This post, the 30 best hotels in the wold is inspired by the recent hotel lists by the usual travel magazine suspects. They are written each year by numerous contributors and pieced together by editors who often haven’t been to them at all. So I thought I would write my own 30 best hotels in the world list based on hotels I’ve stayed in or toured thoroughly. In fact I’ve stayed overnight at 27 of the 30 I have listed here.
As with all my 30 best lists, the 30 best hotels in the world are solely listed based on my opinion. My opinion is based on all factors that go into great hotels. Most importantly my experience, appearance, comfort, style, luxury, location, restaurants, service, bars and the all important ‘it factor’.
My choices on the 30 best hotels in the world list include city hotels, resorts, spas and smaller properties. I did not limit the breadth of choices. You may read the list and think I’m insane for missing some hotels. Of course I am missing some. I haven’t stayed in every hotel in the world plus my taste may be different than yours.
One important note is that I limited my selections to one hotel per city. In truth, I could’ve included at least 5 hotels from London, Paris, New York and Bali to name a few. I included 3 hotels from South Africa and likely could’ve had 10!
So those are my only real parameters for this list…what do you think of the 30 best hotels in the world?
30 W Hotel in Scottsdale, USA
29 Le Meridian in Bora Bora, French Polynesia
28 Montage Deer Valley in Park City, USA
27 Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa
26 Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada
25 Hotel Bristol in Vienna, Austria
24 The Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas
23 Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
22 The Crosby Street Hotel in New York, USA
21 One & Only La Pamilla in Los Cabos, Mexico
20 Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia
19 Lion Sands Game Reserve in Kruger Park, South Africa
18 QT Hotel in Sydney, Australia
17 Raffles Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey
16 Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo, Ireland
15 Bellagio in Las Vegas, USA
14 Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman
13 Villa Manzu in Papagayo, Costa Rica
12 The Peninsula in Shanghai, China
11 The Conservatorium in Amsterdam, Holland
10 La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco
9 Four Seasons Maui at Wailea in Maui, USA
8 Gili Lankanfushi in Maldives
7 The Singular Hotel in Patagonia, Chile
6 Hotel Ritz in Paris, France
5 Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy
4 La Residence in Franschhoek, South Africa
3 The Siam in Bangkok, Thailand
2 The Savoy in London, England
1 Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE