Starwood, the parent company of W Hotels, gets high marks from travel agents
Vacation Agent, a trade magazine for travel agencies, recently released the results of a reader survey that asked travel agents to share their favorites in everything from rental cars to hotels. The survey was sent to the more 100,000 travel agents, including 18,000 home-based agents. The agents were asked to write in their picks as opposed to choosing from a list of suggested brands.
The end result is a list of hotel chains across the world that, at the very least, have made a positive impression on a lot of travel agents. If you’re trying to decide which rewards program to sign up for and rack up points with, this list might provide a good starting place.
Now, the envelope please….
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Six weeks out of every year from the end of February through the beginning of April, millions of college students travel to the beaches, lakes, and party spots of the US and Mexico to *ahem* party until they can’t recognize themselves in the mirror. Many hotels in major Spring Break cities are not welcoming to the throngs of week-long visitors, but there are a few in each popular locale that gladly cater to the partying co-eds.
Below is a list of the best deals at the Spring Break-friendly hotels in each of the major Spring Break destinations.
Spring Break at Seahaven Beach Hotel, Panama City Beach, Florida
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Overlooking the world below is one of life’s luxuries. Staying in one of the top 6 tallest hotel rooms* in the world can be defined as pure luxury. This list could also be titled “Top 5 Tallest Hotel Rooms in Dubai except for that first one in Saudi Arabia (because that one is ginormous) so I had to make it Top 6 Hotel Suites to make room for a non-Middle East country”.
Compiled below is the top 6 tallest hotel rooms and hotel suites in the world.
#1 Abraj Al Bait Towers (opening mid-2010)
Mecca (Mekkah), Saudi Arabia
Height: 1,952 ft – 76 stories
Reservations: not accepted at this time
(note: Unless you’re a devout Muslim and can pretty much prove you are, you’re not getting into Mecca. As cool as this place would be to see in person, many people will never get the chance as only Muslims are allowed in the city of Mekkah.)
Abraj Al Bait Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (artist rendering)
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