Britannia named UK’s worst hotel chain as guests say there’s ‘stains everywhere’

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Britannia the hotel chain behind The Adelphi, Scarisbrick and Prince of Wales hotels, has been named the UK's worst hotel chain for the ninth year in a row.

The chain which is also behind Southport's Pontins, was given the title from the annual survey by consumer group Which?.

The company, which has 61 hotels across the UK, has come bottom of the pile after receiving an average customer score of only 49%, according to Liverpool Echo.

More than half (51%) of Britannia guests surveyed said they had a problem during their stay, with cleanliness being the most common issue.

The chain was rated just one star out of five for bathrooms, and two stars for seven other categories such as cleanliness, customer service and value for money.

One customer said: "It was terrible. The room was dirty. The bathroom was dirty. The carpet was terrible, stains everywhere."

Which? travel editor Rory Boland added: "Year after year, guests are let down by Britannia's run-down hotels and often dirty rooms.

"This year saw some slight improvements to the chain's score – but not enough to drag it off the bottom of our rankings.

"Until the company ups its game further we would urge guests to look elsewhere.

"The impressive, budget-friendly Premier Inn is our pick of the large chains, and Hotel du Vin offers high quality stays in interesting locations."

Other guests complained about hotels being "run into the ground" and "in need of a drastic makeover".

The average price paid by those surveyed for a one-night stay was £99.

Also rated as one of the worst hotel chains was Mercure, which had an average customer score of 52%. Many guests said that its standards have fallen.

One consumer noted that the chain's hotels are "not as smart as they used to be" and it has "some poor quality properties".

It was rated just two stars for cleanliness, rooms, bathrooms, communal areas and value for money. Mercure guests surveyed paid an average of £114 for one night.

Premier Inn, which had an average price per night of £66, was the best performing large hotel chain with a customer score of 79%.

It was topped by the best small chain, Hotel du Vin, which scored 80%. The hotel's guests paid an average of £150 for one night.

The research covered 24 large hotel chains and six small ones.

A total of 2,371 members of the public and Which? members who stayed in a UK hotel in the 15 months to October 2021 were surveyed.

These included 57 who had visited a Britannia hotel and 73 who had spent the night at a Mercure property.

A spokesman for Mercure said: "We are surprised to see our position in this survey.

"It does not reflect the high standard of guest experience which we strive for, and we will take action to address these comments.

"The experience and wellbeing of our guests at each and every property is our highest priority."

It added that it was ranked "amongst the top mid-scale brands" in the latest annual hotel guest survey by research consultancy BDRC.

Daily Star has approached Britannia for comment.

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