The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland, the leading independent UK hotel guide – established in 1978 – will launch on Monday 7 October 2019.
Co-edited by Adam and Caroline Raphael, together with
award-winning travel writers Ian Belcher and Joanna Symons, the new 2020
edition features 830 hotels, inns and B&Bs, with 433 main entries chosen
for their exceptional hospitality and distinctive style. The Guide’s choices
range from great value B&Bs from as little as £75 a night to luxury hotels,
restaurants-with-rooms, and boutique city hotels.
A Guide survey** of its readers found that 88% trust its reviews more than those on TripAdvisor. Two out of three readers said the Guide was ‘influential’ in their choice of where to stay. Readers single out the Guide for its honesty, independence, and unbiased reviews. ‘I can’t think of a book which over the years has given me more pleasure,’ wrote one long-time reader.
The editors select hotels purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers. Hotels do not pay to be included and no hospitality is accepted, unlike many hotel and travel guides. Reports by members of the public are the Guide’s lifeblood; the range of entries is deliberately eclectic. The test of a good hotel, whether a luxury country house or a small inn, remains the same – great hospitality, attention to detail and friendly, attentive service.
Each year ten César awards are presented to the Guide’s outstanding hoteliers. Named after César Ritz, the famed hotelier whose name symbolises exemplary hospitality, these are the Oscars of the hotel industry. These awards are subject to a strict embargo until Monday 7th October, the date of publication.
This year’s Guide features 36 new main entries and a newly extended shortlist section with 50 new entries. Its aim, as it has been over the past 40 years, is to champion properties where the guest comes first.
The 2020 Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 categories – This Year’s Discoveries, Romantic, Spas, Seaside, Restaurants-with-Rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, Rooms with a View, B&Bs, Value, Pubs-with-Rooms, Family, Walking, Quirky and Weddings. All hotels are listed alphabetically, by village or town, with a photograph, and all of the Guide’s main entries include a full review with accompanying contact details.
This year’s revamped Shortlist section features 397 properties with extended text and a photograph for each entry. These include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that continually receive positive feedback from customers.
Many of the entries in the Good Hotel Guide 2020 are also available online at www.goodhotelguide.com, where there are a further five online-only Editor’s Choice hotel categories: Gourmet (new), Fishing, Golf, Eco-friendly and Historic.
The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland will be published on Monday 7th October 2019, priced £16 (including p&p within the UK) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP (Tel: 020 7602 4182; https://www.goodhotelguide.com/buy-the-guide/) or priced £20 from all good bookshops.
Discount vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy of the Guide. They enable a 25% saving off one night’s normal B&B price at participating hotels. Good Hotel Guide gift vouchers are also available, in denominations from £100 to £1000.