Weekly hotels top five of five - Florida

Florida isn’t letting the Gulf of Mexico oil spill dampen its tourism spirits this week as it prepares for the grand opening of the much-anticipated Harry Potter theme park.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, opening June 18, is set to be a new jewel in the crown for Florida, which attracted 80.9 million visitors in 2009 and is reporting an uptick in numbers for the first part of 2010.

Canadians account for the lion's share of visitors to the sunshine state - over 2.9 million of them in 2009, followed by 1.4 million Brits and 1.1 million tourists from South America, according to Visit Florida.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida and has a vibrant cultural life, despite not being on many visitors’ agendas. The Holiday Inn Jacksonville S-9A & Baymeadows was the most popular of the city’s - very reasonably priced - hotels.

1 Holiday Inn Jacksonville S-9A & Baymeadows
2 Hampton Inn & Suites Jacksonville
3 Sleep Inn & Suites - Jacksonville
4 Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport
5 Jameson Inn

Average price of top five $95/€77

Miami

Miami is the first thing that springs to mind when people think of Florida - great beaches, wild parties and lavish hotels. Unsurprisingly then, Kimpton’s stylish EPIC hotel took top spot for TripAdvisor travelers, with the Viceroy Miami coming in second place.

1 EPIC Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
2 Viceroy Miami
3 Hampton Inn & Suites - Miami Airport/Blue Lagoon
4 Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland
5 Hyatt Summerfield Suites - Miami Airport

Average price of top five $183/€148

Tampa

Tampa is Florida’s third largest city and is increasingly seen as one of the world’s hottest emerging world cities. Its top five hotels were predominantly low-end, however, with the Comfort Suites taking top place.

1 Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
2 Wingate by Wyndham Tampa North
3 Quality Inn & Suites
4 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B Downs
5 Wingate by Wyndham Tampa

Average price of top five $104/€84

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a popular tourist spot for US visitors and enjoys some of Florida’s best beaches. The Hampton Inn and Suites was the most popular destination in the city.

1 Hampton Inn and Suites St. Petersburg
2 Americas Best Inn St Petersburg
3 Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
4 St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
5 Hilton Saint Petersburg Carillon Park

Average price of top five $157/€127

Orlando

For many visitors, Orlando will be their first and only stop in Florida, as the area hosts some of the world’s most famous theme parks. Of the plethora of hotels in the region, the low-end ones took top place with TripAdvisor travelers, with the extended-stay Homewood Suites the most popular.

1 Homewood Suites Orlando-UCF Area
2 Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
3 The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
4 Marriott's Harbour Lake
5 Hampton Inn Orlando/Lake Buena Vista

Average price of top five $157/€127

Data is taken from millions of independent reviews and rankings surveyed at TripAdvisor taken on June 16, 2010.

Website:www.tripadvisor.com

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