The Good Hotel Guide has revealed the 10 winners of its César awards for 2020.
The 42nd edition of the Guide, which was first established in 1978, has been co-edited by Adam and Caroline Raphael, features 830 hotels, inns and B&Bs, with the Cesar Awards recognising hotels which have ‘demonstrated excellence in their field’.
Winners include Southernhay House, Exeter, Devon, named as Romantic Hotel of the Year, The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll and Bute, Scottish Luxury Hotel of the Year and The Old Coastguard in Cornwall, which despite closing recently due to a fire this summer, was still hailed as ‘outstanding’ by the editors.
Co-editor Adam Raphael says: “We have come a long way
since the first edition of the Guide was published. Whilst Wi-Fi and power
showers have become the norm, what has remained integral to the Guide, is its
honesty; not a penny is paid for an entry in the print edition. The test of a
good hotel remains the same – great hospitality, attention to detail, and
friendly, attentive service.”
The full list of winners are:
Newcomer of the year: North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Seaside Hotel of the year: The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall
Country house hotel of the year: Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow, Shropshire
B&B of the year: Underleigh House, Hope, Derbyshire
Romantic hotel of the year: Southernhay House, Exeter, Devon
Inn of the year: The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, Yorkshire
Scottish luxury hotel of the year: The Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll and Bute
Welsh hotel of the year: The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Irish B&B of the year: The Quay House, Clifden, County Galway
Restaurant-with-rooms of the year: Read’s, Faversham, Kent
The 2020 Guide has 36 new main entries and an 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.