With its desert landscape and bustling souks, Marrakech came out on top in the website’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for the first time. London missed out on a spot in the top five, finishing sixth. In fourth place, Hanoi offered the cheapest hotel rooms at under 30 a night.
The awards from the world’s largest travel review site judge destinations on a worldwide scale, in Europe and in the UK.
Siem Reap in Cambodia leaped in the ratings from last year, gaining seven places to take second place.
Last year’s runner-up, Rome, slipped five places to take seventh place.
London similarly slipped from third to sixth place, although it is only one of three cities which have secured a top ten spot five years in a row.
‘A combination of low average booking rates and fantastic traveller reviews on TripAdvisor has helped Asian, African and Eastern European destinations steal a march on old favourites like New York and Rome.’
New York, one of the world’s most visited cities, failed to crack the top ten for the second year in a row
Steve Jackson, TripAdvisor’s top contributor of photos in 2014, said: ‘Marrakech is one of those cities that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
‘It’s a fantastic city to explore, rich in history and culture, and between the sea of street activity, bright colours and striking sunsets, it is a truly intoxicating experience.’
In the UK it was the northern cities that took the top spots, taking eight of the ten best rated UK destinations.
Blackpool, famed for its tower and beach, had the cheapest hotel room rate out of the UK’s top destinations
Despite London being named the best UK city, Llandudno and Torquay beat rivals Liverpool, Belfast and York.
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