Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vancouver nabs city and hotel awards from Travel + Leisure


Vancouver as seen from Helijet en route to Victoria. ©SueFrausePhoto
Let's hope it doesn't go to Vancouver's shiny little head, as the BC city has picked up yet another accolade. According to the readers of the travel magazine Travel + Leisure, Vancouver is Canada's top travel destination. The magazine's annual World's Best Awards survey asks readers to evaluate cities on five characteristics:


  • Sights and Landmarks
  • Culture and Arts
  • Restaurants and Food
  • People
  • Value
Vancouver's score for the 2014 survey was 86.71, making it the top city in Canada and #6 in North America -- Quebec City came in #8. Here is the top ten list for North American cities


RANK 2014RANK 2013NAMESCORE
11Charleston, South Carolina90.18
26New Orleans88.74
37Savannah, Georgia88.30
42San Francisco87.53
54Chicago87.21
69Vancouver86.71
75Santa Fe, New Mexico86.68
88Quebec City86.51
93New York City86.26
10-Boston85.69

Vancouver also scored in the World's Best Hotel category, with five of the top 10 Canadian hotels located in Vancouver. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver was anointed Canada's Top City Hotel, with four other Vancouver Hotels placing in the top ten: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Wedgewood Hotel and Spa, The Fairmont Waterfront, and Fairmont Pacific Rim. Here is T+L's complete list: 
TOP CITY HOTELS IN CANADA
RANK 2014RANK 2013NAMESCORE
14Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver93.00
2-Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver92.27
32Ritz-Carlton, Toronto92.00
4-Ritz-Carlton, Montreal91.50
53Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City90.94
65Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver89.60
76Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver89.08
8-Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto88.50
91Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver87.49
10-Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia87.41