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Australia's best hotels named in world travel 'Oscars'

Australia's best hotels named in world travel 'Oscars'

The Melbourne InterContinental Rialto and Sheraton on the Park Sydney scooped up the big awards for Australia at the World Travel Awards (WTAs) held overnight in Singapore.

Considered the Oscars of the travel industry, the awards recognise the best of the best in hotels, airlines and tourism operators, as voted by travel professionals and consumers.

Melbourne's five-star InterContinental Rialto (pictured above) beat the likes of Palazzo Versace on Queensland's Gold Coast and the Sydney and Melbourne Park Hyatt hotels to take out the title of Australia's leading hotel.

"Our hotel is incredibly unique. Housed in an iconic Melbourne building, it is a quintessentially Melbourne experience that you don’t get at other hotels of our stature," the hotel's general manager Joerg T Boeckeler said of the win.

"We strive to remain relevant by listening to our guests and constantly applying their recommendations to better our offer every day. I truly believe that makes the difference."

The luxury Collins Street hotel was also named Australasia's best business hotel.

Not to be outdone by that achievement, Sydney's Sheraton on the Park scored the award for Australasia's leading hotel, beating hotels across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Sheraton on the Park's pool. Image: Sheraton.

Sydney's recently refurbished Park Hyatt was awarded Australia's best business hotel and Australasia's leading new hotel.

Lillianfels in New South Wales' Blue Mountains won best spa resort and Australasia's leading resort.

Queensland got a look-in with exclusive "six-star" resort Qualia named the country's leading resort, and Hayman on the Great Barrier Reef was named top resort for families.

Regional winners from Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean will compete in the big daddy World Travel Awards grand final in India in December.

Meanwhile, Sydney Airport was named Australasia's leading airport. Have the voters ventured into the carpark?

What are you experiences with these hotels? Did the right ones win? Tell us below.

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User comments
'Oh come on!' I knew it was a crock of steaming doggy doo doo when Sydney airport got voted the best in Australasia??? Are you kidding me? Practically every airport in Australia is better than Sydney's! A major international airport built in the middle of the city with no room for expansion and constant...and I mean constant, delays??? Did the NSW government get together and get all of their friends, relatives and mates to vote? I can support Sydney being Australia's premier city, but the best airport?? Come on!!!!!!
How much is the Australian Tourist Board paying these people to say this?
Seriously,Sydney airport best in Australasia? I am embarrassed to be Australian when I arrive at an Australian airport, and I wonder what hick backwater country international travellers think they have hit when they arrive in one of our major cities. Please go to any big asian city to see how it can be done efficiently and with a friendly demeanor.

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