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The Good Hotel Guide is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It is written for the reader seeking impartial advice on finding a good place to stay. Hotels cannot buy their entry as they do in most rival guides. No money changes hands, and the editors and inspectors do not accept free hospitality on their anonymous visits to hotels. An entry in the printed Guide is free, but we do charge for a website entry to cover research and administration costs.

Adam & Caroline Raphael, who own the GHG, are award-winning journalists. Ian Belcher, a distinguished travel writer, edits the British Guide. Niki Davies, a co-editor, is responsible for the Shortlist and readers’ correspondence.


The clear leader in recommending hotels of quality and character while not accepting payment for inclusion or free hospitality.’
Daily Telegraph, 2006.
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‘‘We know how valuable the Good Hotel Guide is to us and equally as an independent, well respected guide which guests trust to select unique hotels on their travels.’ Emma Ford, Little Barwick House.
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WHAT Readers SAY

In an era of increasingly greater homogeneity, it’s fabulous to have a guide to unique hotels and inns that have a sense of place, and specific personality.’
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The Good Hotel Guide is published each autumn. Adam & Caroline Raphael, who edit the Guide, are award-winning journalists. Caroline, a former BBC researcher. is editor-in-chief. She has worked on the Guide for more than 40 years. Adam, who has worked for The Guardian, The Observer, the BBC and the Economist, is the Guide’s executive director. See Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Raphael
Ian Belcher, a distinguished travel writer, is editor of the British guide. The Guide specialises in small owner-managed hotels and B&Bs in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands and in Continental Europe. It includes budget B&Bs, good-value hotels as well as luxurious country houses.

Contact: editor@goodhotelguide.com

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Last updated: February 28, 2019