It’s nothing like Fawlty Towers.
The number one B&B in the world is ‘The 25’ boutique guesthouse on England’s south coast – worlds away from the fictional run-down, ineptly-run guesthouse in the same town made famous by John Cleese’s classic sitcom.
The 25, close to Torquay’s seafront, boasts six quirky bedrooms all equipped with voice recognition technology – plus home-baked goodies, bathroom TVs and mood lighting. Stays there cost from £149 a night.
The world’s best hotel is Tulemar Bungalows and Villas in Costa Rica, according to TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.
The awards are decided by an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide.
The 25 Boutique B&B (pictured) has been named the best B&B in the world in the TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers’ Choice awards
The B&B, close to Torquay’s seafront, boasts six quirky bedrooms all equipped with voice recognition technology
A reviewer on TripAdvisor wrote: ‘Nothing prepares you for the 5-star luxury of this rare gem in a sea of bland bed and breakfasts’
And the winning B&B has had 514 glittering reviews, with 100 per cent of them rating the property as ‘excellent’.
Andy and Julian Banner-Price, owners of The 25, said: ‘We were absolutely thrilled to hear that The 25 has been named as the best B&B in the world.
‘We love creating special and memorable experiences for our guests and receiving their excellent reviews makes our hard work truly rewarding.’
Rating The 25, TripAdvisor user Edman70 from Rugby, Warwickshire, said: ‘From the welcome drink and homemade brownie to the luxury of the room with iPads, Netflix, more cake, stunning bed and then the breakfast, which was out of this world – nothing prepares you for the five-star luxury of this rare gem in a sea of bland bed and breakfasts.’
Another guest wrote: ‘Fantastic! From start to finish our stay was flawless. Andy and Julian have thought of everything and are the perfect hosts.’
For the second year running, five of the top 10 B&Bs in the world are located in the UK.
Jail Inn in Gelena, Illinois, pictured, takes second spot in the category for the world’s best B&B as decided by TripAdvisor
Breathtaking views: Hillstone Lodge in Colbost on the Isle of Skye is awarded seventh place in the best B&B category
Taste of the tropics: Casa Da Praia in India, pictured above, boasts a palm-tree-lined outdoor swimming pool
Creevagh Heights, in Ireland, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It comes ninth globally in the top B&B category
THE SECRETS TO THE 25’S SUCCESS, FROM PILLOW MIST TO SOCKETS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES
Andy & Julian Banner-Price, owners of The 25 Boutique B&B, said: ‘We were absolutely thrilled to hear that The 25 has been named the Best B&B in the World. We love creating special and memorable experiences for our guests and receiving their excellent reviews makes our hard work truly rewarding.
‘It’s fantastic to win this global award, it’s testament to the absolute delight our guests experience staying at The 25.
‘We created our own ideal place to stay at The 25 and are thrilled so many people love what we do.’
Julian added: ‘At The 25 we literally took many areas of the building back to the brick and started again. It was an opportunity to make sure we did everything right: from high pressure showers to sockets in the right places, but it’s much more than that. It’s all the little touches that make us such a unique, special place to stay.’
‘That’s right,’ Andy said. ‘Daily home baked goodies in your room, pillow mist, mood lighting, hand written notes, Elemis toiletries, bathroom TVs, movies on demand – we’ve tried to think of everything to make a stay with us truly memorable – we’re also blessed with a fantastic location, the English Riviera is renowned for its temperate climate making it a great all-year-round destination. New for 2019, all six bedrooms now have Smart features allowing the television, lighting and air conditioning to be controlled by voice as well as manually.’
The pair have a track record of success in the hospitality sector, having previously turned a failing hotel in North Wales around, which also received a top ten ranking on TripAdvisor during their tenure.
The 25 Boutique B&B has six very different bedrooms, all with cutting edge design by Andy and the latest technology by former IT Manager Julian.
Their five star status demonstrates the obvious quality they offer but reading their online reviews, time and time again guests mention the friendliness of their hosts and the little extra touches that set it apart from other B&Bs.
Added to this, it’s located just a short walk from the seafront via the grounds of their closest tourist attraction, Torre Abbey, and another ten minutes on and you reach the main harbour area of Torquay. With a nearby train station, local ferries and buses, it’s easy to be car free during your stay.
Andy plans to capitalise on their recent success and has set up a training company for other budding B&Bers.
