Luxury North East Venue Places Ahead of The Ritz

Award-winning golf, spa and leisure resort, Rockliffe Hall is celebrating its most recent award, this time from its toughest critics…the guests!

The five star luxury resort in Hurworth near Darlington has been placed second in the list of the UKs most luxurious hotel destinations by popular review website TripAdvisor. Only the esteemed Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane finishes higher, with Rockliffe Hall ahead of the likes of The Ritz and Claridge’s.

Even more incredibly, TripAdvisor’s Travellers' Choice Awards has placed Rockliffe Hall as fifth most luxurious venue in Europe, and a stunning ninth place in its round up of the world’s most luxurious hotel destinations. Having recently won Large Hotel of the Year at the North East Tourism Awards, this new addition to their healthy list of accolades is their most welcome yet.

TripAdvisor is a public website which features reviews on hotels made by members of the general public, and Rockliffe Hall has welcomed this platform for reviews since soon after opening in 2009. The website provides guests with the opportunity to post their views on their stay or experience at Rockliffe Hall, and their recent top rating is something which the hotel is extremely proud of.

Rockliffe Hall, managing director, Nick Holmes, said: “It is really pleasing that our guests, who we value so much, have placed us above some of the most iconic luxury hotels in the UK. We have been rated higher than some of the well-known and respected five star hotels in London and the rest of the UK, and we really feel that this is a great achievement for us.

“Its even more incredible to see our name above other world-renowned destinations, such as Sandy Lane in Barbados and the St Regis Resort in Bali. It shows how far we have come in such a short space of time. We are really very proud.”

Rockliffe Hall now has even higher hopes for the future and has set its sights on becoming number one for the 2013 list. Nick Holmes added: “We are constantly working harder to ensure that anyone who visits Rockliffe Hall, whatever they visit us for, has the best possible experience. Receiving this great award is a real credit to the fantastic resort at Rockliffe Hall and encourages us to reach the top spot next year.”

The golf and spa resort boasts a PGA approved 18 hole championship golf course, award winning spa, spacious meeting rooms, three beautiful restaurants, including the 3AA Rosette Orangery restaurant headed by celebrated chef, Kenny Atkinson, and offers guests 61 luxurious bedrooms to enjoy. With such a fantastic offering, the opportunities are endless for Rockliffe Hall, and Kenny Atkinson, director of food at the resort is keen to reach the number one spot for the UK Luxury Hotel title next year.

Kenny Atkinson added: “It’s a fantastic feeling to know that all the hard work you put in is worth it. Guests are our most important critics, and to know that they rate the experience they have at Rockliffe Hall as higher than The Ritz and Chewton Glen Hotel is great. Rockliffe Hall is a Northern gem, and to know that we are sourcing local ingredients for our food and employing local people, and putting the North on the map as a luxury resort is superb!”

Notes to Editors

Awards selection:

The winners are based on the more than 60 million reviews and opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor, including traveller ratings for specific categories. Reviews and opinions were analysed using an algorithm similar to that used by TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index taking into account the property’s quality overall and for a particular category, according to traveller reviews and opinions, as well as the quantity and recency of content written on TripAdvisor.

Contact: Michelle Craw
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