The 100 Best Hotels In The World For 2022 Have Been Named & Ranked
— 18 July 2022

The 100 Best Hotels In The World For 2022 Have Been Named & Ranked

— 18 July 2022
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

The best hotels in the world aren’t often packaged up and delivered to luxury travellers in the form of a curated list, much like the world’s best restaurants are. There are fewer official bodies like The World’s 50 Best to help curate a bucket list of superlative stays, so travellers seeking out the world’s best hotels often have to rely on dedicated travel publications like Travel + Leisure. That’s exactly what’s happened done here, with T+L taking a more crowd-sourced approach and asking readers to chime in on their top hotels via the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards survey.

Of course, there are all the typical biases that come with such lists to consider. This isn’t a central panel of industry experts deciding on the world’s best hotels, but rather a mish-mash of Travel + Leisure readers. Granted, the majority seem to skew aspirational, favouring large and grand luxury hotels that make a statement and offer a variety of amenities alongside great service and distinctive locations.

More often than not, crowd-sourced lists like this are likely going to be more trustworthy as they’re coming from a wider variety of people from around the world. The important thing is that it’s not a popularity contest. It seems like results are tabulated and then given an overall score out of 100 by T+L, using the benchmarks of facilities, location, service, food and overall value.

Shangri La at The Shard, London comes in at No. 23 on this list of the best hotels in the world.

There’s always going to be a “country winner” coming from these types of lists. That is, the country with the most hotels featured in the top 100. Last year the big winner was India with 12 hotels placing in the top 100, but in 2022 the clear front-runner is the United States with 19 properties from the old-world Pickering House Inn in New Hampshire (no. 4) to the legendary Lowell in New York City (no. 8). India doesn’t slip far behind though, with 11 properties on this year’s best hotels list, tieing with Italy which boasts the top-spot with Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in the Tuscan commune of Montalcino.

Granted, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco looks like it’d appeal to an older demographic with its classic old-world aesthetic but, as T+L note in the copy, the property comes in at the top spot due to its “multisensory experience” patched together by an on-site winery and cooking school, tennis courts, a new complex with 19 suites, a restorative country-style spa and of course that immaculate location looking out over the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia Natural Park and the quaint town of Montalcino

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco came in with a score of 99.25, just slightly higher than the runner-up which is the Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection in Santorini with a score of 99.22. Rounding out the top five are Waldorf Astoria Maldives (no. 3), the aforementioned Pickering House Inn in New Hampshire (no. 4), and a tie-beaker at no. 5 – One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives and Royal Mansour in Marrakech.

You’ll notice from the below list that there are actually 101 hotels named, which is due to various ties throughout the rankings. Plenty of properties clock in at the same score, which considers the above benchmarks.

Also note that, while Travel + Leisure‘s readers span the globe, most seem to be US-based travellers fanning out to typical hotspots across Europe, Asia and South Africa. Consider the skew and you can imagine that some incredible properties have been overlooked in places like Australia and Japan. Japan has definitely been overlooked.

Although I personally can confirm that the Four Seasons in Kyoto (no. 6) absolutely deserves to be on this list. That isn’t a brag – that’s the only hotel I’ve stayed at on this travel bucket list. And strangely enough, that’s the only hotel in Japan to make it on the list, ahead of more obvious choices like Aman Tokyo and Hoshinoya Tokyo.

And by the way, I know you’ve been wondering what the feature image is. That’s the Waldorf Astoria in Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which just shot straight to the top of my must-stay list and no doubt yours as well.

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The 100 Best Hotels In The World… According To Travel + Leisure Readers [2022]

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy
  1. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy
  2. Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
  3. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, South Malé Atoll, Maldives
  4. Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
  5. One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
  6. Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  8. The Lowell, New York City
  9. Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris
  10. Rosewood Villa Magna, Madrid
  11. The Oberoi, New Delhi
  12. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  13. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
  14. Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
  15. Portrait Firenze, Florence
  16. Raffles Istanbul
  17. The Oberoi, Marrakech, Morocco
  18. Capella Hanoi, Vietnam
  19. White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida
  20. The Loutrel, Charleston, South Carolina
  21. Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cuzco, Peru
  22. Sani Asterias, Halkidiki, Greece
  23. Shangri-La the Shard, London
  24. Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa, Gargas, France
  25. Taj Palace, New Delhi
  26. Pendry Chicago
  27. Nayara Tented Camp, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  28. Hotel Belmar, Monteverde, Costa Rica
  29. Royal Champagne Hôtel & Spa, Champillon, France
  30. Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota
  31. Riggs Washington D.C.
  32. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  33. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore, India
  34. Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece
  35. The Standard, Hua Hin, Thailand
  36. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
  37. Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Italy
  38. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  39. Nihi Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia
  40. La Réserve Paris – Hôtel & Spa
  41. Hotel de la Ville, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Rome
  42. Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy
  43. Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
  44. Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa, Málaga, Spain
  45. Secret Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica
  46. Cape Grace, Cape Town
  47. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
  48. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
  49. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
  50. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
  51. Six Senses Con Dao, Con Dao, Vietnam
  52. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
  53. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
  54. Nayara Springs, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  55. Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
  56. Rancho Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua
  57. Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
  58. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
  59. Namale Resort & Spa, Savusavu, Fiji
  60. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
  61. Jade Mountain, Soufrière, St. Lucia
  62. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy
  63. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, Japan
  64. San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California
  65. The Goring, London
  66. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
  67. Palm Island Resort, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  68. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Florence
  69. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
  70. Curtain Bluff, St. John’s, Antigua
  71. Morrison House Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection, Alexandria, Virginia
  72. The Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection, Cincinnati
  73. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
  74. Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois
  75. One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
  76. W Santiago, Chile
  77. Shangri-La Singapore
  78. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, California
  79. Silo Hotel, Cape Town
  80. Katikies Santorini, Greece
  81. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
  82. The Shore Club, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  83. Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Goa, India
  84. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
  85. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
  86. Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, California
  87. Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  88. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy
  89. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy
  90. Le Bristol Paris, Oetker Collection
  91. Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
  92. The Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  93. The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Park City, Utah
  94. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
  95. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
  96. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
  97. Casa San Agustín, Cartagena, Colombia
  98. The Connaught, London
  99. Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina
  100. Taj Lands End, Mumbai
  101. Birkenhead House, Hermanus, South Africa


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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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