Nearly 1,500 hotels in the U.S. have battled it out all year to be crowned the “Most Wanted” properties worldwide in the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2018, where the judges are the guests themselves.
Knowing that reviews are becoming even more influential than the official star ratings, Hotels.com looked at over 25 million guest reviews on the website to pick the winners.
New York, Chicago, and Houston topped the list of award-winning cities in the U.S., continuing their reign from last year. Additionally, travelers can check into award-winning properties in more than 500 towns and cities across the country.
For travelers visiting the Big Apple, there are many Most Wanted properties to choose from with 20 properties receiving an average guest rating of 9.4 or higher. The Mark and The Library Hotel both received a 9.6 average guest rating, with Conrad New York and Hotel 50 Bowery not far behind with a 9.4.
Chicago also boats properties that guests loved, with The Sono Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago, and The Langham all receiving a 9.8 average guest rating.
In Houston, travelers had some exciting options with the Hotel Granduca Houston and The Lancaster Hotel both receiving a 9.6 average guest rating. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, which received a 9.4, was another highly rated option.
Top 5 cities in the U.S. winning Loved by Guest Most Wanted Awards:
New York - 20 hotels
Chicago - 17 hotels
Houston - 16 hotels
Washington, D.C. - 11 hotels
Austin, Texas - 11 hotels
The competition was tough, with an astonishing 3,400 properties across 91 countries being identified as truly outstanding. The winning hotels had to receive a rating of 9.4 (out of 10) or above to be categorized as one of the world’s “Most Wanted” properties. Globally, the U.S. stormed ahead with 1,498 properties snapping up a “Most Wanted” award, running away from the competition, with Italy (232), the UK (192), Canada (126,) and Spain (101) making up the top five countries to scoop awards.
While the U.S. had the most “Most Wanted” hotels total by far, the awarded properties were widely spread across several cities in the states. The cities around the globe where travelers are most likely to check into a Most Wanted award-winning hotel are: Rome (39), Florence (38), London (36), Hanoi (36), and Venice (32)—with the Italians speeding away with three out of the top five cities.
More than 20 properties around the world received an outstanding “10 out of 10” in their reviews throughout the whole of 2017, an impressive golden record. The U.K. stole the show with six hotels receiving top marks, followed by five in the U.S. and two in the Czech Republic. Korea, New Zealand, Vietnam, Iceland, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Canada, and Bali all had one hotel each with a perfect report.
For access to full report visit www.hotels.com/page/loved-by-guests-2018.
Image courtesy: The Library Hotel