The most-booked hotels show what travellers want most
Clean, convenient and cost-effective. That's the stuff.
TripAdvisor has revealed the three most booked hotels in Australia, and worldwide, and in today's era of increasingly lush boutique stays and creative hotelier approaches, they show a healthy dose of pragmatism, and that price definitely matters.
We scoped each of them out to give you the lowdown on prices, reviews and the fine points of each.
Australia's most booked
- Rydges Hotel, Sydney Airport
- The Four Seasons, Sydney CBD
- The Langham, Melbourne
Rydges Hotel: Convenient, quiet and affordable
Like most airport hotels the location was everything, backed up by an airport shuttle service. Unlike most airport hotels however, the premium amenities come as standard, with a special eye to what travellers can use the most, like fast and free Wi-Fi.
Guests loved the express check-in and check-out, praised the clean and quiet rooms, found the beds very comfortable and also had a lot to say about the bar and restaurant.
Unassuming on the outside, and equally unassuming on the inside, the Rydges Hotel at Sydney Airport clearly knows what travellers want.
- Average rating - 8.7/10
- Current Prices - From $181 per night for a Superior Queen double room
The Four Seasons: Aptly located and tourist-friendly
All around quality, with praise for the service, the rooms and the views.
The numerous amenities also see a lot of use, including a swimming pool, gym, fitness room, massage and beauty centre, sauna, salon and spa. It's far and away the most popular among couples, and is well-geared towards tourists with its central Sydney location, in The Rocks.
- Average rating - 9.1/10
- Current prices - From $255 a night for a Deluxe city-view rooms, double bed or king bed.
The Langham: Highly praised and luxurious
Quality and comfort reign at the Langham, but the range of fine dining options really stand out compared to other venues, and guests have nothing but praise for the food at the Langham. Opulent interiors and some of Melbourne's best city views definitely help travellers feel like a stay at the Langham is well worth it.
It's Australia's third most booked hotel, so word has clearly gotten around.
- Average rating: 9.4/10
- Current prices: From $256 a night for a double Superior King room
The most booked hotels in the world
A similar picture emerged among TripAdvisor's three most booked hotels in the world. First and third place were both in the Grand Canyon, while second place was taken away by Park Lane Hotel in New York.
Number one was a modest 3-star Best Western, the Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, in Tusayn, USA. Guests praised the nice location, reasonable food, clean rooms and fair prices. Amenities included the fairly typical outdoor and indoor pool, and more bewilderingly by Australian standards, a bowling alley.
The third place Grand Canyon stay was the all-around reasonable Yavapi Lodge, very popular among families.
In all cases, convenience, cleanliness and friendliness were top priorities, although understandably the New York visitors were more impressed by larger-than-expected rooms in the Big Apple.