Europe Dominates World’s 50 Best Hotels For 2023
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— 20 September 2023

Europe Dominates World’s 50 Best Hotels For 2023

— 20 September 2023
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

Passalacqua in Lake Como, Italy has been named the World’s Best Hotel 2023 by the same authoritative body behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars.

The 24-room boutique hotel, located in the famously expensive commune of Moltrasio, has only been open for around two years but has already laid claim to such an ambitious accolade. That puts it ahead of storied properties like London’s The Connaught (#22) and The Savoy (#47), Le Bistrol in Paris (#29) and Four Seasons Firenze in Florence (#9).

Almost half of the 50 hotels are based in Europe, while 18 are in Asia and the rest are in the Americas. Only one is located in Australia: Brisbane’s The Calile, putting up an impressive performance at #12.

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The classic Raffles Singapore sits at #17 in the World’s 50 Best Hotels For 2023.

Yet it seems Asia is home to the best hotels in the world, on average. Four of the top five properties are all based in Asia, with runner-up Rosewood Hong Kong leading the charge, ahead of Bangkok’s Four Seasons at #3, Hong Kong’s The Upper House at #4, and Aman Tokyo at #5.

Impressively, Dubai’s Atlantis the Royal managed to crack the top 50 despite only opening earlier this year. That is, the hotel that hosted the most extravagant ribbon-cutting of all time with a private concert from Beyonce, a Tequila launch from Kendall Jenner, and a hell of a lot of fireworks. We were one of the few Australian publications at the grand opening which you can read about in our recap article.

Interestingly, none of New York’s grand dame hotels like The Plaza or The Pierre made the inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels list. Although Aman New York clocked in at #25, becoming the highest-rated North American hotel on the list.

World’s 50 Best Hotels For 2023

  1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio
  2. Rosewood, Hong Kong (Reviewed)
  3. Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
  4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
  5. Aman, Tokyo
  6. La Mamounia Marrakech
  7. Soneva Fushi Maldives
  8. One&Only Mandarina Puerto Vallarta
  9. Four Seasons Firenze Florence
  10. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
  11. Capella, Bangkok
  12. The Calile, Brisbane
  13. Chablé Yucatán,Chocholá
  14. Aman, Venice
  15. Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park
  16. Claridge’s, London
  17. Raffles, Singapore
  18. Nihi Sumba, Wanokaka (Reviewed)
  19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum
  20. Le Sirenuse, Positano
  21. Borgo Egnazia,Savelletri
  22. The Connaught, London
  23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech
  24. Four Seasons, Madrid
  25. Aman, New York
  26. The Maybourne Riviera,Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  27. Rosewood, São Paulo
  28. Capella, Singapore
  29. Le Bristol, Paris
  30. Park Hyatt, Kyoto
  31. La Réserve, Paris
  32. Gleneagles, St Andrews, Scotland
  33. Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
  34. Cheval Blanc, Paris
  35. Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens
  36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  37. The Newt, Bruton
  38. Amangalla, Galle
  39. Hoshinoya, Tokyo
  40. Desa Potato Head, Seminyak
  41. Eden Rock, St. Barths
  42. The Siam, Bangkok
  43. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz
  44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
  45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  46. NoMad, London
  47. The Savoy, London
  48. Equinox, New York
  49. Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx
  50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

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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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