He said: ‘Having done it twice, we know what it takes to make a successful B&B and I’d like to help people choose the right property and make the best decisions from the outset. In today’s online world, it’s no longer enough to learn the ropes on the job, you need to excel from day one.’
Bindon Bottom B&B in West Lulworth, Dorset, claims third place, followed by The Grange in Fylingthorpe, North Yorkshire, which celebrates fourth place.
Swallows Rest Bed & Breakfast in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, claims fifth place, while Hillstone Lodge in Colbost on the Isle of Skye comes seventh.
The rest of the global winners includes two B&Bs in the U.S – the Jail Inn in Gelena, Illinois, taking second spot and Parsonage Bed and Breakfast in San Francisco in sixth place.
B&B Mondello Design, in Italy, comes eighth globally, followed by Creevagh Heights, Ireland, in ninth place and Casa Da Praia in India is awarded the tenth spot.
Meanwhile, Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, situated on 33 acres of lush Costa Rican rainforest, takes the crown for best hotel in the world for 2019.
The £189-a-night Tulemar Bungalows and Villas in Costa Rica, pictured, takes the crown for the best hotel in the world in the latest TripAdvisor awards
Tulemar Bungalows and Villas overlooks the Manuel Antonio coastline and there are four swimming pools and four restaurants to choose from
The resort, where rooms are available on TripAdvisor for an average of £189 per night, overlooks the Manuel Antonio coastline and there are four swimming pools and four restaurants to choose from.
Guests staying in the resort’s treehouse-style accommodation are surrounded by nature, counting monkeys and sloths among their neighbours – and have a personal concierge on hand to arrange tours, spa treatments, restaurant reservations and personal chefs.
Some 2,229 guests have left rave reviews on TripAdvisor, praising the staff who are ‘so friendly and helpful’ and the ‘expertly prepared’ food.
One reviewer wrote: ‘This was our third trip to Tulemar in three years and each time, we are in awe of the beauty, amenities and staff at this resort. Over the top!’
Classic: The outside of the French Quarter Inn in Charleston, which treats its guests to a glass of champagne on arrival
The courtyard at the French Quarter Inn, which takes the title of the sixth best hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor awards
GLOBAL WINNERS IN THE 2019 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR HOTELS
1. Tulemar Bungalows and Villas, Costa Rica
2. Hote Belvedere, Italy
3. Viroth’s Hotel, Cambodia
4. Kenting Amanda Hotel, Taiwan
5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Austria
6. French Quarter Inn, United States
7. The Resort at Pedrgal, Mexico
8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Peru
9. Kayakapi Premium Caves, Turkey
10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Vietnam
11. Golden Temple Retreat, Cambodia
12. Quinta Jardins do Lago, Portugal
13. The Oberoi Rajvilas, India
14. Hotel Amira Istanbul, Turkey
15. Hotel 41, UK
16. Ikos Oceania, Greece
17. Mandapa, Indonesia
18. Nayara Spings, Costa Rica
19. Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
20. Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel, Brazil
21. Hotel Spadai, Italy
22. Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius
23. O’Gallery Premier Hotel, Vietnam
24. The Nantucket Hotel, United States
25. AYADA Maldives, Maldives
1. The 25 Boutique B&B, UK
2. Jail Hill Inn, USA
3. Bindom Bottom B&B, UK
4. Grange Bed and Breakfast, UK
5. Swallows Rest Bed and Breakfast, UK
6. Parsonage Bed and Breakfast, USA
7. Hillstone Lodge, UK
8. B&B Mondello Design, Italy
9. Creevagh Heights, Ireland
10. Casa Da Praia, India
11. InPatio Guest House, Portugal
12. Northern Lights Resort and Spa, Canada
13. Maris Paraty, Brazil
14. Bed & Breakfast Speelmansrei, Belgium
15. The Welsh Hills Inn, USA
16. La Palazetta del Vescovo, Italy
17. Americus Garden Inn, USA
18. Baudins of Busselton, Australia
19. Dar Mo’da, Morocco
20. Matuka Lodge, New Zealand
21. Pictures Guest House, South Africa
22. Huis Koning, Belgium
23. Locanda dell’ Artista, Italy
24. White Palace B&B, Taiwan
25. Pousada Patacho, Brazil
Best for luxury
1. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, Turkey
2. Riad Kheirredine, Morocco
3. Hotel Villa Lara, France
4. Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
5. Hotel 41, UK
6. Baros Maldives, Maldives
7. The Oberoi Rajvilas, India
8. Porto Sani, Greece
9. The Upper House, China
10. La Maison Arabe, Morocco
11. The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico
12. Mandapa, Indonesia
13. Phum Baitang, Cambodia
14. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Peru
15. Andronis Boutique Hotel, Greece
16. Quinta Jardins do Lago, Portugal
17. Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius
18. Raffles Jakarta, Indonesia
19. Egerton House Hotel, UK
20. One & Only The Palm Dubai, UAE
21. Tambo del Inka, Peru
22. Raffles Dubai, UAE
23. Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar, Tanzania
24. The Oberoi, Mauritius
25. The Peninsula Chicago, USA
The top-ranking U.S hotel is the French Quarter Inn, in Charleston, which comes sixth overall.
