.2 $365
4. Hyatt Regency Acapulco 69.0 $185
5. Inter-Continental Buenos Aires 68.5 $260
6. CasaMagna Marriott Resort Puerto Vallarta 68.0 $159
7. Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico 67.9 $430
8. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico 67.5 $330
9. Las Mañanitas, Cuernavaca, Mexico 67.4 $183
10. Camino Real, Puerto Vallarta 67.4 $175

The Top Hotels for Value in Africa
and the Middle East
1. La Mamounia, Marrakesh 67.2 $262
2. La Maison Arabe, Marrakesh 65.9 $190
3. Sofitel Palais Jamaï, Fez 65.6 $184
4. Château de Feuilles, Seychelles 65.1 $333****
5. La Gazelle d'Or, Taroudannt, Morocco 63.3 $390***
6. Governors' Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya 62.3 $500*
7. Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa 61.6 $625*
8. Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya 60.9 $376**
9. Samburu Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya 60.6 $250**
10.Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya 60.4 $250**
* All-inclusive
** Includes full board
*** Includes half board
**** Per night rate based on three-night minimum

The Top Hotels for Value in Australia,
New Zealand, and the South Pacific
1. The Regent, Sydney 67.4 $210
2. Park Hyatt Sydney 66.4 $332
3. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand 65.6 $880*
4. Grand Hyatt Melbourne 65.5 $128
5. Inter-Continental, Sydney 64.2 $215
6. Wharekauhau, Palliser Bay, New Zealand 63.2 $552*
7. Nugget Point Resort,Queenstown, New Zealand 62.8 $105
8. Green Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef 62.5 $232 (tie)
8. Kewarra Beach Resort, Cairns, Australia 62.5 $158
10. Hotel Bora Bora 61.8 $500

The Top Hotels for Value in the
Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
1. Southampton Princess, Bermuda 70.0 $409
2. Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 68.8 $600
3. The Reefs, Bermuda> 68.5 $424**
4. Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and
Morning Star Marriott Beach Resorts,
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
66.4 $339
5. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis 65.4 $475**
6. Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club, Puerto Rico 65.2 $395
7. Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda 63.9 $460**
8. The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos 63.8 $825*
9. Filao Beach Hotel, St. Bart's 63.5 $333
10. Cotton House, Mustique 63.3 $750* (tie)
10. Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Villas 63.3 $415

The Top Hotels for Value in Asia
1. The Oriental, Bangkok 74.5 $189
2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay 73.3 $575
3. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok 71.2 $200
4. Peninsula, Bangkok 71.0 $260
5. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok 71.0 $250
6. Regent Bangkok 68.5 $280
7. Regent Resort Chiang Mai 67.9 $365
8. Mandarin Oriental, Manila 66.7 $280
9. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok 66.4 $175
10. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 65.7 $282
The Top Hotels for Value in the
Continental United States and Canada
1. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 74.7 $520*
2. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto 73.9 $220
3. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City 73.9 $99
4. Windsor Court, New Orleans 72.7 $175
5. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia 72.3 $310
6. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver 71.8 $192
7. Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta 71.7 $132
8. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta 71.7 $302
9. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas 71.6 $225
10. Bellagio, Las Vegas 71.6 $179

Least Expensive: $99 Per Night
Luxury for less?The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City proves it's possible. Historic (109 years old), massive (618 rooms), and suitably famous (past guests include everyone from Winston Churchill to Cyndi Lauper), the property is an attraction in its own right (tours: $4). But a dinosaur it's not. The Fairmont hotel group has recently spruced up all the rooms, and Jean Soulard—the only chef in Canada to receive the Master Chef of France award—ensures that anyone who's anyone in town dines at the hotel's three restaurants. All this in a storybook setting in North America's last remaining walled city, with 124 ski slopes on three mountains within easy reach.

Most Expensive: $880 Per Night
Huka Lodge may not be cheap, but for the guests who book at least six months in advance to get in, it's worth every penny. The New Zealand resort's high price tag buys a divinely isolated vacation, more than three miles from civilization amid dense forests, roaring waterfalls, and 17 acres of gardens. All 20 suites and a three-bedroom cottage sit on the banks of the Waikato River, and have draped canopy beds and private verandas. Fishing for rainbow trout in Lake Taupo is the can't-miss activity (add $76 per hour for a private boat rental and $5 for the license to your bill, though). Be sure to hand over your catch to chef Nicholas Watt, who's at the ready to prepare it in one of 100 different ways.

* Scores are rounded off to the nearest tenth of a point. In the event of an exact tie, properties share the same ranking.
* For methodology, go to www.travelandleisure.com/wbmethodology

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