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YORKSHIRE’S RUDDING PARK IS CROWNED ‘NUMBER ONE HOTEL IN THE UK’AND ‘NUMBER SIX BEST LUXURY HOTEL IN THE WORLD’ BY TRIPADVISOR®
14th April 2010

Harrogate’s Rudding Park hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’ in the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice Awards which honour the world’s finest hotels.

The prestigious accolade, which now puts the North Yorkshire hotel at sixth in the top ten luxury hotels of the world, is based solely on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers gathered on the travel guide website www.tripadvisor.com TM. 

Favouring Yorkshire over London, world travellers gave Rudding Park its distinctive place in the UK and world rankings despite fierce competition from luxury hotels the world over.  To boot, no other London, or major UK city, has appeared in this year’s top 25 UK hotels listing. 

The title is the third TripAdvisor® win for the hotel after it was placed in the ‘Top 30 Best Luxury Hotels’ award in 2008 and 2009.

Simon Mackaness, chairman of Rudding Park, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement and I am delighted that Rudding Park is favoured so highly among our guests.

“To be voted number one in the UK and to be rated number six among the world’s best hotels is an accomplishment we have aspired to since purchasing Rudding Park 30 years ago.  When creating our development strategy, we have always strived to provide the best service and guest care possible.  I would like to thank everyone who has helped to bring Rudding Park such astounding recognition.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This fantastic result for Rudding Park is a shining example of Yorkshire’s quality tourism offer.  This is recognition from those who count, our visitors. Congratulations to everyone at Rudding Park who work with us to strengthen Yorkshire’s place as the UK’s number one destination.”

The height of luxury
Rudding Park’s TripAdvisor® achievement comes after a string of industry award wins throughout 2009 which propelled the hotel to the forefront of luxury hotel accommodation in the UK. Highlights include winning ‘Housekeeper of the Year’ for Rachael Park, head housekeeper, at the Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s Hotel Cateys and the hotel’s consultant chef, Stephanie Moon, won the ‘Champion’ title at the deliciouslyorkshire Awards, which both took place in November last year. Rudding Park was also awarded ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Life Food and Wine Awards in October.

Over the years, numerous special guests have stayed at Rudding Park including Bill Clinton, George Bush Snr, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Cleese.

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