If you're looking for info on consumer choices for the best in accommodations, the 2001 edition of Zagat Survey's Top U.S. Hotel, Resorts and Spas is a good source. The latest guide provides the results of polls of 19,600 frequent travelers, 900 of them travel industry professionals reached through the American Society of Travel Agents. And this year's edition includes Web addresses for all listed properties.

Zagat's 2001 edition of America's Top Restaurants is also on the stands, and, to no one's surprise, the cost of eating out isn't getting any cheaper, with New York City restaurants remaining the priciest.

Some highlights:

  • Twelve of the top 25 resorts are in Hawaii, including three that earned 29 points of a possible 30.

  • Domestic room rates rose, but stand up well against foreign counterparts.

Guides are $12.95 each and are available in bookstores, or they can be ordered online at www.zagat.com.

Top Overall Ratings
Zagat Survey 2001 US Travel Survey
1. Four Seasons, New York City 1. Four Seasons, Hualalai, Big Island, HI
2. Four Seasons, Chicago 2. Lodge at Koele, Lanai, HI
3. Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas 3. Four Seasons Wailea, Maui, HI
4. Peninsula, Los Angeles 4. Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL
5. Four Seasons, Las Vegas 5. Halekulani, Oahu, HI
6. Windsor Court, New Orleans 6. Four Seasons Aviara, San Diego, CA
7. Ritz (A Four Star Hotel), Chicago 7. Manele Bay, Lanai, HI
8. Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 8. Boulders, Carefree, AZ
9. Four Seasons, Boston 9. Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ
10. Four Seasons, Beverly Hills 10. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA

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