Hotels in step with needs of travellers
WORLD travellers have snubbed the bright lights of London and voted no fewer than nine Westcountry hotels as among the best 25 in the UK.
In the annual poll put together by travel website TripAdvisor, the hospitality industry in Devon and Cornwall has emerged a clear winner, with one resort, St Ives, hosting two top-placed hotels.
In third place in the poll was the West Cornwall resort's Boskerris Hotel, while fifth place went to Charterhouse Hotel in Torquay.
Also featured are the Yeoldon, Bideford, the Bowling Green Hotel, Plymouth, and the Trelaske Hotel in Looe.
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Regarded as the "Oscars of the hotel world", the awards recognise the best hotels in the world across categories including best bargain, best service, best luxury and best B&B.
The Charterhouse Hotel in Torquay was awarded the title of the UK's best service hotel, and made it on to the world's top 10 best service hotels list.
It won traveller comments such as, "absolutely nothing was too much trouble for them", "you are welcomed like one of the family" and "the finishing touch was a small bar of chocolate hidden in your towel".
TripAdvisor's Alison Copus said: "Service can make or break a holiday so it's about time those British hotels providing such star service are recognised."
Unlike other hotel awards programmes, the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Hotel awards are based on the millions of reviews and opinions from real travellers around the globe.
The top 25 UK hotels as voted for by world travellers were:
1. Rudding Park, Harrogate.
2. The Manor Coach House, Worcester.
3. Boskerris Hotel, St Ives
4. Can-y-Bae, Llandudno.
5. Charterhouse Hotel, Torquay.
6. Silverdale, Seaford, East Sussex.
7. Castlebank Hotel, Conwy, Wales.
8. Avalon Beach Hotel, Bournemouth.
9. Dunkery Beacon Hotel, Exmoor.
10. Trelaske Hotel, Looe.
11. The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe, Devon.
12. Apsley House Hotel, Bath.
13. The Waverley, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
14. The Clarence Hotel, Portsmouth.
15. Tremarne Hotel, Mevagissey.
16. Yeoldon, Bideford.
17. Gwestry, Aberystwyth.
18. Hotel Una, Brighton.
19. Hunters Quay Hotel, Strathclyde.
20. Bowling Green Hotel, Plymouth.
21. Staybridge Suites, Newcastle.
22. Cedar Manor House Hotel, Windermere.
23. Broom House, Whitby, North Yorkshire.
24. The Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside.
25. Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall.