For the first time, the creator of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants & Bars list has crowned the world’s best hotel at Passalacqua on Lake Como.
This small 24-room hotel is an 18th-century building that has been renovated over several years and just opened in June 2022. He has hosted such notable guests as Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston his Churchill, Vincenzo his Bellini. 1800s. This hotel’s rapid rise in popularity among the jet set is largely due to the charismatic efforts of his owners Paolo, Antonella and Valentina de Santis. The popular Grand Hotel Tremezzo is also located on Lake Como. (Rates at Passalacqua for next summer season will start at about $1,800 per night.)
“If you can dream it, you can do it! Here it is!” Valentina De Santis said, visibly moved when she received the top award. She said, “We don’t have big shoulders, but we still got here.”
Passalacqua was immediately followed by an iconic stay in Asia. Rounding out the top five was Rosewood Hong Kong. Four Seasons Chao Phraya River, Bangkok; Hong Kong Senate. and Aman Tokyo. Marrakech’s La Mamounia was chosen next, a win for a city still reeling from the devastating September 8 earthquake.
Despite having an Asian-heavy top 10, the list was heavily biased towards Europe, leaving viewers of the live stream wondering if this was really Europe’s 50 Best Hotels. European hotels occupied him 21st place out of 50 slots. No other hotels in the U.S. made the cut, with the exception of Aman and Equinox, entries from New York City. It’s also worth noting that independent hotels far outperform branded companies. Marriott and Hilton claimed zero entries, while Aman and Four Seasons received four entries each. Mayborn Hotel Group and Oetker Collection each acquired three of his brands. Both are lesser known but loved by luxury consumers.
The announcement, made under the dramatic medieval arches of London’s Guildhall, marks the first hotel-specific listing by the 50 Best team, known for their global and regional restaurant and bar listings. , all edited by William, a UK-based company. Lead Business Media. For 21 years, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has selected emerging global destinations like Copenhagen and Lima, transforming them from second-rate cities to must-eat once-in-a-lifetime gourmet destinations.
“There are many facets to the success of a list like this,” said William Drew, director of content at William Read, adding that the hotel list has been nearly 10 years in the making. “It’s about how you drive business to the hotel, and on a slightly less experiential level, but how it drives discovery, cultural discovery, that might not have gone otherwise.” It’s about driving travel to new parts of the world that don’t have it.” (The headline sponsor of the inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels list is SevenRooms, a backend technology platform for restaurants and hotels.)
This is especially true when it comes to the 50 Best Restaurants. However, when it comes to this year’s hotel list, the potential for new destinations to make it onto the list was largely unrealized.
In addition to La Mamounia (6th place), Marrakech also entered Royal Mansour (23rd place). This honor would be a great boon for the Red City, which has largely escaped damage from earthquakes and is highly dependent on its tourism economy, giving travelers the confidence to travel to the city. Sri Lanka could benefit as well. At number 38, Amangala may not be as prominent on the list, but it does shine a spotlight on a country that is so rich in hospitality, cuisine and cultural attractions, yet tourism has struggled to take hold. Of course.
The process by which World’s 50 Best creates its rankings is based on the first-person experience of 580 judges, who are assigned roles by regional department heads called Academy Chairs. Each of these jurors will vote in order of preference for the top seven hotels they have stayed at in the past 24 months (in future iterations of the list, the period will be reduced to his 18 months). Jurors can also work within the industry as hoteliers, staff, travel agents or journalists (including those who are usually hosted for free on press or social trips). Alternatively, someone may be considered an expert simply because they have a particularly itinerant lifestyle.
In addition to the 50 best hotels, special awards were given to six hotels. Among them, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives was named Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel (best hotel within 20 meters of the beach) and Capella Bangkok was named Nikka Hotel. Best New Hotel recognizes the highest ranked hotel that opened during his first two-year voting period from May 2021 to May 2023.
