Ritz-Carlton Archive

Their List, Our Reviews: World Travel Awards

The annual World Travel Awards for Latin America took place recently in Lima and a lot of properties we’ve highlighted were among the winners. Like any contest where people go online to vote—and the nominees beg and plead for weeks to sway the outcome—there’s a lot of ballot stuffing determining the winners. Whoever has the […]

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Panama City Leading the Globalization Parade in the Americas

Depending on who you ask, the spread of global brands into every city we visit is either a blessing or a curse. It’s clear though that while many grumble about the proliferation of recognized logos creating a homogenized city look around the globe, they’ll still stay at the Marriott and duck into the Starbucks more […]

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Global Traveler’s Readers’ Picks for Latin America

Like most travel magazines out there, Global Traveler conducts a readers’ poll each year asking for opinions on who is doing the best job in the airline and hospitality industries. The readership there is high-level executives who frequently travel the world on business, tacking on a few days before or after to have some fun. […]

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A Triple Vote for the Best Hotels in Latin America

Is there a definitive answer on which hotels and resorts are viewed as the best in Mexico, Central America, and South America? Sort of. I’ve said before that there’s a lot of hanky-panky that goes on with “best of” readers polls in magazines. Ballot stuffing is a part of the job when you’ve got a […]

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U.S. Hotels are Understaffed Says Guest Satisfaction Survey

We’re more disappointed with U.S. hotel chains than we’ve been in seven years. That’s the conclusion of the most recent J.D. Power consumer survey when it comes to hotel guest satisfaction. When staying at a hotel in the United States, we’re far less happy than we used to be with the service. As with airlines, […]

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The Best Spa Resorts in Mexico (and a Smattering in Costa Rica)

The June issue of Conde Nast Traveler had their readers poll results on top spa hotels and resorts arount the world. South America was missing in action and the “Mexico and Central America” section had 19 results for Mexico spas, one for Central America. So first of all, congrats to Four Seasons Costa Rica for […]

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