The definitive ebook for the Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards captures the top properties in the world for 2012. The selections span 41 countries, showcasing exemplary properties that range from a modern lodge in the Ecuadorian cloud forest to a waterfront palace in Istanbul once home to Ottoman sultans. Awards are grouped into eight exciting categories that represent the strongest travel currents of 2012, from Global Icons that help define their destinations to Trendsetter properties that are pioneering new hospitality concepts. We're confident that this collection of 100 remarkable hotels will lead to many inspired stays in the year ahead. We’ll look forward to seeing you at check-in.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.