There are fifty-one suspects on the latest list of Australia’s Most Wanted – but all of them are happy to be there.
They are the nation’s most sought-after accommodation hot spots according to the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2018.
To receive the award, properties must have received an average customer review score of 9.4 or higher, based on a minimum of 50 reviews submitted between December 2016 to November 2017.
Queensland dominates this year’s list, boasting 20 accommodation providers rated 9.4 or higher in guest reviews. NSW has 14 gongs, Victoria has six, and Tasmania continues its rise as a favoured destination, shooting up in the list with five.
Hotels scoring a near-perfect 9.8 out of 10 are: Windradyne Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Katoomba, The Langham in Sydney, Potters Oceanside Motel in East Mackay, Potters Toowoomba Boutique Hotel in Toowoomba and MACq 01 Hotel in Hobart.
Hotels.com marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand, David Spasovic, said the competition was tough, with 3,400 hotels across 91 countries being identified as truly outstanding.
“Hotels.com analysed millions of verified guest reviews to find this year’s best of the best and the winning hotels had to receive a rating of 9.4 out of 10 or above to be categorised as one of the world’s ‘Most Wanted’ hotels.
“The Australian accommodation industry is truly making its mark on the world with this impressive number of guest ratings and awards. With our beautiful scenery, amazing attractions and friendly locals, Australia is a travel favourite, and it’s great to see our hotel industry recognised at the same level.”
Overall, Australia took out 12th place in the world for top-rated hotels as voted by Hotels.com guests, up one place from last year.
Globally, the USA ran away with the competition, with 1,498 hotels snapping up a Most Wanted award, followed by Italy with 232, the UK with 192, Canada at 126 and Spain with 101.
“The Loved by Guests awards are all about Hotels.com guest reviews, the good the great and the awesome,” said Johan Svanstrom of Hotels.com.
“We know that people value fellow guest opinions even more than star ratings these days, so we we’re giving everyone super clear access to just that and highlighting the hotels that truly stand out.”
For a full list of winners, see Hotels.com.