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The list is expected to showcase the finest and most exceptional hotels from around the world

Passalacqua, Lake Como, the world's number 1 hotel for 2023 / Passalacqua 

 

Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best has just announced The World’s 50 Best Hotels in 2023, marking the brand’s first global launch since 2009.

Passalacqua in Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy has been named The World’s Best Hotel 2023. The stunning lakeside boutique hotel has only been open for a year. Located in an 18th-century villa, with spectacular terraced gardens running down to the water, the gorgeous 24-room property created by the De Santis family has the feel of a private home.

Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels, commented, “Huge congratulations to Passalacqua for the achievement of making it to No.1, just two years after opening.

 

Claridge's terrace

A terrace in a suite at Claridge's, London, the top UK hotel / Rat Main 

 

Nearly half of the 50 winning properties are based in Europe. London solidifies its reputation as a global travel hub, with four hotels on the list: Claridge’s (No.16), The Connaught (No.22), NoMad London (No.46) and The Savoy (No.47), while two other UK properties were also winners: Gleneagles in Scotland (No.32) and The Newt in Bruton, Somerset (No.37), which was awarded the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award. This award is given to the hotel placing highest on the list that fits all the criteria of a boutique property. 50 Best defines a boutique hotel as having fewer than 50 rooms and not being part of a large chain or group, with personalized service and features unique to its destination.

 

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Rosewood Hong Kong room / Rosewood Hong Kong 

 

Asia is home to 18 of The World’s 50 Best Hotels including, in the No.2 spot, the towering Rosewood Hong Kong, set in the city’s Victoria Dockside arts and design district with stunning views over the harbor. The 413-room hotel has 11 restaurants and lounges, plus impressive recreational facilities including the Asaya spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool.

 

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Four Seasons Bangkok suite / Kenseet 

 

Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is No.3, The Upper House in Hong Kong (No.4) and Aman Tokyo (No.5). High on the list as well and within 20 meters of a beach, Soneva Fushi (No.7), in the Maldives, is also named the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel.

 

 Garden Terrace, bar

Aman New York, USA - Garden Terrace, bar / Robert Rieger 

 

The Aman in New York City at No. 25 is the top North American hotel on the list. Rising from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the Crown Building was built in 1921. One of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture ever built in the US, this was the first home of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1929. The building became Aman New York in August 2022. The luxury hotel features suites with fireplaces, two fine dining restaurants, a spa and a swanky basement jazz club.

 

Aman Tokyo room

Aman Tokyo suite / Aman Tokyo 

 

The Top 50 Hotels for 2023:

  1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio
  2. Rosewood,Hong Kong
  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
  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

 

Soneva Fushi pool

Soneva Fushi, Maldives / Richard Waite Photography 

 

The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.

Sep 21, 2023

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