A six-bedroom B&B in Torquay has been crowned the best in the world based on visitor ratings.
The 25 came out top and was one of five UK B&Bs in the world’s top 10 in the travellers’ choice 2019 awards organised by TripAdvisor.
Andy and Julian Banner-Price, who run the 25, which is exclusively for adults, previously turned round a failing hotel in north Wales that won a top 10 ranking on TripAdvisor during their tenure.
They 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.”
The 25, an Edwardian building bearing some resemblance to the fictional Fawlty Towers, is the only UK business to make it to world No 1 in the awards this year. No UK hotel, guesthouse or B&B managed the feat last year.
Bindon Bottom B&B in West Lulworth, Dorset, the Grange in Fylingthorpe, North Yorkshire, and Swallows Rest in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, were ranked third to fifth best B&Bs in the world this year and Hillstone Lodge in Colbost, on the Isle of Skye, came seventh.
The awards, now in their 17th year, are determined by an algorithm based on all reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor users worldwide.
Patricia Yates, the director of the national tourism agency VisitBritain, said: “Tourism is a fiercely competitive global industry and people have a lot of choice, so it really is fantastic news that five of the UK’s B&Bs have been rated by travellers in the top 10 globally, including the top spot.
“This demonstrates that our accommodation and service is not only exceeding customer expectations but it is up there competing with the world’s very best, and supporting growth from tourism across our nations and regions.”
For a third year running, the title of the UK’s top hotel went to Hotel 41, located opposite Buckingham Palace, which was also fifth in the world in the luxury hotel category and 15th in the top hotels overall. Its staff outnumber guests by two to one.
Other UK properties recognised include the Elm Tree hotel in Llandudno, rated the third best bargain hotel in the world and the best hotel in the UK for romantic breaks. Another Llandudno venue, the Lawton & Lauriston Court hotel, won the award for the best service in the UK.
Devon’s Tavistock House hotel was rated the seventh best small hotel in the world. Best for family breaks in the UK was the Premier Inn London City (Aldgate).
Hayley Coleman of TripAdvisor said: “Many hospitality awards select winners with a panel of judges but the travellers’ choice awards are different; they are based on feedback from actual guests over the past year. The B&B has long held its status as a British institution, so it’s great to see the UK recognised worldwide for doing the B&B best.”
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas in Costa Rica was rated the top hotel in the world. Guests in the resort’s treehouse-style accommodation count monkeys and sloths among their neighbours and can take advantage of the only exclusive sandy beach in the region.