TripAdvisor Ranks The World’s Best Budget Hotels

From the “millions” of votes submitted by the site’s avid reviewing community and guilty hoteliers posting glowing, anonymous reviews in an attempt to assuage the constant deterrent of subpar breakfasts, hospitality aggregator TripAdvisor have composed their list of the Top 25 Best Budget Hotels of 2014 as part of the annual Travellers’ Choice™ Awards. It’s great news for Poors with expensive tastes and itchy feet, on account of that weird patch of moving hair you stepped on in the shower at your last hostel. 

With 621 ‘Excellent’ traveller ratings, the quant Castlewood House (pictured above) in Dingle, Ireland – where the “now legendary breakfasts [are] in a league of their own!” and a double room will set you back €45 – comes in at number one, while Luz En Yucatan in Merida, Mexico, rounds out the list as an “interesting colonial hotel in a colonial city” with “excellent value”. A room there will set you back $54 USD if your earning capacity ‘is not at all successful’ and $64 if it is; apparently it’s “really quirky (GOOD quirky) and appealing”. 
Only one Australian lodging made the list – Morwell Victoria’s eponymous Morwell Motel, with its “nice and warm” showers and “welcoming and friendly resident pets”. The full list reads as follows, accompanied by the most exclamation-worthy features as highlighted in the countdown:
  1. Castlewood House in Dingle, Ireland – “legendary breakfasts!”
  2. Desert Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, California – “great layout”.
  3. Lauriston Court Hotel in Llandudno in the UK – “the location was perfect”
  4. Sea Coast Inn in Hyannis, Massachusetts – “the nicest folks!”
  5. Oriental Kwai Resort in Kanchanaburi, Thailand – “excellent management!”
  6. Jade Hotel in Hue, Vietnam – “all you can eat!”
  7. Asena Motel in Dalyan, Turkey – “fabulous”.
  8. Gateway Motel Picton Accommodation in Picton, New Zealand – “great kitchen facilities”.
  9. Ilaia Hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile – “like you’ve been added to their family”.
  10. Dar Hafsa in Fes, Morocco – “the gem of Fes”.
  11. Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam – “brilliant for families”.
  12. Kaiya House in Varkala, India – “tastefully decorated”.
  13. Garden House in Cusco, Peru – “the breakfasts were wonderful”.
  14. Hotel California – such a lovely place – in Palm Springs, duh – “all needs met”.
  15. Grasmere Hotel in Grasmere, United Kingdom – “END OF YEAR TONIC”.
  16. Hotel Edelweiss in Wengen, Switzerland – “breathtaking views”.
  17. Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia – “well-trained staff from top to bottom”.
  18. Hotel Villa Anita in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy – “the array of fruits is amazing!”
  19. De Leeuwenhof Hotel in Paarl, South Africa – “two great pools”.
  20. Colinda Cabanas in Caye Caulker, Belize Cayes – “loved the hammocks”.
  21. The Bungalows Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – “I spent a lot of time in the hammock”.
  22. Hotel Laguna Mar in Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica – “Drew and his staff were attentive”.
  23. Jadee Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand – “Cold but worth it”.
  24. Morwell Motel in Morwell, Australia – “friendly pets”.
  25. Luz En Yucatan in Merida, Mexico – “colonial charm”.
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