The HolidayCheck Award

The most popular hotels for travellers win the HolidayCheck Award each year in January. Every hotel that fulfills the minimum criteria and does not violate the HolidayCheck Code of Conduct can be nominated for the Award. The 10 most popular hotels in each region receive the Award.

Which minimum criteria does a hotel have to fulfil in order to qualify?*

  • at least 90% recommendation rate
  • at least 5.0 overall rating
  • at least 50 reviews in the previous year
  • no demonstrable violation of the HolidayCheck Code of Conduct in the previous year

*We reserve the right to adjust the minimum criteria if required.

My hotel fulfills the minimum criteria but I have not received the Award – how is this possible?

Since only the 10 most popular hotels in a region are awarded, it is possible that hotels do fulfil the minimum criteria but do not receive the Award. In order to choose the top 10 hotels, we use the HolidayCheck popularity ranking which is an algorithm that includes recommendation rate, overall rating, and reviews. By means of this popularity ranking, the 10 most popular hotels are determined. Please note that deviations within the popularity raking in tourist regions with many hotels can be marginal.

Why are not 10 hotels in every region being awarded?

There are regions where less than 10 hotels fulfil the minimum criteria. Thus, it is possible that not in every region 10 hotels are being awarded.

Which period of time is relevant for the assignment of the Award?

All hotels which had guests and reviews from December 1st of the year before the previous year and November 30th of the previous year will be considered for the Award. We can’t consider reviews which were given in previous years or after November 30th. For the Award 2018, for example, only reviews published by November 30th, 2017, given by travellers who stayed at the hotel between December 1st, 2016 and November 30th, 2017 will be considered.

Is there anything else that needs to be considered?

All hotels can be nominated for the HolidayCheck Award – there is no need to register or sign up. The Award is free of charge and is being presented in mid-January – all winning hotels will receive the information about their Award via email.


  1. Dear Partner

    First of all, I hope this email finds you well
    My name is Albana Tahiraj and I am writing you on behalf of Victoria Hotel in Tirana, Albania
    The reason why we are sending you this email is because we are very interested to cooperate with your prestigious agency.

    Victoria Hotel is a top International Hotel established in 1999 in Tirana Albania. Four-Star Hotel that offer not only the accommodation and contemporary but first of hospitality that will leave you impressed.

    Victoria Hotel is positioned only 1 km far from the city center of Tirana. The hotel has 17-years experience in tourism sector and during all these years it has been welcoming tourists from all around the world.

    We would appreciate if your company that is focused in supplying hotel accommodation to the travel trade, would be interested to create an efficient cooperation with our company, ensuring that we are able to offer you a high quality and professional services. Our aim is to realize a long term cooperation with a company like yours by adding value to the services that we both provide.

    Our hotel has 19 rooms and suites equipped with all the necessary comforts to ensure the convenience of the customers. Each room and suite is adapted with particular elements of the Albanian architecture to provide to the customers not only a warm accommodation but also a unique style identified with special features.A huge importance was devoted from us also to the Albanian paintings.A part of them are established in our facilities which corresponds to the work of the well-known Albanian artist and honored friend of Victoria Hotel Mr. Ibrahim Kodra.

    Victoria Hotel also offers a bar, restaurant and terrace with professional services and a special dedication to each customer to provide them a great satisfaction to remain longer in their memory. Thanks to our chief of cuisine, our menu provides different varieties of food based on fresh products that can grab all customers tastes.

    The philosophy of our hotel develops continuously to achieve not simply guest satisfaction but mainly to exceed all expectations. The staff is continuously trained to achieve our leading goals. Personalized service and traditional Albanian warm hospitality guides our personnel at all times. Every day is a new challenge for improvement of guest treatment and service.

    We believe in the passionate pursuit of excellence and financial success with uncompromising honor and integrity. These values are the foundation of an environment of trust and mutual respect among travelers, hotel owners and employees.

    With kind regards from Albania,
    Albana Tahiraj
    General Manager

    Adress: Rr e Dibres, Nd. 331, H.1;
    Njesia Bashkiake Nr. 4 Kodi Postar 1012;
    Tirane – Albania
    Mob: 00355 69 455 78 54
    Tel: 00355 42 361 591 / 592
    Fax: 00355 42 361 594

    • Dear Ms. Tahiraj,

      thank you very much for your message. If you’re interested in a cooperation with us please get in touch with my Sales colleagues by sending an email to

      The HolidayCheck Business Center may also be interesting for you. You can get access to your hotel profile and manage your hotel description, adapt your hotel facilities, upload pictures and also comment on your reviews. You can register here for free:

      Kind regards,
      Maike Diehl

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