When planning a trip, whether for business or for pleasure, the best way to find a good hotel is to ask your friends for recommendations. Reading a Zagat Survey guide is exactly like asking your friends for advice, except that Zagat asks THOUSANDS of people for recommendations! To compile the U.S. HOTEL, RESORT & SPA SURVEY, Zagat Survey contacted over 7,000 frequent travellers (who combined spent a quarter of a million nights on the road last year) & asked their opinions of 1,500 places to sleep in all 50 states. The results were sometimes surprising (nine of the top fifteen hotels in the country are owned by two chains) & always entertaining (comments range from "the epitome of excellence" to "wouldn't want my dog to stay here"). TRAVEL LIFE MAGAZINE notes that "with so many reviewers, Zagat is almost guaranteed to reflect reality" & GOOD HOUSEKEEPING calls Zagat Survey guides "almost indispensable." The advice of NEWSWEEK is "let Zagat be your guide."Zagat, Eugene H., Jr. is the author of 'Zagat Survey: U.S. Hotel, Resort and Spa - Zagat Survey - Paperback' with ISBN 9780943421681 and ISBN 0943421683.