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London hotels ranked the worst in 100 cities

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LONDON: Visitors to London have marked its hotels as the worst in a list of 100 cities due to overpriced minibars, lousy breakfasts and slow service, according to a survey released Friday.

A study by travel metasearch website Trivago of hotel reviews from more than 140 accommodation booking sites found London came last in a list of 100 cities that had at least 135 hotels and 60 reviews. It did not include TripAdvisor postings.

The German city of Dresden came top with its hotels receiving the highest ratings and most positive reviews from guests.

“Users praised Dresden hotels for their value for money, while London Hotels were criticized for their prices,” said a spokeswoman for Trivago.

“In particular, reviewers felt the minibars were overpriced and breakfast service was both overpriced and disappointing, while hotels in Dresden were praised for their delicious and well-valued breakfasts.”

She said London hotels were also criticized for overcrowding at breakfast, long queues at check-in, inability to cope with large groups of people, small rooms and poor views.

On the other hand, hotels in Dresden were praised for their exceptional service, efficiency, helpful staff, as well as their spacious rooms with excellent views.

Close behind Dresden in the list of cities with good hotels were Hanoi in Vietnam, Tokyo, Chicago and Krakow in Poland.

Joining London in the bottom five were Rio de Janiero, Copenhagen, Paris and Amsterdam.

The spokeswoman from Trivago, which is majority owned by Expedia Inc., said the website released its reputation ranking classifying destinations according to the reputation of their hotels twice a year.

The 10 best cities for hotel rooms: 1. Dresden, Germany 2. Hanoi, Vietnam 3. Portland, U.S. 4. Tokyo, Japan 5. Santiago de Compostela, Spain 6. Gdansk, Poland 7. Chicago, U.S. 8. Seattle, U.S. 9. Krakow, Poland 10. Budapest, Hungary

The 10 worst cities: 91. Los Angeles, U.S. 92. Kiev, Ukraine 93. Frankfurt, Germany 94. Panama City, Panama 95. Brussels, Belgium 96. Amsterdam, Netherlands 97. Paris, France 98. Copenhagen, Denmark 99. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 100. London, U.K.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 28, 2013, on page 13.

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