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United States Properties Include Bardessono, Hotel 1000, ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, Villas of Grand Cypress

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 28, 2014 … Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, announces that four hotels within its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brand have received recognition on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "Best Hotels in the United States" list. 

Bardessono in Napa Valley was awarded a Gold award as one of the "Best Hotels in the USA."  Hotel 1000 in Seattle, ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Miami Beach and Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando received the Silver award as "Best Hotel" within their respective American markets.

"We are honored that four of our Personal Luxury properties received this prestigious recognition from such an important and widely-read business publication," said James Simkins, chief operating officer, Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. "It helps to reinforce that the personalization of every guest experience and our attention to detail in our service levels are being noted, appreciated and truly make a difference in our guests' experience."

"The 2014 Best Hotels were selected because they meet the highest standards of travel experts and guests alike," said Miriam Weiner, travel editor for U.S. News & World Report. "These properties are renowned in the travel industry for their luxury amenities and quality customer service."

The 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels recognizes properties that were ranked based on an unbiased methodology, which includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings. To create this year's rankings, U.S. News & World Report factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. In total, 1,693 U.S. hotels, 271 Caribbean hotels, 342 Mexican hotels and 223 Canadian hotels were evaluated for the 2014 rankings.  Hotels named "Best" in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked within the top 30 percent of U.S. News-evaluated properties in that region. A smaller, more selective group of hotels that are ranked in the top 10 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada received a "Best Hotels in the USA," "Best Hotels in the Caribbean," "Best Hotels in Mexico" or "Best Hotels in Canada" award, depending on their location.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings of the 2014 Best Hotels can be found online here:

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection's shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years.  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.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

Contact: Ken Ellens / 201-758-2864

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