A boutique hotel in Budapest themed after four genres of music has earned the lofty title of being the world's best hotel 2017 among TripAdvisor guests, who gave it nearly unanimously high marks.
The online review and booking site released the winners of their 15th annual Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels Tuesday, based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected from travelers for more than 7,610 properties in 117 countries and regions worldwide.
Leading the top 10 list is the Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection, a boutique property that recreates the splendor of a Hungarian palace under the overall theme of music.
Each of the four wings is dedicated to classical, opera, contemporary or jazz music, and décor is a playful mix between luxurious modern and classic design.
The Aria hotel received a five out of five bubble rating among its 719 reviews. The average nightly rate is $288, with the most affordable month to visit being March ($252 per night).
"This hotel was absolutely beautiful. The staff was amazing. Check out the rooftop bar for a fantastic view. The breakfast and happy hour are fabulous. Absolutely stay at this hotel when traveling to Budapest," wrote one satisfied customer.
Overall, the 2017 edition of the Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels was dominated by the US, Italy and France which boast the most unique number of hotel winners.
The top-rated US hotel for 2017 is the Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Massachusetts, a 19th century property which underwent an extensive overhaul in 2012 that preserved its classic Nantucket exterior but modernized the interior for the needs of its 21st century guests.
In other categories, the Nayara Springs hotel in Costa Rica was identified as the top-rated luxury hotel among TripAdvisor travelers, while the Elm Tree Hotel in Wales took the title of best bargain hotel.
Here are the winners of the 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels:
1. Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection - Budapest, Hungary
2. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve - Ubud, Indonesia
3. Turin Palace Hotel - Turin, Italy
4. Hotel The Serras - Barcelona, Spain
5. BoHo Prague Hotel - Prague, Czech Republic
6. Portrait Firenze - Florence, Italy
7. Shinta Mani Resort - Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
8. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa - Hanoi, Vietnam
9. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas - Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
10. JA Manafaru - Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives