Great Milton’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is officially Britain’s best hotel.
Leading figures from the UK hotel industry have voted, for a second year, in The Caterer’s 2017 Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list, in association with Sky, which reveals the industry’s favourite hotels across Great Britain.
This year, hoteliers named Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, established by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, as the best British hotel.
Belmond Le Manoir beat last year’s winner, Chewton Glen in Hampshire, to the top spot.
A country house hotel and renowned foodie destination, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has over 33 years been transformed by Raymond Blanc from a restaurant with rooms to a sprawling 32-bedroom hotel with cookery school, a two Michelin star restaurant and one of the UK’s most impressive kitchen gardens.
Le Manoir was also awarded ‘Food Hotel of the Year’ and was featured in the top three for ‘Countryside Hotel of the Year’.
The 2017 Hoteliers’ Hotel Top 100 also welcomed Oxfordshire’s Soho Farmhouse for the first time with an impressive ranking of 24. The hotelhas 40 cabins and a seven-bedroom farmhouse as well as a four bedroom cottage and is in Great Tew, Chipping Norton.
The Caterer, the leading publication in the hospitality and catering industry, asked the UK’s top hoteliers to vote for their overall top three hotels to form the 2017 Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list.
Participants also nominated their top three properties by category; ‘Spa Hotel of the Year’, Countryside Hotel of the Year’, ‘Food Hotel of the Year, ‘City Centre Hotel of the Year’, ‘Boutique Hotel of the Year’ and ‘Family-Friendly Hotel of the Year’.
The 2017 Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 was announced last night as a glittering award’s ceremony held at one of the UK’s hottest new hotels, the Ned in the City of London, which opened in May after voting for the list closed.
Foxhill Manor, Worcestershire, maintained its title of ‘Boutique Hotel of the Year’, with Calcot Manor, Tetbury, also retaining the top place for ‘Family-Friendly Hotel of the Year’. Claridge’s, London, took ‘City Centre Hotel of the Year’ from The Goring, London, which dropped down to second place.
Despite losing the overall favourite title, Chewton Glen was voted by peers for a consecutive year as ‘Spa Hotel of the Year’ and ‘Countryside Hotel of the Year’, as well as being featured in ‘Family-Friendly Hotel of the Year’.
Amanda Afiya, editor of The Caterer, said: “We were delighted by the response to launch of the list last year and are excited by the engagement that this year’s list will create both in the industry and with guests.
“Hoteliers are the best judges of the UK hotel industry and the Hoteliers’ Hotel Top 100 showcases a wide breadth of properties that celebrates our Great British hotels.”
Bronwyn de Cholewa, director – hotels, Sky, added: “Sky is delighted to once again support the Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100. We are committed to providing the best TV entertainment to help the UK’s best and finest hotels enhance the guest experience, and so we’re proud to be associated with these awards, which recognise the exceptional level of details that goes into ensuring every guest has a perfect stay.”
The 2017 Hoteliers’ Hotel Top 100 list was launched on July 10 at The Ned, London. The hoteliers selected to vote were based on former Hoteliers of the Year, Catey and Hotel Catey award winners, as well as members of the Master Innholders and Pride of Britain.
The results were independently ratified by a panel of experts including Fiona Duncan, hotel critic of the Telegraph and Giovanna Grossi, hotel consultant and AA advisor; and senior editors from The Caterer.