Best hotels in the world Top 20, as voted by travellers

Best hotels in the world : The ultimate Top 20 in 2014

Our methodology : we have compiled the travellers’ rating from the most famous travel websites. This way, you don’t rely on a single survey, but on thousands of travellers’ reviews and rates.

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The best hotel in the world is :  The Gresham Palace,  Budapest Hungary: 96.17/100
This Four Season hotel provides services at a faultless level. The staff offers professionalism, smiles and courtesy. Concierge service is outstanding, providing excellent recommendations. The hotel’s location is great, with view of the Danube river, and overlooking the Chain Bridge. Rooms are luxurious, breakfasts are some of the best you can find. A true Palace !

# 2 : Singita Boulders Lodge : Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa: 96.13/100
For safari lovers, this lodge is the place to go. Part of the Relais & Chateaux group, the staff is excellent, you eat wonderful food, and the safari guides are expert. A place where you can meet the big 5 animals. After a superb african welcoming at arrival, you’ll love to spend the night in your villa and love all the facilities.

# 3 : andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa: 95.6/100

The safaris, the Big 5, some of the most magical sundowners you can imagine, the meals and the settings…everything is perfect. The staff is so professional and with a good sense of humor. Rooms are large, with beautiful bathrooms and balcony area with deck chairs overlooking the private plunge pool.

# 4 : Lion Sands River Lodge, South Africa: 95.56/100

The guest rooms are phenomenal, and please spend a night in one of the tree houses: once in a lifetime experience The staff is attentive and welcoming yet make you feel instantly relaxed. And having breakfast or lunch while spotting an elephant on the distance is amazing

# 5 : Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia: 95.55/100

Pictures cannot describe this amazing place! Specify whether you like sunset or sunrise views. The bungalows are spacious with three connecting rooms, the staff of the Four Seasons truly makes this place unforgettable. The water is UNREAL with tons of fun swimming in the lagoon. And if you want  your Honeymoon stay incredible, Bora Bora IS the place!

# 6 : Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen Mexico: 95.5/100

The staff is consistently personable and proactive in being helpful. The property is beautiful. Nice beach, amazingly soft white sand, pool, and amenities are top notch. The sushi restaurant and breakfast offerings were superb. And check the chaya Margarita, the best margarita you can ever try!

# 7 : Arenal Nayara hotel, La Fortuna Costa Rica: 95.46/100

The outside sitting area had a direct beautiful view of the arenal volcano. It is privately surrounded by lush jungle and a paradise for birds. Rooms are huge with beautiful, double rainfall shower, private jacuzzi on terrace and outdoor shower. Breakfasts are a highlight and changed slightly daily. With a first class service, what else can you ask for ?

# 8 : The Lodge at Sea Island, Saint Simons Island USA: 95.36/100

First, the golf courses and facilities are excellent, and the spa is luxurious. The staff is so helpful. Breakfast buffet and menu options are great, dinner memorable.

# 9 : Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur India: 95.25/100

The view of the lake palace and the surroundings are incredible! A lake cruise at sunset, dinner at sunset, early morning Yoga are amongst the top. Rooms are very comfortable and beautifully furnished, bathrooms spacious, the service impeccable and everyone very friendly.

# 10 : 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville USA: 95.16/100

The art throughout the hotel is -pick your adjective- intriguing, pretentious, appealing, unusual,  but one thing: it is not is boring! Rooms are very clean, modern, with a large and well appointed bathroom.

# 11 : The 41, London United Kingdom: 95.13/100

Few hundred yards walk from Buckingham Palace, staying at Hotel 41 was like a trip to England’s past. Very comfortable room, a lounge with an amazing array of complimentary snacks and drinks, and such a courteous and well mannered staff!

# 12 : La Residence, Franschhoek South Africa: 95.06/100

The professionalism of all staff at La Residence is really impressive. The views are breath taking and during the day it is so peaceful you don’t even want to leave! Renowned for over-the-top luxurious bathrooms, each one of them is a veritable suite unto itself, you’ll like the rooms too.

# 13 : Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton USA: 94.92/100

What makes this place incredible is the service and the property. The large and beautifully decorated cottages and the extensive activities and amenities offered by this hotel will surely seduce you. Enjoy their steam showers and super comfy beds!

# 14 : 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati USA: 94.91/100

The artwork is awesome on the first two floors, the rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are huge.  The staff is very accommodating, the location is great. And the rooftop bar is a nice experience!

# 15 : Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas Mexico: 94.9/100

Stunning design and position of the resort (Capella is built along the most gorgeous stretch of beach). Watching the sunset from your private pool is a lovely way to spend the late afternoon! The staff is caring, kind, always happy and impeccably groomed.

# 16 : Waldorf Astoria, Chicago USA: 94.87/100

Fabulous location, the spa is beautiful and concierge helpful. Large and well decorated suites, huge bed and bath with a TV in the mirror. Sauna, fitness center and pool are waiting for you!

# 17 : Las Ventanas al Paraiso, San Jose Del Cabo Mexico: 94.86/100

The staff is amazing and always eager to help (they don’t know the word “no”). Pool service is mind blowing. The rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable. And please, have a private dinner on the beach. It’s an experience you’ll always remember !

# 18 : The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand: 94.8/100

The location is spectacular! The views from the Lodge and suite are breathtaking! The golf course is simply stunning. The staff is amazing, given the small size of the lodge, it only takes them once to remember everything that you like. Warm rooms, and excellent food.

# 19 : Las Alcobas, Mexico City, Mexico: 94.76/100

Fabulous view, huge separate living and sleeping spaces. Check the beautiful spiral staircase. Service is excellent, and the staff go out of their way to help you. Quiet rooms, and wonderful bath.

# 20 : La Residence d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia: 94.73/100

An oasis of relaxation with an outstanding pool! The rooms are new, modern, spacious and comfortable. The service is outstanding. Breakfast buffet has everything for every culture.

Choosing amongst beautiful hotels around the world which must be present in a Top 20 best hotels in the world is something subjective. Each and every traveller has his own tastes, feelings, and desires. So this Top 20 won’t suit some of the readers.
Nevertheless, it gives a good overview of the top hotels in the world, as it is based on thousands of rates by travellers.

Two hotels are clearly above the others : The Gresham Palace in Budapest Hungary, and the Singita Boulders Lodge in South Africa. Two different types of hotels, in two different worlds.
Luxury hotels within a south african reserve are very popular these days, as you can find them at the #2, #3, and #4 spots.

The hotel + museum concept seems to be very successful, as two of the 21 c museum hotel group are ranked in the  Top 20.

For those who can afford it, choosing one of this top 20 best hotels in the world will surely be a great experience. For those who can’t afford it, I hope you dreamed and travelled by reading this list!


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