The luxury hotel is classically decorated with modern touches, including spacious Italian marble bathrooms.
And guests are well looked after, receiving a glass of champagne upon check-in and freshly baked cookies and milk each evening.
The top ten hotel list also comprises Hotel Belvedere in Italy (2nd), Viroth’s Hotel, Cambodia (3rd), Kenting Amanda Hotel, Taiwan (4th), Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Austria (6th), The Resort at Pedrgal, Mexico (7th), Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Peru (8th), Kayakapi Premium Caves, Turkey (9th) and Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Vietnam (10th).
The Kayakapi Premium Caves Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, is named best for luxury by website TripAdvisor
Extravagant: Hotel 41, opposite Buckingham Palace in London, claims fifth place in TripAdvisor’s luxury hotel category
MORE GLOBAL WINNERS IN THE 2019 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR HOTELS
Best for service
1. Holiday Emerald Hotel, Vietnam
2. Lani’s Suites Deluxe, Spain
3. Pax Guest House, Ireland
4. Golden Temple Residence, Cambodia
5. Hotel Residence Agnes, Czech Republic
6. Tulemar Bugalows & Villas, Costa Rica
7. Achtis Hotel, Greece
8. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, Turkey
9. Aydinli Cave Hotel, Turkey
10. Hotel David, Italy
11. Hanoi La Selva Hotel, Vietnam
12. Viroth’s Hotel, Cambodia
13. Kindness Hotel-Kaohsiung Guang Rong Pier, Taiwan
14. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Belizr
15. The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico
16. The Kayon Resort, Indonesia
17. Riad Dar Anika, Morocco
18. Hotel Mirador Las Palmas, Colombia
19. Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa, Argentina
20. Milaidhoo Island, Maldives
21. The Oberoi Rajvilas, India
22. Riad Kheirredine, Morocco
23. Coco Plum Island Resort, Belize
24. The Inn at Lost Creek, USA
25. Batonka Guest Lodge, Zimbabwe
Best for value
1. Hotel Lurdeia, Spain
2. Pax Guest House, Ireland
3. The Elm Tree, UK
4. Doonmore Hotel, Ireland
5. Riverside Oasis Villa, Vietnam
6. The Trails Inn, USA
7. Hotel Villa Sirena, Italy
8. Popular Residence Hotel, Cambodia
9. The Escape Inn, USA
10. Dar Hafsa, Morocco
11. Cabo Vista Hotel, Mexico
12. Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, Australia
13. Spalsh Inn Dive Resort, Honduras
14. Kaiya House, India
15. Posada Margot, Venezuela
16. Posada del Sauce, Argentina
17. Falcons View Manor, South Africa
18. Phocas Cave Suites, Turkey
19. Hotel Quero Quero, Brazil
20. Coconut Row, Belize
21. Black Rock Lodge, Belize
22. Jade Hotel Hoi An, Vietnam
23. Udaya Residene, Cambodia
24. CC’s Hideaway, Thailand
25. Hotel Venus Greece
Best for romance
1. Lani’s Suites Deluxe, Spain
2. Coco Plum Island Resort, Belize
3. Anastasis Apartments, Greece
4. H20 Suites Hotel, USA
5. The Kayon Resort, Indonesia
6. Maison Souquet, France
7. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, South Africa
8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
9. Nayara Springs, Costa Rica
10. La Maison d’Aix, France
11. Lindos Blu, Greece
12. Sertil Hotel, Turkey
13. Desert Riviera Hotel, USA
14. Riad Kheirredine, Morocco
15. La Fortuna at Atitlan, Guatemala
16. Hotel Villa Ducale, Italy
17. Quinta Jardins do Lago, Portugal
18. Pham Gia Boutique Villa, Vietnam
19. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
20. Kandolhu Maldives
21. The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Thailand
22. The Scarlett Boutique Hotel, Vietnam
23. SENSIMAR Koh Samui Resort and Spa, Thailand
24. Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, South Africa
25. The Diplomat Boutique Hotel, Mexico
Other UK properties celebrating world recognition include The Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno, rated third best bargain hotel in the world – and Devon’s Tavistock House Hotel rated the seventh best in the world for small hotels.
