Best in the world… budget £26-a-night hotel in Crete

Voted best in the world by travellers – a budget hotel in Crete where it costs just £26 per night.

Holidayers who used search site Travel Republic stated that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Crete was their favourite place to stay for the second year running. It was rated above more expensive hotels all over the world, with a score of 9.58 out of 10.

The staff were said to be extremely friendly, it location central to amenities and has great facilities, such as a swimming pool. Travellers also praised the accuracy of its brochure, with all pictures showing a true to life representation of the resort. 

The annual list is made up of only those hotels that receive a minimum of 25 reviews. Properties from all over the world are considered, including beach resorts and city centre spots. 

Runners up included the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest and Cerro Mar Garden, Portugal. 

Top destination for the best hotels was Grand Canaria, with three hotels in the top ten; the Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel, the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa and the Morasol Suites Hotel took fifth, sixth and eighth place respectively. 

The Doubletree by Hilton in Cheshire, England made the top 20 

CEO of Travel Republic, Kane Pirie, said: ‘We are delighted that the Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete has topped the chart again, congratulations to the team there! 

‘This property received an almost perfect score – 9.58 out of 10 – making it the highest ranking in our customers’ eyes. With more than 120,000 hotels on the site, securing a spot in the top 20 is an impressive achievement.’ 

The top 20 hotels and their ratings out of 10:

1. Aegean Sky Hotel in Malia, Crete (9.58)
2. Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Budapest, Hungary (9.51)
3. Cerro Mar Garden in Albufeira, Algarve (9.41)
4. Savic Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic (9.27)
5. Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel in Playa de Mogan, Gran Canaria (9.18)
6. Gloria Palace Royal Hotel And Spa in Amadores, Gran Canaria (9.14)
7. Hilton Dalaman Resort and Spa Hotel in Dalaman, Turkey (9.10)
8. Morasol Suites Hotel in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria (9.04)
9. Hilton Malta in St Julians, Malta (9.00)
10. Peabody Hotel in Orlando Intl Drive, Florida (8.97)
11. Elysium Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus (8.95)
12. Viva Palmanova Hotel in Palmanova, Majorca (8.94)
13. Qubus Hotel in Krakow, Poland (8.94)
14. Ruzzini Palace Venice Hotel in Venice, Italy (8.94)
15. Eden Mar Hotel in Funchal, Madeira (8.93)
16. Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club in Golf del Sur, Tenerife (8.92)
17. The Croke Park Dublin Hotel in Dublin, Ireland (8.90)
18. Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino, Gran Canaria (8.89)
19. Doubletree by Hilton Chester in Hoole, Cheshire (8.88)
20. Hilton Sharm Fayrouz Resort in Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh (8.87)

Travelodge will launch apprentice scheme

The popular hotel chain has announced plans to train 18 year olds as apprentice managers luring them away from the now very expensive prospect of university. Travelodge will be paying them between £8,300 and £10,000 a year.

With the aim of producing 500 managers of properties by the age of 21, Travelodge’s three-year Junior Management Programme, known as JuMP, will be recruiting it’s first 50 apprentices this summer.

Hoping to take advantage of the increase in university fees, Travelodge hopes the low wage will not put young people off. A spokeswoman said a manager aged 21 would earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year once trained. However once completing the three year course, apprentices will still have to complete the 12-week long management training programme.

“The point is they will be with us and getting on the job training rather than running up debts of more than £40,000,” the spokeswoman said.

Guy Parsons, Travelodge chief executive said: “The fast track management programme provides a real job, with the opportunity of on the job training throughout the business, combined with further education and the opportunity to earn up to £30,000.”

Travelodge plans to have 1,100 UK hotels by 2025 – doubling its current amount – and aims to have as many as half of these managed by apprentices by 2015.

“The budget hotel sector is the engine room of the hotel industry and Travelodge is the power brand of the UK hotel sector. Therefore the potential for today’s youth to revolutionise one of Britain’s powerhouse industries is phenomenal. I am hoping we will find our future business leaders from JuMP,” said Parsons.