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?

a pool with a hot tub and chairs
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


a black and white tiled floor in a room
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

a courtyard with a fountain and a large building
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

a pool and a building with a thatched roof
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

a rooftop patio with orange furniture and a large building in the background
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?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Stayed at number 7, Shinta Mani Shack this past October. I wouldn’t put in in the top 25 in the world, it was nice but the service was pretty hit and miss, mostly miss, seemed to be the norm across Cambodia.

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