Tag Archives: TripAdvisor

How the Tempe Mission Palms will look with a new coat of paint. Courtesy of Ghaster Painting Colorvision LLC.

Tempe Mission Palms gets a new coat of paint

How the Tempe Mission Palms looks now.

How the Tempe Mission Palms looks now.

Ghaster Painting & Coatings announced today it will be painting the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

This hotel has been an icon in Tempe since it opened in 1985 and is currently ranked at the No. 1 hotel in Tempe by TripAdvisor and is a part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts group.

Ghaster will be painting the complete exterior in a brand new color scheme. Ghaster Painting has been painting in the Valley for more than 39 years.

“It is our goal to make Arizona more beautiful, one building at a time,” says Vice President Kirsten Gormly Ghaster.

Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ is located at 8501 N 27th Avenue in Phoenix.

Bobby-Q named one of the best BBQ restaurants in America

Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ has been named the one of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, as voted by OpenTable diners. One of only 30 restaurants nationwide to earn this prestigious honor as part of the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards, Bobby-Q was selected after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country – all submitted by verified diners. The world’s largest online reservation company, OpenTable seats more than 15 million people per month across more than 31,000 restaurants.

“The recipients of these inaugural awards have elevated the craft of barbecue to a form of edible art,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “With patience and passion, the pitmasters at each of the winning restaurants are using their expertise to transform even the most humble cut of meat into a smoky and tender fare to remember.” The complete list includes notable restaurants in 12 states and Washington, D.C., with six award winners in California, followed by Illinois and New York with five each, Texas with four, and Ohio with two; Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-BBQ-restaurants-in-america.

And the accolades keep coming, as Bobby-Q also received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.com, and is ranked #3 out of the 2,565 restaurants listed across Greater Phoenix.

So what makes Bobby-Q such a standout? Bobby-Q owner, Bob Sikora is a true BBQ aficionado, spending more than 10 years researching cooking techniques from the masters across the country. The secret lies in the slow cooking process over Almond and Mesquite wood and the perfect blend of spices in the dry rub. This results in succulent hand pulled pork, smoky sausage links, fork-tender brisket, and ribs that fall right off the bone. Three different ribs are offered (St. Louis, Texas Beef and Baby Back) as well as chicken, salmon, burgers, and hand-cut steaks. Nestled in a charmingly rustic setting, Bobby Q’s building features reclaimed woodwork with exposed brick walls, antique gas lamps, and 10-foot vintage French doors.

“When you’ve been in the restaurant business as long as I have been, you learn you’re only as good as your staff,” Bob Sikora says. “So I’d like to recognized Chef Mark Hittle, managers Laura and Ignacio, and my entire staff for their resilience and their dedication to Bobby-Q’s and our valued customers. Thank you for this incredible honor.”

Hyatt-Regency-Scottsdale-Resort-King-Room

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale honored for excellence

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Peter Rice, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

sedona-sunrise

Sedona No. 13 among Top 25 U.S. Destinations

Sedona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 “Top 25 Destinations in the United States.” Coming in at No. 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers to the area.

“Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.” –TripAdvisor

“On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, it is great honor to be placed on the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 Top 25 Destinations in the United States. As the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor assists visitors in gathering travel information, posting travel reviews and engaging in interactive travel forums. This powerful web-based company boasts 200 million unique monthly visitors and over 100 million reviews and opinions. We are honored that world travelers voted Sedona as one of the best destinations to visit in the US,” says Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

The top 25 destinations include: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington DC; Boston, Los Angles, Honolulu, New Orleans, Seattle, Miami, Sedona, Savannah, Charleston, Napa, San Antonio, Lahaina, Portland, Philadelphia, Myrtle Beach, Kailua Kona, Palm Springs, Naples, and Houston.

In addition to Sedona’s superb positioning, beautiful Adobe Grand Villas has been ranked No. 3 out of 25 on the Travelers’ Choice® 2014 “Top 25 Small Hotels” list; as well as #5 on the “25 Most Romantic Hotels in the United States”. “We have such great guests, who become friends rather than just customers. We have a very high return rate due to our staff treating each guest as they are the only ones, even if it’s a full house. The villas are designed to create an intimate experience. Fires places are located in each room as well as by the Jacuzzi tub. Couples can also memorialize their special stay or occasion on our unique Love Lock fence. Call to create a special romantic stay, from flowers, couples massages, to a private dinner prepared special by Michael Merilli.”