Westglow Resort is a winner of a 2013 Travelers’ Choice award for hotels. Submitted photo
Thursday, January 31, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-01-31 10:04:32)

Source: The Blowing Rocket

The people have spoken.

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, has announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels.

Unlike many other hotel honors, the Travelers’ Choice awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions on more than 650,000 hotels collected in a single year from travelers all over the world.

Blowing Rock’s Westglow Resort and Spa was ranked No. 20 in the small hotel category.

According to TripAdvisor, Westglow received an excellent rating in 53 of 62 reviews by guests in 2012.

Some of the comments posted by Westglow guests praised the resort for its “attention to detail,” “romance,” “views” and “rest and relaxation to the max.”

Westglow was the only small hotel in North Carolina to make the Top 25 in the 2013 Travelers’ Choice awards, with the majority of hotels selected from California and Florida.

The Top 25
The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice list of Top 25 small hotels for 2013, based on reviews from guests posted in 2012, is as follows:

No. 1 — The Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M.

No. 2 — Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C.

No. 3 — The Inn at the Black Olive in Baltimore, Md.

No. 4 — Marquesa Hotel in Key West, Fla.

No. 5 — Old Ranch Inn in Palm Springs, Calif.

No. 6 — Elm House Inn in Napa, Calif.

No. 7 — Island Bay Resort in Tavernier, Fla.

No. 8 — City Loft Hotel in Beaufort, S.C.

No. 9 — Orchid Key Inn in Key West, Fla.

No. 10 — Coast Cabins in Manzanita, Ore.

No. 11 — Honor Mansion in Healdsburg, Calif.

No. 12 — Lost Valley Ranch in Sedalia, Colo.

No. 13 — The Restoration on King in Charleston, S.C.

No. 14 — Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

No. 15 — Arvilla Resort Motel in Treasure Island, Fla.

No. 16 — Estero Inn in Morro Bay, Calif.

No. 17 — San Giuliano Hotel in Palm Springs, Calif.

No. 18 — Parsons Port House Inn in Ogunquit, Maine

No. 19 — Ed Lugo Resort in Wilton Manors, Fla.

No. 20 — Westglow Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock

No. 21 — Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Calif.

No. 22 — Casa Laguna Inn and Spa in Laguna Beach, Calif.

No. 23 — Gallatin River Lodge in Bozeman, Mont.

No. 24 — The French Quarters Guest Apartments in New York, N.Y.

No. 25 — Santa Ynez Inn in Santa Ynez, Calif.

 “Once again, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the finest accommodations based on the feedback from those who really matter: their guests,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “It’s the insights from millions of travelers that make these awards so special, as they help others discover the hotels travelers love most — whatever the budget, in all corners of the world.”

The awards were announced last week.

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