- Hotels in Llandudno scooped two world’s best accolades in the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
- Aria Hotel Budapest was crowned the world’s best hotel and Bindon Bottom, Dorset, the world’s best B&B
- American addresses performed strongly in the B&B category as did several properties across the UK
A B&B near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast has beaten establishments in Florida, Prague and Bruges to be named the very best in the world.
Five-bedroomed Bindon Bottom claimed the top prize in the 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards by travel review website TripAdvisor.
Thousands of guests say that it’s the best they’ve ever stayed in and pictures reveal that the interior is furnished to five-star hotel standards.
Bindon Bottom is run by Clive and Lisa Orchard, who set it up in 2010 as a change of lifestyle and a break in their careers
Top accolade: Bindon Bottom B&B in Lulworth Cove, Dorset, was named the world’s best B&B
Images reveal that the interior is furnished to the standard of a five-star hotel
This image shows how the rooms at Bindon Bottom are spacious, beautifully presented and have great views
Cooking up a storm: Mr Orchard carefully prepares a breakfast at his award-winning B&B
The Orchards set the tables for breakfast at their lauded establisment, which is just minutes away from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
Bindon Bottom is run by Clive and Lisa Orchard, who set it up in 2010 as a change of lifestyle and a break in their careers.
Four other English guest houses made the top 10. South Lodge Guest House in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, claimed third place, Swallows Rest B&B in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, fifth place, Thornleigh Guest House in Keswick, Cumbria, ranked number eight and West by Five Guest House in St Ives, Cornwall, was given ninth place.
The positions were based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews.
Meanwhile, a tiny resort town on the coast of Wales has beaten off stiff competition from the hospitality industry’s biggest names in mega cities around the world, to scoop 2017 TripAdvisor awards for two of its hotels.
Lawton Court in Llandudno took the title for the world’s best hotel service this year, following its victory as the world’s best-rated bargain hotel in 2015’s awards. Nearby in the tiny town, The Elm Tree Hotel was crowned 2017’s best-rated bargain hotel.
Lawton Court in the tiny Welsh resort town of Llandudno took the title for the world’s best hotel service
The Elm Tree Hotel was crowned the world’s best rated bargain hotel in the annual TripAdvisor awards
America also had a strong showing in the B&B category with the Cedar House Inn, Saint Augustine, taking the number two spot and the Welsh Hills Inn, Glanville, snatching fourth place.
The best hotel in the world was awarded to Aria Hotel Budapest – a five-star music-themed boutique hotel that is a three-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Winners were chosen in categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family.
A 33-bedroom family-run hotel, Lawton Court has only been open since 2014 and costs £78 a night.
TOP 10 TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE HOTELS IN THE WORLD
1. Aria Hotel Budapest – Budapest, Hungary
2. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia
3. Turin Palace Hotel – Turin, Italy
4. Hotel The Serras – Barcelona, Spain
5. BoHo Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic
6. Portrait Firenze – Florence, Italy
7. Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
8. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
9. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
10. JA Manafaru – Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives
But its sister property next door, Lauriston Court Hotel, run by other family members, was previously named the world’s best for service in the 2013 TripAdvisor awards. Its success allowed the family to expand with the newly acclaimed address.
Still setting service standards, Lauriston Court Hotel was named fifth best in the UK for service and third best for a bargain.
Hannah and Scott Lawton-Jones, owners of Lawton Court Hotel, Llandudno, said: ‘Since opening the doors to Lawton Court in April 2014, to say things have been busy is an understatement.
Number one hotel in the world: The average room at luxury boutique Aria Hotel Budapest is £235 per night and its design aesthetic is inspired by music with different wings depicting different genres including classical, opera, contemporary and jazz
Serenity in the rainforest: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubub, Indonesia, scooped second prize
TOP B&BS IN THE WORLD
1. Bindon Bottom B&B, Lulworth Cove, Dorset
2. The Cedar House Inn, Saint Augustine, Florida
3. South Lodge Guest House, Bridlington, Yorkshire
4. The Welsh Hills Inn, Granvill, Ohio
5. Swallows Rest B& B, Brigstock, Northamptonshire
6. Arcadia Residence, Prague, Czech Republic
7. B&B Mondello Resort, Mondello, Italy
8. Thornleigh Guest House, Keswick, the Lake District
9.West by Five Guest House, St Ives, Cornwall
10. Huis Koning, Bruges, Belgium
‘We are so grateful and lucky to have welcomed so many lovely guests to stay over the last three years and not forgetting the fantastic hardworking team we have that share the same principles as us… we are here to help and that’s what we love to do.’
If you’d like to stay in the world’s best hotel it can be found in Budapest, according to holidaymakers on TripAdvisor.
The average room at luxury boutique Aria Hotel Budapest is £235 per night and its design aesthetic is inspired by music with different wings depicting different genres including classical, opera, contemporary and jazz.
Opulent surrounds secured Turin Palace Hotel in Turin a third place ranking in the awards for the Travellers’ Choice hotels
BEST SERVICE IN THE WORLD
1. Lawton Court Hotel, Llandudno, Wales
2. Hotel Pod Vezi, Prague, Czech Republic
3. Hotel Villa Steno, Monterosso al Mare, Italy
4. Hotel Residence Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic
5. Hanoi Charm Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
6. Oriental Suites Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam
7. Riad Kniza, Marrakech, Morocco
8. Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
9. Hotel Belvedere, Riccione, Italy
10. Villa Lara Hotel, Bayeux, France
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Indonesia, scooped the number two prize followed by Turin Palace Hotel in Turin in third place of the Travellers’ Choice Hotels in the world.
Meanwhile in the UK, the top hotel award went to the capital’s Hotel 41, which was also ranked seventh best in Europe and 20th in the world.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Hayley Coleman said: ‘Unlike other hospitality awards, these are based on feedback from actual guests over the past year, which is what makes them so prized within the industry.
‘With rooms at winning hotels notorious for selling out shortly after our annual announcement, travellers wishing to experience these world class hotels for themselves will need to book quickly if they want to find out why they earned such rave reviews throughout the year from fellow travellers.’
HOW THE REVIEWS STACK UP FOR LAWTON COURT – AWARDED ‘BEST SERVICE IN THE WORLD’
‘What we find incredible is that things get better all the time. Our room was fantastic, nice and roomy and the breakfast superb as usual.
‘Nothing is too much trouble – you really should try this hotel. In the words of the great John Lennon, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!’
Nicole G *****
‘The owners and staff are fantastic. Very cheerful, helpful and friendly.
‘Overall the hotel was perfect in every aspect, breakfast was delicious and the stay was made even better by the wonderful staff.’
David W *****
‘Our 3rd visit at this family run hotel and it still manages to maintain its second to none service.
‘Key factors are value for money, prime position, thoroughly organised, warm friendly welcome, immaculate cleanliness, delicious tastefully presented breakfasts, pleasant, polite & so well-mannered staff.’
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