The list of the world’s 50 best hotels has been revealed, recognizing hotels across six continents for their exceptional, industry-defining properties.
With the end of the summer holidays, 50 Best has compiled the list of the 50 best hotels in the world in 2023.
It might be one to keep in mind when planning your next luxury escape.
Twenty-one of the awarded properties were from Europe. Passalacqua, a luxurious 18th-century villa overlooking Lake Como in Italy, was named the best hotel in the world this year.
The ranking is made up of votes from 580 well-traveled international experts in the hotel and travel industry, with a 50/50 gender balance.
Almost half of the awarded facilities are located in Europe
London has cemented its reputation as a global travel hub with four hotels – Claridge’s (16th), The Connaught (22nd), NoMad London (46th) and Savoy (47th) – on the list.
Two other UK hotels were also winners. Gleneagles in Scotland was ranked 32nd having also won the Art of Hospitality award, a special recognition for excellent dining and dining experiences.
The Newt in Somerset placed at 37, winning the additional Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award, an award reserved for hotels on the list that meet all the criteria of a boutique property.
Six of the awarded hotels are located in France including four in Paris: Le Bristol (29th), La Réserve (31st), Cheval Blanc (34th) and Hôtel de Crillon (50th).
Other award-winning European hotels completing the list are located in Athens, Madrid and Italy.
Italy hosts the world’s best hotel for 2023
The award for Best Hotel in the World 2023 went to Passalacqua in Lake Como, Italy.
The hotel’s 24 rooms are spread across three buildings on seven acres of perfectly manicured terraced gardens filled with olive groves, mimosas, roses, and magnolia.
Inside the 18th-century villa, previously owned by the composer Vincenzo Bellini, Italian craftsmanship abounds.
Original frescoes and carvings on the ceiling are further embellished with gilded mirrors, nineteenth-century portraits, antique lacquered tables and Murano chandeliers.
The food is simple and relaxed, with guests often found wandering into the kitchen to chat with the chef as if it were their own private home.
“Huge congratulations to Passalacqua for reaching number 1, just two years after opening,” commented Tim Brooke-Webb, CEO of The World’s 50 Best Hotels.
A Hong Kong hotel secures second place
The impressive Rosewood Hong Kong, located in the city’s Victoria Dockside arts and design district, with stunning harbor views, is second on the list.
The 65-story, 413-room hotel includes 11 restaurants, a spa, a pool, and a fitness center, and is decorated throughout with understated, modern opulence.
Asia is home to 17 other properties nominated for the World’s Best Hotels 2023, also including Four Seasons Bangkok, The Upper House Hong Kong and Aman Tokyo.