U.S. News & World Report Names 19 Benchmark Hospitality Hotels & Resorts to “Best Luxury Hotels List” for 2012

February 2012

Includes 10 of Benchmark’s new Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠

The Woodlands (Houston), TexasBenchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has announced that 19 of its properties have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report listing of the "Best Luxury Hotels" in the United States for 2012. Included in the listing were 10 of the company’s new Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠ properties. U.S. News announced winners in separate categories, including the "Best Luxury Hotels in the U.S.A." and the "Best Luxury Hotels by State." Benchmark Hospitality hotels were represented on both lists. Burt Cabañas, chairman & CEO, made the announcement.

"It is indeed an honor to be recognized in this way by U.S News & World Report," said Mr. Cabañas. "To have a large number of our properties represented on these prestigious lists of Best Luxury Hotels is especially gratifying."

"I am extremely proud of this impressive list of properties within the 2012 U.S. News Best Luxury Hotels ranking," said James Simkins, chief operating officer for Benchmark Hospitality’s Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. "We believe each of our hotels and resorts is extraordinary, and it’s wonderful to have this underscored with such important recognition."

"The goal of the Best Hotels rankings is to help travelers identify the top hotels based on the opinions of many people, including both experts and other travelers," said Chad Smolinski, vice president of rankings and reviews at U.S. News & World Report. "Our consensus-based approach allows us to rank hotels and provide guidance to travelers in an unbiased way."

Over 1,500 hotels were analyzed by U.S. News & World Report. Benchmark Hospitality International hotels and resorts that achieved a placement on the Best Luxury Hotels list for 2012 include:

AZ – Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale
CA – Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant, Spa, Yountville (Napa Valley), A Benchmark Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
(Bardessono also placed on the prestigious overall "Best Hotels in the U.S.A." List)
- Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz
CO – Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs
FL – ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Miami Beach, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
- Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
- Naples Bay Resort, Naples, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
- Marenas Resort & Spa, North Miami, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
HI – Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
IL – Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago
NJ – The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick
NM – Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe
TN – The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga
TX – Hotel Contessa, San Antonio
- Hotel Granduca, Houston, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
UT – Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Moab, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel
WV – Stonewall Resort, Weston
WA – Hotel 1000, Seattle, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property
(Hotel 1000 also placed on the prestigious overall "Best Hotels in the U.S.A." List)
- Sorrento Hotel, Seattle, A Personal Luxury Resort & Hotel property

U.S. News & World Report established the Best Luxury Hotels lists to identify the top properties across the country. To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News evaluated the strength of accolades and ratings that elite hotels received from major travel publications. By combining this published recognition with online user ratings, U.S. News identified hotels that are loved by experts and consumers alike. The U.S. News hotel rankings are updated annually.

For the complete list of top hotels and resorts in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, visit http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels/USA/ . For the full hotel rankings methodology, visit http://travel.usnews.com/methodology/.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠ represents a hand-picked group of 14 luxurious properties, in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast and off shore. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in unison with the collection’s shared mission. A division of Benchmark Hospitality International, for 30 years a leading US-based hospitality management company, and led by a proven and seasoned team of award-winning luxury hospitality professionals, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠ is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠, luxury is always personal.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company’s eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

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