The Good Hotel Guide 2020 continues to champion Britain’s independent hotels

July 24, 2019 | Good Hotel Guide

Good Hotel Guide 2020

The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland, the leading independent UK hotel guide – established in 1978 – will launch on Monday 7 October 2019. 

Co-edited by Adam and Caroline Raphael, together with the experienced travel writers Ian Belcher and Joanna Symons, the new 2020 edition features 830 hotels, inns and B&Bs, with 433 main entries chosen for their exceptional hospitality and distinctive style.

The editors select hotels purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers.  Hotels do not pay to be included and no hospitality is accepted, unlike many hotel guides. Reports by members of the public are the Guide’s lifeblood; carefully scrutinised, they are then used by the Good Hotel Guide’s editorial team.

Each year ten César awards are presented to the Guide’s outstanding hoteliers. Named after César Ritz, the famed hotelier whose name symbolises exemplary hospitality, these are the Oscars of the hotel industry. These awards are subject to a strict embargo until Monday 7th October, the date of publication. 

The editors state: “This year’s Guide features 36 new main entries and a newly extended shortlist section with 50 new entries. Our aim, as it has been over the past 40 years, is to champion properties that demonstrate great hospitality, attention to detail and friendly, attentive service.”

Good Hotel Guide 2020

The 2020 Editor’s Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 categories – This Year’s Discoveries, Romantic, Spas, Seaside, Restaurants-with-Rooms, Dog-friendly, Country House, Gardens, Rooms with a View, B&Bs, Value, Pubs-with-Rooms, Family, Walking, Quirky and Weddings. All hotels are listed alphabetically, by village or town, with a photograph, and all of the Guide’s main entries include a full review with accompanying contact details.

This year’s revamped Shortlist section features 397 properties with extended text and a photograph for each entry.  These include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that continually receive positive feedback from customers.

The Good Hotel Guide 2020 is also available online at, where there are a further four online-only Editor’s Choice hotel categories: Fishing, Golf, Eco-friendly and Historic.

The Good Hotel Guide 2020: Great Britain & Ireland will be published on Monday 7th October 2020, priced £16 (including p&p within the UK) from The Good Hotel Guide, 50 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QP (Tel: 020 7602 4182; or priced £20 from all good bookshops. 

Discount vouchers worth a total of £150 are included in each copy of the Guide. They enable a 25% saving off one night’s normal B&B price at participating hotels. Good Hotel Guide gift vouchers are also available, in denominations from £50 to £500.

Press: For further information and photography, to be added to a list to receive a copy of the Guide for review once it is published* or to interview the editors, please call Julia Farish, George Curtis or Sue Ockwell at Travel PR on 020 8891 4440 or email, or

*N.B. The César awards and Editor’s Choice winners are strictly embargoed until 7 October 2019