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Are These the World’s Best Hotels?

Hotel & Resort | Janeen Christoff | October 12, 2016

Are These the World’s Best Hotels?

PHOTO: Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Photo courtesy Las Ventanas) 

While defining the world’s best hotel is pretty arbitrary, noting some of the best is fairly easy to do for someone who travels frequently notes travel expert Larry Olmsted in an article for Forbes

“No matter how posh the rooms or perfect the service, it is impossible to compare a 12-villa private island property to a full-service 5-star urban tower,” he writes. 

So, while you can’t pin down the top hotel because there are so many different ways one can experience them, from urban meccas to off-the-beaten-path retreats, Olmsted has attempted to list some of the best. 

“I typically spend over 100 nights each year in mostly luxury hotels, and have been for more than 20 years. I stay in grand classics, shiny newcomers and everything in between. But at the end of the day (or night), only a handful make my highest tier, Hotels I Love,” he says. 

His list spans the globe and first up is Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Rosewood Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya also made the list. 

Also on the list is Twin Farms in Vermont and Boston Harbor Hotel in Massachusetts, which are the only favorites representing the East Coast.

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Other U.S. properties include The Broadmoor in Colorado, as well as the Little Nell in Aspen. The Grand Del Mar  in San Diego and Auberge Du Soleil in Napa round out the properties in California. The Four Seasons Hualalai is a favorite in Hawaii.

In Europe, his list includes Hotel Hassler in Rome, Four Seasons George V in Paris, London’s Savoy hotel, Hotel Cipriano in Venice and the Four Seasons Florence. 

Jade Mountain is a favorite in the Caribbean and the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a win in Argentina. 

The Peninsula Hong Kong and the Park Hyatt Tokyo are two of the best in Asia, according to Olmsted. 

To find out more about how the list was compiled, read on here.


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