Mumbai: Fifteen hotels in India have battled it out all year to be crowned the ‘Most Wanted’ hotels worldwide in the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2018, where the judges are the guests themselves.
Hotels.com believes that the way to find the ‘Most Wanted’ hotels is to ask the customers themselves, so they did just that! Knowing that reviews are becoming even more influential than the official star ratings, Hotels.com looked at over 25 million Hotels.com guest reviews on the website to pick the winners.
The competition was tough, with an astonishing 3400 hotels 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 categorised as one of the world’s ‘Most Wanted’ hotels, 15 luxury hotels in India made the cut.
Top 3 Cities in the India which bagged Awards
1. Mumbai – 4 hotels
2. Bangalore – 4 hotels
3. Delhi – 3 hotels
In Mumbai, The Taj Mahal – Fort and the Taj Santacruz along with The Oberoi and JW Marriott Sahar claimed their rightful place on the ‘Loved by Guests’ lists. It is interesting to note that two out of the four hotels are known for their proximity to the airport. Since Mumbai is a hub city, luxury hotels near the city’s airports are much sought-after amongst frequent business and leisure travellers.
Bengaluru saw renowned names like the Oberoi, St Mark’s, Shangri-La and the Taj Bangalore feature on the list while The Imperial, The Leela and Andaz Delhi stole the show in Delhi. Apart from properties in the major metropolises of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, hotels in fast-growing cities like Pune, Gurugram also made their presence felt.
Globally, the USA stormed ahead with 1498 hotels 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.
The cities around the globe where travellers 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..
“The Loved by Guests awards are all about Hotels.com guest reviews, the good the great and the awesome! We know that people value fellow guest opinions even more than star ratings these days, so we we’re giving everyone super clear access to just that and highlighting the hotels that truly stand out. There are 25 million verified guest reviews that can offer inspiration for your next trip as well as helping you pick a great hotel for your needs,” said Johan Svanstrom, President for Hotels.com Brand.
All the award-winning hotels are bookable through the award-winning Hotels.com mobile app, available on iOS and Android. Check out some of the winning hotels on Facebook and Instagram using the #LovedbyGuests hashtag or visit www.hotels.com