After weeks of voting, we have winners for this year's Out Traveler Awards, which were decided with your votes. Check out the winners of the hotel categories below, and stay tuned for more results this week (the first three winners are listed here).
Greatest Hotel Collection: Marriott Runner-up: Hilton
Maybe it's their reliable service and their 500+ hotels spread across dozens of countries that inched Marriott over runner-up Hilton for favorite hotel collection. It could also be Marriott's long history of LGBT-friendly service and marketing, most recently with their #LoveTravels campaign. Marriott made videos showing real-life same-sex travelers discussing what travel is like when you're LGBT. As Marriott put it, "At Marriott, there is no room for inequality. We believe that every guest, whoever they are, wherever they go, should feel comfortable and welcome the moment they walk through our doors."
Best Small Hotel or Resort: Hôtel Gaythering
Runner-up: The Island House
Miami Beach is always a good time, but especially when you're staying at Hôtel Gaythering, according to our readers. The very chic hotel on the west end of Lincoln Road is so hot right now — due to excellent design, bar, library, spa (with hamam), and very reasonable rates ($99/night) — it managed to knock Key West's venerable Island House off from its perch as last year's favorite small resort. Good going, Gaythering.
This vast resort off Maui's northwest coast is a big piece of Hawaiian heaven. The grounds are made for strolling, the pool made for gawking, and the food for savoring. Obviously, a Ritz-Carlton (part of the gay-friendly Marriott family) doesn't come cheap, but if you're going to go big, this is the way to do it. What's interesting is that both the Ritz Kapalua and runner-up Aria (in Vegas) both reside in states where marriage equality is the rule of law. The times sure are changing.