Miami Beach Invites Vacationers Back to the Beach

Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants, and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.

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Hurricane or no hurricane, Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks. It’s no wonder this beautifully diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport.

We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well. The city has taken all necessary precautions and diligently made preparations in order to welcome back our beloved locals and tourists from around the globe,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “Miami Beach’s key destinations have reopened and look forward to delivering on the five-star service visitors expect.”

Miami Beach Invites Vacationers

Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach as hotels, restaurants, and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Tourists are welcome back with open arms.

A number of the beach’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are now open and eager to welcome guests. Below is only a sampling:

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The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was recently named the World’s Leading City Tourist Board in 2016 and 2016 North America’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, awarded first place in the 2017 and 2016 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of “Best LGBTQ Destination” and “Best Wedding Destination, U.S. & Canada” and a winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of “Destinations | Mobile App“, “Overall Spa Destinations | U.S and Canada” and “Overall Beaches Destinations | U.S and Canada” respectively. The City of Miami Beach has also been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

For more information and updates on Miami Beach, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

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TripAdvisor Announces Top Destinations Around the Globe in 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Bali is #1 in the World and New York City Tops U.S. Ranking, Based on Traveler Reviews and Booking Interest

TripAdvisor Also Identifies Great Sights to See and Things to Do in Iconic Spots

TripAdvisor® announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. This year, Bali, Indonesia is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. The awards honor 418 outstanding destinations in 24 lists across the globe.TRIPADVISOR LOGO

We’re excited to reveal our community’s favorite travel destinations for 2017 and recognize these iconic places with Travelers’ Choice awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers wanting to explore these fabulous destinations can shop for amazing attractions and tours on TripAdvisor and compare hotel prices that are up to 24% less when booking off-peak.”

We are honored that New York City has been recognized by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for destinations as the number one destination in the U.S. for seven straight years and among the top 10 globally this year,” said Fred Dixon, president, and CEO of NYC & Company. “This is a testament to the outstanding offerings of our five-borough destination and its multicultural neighborhoods. This year, we welcome the world to discover and experience the unique energy and diversity of our great city!”

TripAdvisor has also identified the average spring/summer hotel rates, roundtrip airfares, least expensive month to visit, as well as highly rated tours to maximize travelers’ experiences in these award-winning destinations.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Destinations – U.S:

1. New York City, New York

The beloved Big Apple offers something for every type of traveler, from Broadway shows to some of the world’s most iconic attractions.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor¹: $349 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor²: $319
  • Least expensive month to go³: August (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • New top-rated tour: Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bookable on TripAdvisor for $125 per person

2. Maui, Hawaii

This island is a hotspot for outdoors lovers as they can stretch out on warm, golden sands, hit the surf for unforgettable windsurfing or enjoy a zen snorkeling session.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $402 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $687
  • Least expensive month to go: April (8% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Old Lahaina Luau Maui, bookable on TripAdvisor for $120 per person

3. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Life on the Big Island boasts natural beauty for outdoor enthusiasts or just for travelers to enjoy a famous local plate of fresh “poke.”  

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $279 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: May (5% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley, bookable on TripAdvisor for $166 per person

4. Oahu, Hawaii

This island is a sunbather’s and surfer’s paradise, with beautiful beaches and swelling waves that can reach epic heights.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $326 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: August (7% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Diamond Head Crater Adventure, bookable on TripAdvisor for $37 per person

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas can satisfy a variety of vacation tastes, including great meals from renowned chefs, access to some of the world’s premier casinos, and the ability to see spectacular shows on the Strip.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $226 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $316
  • Least expensive month to go: May (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Red Rock Canyon Luxury Tour Trekker Experience, bookable on TripAdvisor for $102 per person

6. Orlando, Florida

Home to some of the world’s most popular amusement and theme parks, Orlando offers travelers boundless opportunities for adventure and family fun.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $221 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $303
  • Least expensive month to go: May (4% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort, bookable on TripAdvisor for $64 per person

