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The Best Hotels In The World: Expedia Insiders' Select Rankings (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/29/10 01:17 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:35 PM ET

When most people see the phrase "best hotels in the world" they probably have visions of the height of luxury: expensively-decorated rooms, beautiful lobbies, impeccable service, picture-perfect setting. The Drury Inn in Indianapolis doesn't exactly bring those things to mind, but in the eyes of Expedia Insiders' Select hotel rankings, it is rated one of the 10 best hotels in the world.

The reason for this is that Expedia, in assessing hotels, takes into account both quality and value by systematically comparing "hotels and resorts to nearby properties with similar star ratings and amenities in order to determine the best value for your money." Furthermore, the Expedia list is based as not only reviews by experts but also over 500,000 user reviews.

Check photos of the top 11 rated hotels, which includes establishments in everywhere from Minneapolis to Mostar. See the full Expedia rankings here. (Slideshow captions by Sara Yin.)

1: Galaxy Iraklio Hotel - Greece
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Renovated in 2009, this 5-star, smoke-free property houses a tropical swimming pool, steam rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility that beats your apartment gym. The complimentary breakfast buffet has not one but two lines (hot and cold). And for the workaholics, there are a technology helpdesk, free wi-fi, and 24-hour business center.
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