TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced the winners of the second annual Travelers’ Choice awards for Rentals today. The awards recognize 30 of the best holiday homes across the globe in three categories — luxury ($300+ USD per night), mid-range ($100 – 150 USD per night), and affordable ($99 USD per night and under). Types of home rental in each category range from a lodge near Kruger National Park to a cozy apartment in Rome, and a luxe private villa in Greece.
The winning homes have traveler-loved amenities including private pools, hot tubs, breathtaking views, game rooms and more, and highlight why rentals’ popularity continues to grow among travelers. A recent TripAdvisor survey found that 64% of US travelers plan to stay in a vacation rental in 2018.
Travelers’ Choice awards are based on traveler ratings and reviews, as well as owner behaviors during the booking process, like response times and booking acceptance rates.
The winner in the affordable category is the Cozy Designer Minerva Apartment, located in downtown Rome, with rates starting as low as $66 per night. In the mid-range category, an oceanfront condo in Kauai, Hawaii with beautiful views and easy access to the beach and pool, tops the list for traveler favorite. A Costa Rican beach rental ranks first on the luxury list, with a private pool, outdoor shower, and concierge services all included in your stay.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Laurel Greatrix says, “This year’s winners highlight the incredible variety of homes on TripAdvisor Rentals, and the many different travelers they appeal to. Winners range from a family-friendly home in Orlando with a private pool, to a chic centrally located apartment in Rome, but one thing every winner has in common is an owner who provides an exceptional experience.”
Laurel continued, “And with a few more quirky homes appearing across the three categories this year—an adorable Shepherd’s hut in the UK, for example—it’s clear that travelers are looking for something truly memorable when it comes to their accommodations.”
TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards are announced annually for categories including hotels, flights, destinations and restaurants. This is the second year that Travelers’ Choice awards have been announced for Rentals, with seven rentals appearing as repeat winners from last year (The Hoblet, Spacious Apt. in Vatican area, St. Michael’s, Villa La Ruga, Casa Cielo Volcano View Retreat, Palazzo Di P and VillaCasa 7 – Marbella). They’ve remained in the spotlight by continually impressing their guests, receiving one rave review after another.
The awards are global and winning rentals are located in the following countries: Canada Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Ireland ,Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Scotland, South Africa and the United States.