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TripAdvisor Names The Best Airlines In The World

World’s Largest Travel Site Announces 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines, Based on Flyer Reviews

Emirates is the #1 Airline in the World; Delta and JetBlue Top North American Lists

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its first annual Travelers’ Choice® awards for airlines, recognizing travelers’ favorite carriers around the globe. Emirates was named the top airline in the world, followed by Singapore Airlines and Azul. Winners were based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor Flights from February 2016 to February 2017.trip-advisor-logo-png

The awards honor 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; as well as 16 regional winners. The awards also highlight top airlines by the level of service, covering First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travelers worldwide, over a 12-month period. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality, and value.

We are proud to announce the inaugural Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines, to help travelers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the global TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “The airline industry is investing billions of dollars in new aircraft and service enhancements to differentiate the flying experience and these awards recognize the carriers offering the very best experiences and value to the traveling public.”

Among the top 10 global list, Asia holds the highest number of individual winners, with total of five (Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Thai Smile and Garuda Indonesia); followed by the United States, with two airlines in the top rankings: JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, in fourth and ninth places, respectively.

Top 10 Airlines in the World:

1.      Emirates, United Arab Emirates
2.      Singapore Airlines, Singapore
3.      Azul, Brazil
4.      JetBlue, United States
5.      Air New Zealand, New Zealand
6.      Korean Air, South Korea
7.      Japan Airlines, Japan
8.      Thai Smile, Thailand
9.      Alaska Airlines, United States
10.  Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Class of Service Global Winners:

Best First Class: Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Best Business Class: Aeroflot, Russia
Best Premium Economy Class in the World: Air New Zealand, New Zealand
Best Economy Class in the World: Emirates, United Arab Emirates

North America Awards:

Top Major Airline in North America:
Delta Air Lines, United States

Top Mid-Size & Low-Cost Airlines in North America:

1.      JetBlue, United States
2.      Alaska Airlines, United States
3.      Southwest, United States
4.      Virgin America, United States
5.      Westjet, Canada

We are honored to be named the Best Airline in the World in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017,” said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airlines. “The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travelers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both onboard and on the ground every day.”

Our mission of inspiring humanity sets us apart from every other airline,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue executive vice president of customer experience. “This recognition by TripAdvisor and our customers demonstrates once again, that we are on the right path. Thanks to our 20,000 crewmembers who live and breathe our unique values every day. It’s our culture that inspires us to provide exceptional service, while we continue to build upon the product our customers love.”

For the complete list of winners from the 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Airlines. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravelersChoice.

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to unleash the potential of every trip and offers advice from millions of travelers, with 465 million reviews and opinions covering 7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features — checking more than 200 websites to help travelers find and book today’s lowest hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 390 million average unique monthly visitors** in 49 markets worldwide. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 23 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.comwww.bookingbuddy.comwww.citymaps.comwww.cruisecritic.comwww.familyvacationcritic.comwww.flipkey.comwww.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.comwww.eltenedor.comwww.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.comwww.holidaylettings.co.ukwww.holidaywatchdog.comwww.housetrip.comwww.independenttraveler.comwww.jetsetter.comwww.niumba.comwww.onetime.comwww.oyster.comwww.seatguru.comwww.smartertravel.comwww.tingo.comwww.travelpod.comwww.tripbod.comwww.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2016
**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q3 2016

The Ritz-Carlton Ranks #1 In New Luxury Branding Study Of Consumers

Top Score and Consistency Reflected in Independent Analysis of 2.25 Million Consumer-Generated Reviews

On September 25, 2015, a new study of luxury hotel brand released by Luxury Branding (a highly reputed London-based consultancy), named The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand. The independent analysis of 2.25 million on-line consumer-generated reviews on TripAdvisor, ranked global luxury hotel brands for both consumer sentiment and consistency across the hotel portfolios.

Yoga in Pool (Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando)

Yoga in Pool (Photo Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando)

We are honored to receive this distinction atop an elite group of companies that focus on customer service excellence” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “We are a customer-centric organization which has been built on the feedback our guests afford us. We appreciate the external recognition of our efforts and the continued support of The Ritz-Carlton from global travelers.

