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A Cheshire hotel and Cotswolds B&B are among the big winners in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels.

Edgar House (above) in Chester topped the world’s Small hotel category and Maxwell’s Piece B&B in Moreton-in-Marsh was named the second best-rated B&B in the world.

The awards – based on millions of reviews and opinions from holidaymakers – honour the world’s most outstanding properties in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Best Service and Small Hotels.

James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson, said: “These awards are based on guest feedback gathered throughout the year, so what sets the winners apart is not just a high standard of service and accommodation, but the fact that they deliver this day in and day out.”

The UK is home to the world’s number one hotel in the Small Hotels category – which honours the best rated hotels with less than 30 rooms. Chester’s Edgar House, overlooking the River Dee, is a period Georgian house for adults only.

Mike Stephen, co-owner of Edgar House said: “To be named the number one Small Hotel in the world is an incredible honour, and we can’t find the words to say how thrilled and humbled we are. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our team, and of course, a huge thank you to the wonderful hotel and restaurant guests for supporting us, and for helping us win this amazing award.”

best hotels and B&Bs in the UK and world

Devon is also flying the flag for small hotels as The Old Rectory (above) in Martinhoe is voted seventh in the world, third in Europe and second in the UK. Muckrach Country House Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, Scotland takes 11th in Europe and third in the UK.

This year’s awards also prove that great service doesn’t have to blow the budget. Five of the UK’s Best Service hotels are also named in the Bargain category, including the Elm Tree Hotel in Llandudno, second best rated bargain hotel in the world – rooms set you back as little as £38 per person, per night. It placed sixth in the UK in the Best Service category.

With nine of the world’s top 25 B&Bs hailing from the UK this year, including four of the top ten, it’s fair to say that the UK is dominating the B&B category. The title of second best B&B in the world goes to Maxwell’s Piece B&B in the Cotswolds, while Sayle House in CambridgeSouth Lodge Guest House in Bridlington and Llanarthney’s Llwyn Helyg Country House take fifth, sixth and seventh place in the world respectively.

best hotels and B&Bs in the UK and world

For those looking for luxury, the UK winner of the Top Hotels category is celeb chef Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, which also celebrates placing third in Europe and sixth in the world.

World’s Top 10 Small Hotels

  1. Edgar House, Chester, UK
  2. The Pillars Retreat, Taupo, New Zealand
  3. Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
  4. Nayara Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  5. The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand
  6. La Minerva, Capri, Italy
  7. The Old Rectory Hotel, Martinhoe, UK
  8. Riad Kheirredine, Marrakech, Morocco
  9. Spirit of the Knights Boutique Hotel, Rhodes Town, Greece
  10. The Dairy Private Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand

World’s Top 10 B&Bs

  1. Casa Portagioia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
  2. Maxwell’s Piece B&B, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK
  3. Arcadia Residence, Prague, Czech Republic
  4. Aenaon Villas, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
  5. Sayle House, Cambridge, UK
  6. B&B Mondello Resort, Mondello, Italy
  7. South Lodge Guest House, Bridlington, UK
  8. Llwyn Helyg Country House, Llanarthney, Wales, UK
  9. Huis Koning, Bruges, Belgium
  10. A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, Duluth, Minnesota, United States

World’s Top 10 Hotels for Best Service

  1. Hotel Residence Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic
  2. Desert Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs, California, United States
  3. Golden Temple Residence, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  4. Lawton Court Hotel, Llandudno, UK
  5. Hotel Estalagem St Hubertus, Gramado, Brazil
  6. Essence Palace Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. Albergaria do Calvario, Evora, Portugal
  8. North Ocean Hotel, Blackpool, UK
  9. Astra Suites, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
  10. Nayara Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

World’s Top 10 Bargain Hotels

  1. Sakli Konak, Uchisar, Turkey
  2. Elm Tree Hotel, Llandudno, UK
  3. The Inn Above Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona, United States
  4. Golden Bell Homestay, Hoi An, Vietnam
  5. Lithos by Spyros & Flora, Agios Ioannis Diakoftis, Greece
  6. Queens Promenade Hotel, Blackpool, UK
  7. Clark’s Sunny Isle Motel, Summerside, Canada
  8. Hotel Universal, Cattolica, Italy
  9. Hotel Rancho Cerro Azul, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  10. Hotel Villa Sirena, Casamicciola Terme, Italy

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in the World:

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur – Jodhpur, India, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £510 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July (£271)
  2. Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap, Cambodia, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £138 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May (£119)
  3. Bellevue Syrene – Sorrento, Italy, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £391 per night. Most affordable month to visit: November (£253)
  4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £76 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September (£65)
  5. Achtis Hotel – Afitos, Greece, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £69 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October (£56)
  6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, UK, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £807 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September (£677)
  7. Mirihi Island Resort – Mirihi, Maldives, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £736 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June (£533)
  8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba – Palm Eagle, Aruba, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £325 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October (£231)
  9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Lance aux Epines, Grenada, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £560 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June (£374)
  10. Hotel Ritta Höppner – Gramado, Brazil, bookable on TripAdvisor for an average rate of £128 per night. Most affordable month to visit: April (£111)

For the complete list of 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards see here