Holidays in the UK are set to continue booming in popularity throughout the summer months, with busy seaside resorts such as Brighton already seeing rising numbers of visitors. However, though some of the UK’s most well-known destinations may have plenty to offer, they are likely not home to “the UK’s Top Hotel”.
In fact, according to TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travellers Choice Awards, the best hotel in the country is nestled on the shores of quaint Welsh seaside town Llandudno.
Lawton & Lauriston Court Hotel took the crown as the nation’s favourite hotel, also ranking the third best hotel in Europe and the 13th best hotel in the World.
Carol-Lynn Robbins, director at the Lawton & Lauriston Court Hotel, said: “To say we are delighted is an understatement.
“We are a family-run hotel and have a great team who complement our ‘nothing is any trouble’ approach.
UK holidays: The UK’s best hotel is in Llandudno, Wales
Hotels: Lawton & Lauriston Court Hotel
“We’ve been grateful to win so many of Travellers Choice awards over the years, and every year we have used that as the spark to improve and grow the business.
“To now earn the number one spot in the Top Hotels category, against some incredible competition across the UK, and to know that it is all down to the feedback from our own guests, it really does make all the hard work worthwhile.”
She also explained how the hotel had taken positives by lockdown and seized the opportunity.
“We are never complacent and always looking for ways to give more and improve on what we already have,” she explained.
“We took advantage of the lockdown period (when safe to do so) to spruce up the hotel with a lick of paint – inside and out.”
“Since 2010, we have expanded from an 11 bedroom B&B, to a 35 bedroom hotel, serving evening meals too.”
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Llandudno, situated in north Wales, is known for its North Shore Beach, complete with its famous 19th-century pier and games arcade.
Stunning views of the Irish Sea, historic tramlines streets and a traditional seaside offering is what draws approximately 243,000 visitors to the area each year.
However, it could also be its excellent hotel offering, with two more of its accommodation offerings making it to the TripAdvisor list.
The Elm Tree Hotel took the title for “the best service in the UK”, as well as coming in at 22 on the “romantic stopovers” list.
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Meanwhile, Milverton House ranked at number 21 in Europe for the “small hotel” category and Between the Bays scored the 18th most popular B&B in Europe.
Elsewhere in the UK, a B&B set in Torquay took the global crown as it as named the “Best B&B in the World” for the second year running.
The 25 Boutique B&B has only been around since 2017 has won prestigious accolades every year since its creation.
Andy Banner-Price, who co-owns The 25, said: “It’s an incredible feeling to be named the best B&B in the world for the second year running.
“If anything, the second time feels even more special because we know last year’s award raised customer expectations and so we’ve had to work even harder to deliver a great experience for every single one of our guests.”
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Other hotels and B&B’s in the UK to receive a special mention included The Arthigton in Blackpool, Riverside B&B in Ambleside, Avenue Guest House in Blackpool, The Old School B&B in Westhampnett, Coombe House in Bourton-on-the-Water and the Grange Bed and Breakfast in Fylingthorpe.
“This has been an incredibly tough year for the UK’s hospitality industry, but with doors opening again to hotels and restaurants across the country, now is the right time to celebrate those businesses that have delivered consistently outstanding service and quality over the last year,” said James Kay, Tripadvisor spokesperson.
“With so many winning properties coming from the UK this year, it is testament to the high standards of hospitality we enjoy domestically, and that should give Brits the confidence to venture out and support the industry’s vital recovery.”