TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2006 Travelers' Choice awards. 345 hotels were honored in the fifth year of the competition. Hotels received awards in the following categories: Best Luxury, Best Hidden Gems, Best Inns and B&Bs, Best Bargains, Best Pool, Best for Families, Best for Romance and Best Service. Four Seasons emerged as Best Brand, a new category in the Travelers' Choice competition.

Unlike any other hotel awards programs that survey perhaps thousands of people, the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice winners are uniquely "selected" by the millions of travelers from around the world who provide their real and unbiased reviews or opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com and across the web.

"The 2006 Travelers' Choice winners are once again singled out for their spectacular service and extraordinary value," said Michele Perry, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Most hotel awards programs honor the most luxurious and opulent hotels, but because Travelers' Choice awards are determined by millions of real travelers from around the world, the winners tend to be outstanding properties that are within reach for the average traveler." The average rate per night for all 345 winners is $328, which includes 230 four and five star hotels. Hidden Gems average less than $160 per night; the average nightly rate for Inns and B&Bs is $130 a night; and Best Bargains average $117 per night.

Select 2006 Winners:

- Best Luxury (4&5 star hotels) in the World: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island, Rangali Island, Maldives

- Best Luxury in the U.S.: Sofitel New York, New York, N.Y.

- Best Luxury in Europe: The Ritz-Carlton Berlin, Berlin, Germany

- Best Hidden Gem in the World: La Villa Marbella -Charming Hotel, Marbella, Spain

- Best Hidden Gem in the U.S.: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah

- Best Bargain in the World: Residenza Il Villino, Florence, Italy

- Best Bargain in the U.S.: SeaCoast Inn, Hyannis, Mass.

- Best for Families in the U.S.: Disney's Pop Century Resort, Orlando, Fla.

- Best for Families in Europe: H10 Mediterranean Village, Salou, Spain

- Best for Romance in the World: Four Seasons Resort Maui, Maui, Hawaii

- Best Pool in Latin America/Caribbean: Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

- Best Service in the World: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France

- Best Brand in the World: Four Seasons

Remaining faithful to its promise to provide the whole truth about travel, the good, the bad and the ugly, TripAdvisor also identified, for the second year in a row, the 10 "dirtiest" hotels in the U.S. and Europe based on traveler ratings for cleanliness.

10 Dirtiest Hotels in the U.S.

1. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Vir.
2. Hotel Carter, New York, N.Y.
3. Days Inn Downtown/Port, Miami, Fla.
4. Budget Inn, Knoxville, Tenn.
5. Red Carpet Inn, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
6. New York Inn, New York, N.Y.
7. Poindexter Ocean Front Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8. Days Inn, Lancaster, Penn.
9. Ramada Inn Miami Airport North, Miami, Fla.
10. Sea Club Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

For the complete 2006 Travelers' Choice list, go to TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice