Meet the Nominees for Best Hotel Collection in the 2011 NewNowNext Travel Awards


Who doesn’t love a good hotel? You check in, get to run around your room naked, order room service, watch TV guiltlessly, and then a maid cleans up after you! Plus, the bed is generally waaayyy nicer than the one you have at home.

So let’s give props to the fine hotel chains or collections — some big, some small — who welcome travelers warmly. They deserve some love. And, in case you forgot, they washed all of your towels and sheets with no questions asked.



“Hipster chic at its best,” notes stylish travel writer Duane Wells of this small but socially savvy hotel group. “All the other kids with their pumped up kicks stay here.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Ace.)
“They’ve long been the luxury hotel chain standard bearer – who doesn’t crack a smile when hearing they get to stay in a Four Seasons? Some of my favorites are the newly renovated property in London just off Hyde Park, the Florentine palace, the former jail turned hotel in central Istanbul and the elegant Regent in the heart of Beverly Hills.” – Charles Runnette (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Four.)
The inclusive boutique chain scores from coast to coast. And gay travel guru, Ed Salvato, can testify: “I always seek out a Kimpton. I especially love their daily complimentary wine service.” Cheers! (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Kimpton.)
Hopeless luxury hotel addict Charles Runnette says, “There aren’t many Rocco Forte properties around, but every one is a gem — a rare dazzlingly gem that’s even more beautiful upon closer inspection. Particular standouts are the Astoria in St. Petersburg, Browns in London and Hotel de Rom in Berlin.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Rocco.)
Sherman Travel’s Darren Frei chose the stylish Thompson collection of properties “because they’re stylish, lively, fun, well-located, and very inclusive (encouraging same-sex weddings, receptions, and honeymoons after NY passed same-sex marriage). Their newish Toronto property has the coolest rooftop pool and an awesome courtyard skating rink.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Thompson.)
“Yes, I’m a whore for their freebies,” laughs Plum TV’s Mark Ellwood. “But I love love love a W when it’s done right. The Minneapolis one, which converts the Art Deco skyscraper the Foshay Tower into a contemporary hotel with the amazing design clash of disco-meets-deco, wowed me. When W takes an old building and makes it over, I am always impressed.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_W.)


John Polly is a former editor at NewNowNext. He now makes the magic happen at World of Wonder.