TripAdvisor’s best hotels for 2010

The online travel site TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its 2011 Travellers’ Choice awards. This year 676 establishments were recognized in the ninth year of the competition. TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

Make that supposedly unbiased, as several hotels have been caught dishing out dirt on their competitors.  Having said that, I’ve reviewed hotels in which I’ve stayed on the TripAdvisor site.  I believe that I’ve tried to be fair in my assessment if particular properties.  Having said that, I’ve also noticed when reading the reviews by others of those same properties that everyone’s expectations do seem to be different, so I guess that makes the reviews fair.

Properties received awards in the following categories: Best Bargains, Best Luxury, Best for Romance, Best B&Bs and Inns, Best Relaxation and Spa, Trendiest, Best All-Inclusive, and Best Hotels in the U.S. and the World.

The average nightly rate for the entire list of Travellers’ Choice award winners is $283 and nearly one-third of the hotels have an average nightly rate of $150 or less per night. Average nightly rate for Best Bargains is $93; B&Bs and Inns $104; Best for Romance $400; Trendiest $237; Best Relaxation and Spa $427 and top 25 U.S. hotels is $299.

Some of those winners for 2011 are:

Best Bargain in the World—SeaCoast Inn—Hyannis, Massachusetts

Best Luxury (4&5 star hotels) in the World—Golden Well (U Zlate Studne)—Prague, Czech Republic

Best for Service in the World—Anastasis Apartments—Santorini, Greece

Best B&B and Inn in the World—The Old Manse—Invermoriston, Scotland

Best for Romance in the World—Capella Ixtapa—Guerrero, Mexico

Best All-Inclusive in the World—Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso—Playa Paraiso, Mexico

Best Relaxation and Spa in the World—Adler Thermae Spa Resort—San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy

Trendiest Hotel in the World—citizenM Amsterdam City—Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You’ll notice when reading the list of winners that everyone is located either in Europe or in North America and there are no winners from Asia, Africa, South America or Oceania.  This omission probably reflects that fact the majority of TripAdvisor users are located either in the USA or Europe and they, naturally vote for what they know.

Given that some of the world’s best hotels are actually located in Asia and the Middle East, we can probably assume that the list has a bias simply because Europeans holiday mainly in Europe and Americans are amongst the world’s worst travellers who prefer to vacation close to home.

Still, to make the list the winners must be good, so nothing can be taken away from them.  Besides, TripAdvisor is still an excellent guide for checking out hotels before you book.  Read the comments about your chosen hotel, if a fair proportion of opinions are either positive or negative, it does give some known value on which to base you decision about where to stay.

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