Hotel 41, opposite Buckingham Palace in London, claims fifth in the world’s best luxury hotel category and 15th place overall.
It boasts Savoir beds and a personal butler service for guests and their pets, as well as staff who outnumber guests by two to one.
Egerton House Hotel, also in London, scoops 19th place in the world for luxury.
Other award categories include bargain accommodation, best service, luxury, small hotels and value for money.
Pictured is one of the bedrooms at Devon’s Tavistock House Hotel, which is seventh in the world for small hotels according to the 2019 TripAdvisor awards
Attentive: Holiday Emerald Hotel, in Vietnam, wins the TripAdvisor award for best service
Lani’s Suites Deluxe in Spain ranks second for service and it comes out on top for romance in the TripAdvisor poll
Hotel Lurdeia in Spain, pictured, wins the top prize in the best value hotel category in the annual awards
Spectacular: Pax Guest House in Ireland takes runner-up spot in TripAdvisor’s best value category
Holiday Emerald Hotel, in Vietnam, wins the award for best service, while Lani’s Suites Deluxe in Spain bags second place.
Hotel Lurdeia in Spain wins the top prize in the best value category and Pax Guest House in Ireland takes runner-up spot.
The Kayakapi Premium Caves Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, is named best for luxury, Lani’s Suites in Spain wins best for romance, best for families is the Ikos Oceania in Greece and the best all-inclusive hotel is the Maxx Royal Kemer Resort, Turkey.
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The Ikos Oceania in Greece is named best for families with its enviable beachfront location
The Maxx Royal Kemer Resort, Turkey, scoops the best all-inclusive hotel award
FURTHER GLOBAL WINNERS IN THE 2019 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR HOTELS
Best for families
1. Maxx Royal Kemer Resort, Turkey
2. Premier Village Danang Resort, Vietnam
3. Cavallino Bianco Family Spa, Italy
4. Santa Clara Eco Resort, Brazil
5. Otium Hotel Life, Turkey
6. Tulemar Resort, Costa Rica
7. Sani Club, Greece
8. HD Parque Cristobal Tenerife, Spain
9. Astoria Palawan, Philippines
10. Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim, USA
11. Hotel Las Dunas, Peru
12. Club Med Sanya, China
13. Club Family Hotel Serenissima, Italy
14. Vythiri Village Resort, India
15. Sunconnect Kipriotis Aqualand, Greece
16. Padma Hotel Bandung, Indonesia
17. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, USA
18. Hotel Manar, Tunisia
19. Meriton Suites World Tower Sydney, Australia
20. All Inclusive VilaVip Hotel Fazenda, Brazil
21. Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut, Australia
22. Wyndham Concorde Isla Margarita, Venezuela
23. Movenpick Resort Taba, Egypt
24. Serenity Fun City, Egypt
25. Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma, Mexico
1. Ikos Oceania, Greece
2. Ikos Olivia, Greece
3. LUX Belle Mare, Mauritius
4. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
5. Tamassa Resort, Mauritius
6. Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico
7. Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, Mexico
8. Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
9. All Inclusive VilaVip Hotel Fazenda, Brazil
10. Voyage Bodrum, Turkey
11. Beloved Playa Mujeres, Mexico
12. Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico
13. Bellis Deluxe Hotel, Turkey
14. Lily Beach Resort and Spa, Maldives
15. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico
16. Voyage Sorgun, Turkey
17. Club Med Sanya, China
18. Explora Patagoina, Chile
19. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives
20. Sunrise Garden Beach Resort, Egypt
21. Sierra Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
22. TUI Blue Marmaris, Turkey
23. Istrotel Lagoona, Israel
24. Kurumba, Maldives
25. Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic