While this may not have been the best year for travel, that doesn’t mean those who excelled in service before the pandemic will go unnoticed. Today, Tripadvisor unveiled the winners of its 18th edition of the Travelers’ Choice Awards, showcasing the best in accommodation, cuisine, transportation and more for 2020 in the US and around the world.
These winners were calculated based on the quality and quantity of customer reviews and ratings collected from Tripadvisor.com in 2019. With more than 8.7 million companies listed on the platform, these selected winners stood out among the main titans of the hotel industry.
You can view the full list of winners here, which then names the top 25 winners in each category. So far, here’s what’s happened to # 1 for the best hotels, restaurants, and airlines in the US and around the world.
# 1 hotel in the United States: French Quarter Inn
For the second year in a row, The French Quarter Inn located in Charleston, South Carolina, was ranked # 1. This intimate boutique hotel “captivates guests with an experience akin to visiting the gracious Charleston home of a charming Southern friend,” according to its website. Upon arrival, all guests are greeted with champagne. In the evening, there is a free turn down service with hot cookies and milk.
# 1 restaurant in the United States: The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s dining establishment in Yountville, California offers a new menu of French specialties every day.
The Dallas-based low-cost carrier takes the top spot for the third year in a row. Unlike other airlines, Southwest does not charge a fee for a maximum of two checked bags and also serves free soft drinks and snacks on board.
Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, this 1950s-style hotel comprises 35 rooms and features a breathtaking swimming pool.
This French restaurant is known for its quirky decor (like octopus chandeliers) and even more exotic dishes, including a rotten chicken egg with melanosporum truffles on a mushroom and truffle puree. The restaurant functions as a hostel, which means you can stay at home if you need to take a nap after a good meal.
First airline in the world: Azul
Brazil’s largest international airline, Azul offers special features such as Economy Extra (seats with more legroom), Skysofa (a group of four economy class seats that can be transformed into a ‘spacious sofa for that families, couples and friends travel together ”), and seats that convert to fully reclining beds in Business Class.
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