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The ‘best places to stay in the world for 2023’ have been revealed by Tripadvisor after an analysis of reviews of 1.5million properties.
For the third year running in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel Awards, The Toulson Court in Scarborough (aka ‘Scarbados’), North Yorkshire, has been named World’s Best B&B, with over 2,000 ‘excellent’ reviews on the site.
In the global Top Hotels list, it’s Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India, that comes top, followed by Ozen Reserve Bolifushi in the Maldives (second); Hotel Colline de France in Gramado, Brazil (third); and Shangri-La The Shard, London, in fourth.
Shangri-La The Shard, which occupies floors 34 to 52 of The Shard skyscraper, is also No.1 in Europe, followed in second place by Romance Istanbul Hotel in Turkey – and sixth in the global ‘Luxury Hotel’ category.
The top hotel in the USA is Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, in the city of Savannah, Georgia, followed by Hotel Emma at Pearl in San Antonio, Texas. In third in the States is Hotel Madera in Washington DC, with The Lancaster in Houston in fourth and Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach in Florida fifth.
Shangri-La The Shard, London, has been declared by Tripadvisor as the No.1 hotel in the UK and Europe, and the fourth-best in the world. Above is the hotel’s incredible infinity pool on floor 52
For the third year running in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Hotel Awards, The Toulson Court in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has been named World’s Best B&B
James and Angela Rusden, owners of The Toulson Court Bed and Breakfast (above), said: ‘We really were not expecting the amazing news to be crowned World’s Best B&B for the third year running! We are truly amazed and delighted to win this award again’
The Toulson Court owners James and Angela Rusden said their B&B award was ‘fantastic not only for us, but for the town of Scarborough [above] and all its attractions’
The top five list in the South Pacific comprises Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia (first); The Reef House Adults Only Tropical Escapes, Palm Cove, Australia (second); Tokoriki Island Resort, Tokoriki Island, Fiji (third); The Remington, Muswellbrook, Australia (fourth), and RACV Torquay Resort, Australia (fifth).
James and Angela Rusden, owners of The Toulson Court Bed and Breakfast, said: ‘We really were not expecting the amazing news to be crowned World’s Best B&B for the third year running! We are truly amazed and delighted to win this award again. It’s fantastic not only for us, but for the town of Scarborough and all its attractions.’
Guests have praised their B&B for offering a warm welcome, excellent service and little extras – including the ‘singing chef’.
THE BEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD, THE UK, THE USA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC FOR 2023
TOP 10 HOTELS IN THE WORLD
1. Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India
2. Ozen Reserve Bolifushi – Bolifushi Island, Maldives
3. Hotel Colline de France – Gramado, Brazil
4. Shangri-La The Shard, London – London, United Kingdom
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
6. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
7. Romance Istanbul Hotel – Istanbul, Türkiye
8. Ikos Dassia – Dassia, Greece
9. Ikos Andalusia – Estepona, Spain
10. Padma Resort Ubud – Puhu, Indonesia
TOP 10 HOTELS IN THE UK
1. Shangri-La The Shard, London
2. The Resident Covent Garden, London
3. Hotel 41, London
4. The Montcalm Royal London House, London
5. The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London
6. Dakota Manchester, Manchester
7. Aviator Hampshire, Farnborough
8. Claridge’s, London
9. The Chesterfield Mayfair, London
10. Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno
TOP HOTELS IN AMERICA
1. Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah
2. Hotel Emma at Pearl, San Antonio
3. Hotel Madera, Washington DC, United States
4. The Lancaster, Houston, United States
5. Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach, Sunny Isles Beach
6. Atticus Hotel, McMinnville,
7. Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
8. The Inn Above Tide, Sausalito
9. French Quarter Inn, Charleston
10. Pendry Manhattan West, New York City
TOP HOTELS SOUTH PACIFIC
1. Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
2. The Reef House Adults Only Tropical Escapes, Palm Cove, Australia
3. Tokoriki Island Resort, Tokoriki Island, Fiji
4. The Remington, Muswellbrook, Australia
5. RACV Torquay Resort, Australia
6. Kingsford Smith Motel, Brisbane, Australia
7. Element on Coolum Beach, Australia
8. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Sigatoka, Fiji
9. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
10. Little National Hotel Sydney, Australia
In the global Top Hotels list, it’s Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India, that comes top
Ozen Reserve Bolifushi in the Maldives (above) is No.2 in the global Top Hotels list for 2023
Hotel Colline de France in Gramado, Brazil, is third in the global Top Hotels list
The top hotel in the USA is Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel (above), in the city of Savannah, Georgia
Hotel Emma at Pearl in San Antonio, Texas, is the No.2 hotel in the USA
One recent Tripadvisor reviewer claimed they would have given 10 stars if they could, and it still wouldn’t have been enough.
