BC hotels dominate Stellar Stays list

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HotelsCombined, the world’s leading hotel discovery and price comparison website, has revealed 15 stand-out hotels across Canada which have made the cut in its inaugural ‘Stellar Stays’ list for 2013. The list was dominated by British Columbia hotels, including six from Vancouver.

The honour roll includes the crème de la crème of hotels, with only 15 Canadian properties recognised.

“Stellar Stays” is not a ranking list but a group of outstanding hotels judged on a strict set of criteria. All currently rate 9.0 and over with a minimum of 250 customer reviews on the HotelsCombined site, have a significant community or environmental program, and have received at least three major industry awards in the past year.  Hotel reviews on HotelsCombined are aggregated from over 27 million reviews from multiple travel and review sites. Hotels are ranked out of a potential score of 10 – making a score of 9.0 or higher quite a feat.

Kristen McKenzie, Head of PR and Community at HotelsCombined, said:  “Judged on detailed criteria, the result is an independent selection of properties that are truly extraordinary on a variety of levels. Not only do these hotels boast a high satisfaction rating amongst both guests and travel industry experts, but they  also strive to make a positive difference with dedicated environmental and community initiatives. Conscientious tourism is a subject we take very seriously at HotelsCombined as evidenced by our Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative. We are delighted to applaud those similarly working towards a more sustainable future for the industry.”

Canada’s “Stellar Stays” are:

“It’s interesting to note that British Columbia took the lion’s share of the awards. In determining this year’s Canadian Stellar Stays, we found that far more BC hotels offered environmentally-friendly services compared to the rest of the country,” McKenzie said.

“We also found that BC properties were generally more apt to be recognized when it came to receiving major industry awards. It should be interesting to see how the rest of the country will continue to fare going forward with the Stellar Stays Awards in the future.”

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