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Expedia Insiders’ Select ’13 lists world’s top rated hotels

Grande Bay Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (Credit: http://www.grandebayresort.com)

Grande Bay Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (Credit: http://www.grandebayresort.com)

Online travel agency Expedia.com recently revealed its Expedia “Insiders’ Select” 2013 list, an annual ranking of the very best hotels on Expedia sites from around the world, predominantly determined by Expedia customers.

Four hotels in the Caribbean ranked in the top 100 of the list, namely, Round Hill Hotel And Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort in Willemstad, Curacao, Grande Bay Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Galley Bay Resort & Spa All-Inclusive in St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Hotels on the “Insiders’ Select” list are rated on a number of factors, the most important of which is the scores from more than one million verified Expedia customer reviews received during 2012. Just 650 hotels are exclusively selected from a pool of more than 205,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide.

The list empowers travelers by helping them identify the hotels in their chosen destination that have been recognized by other travelers as delivering an excellent guest experience, Expedia officials said.

“Travelers have an increasingly voracious appetite for online reviews and they have become critically important to their purchasing decisions. Delivering a superior guest experience is more crucial than ever before and our research shows reviews drive increased demand as well as the ability to charge a higher price per room — and that’s when hotels really benefit,” said Marco Tagliatti, vice president of Lodging Supply for the Expedia group in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Hotels that make the list benefit from additional marketing and exposure from Expedia as well as the distinction as one of the best hotels available to the millions of consumers who visit Expedia sites every month to shop for and book travel.

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