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Travelers turn to Diamond Collection inns for luxury accommodations

AUSTIN, TX, May 2, 2011– In just 18 months since launching its Diamond Collection™ program,™ announces more than 200 inns are available to discerning travelers looking for luxury accommodations, exceptional hospitality and service, and modern amenities. Diamond Collection inns are professionally inspected annually, maintain top consumer reviews, and accept online reservations.

Travelers increasingly turn to professionally inspected and guest-reviewed inns when deciding where to stay, according to a recent survey of B&B travelers. Nearly half say consumer reviews (48.2%) and professional recommendations and ratings (42.1%) are most important to them when choosing lodging.

“The bed and breakfast industry has really evolved over the years, providing not only romantic and undiscovered experiences for travelers, but also competitive rates, services and amenities typically found in hotels,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc., which owns “This is especially true of Diamond Collection inns, which provide luxurious accommodations at a great value.”

Diamond Collection inns participate in a comprehensive third-party annual inspection, maintain top consumer reviews on, and offer the following amenities and services (among others) required for a top-quality guest experience:

•   Rooms with private bathrooms
•   24-hour-per-day guest access to service or staff
•   4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on
•   Free Internet service
•   Flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival
•   Online reservations on their website and/or
•   Acceptance of Gift Cards

Diamond Collection inns are part of’s comprehensive selection of romantic inns, B&Bs, and boutique hotels located throughout the United States.  Diamond Collection inns offer exquisite accommodations in popular summer destinations, including Charleston, S.C.; Napa, Calif., Savannah, Ga., Saint Augustine, Fla.; and Asheville, N.C.

About, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 150,000 consumer reviews. offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

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