Out Traveler Awards: Time to Vote


By OUTTraveler Editors

It's a big world out there, with endless opportunities for adventure, love, learning, sex, and culture. We want to know what you think are the places worth a plane ride, and your dollars, in 2013.

Best Hotel Chain
Which hotel chain makes you relax when you see their logo or walk through their doors?

For the cool kids and those who will forever sit at the popular lunch table. Gay-owned, this Portland-based chain caters to the hipster in all of us. Even if you're not part of that scene, it's hard to dispute their brilliantly decorated rooms, cozy lobbies, and choice restaurants.

Is there another hotel chain with as strong a brand identity? Synonymous with quality, Hilton Hotels & Resorts are reliably clean, comfortable, and stylish, from New York to Dubai. The chain is also very LGBT-supportive; they most recently hosted events at Chicago's Market Days event, in Boystown.

Joie de Vivre
With hotels in California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Illinois, Joie de Vivre has the market on West Coast cool and Chicago sophistication. Our favorite property of theirs may be the Saguaro Palm Springs, a colorful oasis in the desert.

Based in San Francisco, Kimpton is the country's largest chain of boutique hotels. But their properties never have a "chain" feel. You've probably stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago, Philly, Seattle, or D.C., or the Hotel Palomar in L.A., San Francisco, or Dallas, without realizing it was a Kimpton. The company has a great reputation, especially among LGBT circles, who value their equal employee benefits and HIV philanthropy.

The company behind both the Courtyard by Marriott properties, and the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels, is a giant in the industry. The Maryland-based chain has a long history of being LGBT-inclusive.

Hip, without being aggressively so, the W had endeared itself with its swank properties in some of the world's coolest cities. Not only will you be proud to bring people back to your room at the W, you know you can get a good meal at the restaurant downstairs and a nice massage at the Bliss spa before you check out.