Hospitality

Tripadvisor lists 25 top heritage hotels

DELHI

heritage-hotel-trip-listTripAdvi-sor has announced the winners of its 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards for Heritage Hotels. The list recognises top 25 heritage properties in India, based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.

Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India says,“Congratulations to the winning hotels. TripAdvisor’sTravellers’ Choice Awards for Heritage Hotels recognize the best heritage properties in the country, and we are proud to honor the winners who have painstakingly and lovingly conserved these properties that have immense historical and cultural significance.”

Among the states, Rajasthan retains the title of the ‘official heritage state’ followed by Kerala on the second spot though the number of properties from Rajasthan has come down to 9 this year from 12 in 2013. It is interesting to see Uttarakhand and West Bengal solidifying their presence with the former securing 3 wins this year vs 2 in 2013 and the latter securing 2 wins vs 1 last year. On the other hand, Himachal Pradesh notched only 1 win this year vs 2 last year.

Hotels that went up the pecking order:
• Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan moves to #1 position from #2 last year
• Rawla Narlai, Rajasthan moves remarkably to 3rd spot from 16th in 2013
• Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort, Uttarakhand moves to #8 from #21 last year

Interestingly not many Indians would categorise many of these hotels as heritage hotels, as some on the list are more of contemporary resorts. Also names that are missing on the list such as the Falaknumah Palace Hotel in Hyderabad might raise eyebrows.

Also just hotels from just eight states find mention on the list. Rajasthan tops the list with nine hotels, while Kerala has six.

For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Heritage Hotels, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to http://www.tripadvisor.in/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cHeritage

Musafir Namah Bureau

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