The best hotel of the world in 2023 is an Italian facility on the shores of Lake Como. Passalacqua, the luxury boutique hotel in Lake Como, takes the top spot. Located in an 18th century villa with spectacular terraced gardens running down to the water, the De Santis family has created an exquisite 24-room property with the feel of a private home. No.2 is Rosewood Hong Kong, in the city’s Victoria Dockside arts and design district with views over the harbour.
The best hotel of the world: the full list
The list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels has been announced at a captivating awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. This is 50 Best’s first foray into the travel space, and its first new global ranking since the launch of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2009.
London boasts 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), recipient of the Art of Hospitality Award and The Newt in Somerset (No.37), recipient of the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award.
Four properties in Asia sit at the top end of the list: Rosewood Hong Kong (No.2), Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (No.3), The Upper House in Hong Kong (No.4) and Aman Tokyo (No.5). Highest on the list within 20 metres of a beach, Soneva Fushi (No.7) is named the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel.
Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park, is one of three hotels on the African continent to make the ranking, alongside La Mamounia (No.6) and Royal Mansour (No.23), both in Marrakech.
Luxury hotels in Italy
Even though the list does not feature any Milanese facility there are some other excellent properties in cities like Florence, Venice and Positano which are a worth of a stay.
The Four Season in Florence ( at N. 9)
Florence’s largest private garden provides the tranquil setting for this character-packed Four Seasons property, a beautifully restored 15th-century Medici palace. With cool, creamy interiors that make one want to glide rather than walk, and a well-heeled clientele made up of business and leisure travellers, the 2008-opened hotel offers 116 bedrooms. Of these, 79 are in the Palazzo della Gherardesca and 37 in the Villa, a former 16th-century convent graced with its own reception and butler service. The hotel’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Il Palagio, meanwhile, pulls guests out of the Renaissance and bang up-to-date, with a contemporary menu of reimagined regional classics and a brilliantly curated wine cellar.theworlds50best.com
The Aman in Venice (at. N. 14)
Venice is not short of a legendary hotel, but the Aman takes top spot thanks to its faultless location under the Rialto Bridge and its home inside a 16th-century grand palace. With just 24 rooms, this intimate property is a seductive blend of resplendent Italian aristocracy and slick understatement that the Aman brand is known fortheworlds50best.com
Le Sirenuse in Positano (at. N. 20)
Technicolour star of the Amalfi coast, Positano has been a darling of the jet set since the Sixties, with contemporary A-list fans including Julia Roberts, Jenniper Lopez and Bella Hadid. A simple fishing village until the 1950s, the town’s glittering rise to fame was abetted by a nod from John Steinbeck, who wrote of this “dream place” in a 1953 essay for Harper’s Bazaar, ‘Positano bites deep’. A five-minute walk from the port and enjoying unrivalled views of the majolica-tiled dome of Catholic church Santa Maria Assunta, Le Sirenuse is a sight for sore eyes for guests arriving into Positano by boat, perched amid a dazzle of stacked houses tumbling down rugged cliffs to the seatheworld50best.com