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July 18, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, today announced its 2013 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual list of the world’s best hotels as judged by more than one million annual guest reviews.

In its 7th year, the Expedia Insiders’ Select recognises the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace. Hotels that consistently deliver value, in the form of competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer service, will see that commitment rewarded in ranking.

The 2013 list features 650 hotels from more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia. Taking the top honours is One&Only Palmilla Resort, a five-star property in San José del Cabo, Mexico followed by Arena del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Quepos, Costa Rico. Auckland’s Hotel DeBrett is the highest ranked Australasian hotel coming in at number 58.

The top 10 hotels in the 2013 Expedia Insiders’ Select are:

1.      One&Only Palmilla Resort (5 stars, San José del Cabo, Mexico)

2.      Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort (4.5 stars, Quepos, Costa Rico)

3.      Marrol’s Boutique Hotel (5 stars, Bratislava, Slovakia)

4.      Banyan Tree Mayakoba (5 stars, Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

5.      Hotel d’Europe (5 stars, Avignon, France)

6.      Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa (5 stars, Ixtapa, Mexico)

7.      Welk Resort Sirena del Mar (4 stars, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

8.      Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club (4.5 stars, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

9.      The Knight Residence (5 stars, Edinburgh, Scotland)

10.   The Leela Palace Bangalore (5 stars, Bengaluru, India)

In New Zealand Beechtree Suites in Taupo (144) and Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa (211) feature on the list along with Hotel De Brett.

The highest-ranked from Australia is Sea Temple Surfers Paradise, in at number 228. Other Australian hotels to feature includeBeachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach (272) and Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa (381).

Louise Crompton, Marketing Director Expedia Australia and New Zealand says, “What stands the Expedia Insiders’ Select apart from other hotel rankings is that it’s completely generated from verified reviews created by our customers. It’s also exciting to see local multi-award winning boutique hotels like Auckland’s Hotel De Brett and Pullman Port Douglas alongside incredible world-class resorts.”

The Expedia Insiders’ Select hotels are available on in the Hotel Preferences amenity drop-down menu. For more information on Insiders’ Select, visit

In conjunction with Insider’s Select, Expedia has also announced its ‘Global Hotel Sale’ providing up to 50 per cent discount off thousands of hotels in popular global and local destinations for Australian travellers.

The sale offers great discounts on destinations across USA (New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Anaheim, Hawaii), Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia), Europe (Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice) and Asia (Phuket, Bali, Bangkok, Ko Samui, Penang, Langkawi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Shanghai), as well as key domestic locations such as Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Port Douglas, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Darwin, Hobart, Cairns, Brisbane and Adelaide.

The sale ends on 25 August 2013 and is valid for travel until 30 September 2013. Bookings can be made by visiting or by calling 13 38 10.

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