Nanford Guest House named and shamed

17 January 2008
Nanford Guest House named and shamed

Nanford Guest House in Oxford has been named and shamed as the UK's dirtiest hotel by peer review website TripAdvisor.

The property topped this year's top 10 list of the UK's grimiest hotels after placing second last year.

Some of the TripAdvisor reviews described the Oxford establishment as "horrendous", "squalid", "total and utter dump", "dirty, smelly and should be shut down".

In a repeat from last year, four out of the top 10 dirty hotels came from the same hotel group, Britannia Hotels.

Britannia Hotel Stockport dropped from first place last year to third place this year, while Europa Gatwick ranked fourth, and Britannia Hotel Birmingham and Britannia Country House in Manchester came in at number eight and 10 respectively.

Other no-goes were the Manor Court Hotel in London (2); Whiteleaf Hotel in London (5); Park Hotel in London (6); County Hotel in Carlisle (7); and the Eden Plaza Hotel in London (9).

On a brighter note, at the Travellers Choice hotel awards, 14 British hotels collected 20 awards, with Red Carnation's Chesterfield Mayfair in London taking the laurels for best performing British hotel overall.

The central London hotel ranked in the top 10 for the top 100 luxury hotels worldwide (9) and Europe (6) as well as the top 25 most popular destinations (6).

Today's Mirror contains a shocking account of how bad Nanford Guest House really is. Have you experience something as bad, or worse? Let us know by e-mailing

2008 Traveller's Choice UK Best Hotels (ranking in brackets)

100 Best Luxury World
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, London (9)
Rudding Park Hotel , Harrogate (12)
The Atlantic Hotel, St Brelade, Jersey (49)
Hotel 41, London (78)
Draycott Hotel, London (85)
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Dorchester (91)

Top 10 Best Luxury Europe
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, London (4)
Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate (7)

Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, London (6)

Top 10 Best Hidden Gems World
Coswarth House, Padstow (8)

Top 10 Best Hidden Gems Europe
Coswarth House, Padstow (6)

Top 10 Best Bargains Europe
The Cottage in the Wood Country Hotel, Keswick (7)
The Orchard House, Northumberland National Park (10)

Top 10 Best Inns & B&Bs Europe
Bay Tree House and Annex, London (3)
Chestnuts House, Bath (4)
Gerald's Place, Edinburgh (5)
Badminton Villa, Bath (6)
Gwynfryn Bed and Breakfast, Conwy, Wales (8)

Top 10 Best Service Europe
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Dorchester (5)
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, London (6)

Four of the UK's dirtiest hotels owned by Britannia Hotels, says TripAdvisor >>

TripAdvisor website >>

Nanford Guest House website >>

The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel website >>

by Kerstin Kühn

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