The pole position for The Ritz-Carlton is testament to a truly remarkable level of consistency and proof positive of a deeply entrenched commitment to delighting guests wherever they operate. In the opinion of the paying guest, The Ritz-Carlton is without doubt the gold standard,” said Piers Schmidt, Founder, Luxury Branding. “This resounding win and by a sizable margin, which is all the more significant because the jewel in Marriott International’s crown is one of the largest luxury operators in this study,” he continued. To download the study visit Luxury Branding.

This recognition comes just two months after The Ritz-Carlton was named the top luxury brand for guest satisfaction in the J. D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. The hotel company topped its own highest rating from 2013 by an additional 11 points, bringing total points in 2015 to 892 out of a possible 1000. The Ritz-Carlton has achieved this recognition consistently for the past 7 out of 9 years, and currently has the highest ranking achieved to date by any luxury brand.

Released in July of this year, the J.D. Powers study, now in its 19th year, measures overall guest satisfaction across eight hotel segments: luxury; upper upscale; upscale; upper midscale[1]; midscale; economy/budget; upper extended stay; and extended stay. Seven key factors are examined in each segment to determine overall satisfaction: reservation; check-in/check-out; guest room; food and beverage; hotel services; hotel facilities; and cost and fees. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.2015 NA Hotel_Luxury 1

Overall satisfaction in 2015 reaches an all-time high with a score of 804, up 20 points from 2014. This is the first time satisfaction has surpassed the 800-point mark. The record-high performance is driven by a significant 20 percent reduction from 2014 in the number of guests who report experiencing a problem during their stay, the lowest incidence since 2006. Staff interactions with guests have a great impact on mitigating problems. There is a 50 percent reduction in the average number of problems experienced when staff members greet guests with a smile “all the time,” compared to when guests are only greeted with a smile “sometimes.”

Hotels have an opportunity to substantially improve satisfaction by proactively addressing guest needs. While service recovery is often emphasized as a strategy to regain guest loyalty, it’s even more important to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, which is underscored by a 310-point satisfaction gap between guests who say they “strongly agree” that the hotel staff anticipated their needs and those who “strongly disagree” with this statement (912 vs. 602, respectively).

Hotels that proactively meet guest needs have the ability to create a positive guest experience,” said Rick Garlick, global travel and hospitality practice lead at J.D. Power. “While service recovery is extremely important in the hotel industry, it’s most effective when the entire guest experience is a positive one. Hotel staff members need to maintain a proper balance between proactively addressing needs and responding to problems effectively. Doing so can help guests feel good about their selection of the hotel brand and increase the likelihood they will return for another stay or recommend it to others.”

The following hotel brands rank highest in guest satisfaction in their respective segments:

Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton

Upper Upscale: Omni Hotels & Resorts

Upscale: Hyatt Place

Upper Midscale: Drury Hotels (previously ranked highest in the Midscale segment for 9 consecutive years)

Midscale: Wingate by Wyndham

Economy/Budget: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham (for a third consecutive year)

Upper Extended Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton (for a third consecutive year)

Extended Stay: Candlewood Suites (for a second consecutive year)

The 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study is based on responses gathered between June 2014 and May 2015 from more than 62,000 guests in Canada and the United States who stayed at a hotel in North America between May 2014 and May 2015.

[1] The two midscale segments were re-structured in 2015 to upper midscale and midscale segments (formerly midscale full service and midscale segments), in accordance with the chain scale classifications of Smith Travel Research (STR). This change resulted in brands changing segments, with all segment-level trending based on the new segmentation.

