The number one hotel in the world is Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, thanks to its unparalleled customer service and stunning scenery. The US' main competitor this year is Italy, which has three hotels in the top ten. All three hotels have an unbeatable 100% recommendation rate from reviewers, showing that Italians deserve to be known as much for their brilliant customer service as their good food and excellent weather. Italy has experienced a renaissance recently, with a 16% year on year increase in hotel bookings from UK travellers, according to Expedia.co.uk site data. With its gastronomy, art and culture, Italy is a consistently popular destination, but the release of films such as Eat, Pray, Love, and the recent beatification of the Pope in Rome, have certainly attracted more tourists to the country. With some of the world's best hotels, Italy is setting the standard for other European nations to live up to. Top Italian destinations visited by Brits are Rome, Venice, Campania, Milan and Florence. "The good weather and wealth of things to do and see ensure that Italy remains a popular destination. Travellers can use the activities section on Expedia.co.uk to take advantage of discounts, guided tours and skip the queues at popular attractions like the Vatican or the Uffizi. Whether you prefer to explore the ghosts and legends of Venice, take advantage of Italian style at bargain prices at the outlet shops in Rome, or sample the best Italian wines, Italy offers something for all tastes. Plus, the high quality of service keeps people coming back to Italian hotels time and again," says Mel Stonier, Expedia.co.uk. Get the full list at Expedia (by the time of publishing the list still features the 2010 properties, but should be updated shortly)