January 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Sullivan, 828-200-0650
OLD EDWARDS INN AND SPA VOTED #4 HOTEL IN THE UNITED STATES
IN THE 2012 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
(Highlands, NC) Old Edwards Inn and Spa was named #4 Hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor® in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards.
In total, 3,943 properties globally have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.
Old Edwards President, Richard Delany says, “This is truly one of the greatest honors since it comes from the people that we strive to provide the best service and hospitality to every minute of the day. Our goal is always to create “Raving Fans” through every touch point at our resort, and we are delighted to know that our guests are experiencing and appreciating what we work so hard to deliver.”
Other hotels in the US Top Ten are:
Elysian Hotel Chicago, Chicago
The Grand Del Mar, San Diego
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, N.C.
Heathman Hotel, Kirkland, Wash.
Hotel Commonwealth, Boston
French Quarter Inn, Charleston, S.C.
Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Hotel Monaco Portland – a Kimpton Hotel, Portland, Ore.
Inn at the Market, Seattle
Now in its 10th year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers.
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The complete list of TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice winners can be found at www.tripadvisor.com/travelerschoice
About Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America for 2010 with the First Ever Perfect Score in the 20-Year History of the Reader’s Survey
Condé Nast Traveler’s #3 Hotel Spa in the United States for 2011
2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award (top ten in the US)
2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #4 Best Relaxation Spa Hotel in the U.S.
2011 TripAdvisor Reader's Choice Award for #2 Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S.
2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Madison’s Restaurant
Condé Nast Johansen’s Most Excellent Inn in the US and Canada 2008
Forbes Four-Star Rated for both the Resort and The Spa
AAA Four-Diamond Rated
Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden has won the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” every year since 2005 and the “Best Of” award since 2008.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa cascades along several blocks in downtown Highlands—a cultural mountain village that offers award-winning dining, wine events, art galleries and some of the nation’s top golf resorts. The European style resort welcomes visitors to North Carolina’s high country with its unique blend of relaxed luxury recognized worldwide. A spectacular outdoor heated mineral pool, world class spa, award-winning dining, and golf at the private Old Edwards Club are signature experiences at this full-service mountain resort. Guests are surrounded by the warmth and character of Old-Europe architecture and authentic period antiques. Many rooms, cottages and suites offer private patios or terraces—some with captivating rooftop views of Main Street and downtown Highlands. All of the luxury accommodations include champagne arrival, twice-daily housekeeping, two 24-hour business centers and two 24-hour Butler’s pantries with Dove Bars, fresh fruit and soft beverages. European bedding, fine Italian linens, plush robes & slippers, rainfall showers, heated-tile bathroom floors, in-room safes and Wi-Fi enhance the in-room experience. Old Edwards Inn and Spa also boasts a state-of-the art fitness center with wellness classes that include guided hikes into the scenic surrounding mountains known as “waterfall country.”
Guests enjoy onsite shopping at the Spa Boutique, Acorns Boutique or Acorns on Church featuring fine antiques and home accessories. Dining venues include Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden serving innovative New South Cuisine, the Spa Café and the Poolside Bar and Bistro. Special events and weddings take place at The Farm—a lushly landscaped Old Edwards property located one mile from downtown Highlands featuring The Barn, the Farmhouse with luxury lodging, Bridal Pavilion, Bridal Bridge over a scenic pond and outdoor events pavilion. The Edwards Hall Conference Center provides a catered corporate retreat venue.
Also introduced in 2009 was Satulah, Old Edwards Private Residences, which includes 14 luxury mountain homes just two blocks off Main Street, Highlands. The Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond resort is located at 445 Main Street in Highlands, NC.
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