TRIPADVISOR ANNOUNCES WORLD’S BEST ACCOMMODATIONS WITH 2014 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR HOTELS

12th Annual Global Awards Honor Top Hotels Overall and in Categories Including Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of it 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards for Hotels. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland is the #1 hotel in the world, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland is the #1 hotel in the world, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Top 10 Hotels in the World: Top 10 Hotels in the U.S.:
1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland 1. The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
2. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China 2. French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina
3. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives 3. Bardessono, Yountville, California
4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica 4. Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 5. Five Pine Lodge & Spa, Sisters, Oregon
6. Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador 6. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Bentonville, Arkansas
7. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece 7. Tivoli Lodge, Vail, Colorado
8. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico 8. The Sherry-Netherland Hotel, New York City, New York
9. The Oberoi, Mumbai, Mumbai, India 9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
10. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto, Canada 10. The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon

We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

The #1 hotel in the U.S. is The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

The #1 hotel in the U.S. is The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, according to the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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TripAdvisor Serves Up 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants

Second Annual Awards Recognize Travelers’ Favorite Fine Dining Spots Around the Globe

TripAdvisor® (www.tripadvisor.com), the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants awards. The awards honor travelers’ favorite fine dining establishments worldwide, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.

The awards recognize 171 restaurants, covering 13 countries and seven regions around the globe, including lists for Europe, Asia, South America, South Pacific, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the World.

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France - #1 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France – #1 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Le Cinq, Paris, France - #3 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Le Cinq, Paris, France – #3 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

It’s always food for thought when we tap our community for their favorite restaurants. This year, they’ve highlighted some amazing eateries in popular destinations, but also uncovered some hidden gems that are off the beaten path,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Outstanding service and quality continue to be a hallmark of the Travelers’ Choice awards and with 171 favorites around the world, these fine establishments are sure to offer cuisine that satisfies every appetite.”

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California - #2 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California – #2 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Victoria and Albert’s, Orlando, Florida - #3 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Victoria and Albert’s, Orlando, Florida – #3 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York - #2 World and #1 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York – #2 World and #1 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Travelers’ Choice Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide:

1.      Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France

2.      Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York

3.      Le Cinq, Paris, France

4.      El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

5.      Caprice, Hong Kong, China

6.      Funky Gourmet, Athens, Greece

7.      Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, England

8.      Cum Quibus, San Gimignano, Italy

9.      Voila Bistrot, Paraty, Brazil

10.    Passion by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelers’ Choice Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants in the U.S.:

1.      Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York

2.      Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California

3.      Victoria & Albert’s, Orlando, Florida

4.      Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana

5.      The French Room, Dallas, Texas

6.      Halls Chophouse, Charleston, South Carolina

7.      Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia

8.      L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada

9.      Uchiko, Austin, Texas

10.    Mama’s Fish House, Maui, Hawaii

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TRIPADVISOR NAMES 10 OF THE QUIRKIEST U.S. ACCOMMODATIONS

Floating B&B, Giant Dog, and Desert Cave Among America’s Most Unique Properties

TripAdvisor® announced 10 quirky accommodations in the U.S., as chosen by TripAdvisor editors. Travelers seeking a unique lodging experience can hunker down in one of these far-out accommodations, which include a larger-than-life beagle, a historic ferry and a subterranean B&B.

For travelers who want a truly unique experience on vacation and stories to tell for a lifetime, these funky properties will surely fit the bill,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor.

Kokopelli Cave Bed and Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico

Located 70 feet below the ground near the Four Corners region of the U.S., this one guestroom bed and breakfast offers more than the average digs. Travelers are invited to experience the 1,650 square foot dwelling that boasts Southwestern style furniture and décor, a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and even a relaxing flagstone hot tub. “This was a once in a lifetime experience! The cave is comfortable and has many homey touches,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

 El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

Located in the southwest region of the Lone Star state, this 18-acre property gives travelers the option to stay in a trailer, tent or teepee. Restored trailers are complete with marine-varnished birch interiors, an eclectic collection of furniture and comfortable amenities including fans, heaters, refrigerators, and cooking supplies. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, “Two nights were not nearly enough – El Cosmico is such a charming funky place, comfortable and staffed with friendly people who want to help you have a great stay.” Continue reading