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The best hotels in Australia and the world, according to the world's biggest travel site, TripAdvisor, have been named in its annual Traveller's Choice Awards.
Pinetrees Lodge, on Lord Howe Island, came in at No.1 for the Australia and Pacific region. The family-owned lodge has existed since 1858 and completed a five-year major renovation in late 2019.
Although it's not cheap, with rooms from $436 per person per night (including island airport transfers and all meals), Pinetrees has a laid back feel. There's no Wi-Fi and no locks on the doors and guests don't need to dress up for dinner, despite the lodge's focus on fine food.
Pinetrees also topped TripAdvisor's list in 2017 and 2018. Australia's second top-ranked hotel, in third place for the region, was Sydney's Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which came in at No.1 in 2019.
The Ovolo sits on Finger Wharf, one of the oldest timber wharfs in the world. Originally built in 1915 as a facility for wool export, many of the original features of the building remain, with exposed beams, timber flooring and bale chutes. The centre of the building is an open space with the 100 rooms running down either side across five levels. (Read our review here)
Hobart's MACq 01 Hotel, which opened on the city's waterfront in 2017, was ranked in fifth place behind the Four Seasons Bora Bora. The 115-room hotel offers "informal luxury" and bills itself as a "storytelling hotel", with characters from Australia's distant and recent past assigned to each room, from Indigenous warrior Manalagena who resisted British occupation, to Robyn Moore, the voice of Blinky Bill.
For those looking to dream about the days when we'll be able to travel internationally again, the number one hotel in the world was Viroth's Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The hotel, with rooms from about $A240 a night, also topped the list in 2018 and ranked third last year.
Viroth features airy, modern rooms, a chic restaurant, large pool and spa. It's in the bustling town centre, which is the gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex.
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa in Vietnam came in second place in the global rankings, up from 10th spot last year, with rooms from just $A130 a night. But you might have trouble finding the hotel. According to the hotel's website, the Hanoi La Siesta no longer exists - it's now the La Siesta Classic Ma May. Located in the city's Old Quarter, the boutique hotel of 75 rooms features a classic colonial feel and a lively rooftop bar.
The Traveller's Choice Awards winners are based on millions of reviews submitted to the site from travellers, taking into account the quality and quantity of reviews in each category.
TripAdvisor itself has not been immune from the downturn in global travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In April, the company announced it would lay off 900 employees, one quarter of its workforce, as well as asking some staff to take pay cuts and closing some offices.
Top hotels in Australia/Pacific for 2020
- Pinetrees Lodge, Australia
- Tokoriki Island Resort, Fiji
- Ovolo Woolloomooloo , Australia
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- MACq 01 Hotel, Australia
- Meriton Suites Southport, Australia
- Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, Fiji
- Treasury On Collins, Australia
- The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
- Mount Lofty House, Australia
Top hotels globally for 2020
- Viroth's Hotel Cambodia
- Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa Vietnam
- Tulemar Bungalows & Villas Costa Rica
- Quinta Jardins do Lago Portugal
- THE OMNIA Switzerland
- The Upper House China
- Valle D'incanto Midscale Hotel Brazil
- Grand Velas Los Cabos Mexico
- Constance Prince Maurice Mauritius
- Raffles Dubai United Arab Emirates