updated: 11/3/2008 2:20:52 PM

West Baden Outranks High Profile Resorts

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West Baden Springs Hotel has made Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 List. In this month's magazine, the Southern Indiana destination is ranked in the first 25 of the Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts. The National Historic Landmark is tied for 21st place with Enchantment Resort in Sedona and the Inn on Mount Ada on Catalina Island. West Baden outranked the Wynn Las Vegas, The Greenbrier and the American Club with a score of 90.2.

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Press Release

November 3, 2008

FRENCH LICK, IN (November 3, 2008) –Condé Nast Traveler readers have chosen West Baden Springs Hotel for the magazine’s Top 100 List. In the November 2008 issue, on newsstands now, the Southern Indiana destination is ranked in the first 25 of the Top 75 Mainland U.S. Resorts. The National Historic Landmark is tied for 21st place with Enchantment Resort in Sedona and the Inn on Mount Ada on Catalina Island.

With a score of 90.2, West Baden outranked well-known resorts such as the Wynn Las Vegas, The Greenbrier and the American Club when it was evaluated on activities/facilities, food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service.

Originally built in 1902, West Baden Springs Hotel re-opened in May 2007, following a meticulous restoration. Nearly 100 million dollars was spent in a top to bottom restoration which maintained the historic integrity of the building but upgraded its amenities to that of a four star property.

“The story of West Baden is truly a phoenix rising from the ashes,” said Mark Bommarito, vice president of sales and marketing. “We took this National Historic Landmark that had been abandoned and transformed it into a luxury hotel, once again. For the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler to recognize the resort in only our second year of operation is unbelievable. We couldn’t be prouder.”

West Baden is part of the French Lick Resort, which as a whole has undergone a 500 million dollar restoration and development project. In what has been called one of the largest private restoration projects in the U.S., the Cook Group saved two turn-of-the-century grand hotels and brought resort life back to Indiana. No small feat, their work has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards is the largest independent poll of consumer preferences — second in size only to the United States Census. With nearly 32,633 travelers voting this year, the award is a compelling representation of the public’s resort choices.

“These awards celebrate the destinations, lodgings, and modes of transportation that manage to exceed our expectations,” said Condé Nast Traveler Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska. “The Readers’ Choice Awards are a credit to the worldly expertise of Condé Nast Traveler readers — passionate travelers for whom no island is too remote, no city too challenging, and no hotel too untested.”

A full list of winners in every category can be found on the magazine's website http://www.cntraveler.com.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 42,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick (opening 2009); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

For more information or to book a stay, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

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