The best hotel in the world is Passalacqua, an 18th-century villa on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. The villa hotel is the former home of the composer Vincenzo Bellini. Rates start at over €1,300 per night. The leading hotel in France is in 26th place for the Maybourne Riviera in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
This is according to the organization 50 Best World Hotels, which announced the results of the “50 best hotels in the world” in London.
A ranking based on 580 “voters”
This is the first time the organization has looked at hotel rankings, although it has been ranking the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” and “World’s 50 Best Bars” for years.
The rankings are based on nominations made by 580 anonymous voters including travel journalists, hoteliers and luxury travelers from around the world, the organization said.
The “50 best” hotels in the world
1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio, Italy
2. Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong
3. Four Seasons Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River, Thailand
4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
5. Aman Tokyo, Japan
6. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
8. One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9. Four Seasons Firenze, Florence, Italy
10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
11. Capella Bangkok, Thailand
12. The Calile, Brisbane, Australia
13. Chable Yucatán, Chochola, Mexico
14. Aman Venice, Italy
15. Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park, South Africa
16. Claridge’s, London, United Kingdom
17. Raffles Singapore, Singapore
18. Nihi Sumba, Wanokaka, Indonesia
19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum, Mexico
20. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
21. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri, Italy
22. The Connaught, London
23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
24. Four Seasons Madrid, Spain
25. Aman New York, United States
26. The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
27. Rosewood Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
28. Capella Singapore, Singapore
29. Le Bristol Paris, France
30. Park Hyatt Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
31. La Reserve, Paris, France
32. Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland
33. Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
34. Cheval Blanc Paris, France
35. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece
36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
37. The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, United Kingdom
38. Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
39. Hoshinoya Tokyo, Japan
40. Desa Potato Head, Bali, Indonesia
41. Eden Rock St. Barths, Caribbean
42. The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
43. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
46. NoMad London, United Kingdom
47. The Savoy, London, United Kingdom
48. Equinox New York, United States
49. Six Senses Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, France
Overall, the list is dominated by hotels from Europe and Asia, with Asia taking up half of the spots in the top 10.
France is home to the most hotels on the list, with six properties spread across the country, while Italy has five, but none in Rome. At the city level, Paris, London and Bangkok each have four hotels on the list.
The 50 Best organization announced individual awards for outstanding hotels in specific categories, including Singita Lodges in the Kruger National Park, which received the 2023 “Eco Hotel” award for its pioneering ecotourism, and England’s The Newt which won the “Best Boutique Hotel” award.
Regarding newcomers, Capella Bangkok was named “Best New Hotel” and The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah, which opened in 2019, was named “One to Watch” for its high potential to be featured in the top 50 in the future.
The voting system
Voters, spanning nine regions around the world, nominate the seven best hotels they have stayed in over the past two years, in order of preference. Votes are limited to three establishments within the same hotel group, according to the regulations.
Voters can nominate hotels of their choice, regardless of size, facilities or location.