Torquay’s Hidden Gem, The 25 Boutique B&B, Named The World’s #1
Photography by James Fenton (Firefly)
The 25 Boutique B&B in Torquay has won the astonishing accolade of the world’s best B&B in TripAdvisor’s most prestigious awards, the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards.
Travellers’ Choice awards take into account the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and opinions specific to each award category; the hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.
‘The 25’ is the only UK business to make it to a world number one ranking in 2019, interestingly no other UK business achieved that last year in the Travellers’ Choice 2018 awards, be it hotel, guesthouse or B&B.
Winning the world’s best B&B crown is testament to the incredible guest stays international and UK guests experience at this ultra-stylish B&B and joins a growing number of highly renowned awards ‘The 25’ has won to date.
In 2018, this stunning English Riviera B&B scooped TripAdvisor’s scooped TripAdvisor’s momentous Travellers’ Choice Award, placing them in the top five in the UK and top ten B&Bs in the World; winning first place in 2019 comes from the absolute delight guests’ experience when they stay.
Adding to the award-tally, this hard-to-leave B&B won Silver for “B&B of the Year” at Visit England’s Tourism Excellence awards, and topped that being crowned “Unique B&B of the Year” at the AA B&B Awards.
‘The 25 Boutique B&B’ in Torquay was opened under four years ago by its hands-on owners, Andy and Julian Banner-Price and in that time has won a staggering number of internationally renowned achievements, awards and accolades.
How exactly does this B&B win so many awards?
Andy & Julian Banner-Price, owners of The 25 Boutique B&B said,
“We were absolutely thrilled to hear that ‘The 25’ has been named the Best B&B in the World. We love creating special and memorable experiences for our guests and receiving their excellent reviews makes our hard work truly rewarding.
“It’s fantastic to win this global award; it’s testament to the absolute delight our guests experience staying at ‘The 25.’
“We created our own ideal place to stay at ‘The 25’ and are thrilled so many people love what we do.”
“At ‘The 25’ we literally took many areas of the building back to the brick and started again. It was an opportunity to make sure we did everything right; from high pressure showers to sockets in the right places, but it’s much more than that. It’s all the little touches that make us such a unique, special place to stay.”
“That’s right,” Andy said, “daily home baked goodies in your room, pillow mist, mood lighting, hand written notes, Elemis toiletries, bathroom TVs, movies on demand – we’ve tried to think of everything to make a stay with us truly memorable – we’re also blessed with a fantastic location, the English Riviera is renowned for its climate making it a great all year round destination.”
The pair have a track record of success in the hospitality sector, having previously turned a failing hotel in North Wales around, which also received a top ten ranking on TripAdvisor during their tenure.
The 25 Boutique B&B has six very different bedrooms, all with cutting edge design by Andy and the latest technology by former IT Manager Julian.
Their five-star status demonstrates the obvious quality they offer but reading their online reviews, time and time again guests mention the friendliness of their hosts and the little extra touches which set it apart from other B&Bs.
Added to this, it’s located just a short walk from the seafront via the grounds of their closest tourist attraction, Torre Abbey, and another ten minutes on and you reach the main harbour area of Torquay. With a nearby train station, local ferries and buses, it’s easy to be car free during your stay.
Andy plans to capitalise on their recent success and has set up a training company for other budding B&Bers. He said
“Having done it twice, we know what it takes to make a successful B&B and I’d like to help people choose the right property and make the best decisions from the outset. In today’s online world, it’s no longer enough to learn the ropes on the job, you need to excel from day one.”