Travellers name their top hotelsBritain's 'dirtiest hotel' also named in survey

15 January 2008

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A British establishment has made it into the top ten of the world's best luxury hotels, it was revealed today.

The Chesterfield Mayfair in London was placed ninth in the list in awards based on travellers' choices in a survey by travel website company TripAdvisor.

Five other British hotels were in the top 100 best luxury world hotels list.

Chesterfield Mayfair

The Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire, was 12th; the Atlantic hotel, St Brelade, Jersey, was 49th; Hotel 41 in London was 78th; the Draycott Hotel in London was 85th and the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorchester, Dorset, was 91st.

The Chesterfield Mayfair was well placed in three other categories - coming fourth in the best luxury hotels in Europe list, sixth in the best hotels in the top 25 favourite locations, and sixth in the top 10 Europeans hotels for service.

The Chesterfield Mayfair and the other British hotels in the luxury world top 100 were among 14 British establishments receiving awards.

Cosworth House

One of the other British hotels listed was the Cosworth House, Padstow, Cornwall, which was sixth in the top 10 best hidden gems in Europe and eighth in the world's best hidden gems list.

Two others - Cottage in the Wood Country Hotel, Keswick, Cumbria; and Orchard House, Northumberland National Park - were in the top 10 best bargains in Europe.

All the other British hotels getting awards were in the top ten best inns and B&Bs in Europe. They were the Bay Tree House and Annex, London; Chestnuts House, Bath; Gerald's Place, Edinburgh; Badminton Villa, Bath; and Gwynfryn B&B, Conwy, Wales.

'Dirtiest hotel'

The TripAdvisor poll gave the unwanted accolade of Britain's 'dirtiest hotel' to the Nanford Guest House in Iffley Road, Oxford.

Guests have described the Nanford on the TripAdvisor website as 'horrendous', 'squalid', 'total and utter dump', 'dirty, smelly and should be shut down'.

Of the ten dirtiest UK hotels, one - the Europa Gatwick in West Sussex, part of the Britannia hotel chain - appeared on the list for the third year running.

Three other Britannia hotels were on this year's list - the Britannia Stockport, Greater Manchester, the Britannia Birmingham and the Britannia Country House Hotel, Didsbury, Manchester.

Nanford Guest House

A spokesman for Nanford Guest House in Oxford said: 'I don't know what I can say. What has been said about the hotel is just someone's opinion.'

A spokesman for Manor Court Hotel said: 'The hotel is being refurbished.'

A spokesman for the Park Hotel in London: 'The hotel is full most of the most time and the majority of people who stay here are very happy with the hotel.'

No-one was available at the County Hotel, Carlisle, nor at the Eden Plaza Hotel in London, nor at the Whiteleaf Hotel in London.

A comment was being sought from the Britannia hotel group.

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