British B&Bs make up four out of the top 10 B&Bs in the world.
Making their debut on the global list, Highcliffe House, Lynton, on the Exmoor coast, comes in at No 4, Gloucester House, Weymouth, at No. 6 and Glencoe Guest House, Keswick, in the Lake District, at No. 10.
Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia, is top in the South Pacific Top Hotels ranking
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, is fifth in the overall global Top Hotels ranking
Shangri-La The Shard tops the UK ‘Top Hotels’ list thanks to an astonishing haul of ‘excellent’ reviews – 5,796 at the time of writing from a total of 6,609.
And the hotel isn’t just endorsed by TripAdvisor users.
MailOnline Travel reviewed the property in March this year, awarding it five stars out of five and describing it as having ‘stunning views, impressive dining, a breathtaking swimming pool, slick friendly service and luxurious bedrooms’.
Shangri-La The Shard General Manager, Kurt Macher, said: ‘We’re incredibly honoured and thrilled to be recognised as the best hotel in the UK and No.1 hotel in Europe by Tripadvisor, and even more proud to have also achieved the remarkable position of being named the No.4 hotel in the world.
‘This accolade is a testament to the passion and dedication of our team at Shangri-La The Shard, London, and we are so grateful to our guests who have shared their positive feedback of their stay in the clouds on Tripadvisor.
‘We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the entire Shangri-La The Shard, London family and our valued guests for their continued support. We will continue to strive for excellence and aim to surpass every guest’s expectations with personalised service and we look forward to welcoming each and every one for a truly magical stay soon.’
MailOnline Travel reviewed Shangri-La The Shard and stayed in a Deluxe City View King Room (room type pictured above) on the 43rd floor
The Best Hotels for Sleep category ranking is topped by Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland
The world’s hottest new hotel? That’s Oblu Select Lobigili in the Maldives
THE BEST OF THE REST FOR 2023, FROM TOP FOR SLEEP TO HOTTEST NEW HOTEL
• Best Hotels for Sleep
Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland is No. 1 in the world in this inaugural category.
• Best Hotels with Spas
Another new category for 2023. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, is the No. 1 rated Spa Hotel. This is the ‘highest’ hotel in the world, so it’s worth visiting the spa on the 116th floor for the views alone, says Tripadvisor.
• Hottest New Hotels
Oblu Select Lobigili in the Maldives ranks No. 1 in the world. Tripadvisor says: ‘This five-star resort, exclusively for adults, features nature-inspired designs that bring to life a secluded, castaway feel.’
• Out-of-the-Ordinary Hotels
Tripadvisor says: ‘Those looking for more bucket list adventures and Instagram-worthy photo-ops can explore Patagonia Camp in Chile, which is No. 1 in the world. Located within Torres del Paine National Park, this is the first luxury camp in South America with a chic collection of glamorous Yurts.’
• Best Family-Friendly Hotels
No.1 in the world is Ikos Andalusia in Spain.
• Best Luxury Hotels
This list recognises places with above-and-beyond hospitality and amenities, says Tripadvisor. Also the No.1 Top Hotel for 2023, Rambagh Palace in India is the No.1 Luxury Hotel in the world.
• Best Small Hotels
This ranking highlights travellers’ favourite hotels with 30 rooms or less. White House Hotel in Istanbul takes the No.1 spot in the world for the second consecutive year.
• Best All-Inclusive Hotels
Ozen Reserve Bolifushi in the Maldives is No.1 in the world.
The rest of the Top Hotels UK list comprises The Resident Covent Garden, London (second); Hotel 41, London (third); The Montcalm Royal London House, London (fourth); The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London (fifth); Dakota Manchester, Manchester (sixth); Aviator Hampshire, Farnborough (seventh); Claridge’s, London (eighth); The Chesterfield Mayfair, London (ninth); and Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno (10th).
Haven Hall Hotel on the Isle of Wight is named No.2 Best Luxury Hotel in the UK (No. 15 in Europe) and the Grove of Narberth in Wales, No. 3 in the UK and No. 19 Europe.
Boutique hotel No. 1 By GuestHouse, York, is named ninth Hottest New Hotel in the World and The Coal Exchange Hotel, situated in the old coal and shipping exchange building in Cardiff Bay, comes 19th in the world in the Out of the Ordinary category.
Meanwhile, the Best Hotels for Sleep category ranking is topped by Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland, and Ikos Andalusia is No.1 in the Best Family-Friendly Hotels list.
And the world’s hottest new hotel? That’s Oblu Select Lobigili in the Maldives.
Sarah Firshein, Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor, said: ‘As our savvy reviewers know, hotels can sometimes be the entire reason for the trip. I’m personally very excited to consult this list as I plot out the next year of holidays with my own family.’
For more visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.