What counts as an expert, you may wonder? How about the most viewed hotel booking site on earth. TripAdvisor is a juggernaut in the eternal quest for hotel knowledge, prices and reviews – and they’ve just published the coveted, annual “best hotels in the world” list. These hotels are hand chosen from wowing reviews, amenities and experiences. Any guesses?

Herods Hotel – Israel

25. Herods Vitalis Spa Hotel Eilat – Eilat, Israel

24. Constance Prince Maurice – Pointe de Flacq, Mauritius

23. The Aplina Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland

22. Hotel Estalagem St. Hubertus – Gramado, Brazil

21. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur – Jodhpur, India


Hotel 41 – London

20. Hotel 41 – London, United Kingdom

19. The Leela Palace Udaipur – Udaipur, India

18. Lindos Blu – Lindos, Greece

17. Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel – Gramado, Brazil

16. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort – Nantucket, Massachusetts

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas – Peru

15. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas – Cusco, Peru

14. The Tuscany – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

13. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel – Lance aux Epines, Grenada

12. Hotel Eclat Beijing – Beijing, China

11. Kandolhu Maldives – North Ari Atoll, Maldives

Ja Manafaru – Maldives

10. JA Manafaru – Manafaru Islands, Maldives

9. Tulemar Bungalos & Villas – Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

8. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam

7. Shinta Mani Shack – Siem Reap, Cambodia

6. Portrait Firenze – Florence, Italy

Aria – Budapest. The #1 Hotel In The World.

5. BoHo Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic

4. Hotel the Serras – Barcelona, Spain

3. Turin Palace Hotel – Turin, Italy

2. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia

1. Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection – Budapest, Hungary

While we can’t speak for every single hotel, we have visited many of these and they are truly lovely. Hotel ratings, are of course very subjective – but we’re intrigued by TripAdvisor’s rankings. They certainly see more reviews and feedback than anyone else.

Have you been to any of these? What did you think?