TripAdvisor Unveils U.K's Best Hotels

By Tripadvisor, PRNE
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ninth Annual Awards Dominated by Small, Independent Properties

LONDON, January 19, 2011 - TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel site, today
unveiled the very best of British hotels in its ninth annual Travellers'
Choice(R) Hotel awards.

The awards recognise the best hotels around the world across categories
including best budget, best luxury, best B&B and best service. Unlike any
other hotel awards, TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards are based on the
experiences of millions of travellers from around the world.

This year small and independently-owned properties dominate
the UK's Top 25 hotels category. This follows on from a recent TripAdvisor
poll revealing that more than half (56%)* of Britons consider a hotel's brand
'not important' in their holiday selection.

"These awards celebrate the stars of the British hotel
industry, yet global brands are conspicuously missing from the Top 25 list
this year," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "British B&Bs
have performed extraordinarily well too, but in terms of value there is still
work to be done to convince tourists that British hotels offer good value for

Despite good news for Britain's B&B industry, with the UK all
but dominating this global category, the same cannot be said for those hoping
for a value break - not a single UK property features in this year's European
Top 10 'Bargain Hotels' category, despite a favourable exchange for most
travellers coming to Britain this year.

Best of British Third Year Running

For the third consecutive year, Rudding Park Hotel in
Harrogate, Yorkshire has been awarded the coveted accolade of Britain's Best

Peter Banks, managing director of Rudding Park comments on his 2011
Travellers Choice Hotel award, ""We are thrilled to receive the TripAdvisor
Award for Best Hotel in the UK for the third year running, proving that an
independent Yorkshire hotel can match and beat the most famous names in
British Hospitality".

"At Rudding Park we believe that TripAdvisor is one of our most powerful
marketing and service improvement tools. The Management automatically
receives the TripAdvisor reviews and respond to them on a daily basis.
Potential guests can read honest reviews about the standards which we aim to
achieve, enabling them to choose Rudding Park over our competitors."

The second best hotel in Britain this year is The Old Rectory
in Exmoor, Devon and third place goes to Boskerris Hotel in St. Ives,

Budget Blow for British Hotels

As VAT rises and the budget cuts take hold, budget-conscious
travellers will be disappointed to hear that not a single British hotel made
it into this year's European 'Bargain Hotels' list, which was highly
populated with Eastern European hotels.

"The recent TripAdvisor 2011 Travel Trends research revealed
that fewer Brits are planning to take a domestic holiday this year, a trend
which could be attributed to the perceived lack of high-quality, low-price
accommodation in the UK made clear through the Traveller's Choice Awards,"
continued TripAdvisor's Emma O'Boyle.

London Left Behind

While parts of the country, particularly Devon, excel in this
year's awards, the UK's capital is not shining as brightly. With the 2012
Olympics on the horizon, the world's eyes will soon be on London - a city
conspicuous in its absence from the UK's top 25 hotels.

This is the second consecutive year in which the capital
failed to produce finalists in the top 25 UK hotels list. With the countdown
on and only 18 months to go, it's likely London's hospitality industry will
be working hard to make sure London performs as a world-class tourism
destination next year.

World-Class British B&Bs

The good old B&B is a UK institution so it's fantastic news
that Britain's B&Bs are officially the best in the world, with six British
properties ranking among the world's top ten. Scotland's The Old Manse in
Invermoriston has been crowned number one in the world.

For the complete 2011 Traveller's Choice list and for more
reviews, opinions and candid holiday photographs, go to



The TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award winners for 2011 were determined
by a combination of TripAdvisor's Popularity Index and traveller ratings of
specific property attributes. TripAdvisor's Popularity Index is a proprietary
algorithm that determines traveller satisfaction based on a variety of
sources, including TripAdvisor hotel reviews. The hotel review process on
TripAdvisor also allows travellers to "grade" hotels based on a variety of
attributes, including cleanliness, value and suitability for specific types
of travellers.

+Poll carried out on 1,265 TripAdvisor users on in January 2011.

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For the full results, please see link

TOP 25 UK HOTELS (as voted by Europe)

Figure in brackets denotes 2010 ranking

1. Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire (1)

2. The Old Rectory Hotel, Exmoor National Park, Devon (11)

3. Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives, Cornwall (3)

4. Charterhouse Hotel, Torquay, Devon (5)

5. Abbot's Brae Hotel, Dunoon, Scotland

6. Overwater Hall, Lake District, Cumbria

7. Elmdene Hotel, Torquay, Devon

8. Can-y-Bae, Llandudno, North Wales (4)

9. Haytor Hotel, Torquay, Devon

10. Apsley House Hotel, Bath, Somerset (12)

11. The Seawood Hotel, Exmoor National Park, Devon

12. Yeoldon House Hotel, Bideford, Devon (16)

13. Kingsley Lodge, Peak District, Derbyshire

14. Dunkery Beacon Hotel, Exmoor National Park, Devon (9)

15. The Clarence Hotel, Portsmouth, Hampshire (14)

16. The Clontarf Hotel, Llandudno, Wales

17. Tara Lodge, Belfast, Northern Ireland

18. Hillside, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

19. Avalon Beach Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset (8)

20. Broad House Hotel, Wroxham, Norwich

21. The Plough Inn, Llandeilo, Wales

22. Hotel Una, Brighton, East Sussex (18)

23. Swinside Lodge Hotel, Keswick, Cumbria

24. Green Bough Hotel, Chester, Cheshire

25. Tremarne Hotel, Mevagissey, Cornwall (15)

BEST B&Bs IN THE WORLD (as voted by the world)

1. The Old Manse, (Invermoriston, Scotland)

2. Casa Portagioia, (Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy)

3. Saltcote Place (Rye, East Sussex, England)

4. Riverside Hotel (Ambleside, Cumbria, England)

5. Number One B&B (Deal, Kent, England)

6. The Twenty One (Brighton, East Sussex, England)

7. Sedona Views Bed and Breakfast (Sedona, USA)

8. Creston Villa Guest House (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)

9. Wildwood Manor Bed and Breakfast (San Juan Island, USA)

10. Saubhag Bed and Breakfast (New Delhi, India)

BEST SERVICE IN EUROPE (as voted by the world)

Figure in brackets denotes ranking in Top 10

Abbot's Brae Hotel, Dunoon , Scotland (7)

Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives, Cornwall, England (8)

TRENDIEST HOTELS IN EUROPE (as voted by the world)

Figure in brackets denotes ranking in Top 10

Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh, Scotland (2)

MyHotel, Brighton, East Sussex, England (4)

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