Unique and Alternative Stays Take Centre Stage in’s 2017 Guest Review Awards

For the first time, apartments take the lead from hotels as the most-awarded accommodation type in 2017, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, is honouring its accommodation partners that consistently deliver great guest experiences with a 2017 Guest Review Award. Based on over 140 million reviews, this year 549,937 properties in 218 countries and territories are being given an award, with partners in several new countries being recognised, including in Cuba, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia. The top countries receiving the most awards are Italy (81,603), France (33,500), the United States (30,502), Spain (29,598), Germany (25,969), Croatia (24,395), the UK (21,655), Poland (18,391), Russia (18,300), and Greece (17,361).

For the first time, apartments take the lead from hotels as the top-awarded accommodation type, making up 30% of the award-winning properties in 2017. In fact, four out of five of the top-awarded accommodation types are something other than a traditional hotel: Apartments (165,876), Hotels (132,339), Guest houses (63,697), Bed and breakfasts (55,833), and Holiday Homes (29,634).

This continuing consumer interest in unique accommodation experiences is echoed by recent research that conducted with 19,000 travellers across 26 countries, where one in three (33%) said that they would prefer to stay in a holiday rental over a hotel in 2018. In addition, one in five (21%) said that they would consider listing their own home on a travel accommodation site over the coming year. With 40% of travellers also wanting to stay in an accommodation type they’ve never experienced before in 2018, consumer demand and interest in a diverse range of accommodation options remains strong.

In India, 3907 properties, from all types, received the award, with an overall average guest review score of 8.5. In addition, 15 properties from India achieved a perfect 10 score, demonstrating their dedication to offering an unforgettable stay.

“The more than 140 million reviews available on are all real experiences shared by real customers. They not only help travellers to discover the stay that’s just right for them, but they also empower accommodation providers with real-time feedback that can truly have a positive impact on their business,” said Peter Verhoeven, Global Director of Partner Services at “With these awards, we congratulate, thank and honour a unique set of real hospitality heroes—our partners—who dedicate themselves to creating incredible guest experiences and cherished travel memories for travellers each and every day.”

A selection of outstanding properties in India receiving the 2017 Award:

  • Casa Da Praia – Goa
  • Pinnacle Holiday Homes – Goa
  • Hotel Himmat Niwas – Rajasthan
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace – Rajasthan
  • The Pod Cochin Homestay – Kerala
  • Periyar Inn – Kerala
  • Lazy Frog – Goa
  • Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli - Rajasthan
  • The Oberoi Udaivilas - Rajasthan
  • Flamingo Boutique Villa – Keral