TripAdvisor's Best Hotel In the World Is Not Where You'd Expect

Plus, this unlikely destination is super budget-friendly.

Photography by VIROTH'S HOTEL

Who doesn’t love scrolling the pages of beautiful hotels and accommodations on travel sites like TripAdvisor? The stunning destinations give us some serious travel envy—plus, the reviews let us know whether we’re making the right choice when it comes to booking that much-needed vacation.

Every year, TripAdvisor rounds up these reviews, and analyzes them to name the very best hotels and accommodations as told by fellow travelers across the globe. And with more millennials interested in full-service lodging, these ratings and reviews prove to be an important tool in making that choice.

At the top of TripAdvisor’s worldwide list this year? Viroth’s Hotel, located in the center of Siem Reap, Cambodia. And while the Southeast Asian nation may be a somewhat surprising destination, the luxe amenities explain the hype. The hotel has 724 Excellent ratings on the site (the highest rating a patron can give), with many former guests raving about the service, beautifully decorated rooms, and relaxing pool and spa.

The stunning, whitewashed hotel sits on a lush piece of property that’s just a short walk from Angkor Market, and steps away from a vibrant downtown area, full of dining and shops. The area is also known for its ancient structures, including Angkor Wat, the largest and oldest religious monument in the world. Inside, the hotel offers modern amenities like flat screen televisions, a retro, 1950s style vibe, and WiFi connection. A gym and spa are also onsite.

And did we mention the budget-friendly price? Perhaps the biggest pull of this year’s Traveler’s Choice Hotel is the competitive room rates. With prices starting at just $121 per night, this greenery-filled oasis is well worth the trip. Breakfast, parking, and one-way airport transfers are also included—not to mention the fact that the site boasts vintage limousines that will chauffeur you to the airport and other destinations, if need be.

“From the moment we were picked up in a vintage car at the airport to the time we left, every single thing was taken care of,” reads one patron’s review.

With 2018’s travel trends revealing a huge interest in unconventional lodging, this traditional hotel suggests an affinity for more luxurious, full-service options, especially when traveling abroad.

TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards also broke down the best-reviewed destinations, with Bali, Indonesia topping the list—and London, Paris, Rome, and New York rounding out the top five. This isn't too much of a surprise, though—all of these spots are consistent favorites with travel junkies.

Viroth’s beautiful landscape, deluxe five-star amenities, affordable price, and convenient location in bustling Cambodia makes it ideal for a unique getaway. But you'd better book fast: With its new rank at the top of TripAdvisor’s list, this hotel is no longer Southeast Asia’s best kept secret.

See more top travel trends:
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Published on January 25, 2018 - 5:15am EST

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