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Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Name Wentworth By the Sea One of the Top 100 Hotels in the US Portsmouth/New Castle, New Hampshire (October 16, 2009) – Following on the heels of its selection by Conde Nast Traveler editors to the magazine’s “Gold List of Hotels” Wentworth By the Sea was just named to the Conde Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” List of the Top 100 Hotels in the United States. The full list of Conde Nast Traveler 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, resorts, and car rental agencies worldwide. appears in the November issue (on newsstands October 20). and are derived from the This year, 25,008 readers took part in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice survey, voting on more than 10,000 properties and destinations. Wentworth earned a score of 86.6 out of a possible 100, to rank as #65 nationally out of 100, but just 10.6 points behind the #1 choice. In a press release today announcing the results, Conde Nast Traveler Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska said, “The big news is that, undaunted by tough times, our readers are still out there, discovering the coolest experiences and reaffirming an enduring passion for travel," said "It's clear that our readers are as devoted to the worldwide diversity of travel as ever." Every year since 1988, a select sample of Conde Nast Traveler readers have taken the Readers' Choice Survey. In 2009, the questionnaire was available to all readers through a secure Web site. The final tabulations of 25,008 responses were done by Mediamark Research, Inc., of New York City. Questionnaires contained lists of candidates (individual cities, hotels, etc.), and write-ins were allowed. Only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award. Each candidate was rated, by various criterion, on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, poor. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the final score - e.g., in the category of Hotels, Wentworth’s 86.6 is the average of its scores for Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms and Service. Credit for this recognition must be shared by the incredible team of hospitality professionals we are proud to have as Wentworth associates and by our guests who rewarded us so generously with the honor of naming Wentworth one of the top hotels in America,” said Frank Wetenkamp, General Manager of Wentworth By the Sea. “We are proud of the honors we have received and even prouder of the smiles on our guests’ faces, day after day. What a great early Thanksgiving!” The historic Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa opened in May 2003 following an extensive $30 million reconstruction to save one of New Hampshire's few remaining grand hotels. Once placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's “Most endangered sites” list, the hotel was named to the inaugural “Stay List” of hotels that preserve “an authentic sense of place” and is a proud member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America. Wentworth By the Sea was also named Marriott International Hotels’ “Hotel of the Year” in 2007. For information and reservations, www.wentworth.com , 603-422-7322.
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