30 Best Hotel Websites of 2021
Posted: 8th September 2021
Once again the team at Priority Pixels have scoured the world wide web. From the furthest ends of the internet, we bring to you the very best hotel websites of 2021.
If you’ve seen The Inbetweeners movie there is no doubt you’ve forgotten the hilarious moment the four socially awkward boys see their accommodation in Greece. Despite being fictional, there is an element of truth to their situation. A hotel can make or break your holiday. Whether you’re an international backpacking adventurer or a family of five staycation wonder, there is no denying accommodation matters.
What do the best hotel websites have?
These days the first place a potential guest will go is the internet. In this day and age where the internet rules the roost, it is crucial a hotel has a beautifully designed and innovative website. Your hotel website needs to be honest and transparent with beautiful, crisp images showcasing what your accommodation offers.
In addition, the very best hotel websites feature an easy booking system. Reviews are also vital, as is plenty of concise copy talking all about the history of your hotel. This is of particular importance in the UK where the history of a building can go back hundreds of years. As international tourists often come to this part of the world for the history and culture of Britain, make sure you’ve got a bit about the origins of your accommodation to pique their interest. For example, take the Old Bell Hotel at Malmesbury. The hotel dates back to the 13th century!
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Therefore without an accessible, easily navigated website, your accommodation could be overlooked.
Priority Pixels is a leading digital marketing agency in the South West – in fact, we like to think we’re Devon’s best-kept secret! To continue delivering innovative, beautifully designed websites to our clients, we often spend hours researching different industries and the digital strategies being used. That way we can create bespoke websites for just about everyone, from construction websites to the IT industry.
Read on for our list of the very best hotel websites of 2021.
30. Harbour Salcombe
29. Headland Hotel and Spa Torquay
28. The Grand Hotel
27. Boringdon Hall
26. The Cliffden Hotel
25. Devon Hotel
24. COMO The Treasury
23. Rock House Cottage
22. The Steam Packet Inn
21. The White Hart Hotel & Restaurant
20. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
19. The Gleneagles Hotel
18. The Imperial Torquay
17. Bickley Mill
16. St. Elizabeths House
15. Baur au Lac
14. andBeyond Benguerra Island
13. Hotel 41
12. The Imperial Hotel
11. Gidleigh Park
10. Burgh Island
9. Bovey Castle
8. SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn
7. The Royal Castle Hotel
6. RAAS Jodhpur
5. Belmond Hotel Splendido
4. La Mamounia
3. Singita Pamushana Lodge
2. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
1. El Fenn
What makes a great hotel website?
There are many elements that make a website great. Enhance the user experience with the following guide.
Make a great first impression
Visitors to your website are there to get an idea of what your hotel offers and looks like before making a booking. It’s so important to provide a detailed description of what your hotel has to offer in an engaging way. Providing inviting, professional photography is a great way to do this. Ensure to include accommodation, restaurants, swimming pools and any other attractions that will enhance your visitor’s experience.
Shows tourist attractions nearby
Visitors to your hotel will likely want to explore your local area. As a result, it’s important to always showcase tourist attractions near your hotel. Beautiful imagery of beaches, woodlands and other nature experiences for example create a warm and welcoming experience for your visitors.
Embedding Google maps directly onto your website also provides a way for prospective visitors to explore the area before booking.
Includes reviews and testimonials
Reviews and testimonials are important for any business. Displaying these on your website is the best way to show what your previous visitors have thought, and what makes you stand out. Reviews can be taken from many places such as Google, Facebook and TripAdvisor.
Creates a user-friendly website that’s easy to navigate
Providing an easy and seamless booking system is one of the last stages of the booking process. Potential visitors to your website should be able to check availability on certain dates throughout the year and place a booking with ease. A booking system that doesn’t require too much thinking is crucial to making a sale.
Does branding matter for a hotel website?
There is no denying that branding matters, even for the smallest hotel or guesthouse. From your logo to your chosen colour palette, branding helps to build loyalty and trust with your customers.
There is more to owning a hotel than simply making sure your guests have a good experience.
Brand awareness, visibility and consistency
Brand awareness will ensure you’re instantly recognisable by your target audience. If you hope to build a reputation and turn your customers into regular guests, then your branding needs to be visually appealing and consistent across your physical and digital channels. This includes your social media, website and of course the accommodation itself.
For example, take Novotel which is owned by ALL, which stands for Accor Live Limitless. Novotel is a chain of international hotels that are instantly recognisable just by their signature logo and navy blue colour palette. Guests who book into the Novotel know exactly what to expect – and that’s why they continue to stay there.
How to I create branding for my hotel?
Even if your accommodation is just a single, small inn up in the Scottish Highlands, your branding will still matter.
Start by asking yourself what kind of accommodation you offer – do you own a chain of luxury hotels or a single inn with a small handful of rooms? Does your accommodation ooze small-town country charm, or are you highly likely to see Kim Kardashian in the lobby?
After working out the tone of voice and overall message of your brand, write out a series of strict brand guidelines that outline the visual aspects of your marketing. It’s important that across your marketing, your branding is consistent. It should never be open to interpretation. You brand guidelines should include:
- Your tone of voice: How does your brand use language and emotion? This is where you work out the type of accommodation you are offering
- Logos: This includes your logo, any secondary logos, and your icons for the website
- Colour palette: Your primary and secondary colors
- Typography: Your brand guidelines should include font styles, sizes, and line spacing
- Imagery: Photos, illustrations, and any artwork
How much does a hotel website cost?
Every website is different. A hotel website can cost anywhere from £1000 to £20,000. It all depends on what your hotel can offer and what your website will need.
For an exact quote, it’s best to contact the team at Priority Pixels. We can talk you through your exact specifications and give you a quote based on exactly what you need.
Do I need a professional digital marketing agency to design my website?
You could use a drag and drop template to design your website. However, outsourcing the management of your online presence to a digital marketing agency will guarantee a professional, functioning website that actually works.
By designing your own website you are putting your business or organisation at risk of getting buried on search rankings. A digital marketing agency can make sure your website is visible and functioning, as well as optimised for both mobile and search engines.
Who makes the best hotel websites?
Would we even be a digital marketing agency if we didn’t toot our own horn every so often?
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