Ten new hotels have been recognised with a César award from the Good Hotel Guide 2019, which is published today.
The independent UK Guide, which is co-edited by Adam Raphael and Ian Belcher, features 860 properties in total – its highest number yet – with 424 main entries chosen for their excellent hospitality.
A Shortlist section features an additional 436 properties.
Ten César awards are presented to a selection of hotels which have demonstrated excellence in their field, with the awards named after César Ritz.
Co-editors Adam Raphael and Ian Belcher say: “This year’s 2019 César winners have demonstrated excellence at every turn, providing guests with delicious food and warm hospitality. They have also succeeded in getting the all-important basics right, from a comfortable mattress or very good ambient lighting to that vital but often overlooked welcoming atmosphere and smooth service.”
The ten winners are:
Newcomer of the year
Pentonbridge Inn, Penton, Cumbria
Luxury hotel of the year
Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye
Seaside hotel of the year
The Nare, Veryan-in-Roseland, Cornwall
Country hotel of the year
Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Gloucestershire
B&B of the year
Stoberry House, Wells, Somerset
Romantic hotel of the year
The Salutation, Sandwich, Kent
Inn of the year
The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire
Scottish hotel of the year
Knockendarroch Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland
Welsh restaurant-with-rooms of the year
Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth, Wales
Irish hotel of the year
Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Recent research by the Good Hotel Guide 2019 of its 860 hotels suggests that the approach of Brexit has helped the UK hospitality industry.
Trading for most hotels has been good (69%) or fair (28%), with only 3% saying it had been poor. More than half (60%) said that they had seen an increase in foreign guests.
Occupancy rates have increased, with 12% recording exceptionally high rates (above 90%) and half recording rates above 75% – helped by the decline in the pound’s value and this year’s good weather.
Only 21% said occupancy rates were worse than last year. However, Brexit is by no means all good news: a third of hotels said that Brexit had affected staff recruitment and retention.
In addition to the ten César awards named above, the Guide’s Editor’s Choice section highlights the top ten hotels in 16 designated 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.