Hotel Guests Give London The Thumbs Down

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 109 months ago
Hotel Guests Give London The Thumbs Down

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Information card from the Ecclestone Hotel, 1938, by Central Historian from the Londonist Flickr pool
Beware the perils of that most beloved of buzz phrases, user generated content! A holiday price comparison website did its own comparing - of reviews left across sites like Tripadvisor, and worked out the average rating of hotels for 50 top cities. It's bad news for London: we came plum last, with an average of 69.9% - beaten even by Birmingham, whose whole percentage-point-extra placed it second to last.

Dresden came top, but where would you rather spend a holiday? Really? And perhaps it's worth pondering whether the size of our capital - and the range of accommodation therein - managed to drag down our average. When Bruges and Salzburg hit the top five, beautiful though they are, we're perhaps not quite comparing like with like. And while seeing what people will complain about is always an amusing way to pass a bored hour on t'internet, always remembering that some people are just crackers (Google SideWiki take note), it's perhaps not very, um, scientific.

Perhaps disappointed London visitors might be heartened to hear the Conran Group (now known by the nerd-loving name D&D London) is planning to open a boutique hotel in Moorgate. The development - which will have a rooftop bar for lovers of London's skyline - is scheduled to open in 2012, everyone's favourite Olympic deadline.

Last Updated 11 November 2009