Kudos to our Inner Circle Award winners for 2008! In our 17th annual Inner Circle Award program, our readers have chosen 40 hotel winners. These properties were selected for their high level of service, flexible function space, quality of food and beverage, and good value on room rates.

For the tenth year in a row, AM readers have also voted for their top-rated convention centers, convention and visitors bureaus, and tourist boards.

Congratulations to all our winners!



The Scottsdale Plaza Resort


Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

San Francisco Marriott


The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs


Mohegan Sun, Uncasville

District of Columbia

Grand Hyatt Washington

JW Marriott Hotel Pennsylvania Avenue

Omni Shoreham Hotel


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando

Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Kissimmee

Hyatt Regency Tampa

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Orlando

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

The Peabody Orlando

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine

Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando

Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista


Hilton Chicago

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago

InterContinental Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago


Seaport Hotel, Boston

The Westin Boston Waterfront


Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, Branson


Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

MGM Grand, Las Vegas

New Jersey

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

New York

Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square Manhattan, New York


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville


Hilton Americas-Houston

Hyatt Regency Dallas

West Virginia

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs


Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells


Atlantis, Paradise Island

Puerto Rico

Caribe Hilton, San Juan

El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa, Fajardo

Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort, Rio Grande

CVBs and Tourist Boards

Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association

Branson Lakes Area (Mo.) Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

Kansas City (Mo.) Convention & Visitors Association

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Long Beach Area (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau

Louisville (Ky.) Convention and Visitors Bureau

Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.

Visit Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Seattle Convention and Visitors Association

Virginia Beach (Va.) Convention and Visitors Bureau

Convention Centers

Anaheim/Orange County (Calif.) Convention Center

Cobo Center, Detroit

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

The Hampton Roads (Va.) Convention Center

Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville

Las Vegas Convention Center

McCormick Place, Chicago

Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center

Oncenter Complex, Syracuse, NY

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington, DC

San Diego Convention Center

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.