Where are the world’s best hotels?

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Agoda.com analyzed 7 million hotel reviews to determine which destinations have the highest-rated accommodations

Only destinations with more than 100 hotels included in the study

Cape Town, South Africa, takes the number one spot, scoring an average of 8.43 out of 10

In terms of value, Budapest, Hungary, has the top rating from Agoda.com reviewers

CNN  — 

As the new year approaches, many travelers are looking for inspiration on where to head in 2015.

This list might help.

Global hotel booking site Agoda.com has just released the results of its Travel Smarts study, which looks at destinations with the highest-rated hotels in the world based on nearly 7 million customer reviews.

Overall, the site says Cape Town, South Africa, is number one, scoring an average of 8.43 out of a possible 10.

The Maldives came in second with an 8.33 average hotel review score.

Zermatt, the skiing village in the Swiss Alps at the base of the Matterhorn, grabbed the number three spot with an average of 8.29.

After every stay Agoda.com users can submit reviews and are asked to score hotels on a scale of 0 to 10 in six categories.

A hotel’s total score is an average of those numbers, which the site used to compile its recent list.

Only destinations with more than 100 hotels were included.

Here are the top 25 destinations:

1. Cape Town, South Africa

2. Maldives

3. Zermatt, Switzerland

4. Queenstown, New Zealand

5. Seychelles

6. Budapest, Hungary

7. Santorini, Greece

8. Bruges, Belgium

9. Gdansk, Poland

10. Hoi An, Vietnam

11. Sofia, Bulgaria

12. Crete, Greece

13. Verona, Italy

14. Rotorua, New Zealand

15. Khao Lak, Thailand

16. Hualien, Taiwan

17. Sunshine Coast, Australia

18. Edinburgh, Scotland

19. Cuzco, Peru

20. Chicago

21. Krakow, Poland

22. Nagano, Japan

23. Durban, South Africa

24. Granada, Spain

25. Marrakech, Morocco

The top destinations by review category and their scores:

Value for money: Budapest, Hungary (8.5).

Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia (8.75).

Staff performance: Cape Town, South Africa (8.6).

Hotel condition/cleanliness: Zermatt, Switzerland (8.79).

Room comfort/standard: Cape Town, South Africa (8.54).

Food/dining: Bruges, Belgium (7.87).

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