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Scarborough B&B named best in the world in 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards
Tripadvisor announces annual ‘Best of the Best Hotels’ with four NEW categories

LONDON, UK, 12 May, 2021 – A Scarborough B&B has been named the best-rated B&B in the world in the 19th annual Travellers’ Choice® Best of the Best Awards for Hotels, announced today by Tripadvisor®. In fact, five of the world’s top 15 B&Bs can be found in the UK. 


Scarborough’s The Toulson Court Bed and Breakfast takes the title of world number one for the first time. Run by couple Angela and James, it is located close to the seaside town’s Peasholm Park and a short walk from Scarborough Beach.


The Torcroft in Torquay and Dorset House in Lyme Regis take second and third place in Europe and third and fourth in the world respectively. While Torlinnhe Guest House in Fort William and Haven Cottage in Ambleside celebrate fourth and fifth in Europe and sixth and 12th in the world. 


Every year, Tripadvisor trawls through millions of reviews from its global community of travellers to uncover the hotels and B&Bs that people raved about most – those that go the extra mile, the most wanderlust worthy, the places that make a holiday. Even during a global pandemic travellers continued to discover new places and share their advice with other holiday-goers  in 2020, and despite significant disruption to the hospitality industry, hotels around the world still managed to wow guests and deliver top service.


“Now that staycations are back on in the UK and the ban on overseas travel is days away from lifting, Brits will want to start getting plans in motion for what could possibly be the most longed for holiday of their life. This celebration of the best of the best hotels around the world should serve as the perfect guide for discovering places to stay that are fit for the trip of a lifetime,” said Tripadvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.


New year, new categories

In addition to the awards much-loved existing categories, an exciting change for 2021 includes the introduction of four brand new ones. Introducing...Hottest New Hotels (properties that opened July 2019 or later), Top Rooftop Hotels, Safari Stays and Picture-Perfect Hotels (properties with gorgeous photos on Tripadvisor).


UK top performers

It’s not just the B&B category where the UK excelled this year. Other businesses on our home turf are celebrating world recognition too.


Among the most romantic hotels, Edgar House in Chester is named second in Europe and fourth in the world, while Torquay’s Haytor Hotel bags third in Europe and seventh in the world. 


In the Small hotels category, Haytor Hotel and Edgar House appear again, claiming second and fifth in Europe and fourth and 19th in the world respectively. Tavistock House Hotel, located in the Devon town of Tavistock, comes between Haytor Hotel and Edgar House at third in Europe and 17th in the world.    


The Park Grand London Kensington is the eighth Most Saved hotel in the world, while The Hari, also in London, is seventh in Europe and 21st in the world’s Top hotels overall.


And jumping straight into the new Hottest New Hotels category at 16th and 17th place respectively, are York’s Roomzzz York City and Manchester’s Hotel Brooklyn.


French chateau in….Brazil named 2021 best in world

Elsewhere in the world, Hotel Colline de France – where rooms are available from £119 per night* – takes the title of Top hotel overall on the planet for 2021. Inspired by French architecture, this hotel emulates the style and grandeur of a French chateau, although you’ll find it over 5,000 miles away from France in the Brazillian mountain resort town of Gramado. Elegance and sophistication are the name of the game at this hotel, with 34 uber swanky suites dripping with opulence. 


2021 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotels by Category:



UK #1

World #1

Top Hotel

Best hotels overall

The Hari - London

Hotel Colline de France - Gramado, Brazil

NEW! Hottest New Hotel

Opened July 2019 or later

No UK list – world only

(Highest ranking UK hotel: Roomzzz York City at #16)

Arinna Cappadocia - Goreme, Turkey

NEW! Best Safari Stay

Properties with safari features

No UK list – world only 

(No UK winner)

Patagonia Camp - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

NEW! Top Rooftop Hotel

Hotels with the best rooftops

No UK list – world only

(No UK winner)

Hanoi La Siesta Diamond Hotel & Spa - Hanoi, Vietnam

NEW! Picture-Perfect Hotel

Hotels with gorgeous photos

No UK list – world only

(No UK winner)

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa - Fasmendhoo, Maldives

Best Small Hotel

Less than 30 rooms

Haytor Hotel - Torquay

Luxury Villa Excelsior Parco - Capri, Italy

Best Romance Hotel

Majority of reviews from couples

Edgar House - Chester

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat - Montville, Australia

Best B&B

Limited to B&B

The Toulson Court – Scarborough

The Toulson Court – Scarborough, United Kingdom

Best All Inclusive

Limited to All-Inclusive properties

No UK list – world & regional only

(No UK winner)

Ikos Olivia - Gerakini, Greece

Most Saved Hotel

Highest volume of “saves” on Tripadvisor

No UK  list – world & US only

(Highest ranking UK hotel: Park Grand London Kensington at #8)

Havana Cabana at Key West West - Key West, Fla.


To see all Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel winners for 2021, across all subcategories, visit:


Notes to editor

*Price per night based on one week’s stay end of June 2021 in a standard suite, including breakfast.



2021 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor between 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020 specific to each award subcategory, as well as an additional editorial process. 


Tripadvisor is proud to serve a broad and diverse community of travelers from all over the world. As such, Tripadvisor reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any property, business or point of interest listed on Tripadvisor for an award based on additional factors that reflect Tripadvisor corporate policies and values. For more details on Tripadvisor’s awards policy, see here.


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