Conde Nast Travelers Gold List Recognizes Boutique Sonoma Wine Country Inn as Best Resort and Iconic Pacific Northwest Lodge as Top Hotel
SEATTLE (February 10, 2009) " Two properties managed by Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm Columbia Hospitality, Salish Lodge & Spa and Kenwood Inn and Spa, have received distinctive recognition on Cond Nast Travelers 15th annual Gold List. Appearing in the January 2009 issue, it features the worlds best hotels, resorts and cruise lines.
We are thrilled to add these recent awards to our portfolios growing collection of accolades, said Columbia Hospitality President and CEO John Oppenheimer. We see these achievements as a testament to the outstanding team at Columbia Hospitality and its properties, as they manage to deliver the caliber of excellence that warrants such distinction.
This year marks the ninth consecutive year that Salish Lodge has been recognized on the Cond Nast Traveler Gold List and the first year that Kenwood has received this distinction. These unsurpassed properties are given a comprehensive rating based on the following criteria: rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. With an overall score of 95.5, Kenwood Inn and Spa ranked number two among the best hotels in North America, receiving a perfect score of 100 for service and design. Salish Lodge & Spa received particularly high ratings for its design, described by the magazine as upscale lodge dcor, and location, situated above the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls.
In order to receive recognition on the Gold List, properties must also be included in the annual Cond Nast Traveler Readers Choice awards. Both Kenwood Inn and Spa and Salish Lodge & Spa were featured on this list that ran in the November 2008 issue, with Kenwood receiving the top score as Best Mainland U.S. Resort in North America.
About the Kenwood Inn and Spa
The Kenwood Inn and Spa, built in 1990, is owned by Kenwood Inn Holdings LLC and is managed by the award-winning management company, Columbia Hospitality, Inc. The Inn is located at 10400 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, California. (708) 833-1293. www.kenwoodinn.com Located in Sonoma Countys Valley of the Moon, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is an intimate retreat hailed by wine country aficionados as the ultimate getaway. Kenwoods full-service spa highlights the organic products of ARCONA, along with treatments that utilize vinotherapy and the healing power of grapes. The restaurant at the Kenwood Inn and Spa is available only to in-house guests and is led by Italian-born, executive chef Renzo Veronese, who crafts a rustic Italian a la carte menu focused on house made pastas, meats and fish and estate grown fruit as available.
About Salish Lodge & Spa
Consistently ranked among the best small resorts in the world, the AAA Four Diamond Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls. Each of its 89 guest rooms has a bedside wood-burning fireplace, two-person whirlpool tub, goose-down comforter, feather bed and balcony or window seat. The resort offers a variety of recreational activities, treatments at the award-winning Spa, Chef Justin Sledges seasonal cuisine, an award-winning wine list and personalized service. The resort is located 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle, within 40 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and three hours from Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, Oregon. For more information or reservations, please call 800-2-SALISH or visit salishlodge.com.
Columbia Hospitality, Inc.
Columbia Hospitality, Inc. (Columbia), a Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm with a growing portfolio of award-winning hotels, spas, conference centers and unique hospitality venues, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer. Columbia creates memorable experiences for guests and team members while achieving phenomenal results for owners. The companys continued success has led to an international expansion of the consulting division and more than 80 hospitality development projects in the western United States, Canada, Portugal and the United Kingdom. For more information about Columbia and a full list of properties visit columbiahospitality.com.
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