London hotels worst in Europe

Are London hotels really the worst in Europe?

According to the hotel price comparison website trivago.co.uk, they could be.

They have put together a ranking of European and British cities according to the online reputation of their hotels, and their conclusion is that out of over 1000 European cities, London has the worst reputation among travellers. The study is based on European cities and towns with more than 50 hotels.

The results of their study show that hotels in London and Birmingham have a much lower reputation than hotels based in other European countries and cities. Out of 100 points, London and Birmingham hotels have a collective score of 72.2 and 74.15 respectively.

Factors such as room price and hotel quality do tend to affect review scores heavily, especially as London is a very expensive city, and if you are paying big bucks for a room that is particularly average, then you would possibly not be enamoured with your hotel as you don’t believe you are getting value for money.

However, considerations such price and quality are probably true for all cities, although in contrast to London and Birmingham, many other cities have significantly better ratings: Berlin has an average score of 78.88, Madrid has a score of 78.35 and Rome is at 77.14.

In fact, out of 1000 cities evaluated, the only cities to fare worse than London are the Maltese city of Sliema (71.00) and the small Spanish towns of Lloret del Mar (69.57) and El Arenal (66.78).

Brussels, Geneva and Amsterdam also have bad reputations

London and Birmingham are joined at the bottom of the ranking by major city destinations such as Copenhagen (74.29), Amsterdam (74.42), Paris (74.58) and Geneva (74.88).

From personal experience the very worst meal that I have had in my entire life was one tasted, but not finished, at the Holiday Inn Mayfair. Four of us stayed and dined there (once!) and not one of us was satisfied with our meals, or of our rooms. Now, I am not a serial complainer but apart from the meal being inedible, very few of the staff understood English, which I thought was extraordinary, and one of my friends found complimentary pubic hairs in his bathroom basin, which were not his!

The worst hotel in which I have stayed was in Amsterdam. I’ve forgotten the name because I got out of there, but it wasn’t a hotel, it was a squat. My room was dirty, and was so small I couldn’t even walk between the bed and the wall.

As far as value for money is concerned, I don’t think that European hotels match hotels in other parts of the world.

Anyway, back to the survey.

Where were the cities which topped the survey?

The German city of Dresden is at the very top, with an average hotel rating of 82.32. It is followed by Krakow, with a score of 81.09 and by the Belgian town of Bruges, whose average hotel rating is 81.03. Other important tourist destinations such as Venice (80.72), Barcelona (79.32), Budapest (80.24), Florence (79.75), and Berlin (78.88) equally demonstrate that cities can achieve excellent hotel reputations despite receiving significant numbers of tourists or business travellers each month.

Congratulations Dresden, but who goes there? Maybe Dresden came out on top because not only is it easy to get a room there, but the whole of the city had to be rebuilt after World War II, which may have led to improved building standards.

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