Every year in January, the holidaymaker’s most popular hotels are awarded the HolidayCheck Award. Any hotel that meets the minimum criteria during the period under review and has not violated the HolidayCheck Code of Conduct can be endowed with the Award. The 10 most popular hotels in each region will receive the Award (maximum).
In 2020, a total of 732 hotels in 38 countries and 148 regions will receive the Award –188 of them receive the Gold Award.
In the period under consideration, more than 950,000 guest reviews determined the 2020 Award winners.
All reviews published on HolidayCheck between December 1st of the year before the previous and November 30th of the previous year were automatically taken into account for the Award (Example: for the Award 2020, published reviews between December 1st, 2018 and November 30th, 2019 are decisive). However, reviews that refer to a stay that ended before December 1st were not included.
The criterium "At least 5.0 overall rating" was canceled in the award this year.
Since only the 10 most popular hotels in a region receive an Award, it is possible that hotels meet the minimum criteria but, in the end, do not receive the Award. Deviations within the popularity ranking in regions where hotel density is very high was marginal.
Furthermore, hotels that meet the minimum criteria but have been found to have violated the Code of Conduct were excluded from the Award nomination.
The popularity ranking is an algorithm that relates the number of reviews, the total rating and the recommendation rate. With the help of this popularity ranking, the 10 most popular hotels in a region are determined
We want to reduce complexity so that you are able to integrate the Award more easily into your marketing. In this way, the Award can represent all your guests, rather than just individual guest categories. On the HolidayCheck Award website, HolidayCheck users can still select winning Award hotels based upon their chosen type of vacation and audience.
The HolidayCheck Gold Award is a special accolade that was first presented to the hotels in 2017. Hotels that have already received the HolidayCheck Award at least 5 times in a row and have continuously received outstanding reviews receive this Award.
No, the Award is an individual Award that only applies to one accommodation and is not transferable to other houses in a chain or holiday resort.
The free winner's package will be sent by post. Please request this, stating your address here: Award Package
In 2020, there will be no ‘stand-alone’ Award presentation. We would still like to send you your Award in January, so that you can display the Award in your hotel at the beginning of the year and integrate it straight into your marketing.
HolidayCheck reserves the right to remove the Award logo during the year if the recommendation rate or the overall rating goes below the minimum criteria significantly. The same applies if the Code of Conduct is violated.
„Recommended on HolidayCheck“ is presented to any hotel that has at least 4.0 suns, 75% recommendation rate and one active review in the underlying period under consideration. The HolidayCheck Award, on the other hand, is based on stricter criteria and is only awarded to the 10 most popular hotels in a region.
No special registration is necessary to be included in the selection for the HolidayCheck Award. All hotels that have a HolidayCheck profile will be considered.
However, a hotel can actively increase the likelihood of winning the Award. It is important to be present at HolidayCheck with an attractive and above all complete hotel profile. This can be edited after free registration in the Business Center.
In order to qualify for the HolidayCheck Award, at least 50 new reviews are required in the period under review. We have compiled valuable tips on how you can receive more reviews in a separate article for you.