This year's awards are the biggest ever, as 443 hotels are being honored in the seventh year of the competition. Placing an even greater emphasis on value this year, the awards feature an expanded Best Bargains category, providing travelers with 190 budget recommendations to help plan their 2009 trips.
Hotels received awards in the following categories: Best Bargains, Best for Families, Best Hidden Gems, Best Inns & B&Bs, Best for Romance, Best Luxury, Best Service, Best All-Inclusive and Best Brands.
Unlike any other hotel awards programs in the world, TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the web.
"TripAdvisor travelers always appreciate great values, and 2009 is certainly no exception. The 2009 Travelers' Choice awards highlight more bargain properties than ever before with 190, nearly five times as many as last year," said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. "Millions of real travelers worldwide have helped identify these outstanding hotels, recognized for their exceptional accommodations, service, and value."
Nearly one-third of all 443 winning hotels have an average nightly rate of less than $150. Best Bargains average $116 per night and nearly half cost less than $100 per night. The average nightly rate for top Inns and B&Bs is $158 per night, Hidden Gems average $189 per night, Best for Families average $238 per night, and Best for Romance average $452.