Other special awards include the Flor de Caña Eco Hotel, a sustainability award given to Singita Lodges Kruger National Park in South Africa, where environmental protection and social empowerment are top priorities. These hotels source their cooks from their own culinary schools that train at-risk local youth, and Carlo Alberto Vermouth Best Boutique Hotel, The Newt in Somerset, has 50 or fewer rooms. Awarded as the top independent hotel.
The seventh special award went to Sonu Shivdasani, CEO of Soneva, the only person to be individually recognized at the ceremony. (The award was given for “positive influence in the global hotel sector.”) His three resorts, including No. 7 Soneva Fushi and No. 36 Soneva Jani, are sustainable It is a temple of luxury. The latter resort in the Maldives features overwater villas with their own waterslides and their own glass recycling factory, all located on a small private atoll.
Asked whether the ongoing effects of the pandemic, such as delays in reopening borders in Asia, could affect the rankings, Mr Drew expressed confidence in the system. “We believe that the situation is pretty much balanced and that even those parts of the world that were slow to lift lockdowns are catching up a bit thanks to pent-up demand,” he said. And indeed, Asia performed admirably.
But geographic diversity was a challenge. Mr Drew said he would establish a geographically diverse jury to ensure the list has the potential to reflect the world as a whole, not just the major capital cities most visited by foreign tourists. He said that the emphasis was on But he acknowledged this is a tall order. “It’s never going to be a perfect, completely fair system. It’s impossible. This is the best we can do.”
That means only one South American hotel made the list: Rosewood São Paulo. And of all the incredible luxury safari lodges on the African continent, only Singita Lodges Kruger National Park was recognized. (Similar wording problems plagued La Liste’s recent hotel rankings, in which the Belmond Hotel Cipriani was ranked the best in the world, but the hotel ranked nowhere in the world’s 50 best.) Despite international travel to Japan and Hong Kong, which just reopened in October 2022 and January 2023, respectively, these destinations have three properties in the top 10. It has entered. This is probably indicative of the fact that even the most traveled professional can only reach every corner of the world in two years. span. In fact, these travel experts prioritize what’s new or newly available in the post-pandemic travel cast. This may explain why this list is more biased toward hot topics than the best overall.
How would you compare the colorful beach resort of Sun Baths to an urban oasis whose lobby is on the 33rd floor of Tokyo’s Otemachi Tower? , says what makes this list interesting. “We want people to have a discussion about what makes a great hotel, because everyone’s answer will be a little different,” he explains. “And that’s a plus for us. That’s what makes it dynamic and keeps moving and evolving.”
Here’s the complete list of the world’s 50 best hotels:
1. Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy
2. Rosewood Hong Kong
3. Four Seasons Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
4. Hong Kong Senate
5. Aman Tokyo
6. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
8. One & Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9. Four Seasons Florence, Italy
10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
11. Capella Bangkok (Nikka Best New Hotel Award)
12. The Calil, Brisbane
13. Chablé Yucatan, Chocolat, Mexico
14. Aman Venice
15. Singita Lodges Kruger National Park (Flore de Caña Eco Hotel Award)
16. Claridge’s, London
17. Raffles Singapore
18. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum, Mexico
20. La Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
21. Borgo Ignazia, Savalletri, Italy
22. The Connaught, London
23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
24. Four Seasons Madrid
25. Aman New York
26. Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
27. Rosewood Sao Paulo
28. Capella Singapore
29. Le Bristol, Paris
30. Park Hyatt Kyoto
31. La Reserve, Paris
32. Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland
33. Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Antibes, France
34. Cheval Blanc, Paris
35. Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens
36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
37. The Newt, Bruton, UK (Best Boutique Hotel Award)
38. Amangala, Sri Lanka
39. Hoshinoya Tokyo
40. Desa Potato Head, Bali
41. Eden Rock, St. Barths
42. The Siam, Bangkok
43. Badrut Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
45. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
46. Nomad London
47. The Savoy, London
48. Equinox New York
49. Six Senses Ibiza
50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
–With assistance from Sarah Rappaport.
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