We already know that London is in possession of some of the best restaurants and bars in the world. But now there’s another feather for London’s cap, with four London hotels included in the first-ever list of the World’s 50 Best Hotels. So whether you’re visiting London, or simply looking for somewhere to have a staycation away from your flat, there are some seriously luxurious places to choose from.
The highest-ranked London hotel on the list was Claridge’s, which came in at sixteenth position. The super-luxe hotel was praised as “the home of classic English eccentricity, playing host to British high society and other discerning luxury travellers”.
Not too far behind it, at number 22 on the list, was the Connaught. Described as “a bastion of refined elegance in London’s crowded luxury hotel market”, the hotel was also praised for its impeccable service. The Connaught’s bar was also singled out for praise in 2022’s The World’s 50 Best Bars, sliding into the eighth position. In fact, the bar has even nabbed the top spot twice in the past.
Rounding out London’s inclusions on the list of the world’s best hotels were the five-star NoMad London (46) and The Savoy (47). NoMad was recognised for its “contemporary sleek hospitality paired with tasteful art and design elements of the New York Jazz Age” as well as its prime location. The Savoy’s inclusion was largely attributed to the “infallible service, character and storied history of world-class restaurants and bars housed within.”
Where are the best hotels in the world?
Okay, so London fared well – but who came out on top? The 24-room Passalacqua in Moltrasio (aka, right by Lake Como!) took the top position. And, honestly, we can see why. It does look absolutely stunning! But of course that comes with a hefty price tag, with stays starting at $1300 USD. That’s over a thousand pounds a night.
Hong Kong and Bangkok both dominated the top ten, with two hotels each. Representing Hong Kong were the Rosewood Hong Kong (2) and The Upper House (4), alongside Bangkok’s Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (3) and Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (10).
According to the list, these are the world’s ten best hotels:
- Passalacqua, Moltrasio
- Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
- The Upper House, Hong Kong
- Aman Tokyo, Tokyo
- La Mamounia, Marrakech
- Soneva Fushi, Maldives
- One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta
- Four Seasons Firenze, Florence
- Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Bangkok
How’s that for a bit of travel inspiration? Some of these hotels are well worth the trip alone!
Read the full list, and find out more about the hotels, here.