The world is full of dazzling hotels, but not all are created equal. In the eyes of discerning travelers, some rise above the rest to become cherished go-tos that transcend trends and endure as true luxury staples. Such properties aren’t easy to identify, but those in the know have a few criteria that they use to separate the good from the great: spectacular locations, top-notch facilities and proper glamour and pampering.
To compile the 2023 list, TripAdvisor took into account reviews from across the globe for more than 1.5 million hotels. It also consulted with hoteliers, industry experts and other travel industry insiders to make sure the results were accurate. To no one’s surprise, TripAdvisor-owned sites dominated the rankings.
The winner is Lake Como’s Passalacqua, a charming boutique resort that feels more like a posh private estate than a hotel. Its pristine private beaches, stunning views and lush, manicured gardens are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Other highlights from the 2023 list include a swanky newcomer to the New York City luxury scene: Malate Bayview Mansion, which opened in May of this year. Rooms are decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the property a bright and airy residential feel that’s hard to find in Manhattan. Local artwork and a mix of wood and marble aesthetics add to the appeal.
Another newcomer to the list is the opulent Aman New York, located at Hudson Yards. The third US property from the famed Aman brand, this luxe oasis-like retreat is a true standout in the Big Apple. With an emphasis on privacy, the hotel offers spacious suites with a distinct residential feel that include separate living, dining and sleeping areas. The chevron wood floors and white marble bathrooms make you feel like you’ve rented your very own Manhattan apartment.
Other special accolades included the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel award, which went to Soneva Fushi in the Maldives; the Carlo Alberto Vermouth Best Boutique Hotel prize, awarded to The Newt in Somerset, England; and the Nikka Best New Opening honor, which went to Capella Bangkok. For a complete list of winners, click here.
While the 2023 list was skewed heavily toward Asia—it earned 21 of the 50 spots—Europe made a strong showing as well, with Rosewood Hong Kong, Four Seasons Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, The Upper House in Hong Kong, and Aman Tokyo all earning recognition. Two other newcomers to the luxury hotel landscape were among the highest-ranking entries: Aman New York and Equinox New York at Hudson Yards. Independent hotels also far outperformed branded chains, with no hotels from Marriott and Hilton making the list.