TripAdvisor Unveils U.K's Best Hotels For 2011By Tripadvisor, PRNE
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
From B&B Leaders to Budget Losers: The Wins And Woes of British Hotels
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, often dubbed the 'Oscars of the hotel world'.
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.
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.
"These awards celebrate the stars of the British hotel
industry," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "Devon has
performed extraordinarily this year, as have B&Bs across the entire country,
but there is still work to be done to convince tourists that British hotels
offer good value for money."
Best of British
For the second consecutive year, Rudding Park Hotel in
Harrogate, Yorkshire has been awarded the coveted accolade of Britain's Best
Hotel. Lauded for its "impeccable service" and "wonderful setting" by
TripAdvisor travellers, one reviewer even describes it as "practically
perfect in every way".
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 second year running, proving that an
independent Yorkshire hotel can match and beat the most famous names in
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,
The Boskerris has double cause for celebration after also
scooping eighth place in the 'Best Service' in Europe category. Also
victorious in this category is Abbott's Brae Hotel in Dunoon, Scotland which
was named seventh best hotel for service by TripAdvisor travellers.
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.
South West Joy
The South West is another clear winner in the TripAdvisor
Travellers' Choice Hotel awards, claiming five of the top 10 UK hotels. Devon
in particular should be very proud, with seven of Britain's 25 best hotels
located in the county.
World-Class British B&Bs
The good old Bed & Breakfast 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, while
Saltcote Place in Rye, East Sussex; Riverside Hotel in the Lake District;
Number One B&B in Deal, Kent; and The Twenty One in Brighton all contribute
to the UK's near domination in this global category.
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 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.
The UK's reputation as a trend-setter is reinforced in this
year's awards - with two of Europe's Trendiest Hotels in the UK. Hotel
Missoni in Edinburgh took an impressive second place, while Myhotel in
Brighton came in fourth.
For the complete 2011 Traveller's Choice list and for more
reviews, opinions and candid holiday photographs, go to
www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice (please note this link will not
display 2011 winners until Wednesday)
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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
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2011 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS' CHOICE AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS :
For the full results, please see link
TOP 25 UK HOTELS (as voted by European travellers)
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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For further information, images or media interviews, please contact: Laurel Greatrix, TripAdvisor - +44(0)777-801-3639 / lgreatrix at tripadvisor.com
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