World's Top 25 Hotels 2011
escapes, city hotels, and value properties are all winners in T+L’s list of the
world’s top hotels.
arrive at your palace-like hotel and walk past reflection pools to your room,
which has Burmese teakwood floors and rich fabrics. But the “wow” moment really
comes when you step out onto your private open-air terrace, and there, off in
the distance, you see the Taj Mahal. This is the experience you can have at
India’s Oberoi Amarvilas, one of the world’s top 25 hotels.
annual compendium of the best hotels around the globe features winning properties
from New York to New Zealand. Honing in on these captivating places is no easy
task. That’s why T+L looks to the ultimate critics—our readers—to rank their
favorite hotels in our annual survey. The results are always surprising.
25 hotels are just the beginning of a larger list that includes 500 hotels—218
of which are in the U.S.—and shows that readers are interested in all sorts of
experiences. Hotels at the top of the list include Triple Creek Ranch, with western-style
cabins in the Montana Rockies (No. 2); California’s San Ysidro Ranch and its 41
rooms in a string of clapboard cottages in Santa Barbara’s wine country (No. 4);
and Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower, set in the second-tallest
building in the U.S. (No. 20). All three illustrate what travelers are looking
for now: unique environments and stellar service.
hotel known for going above and beyond? Jade Mountain in St. Lucia (No. 11
overall, No. 2 in the Caribbean), where butlers are on call for all 28 rooms. Here,
bridges lead to open-air suites with infinity plunge pools, and you can
stargaze from the terrace while dining alfresco on calypso-marinated kingfish. It
was enough to entice last year’s World’s Best Awards Sweepstakes winner, who chose
this exclusive escape for his $10,000 grand prize.
rather stroll around Europe, you’ll find five European hotels among the top 25.
The No. 1 hotel in France (and No. 9 overall) is a perennial showstopper:
Domaine des Hauts de Loire in the Loire Valley, just two hours from Paris. The
32 rooms and suites at this former hunting lodge open onto a park and the
property’s pond. It’s also the top-ranked hotel for less than $250 a night
(rates start at $182). On your way there, try the 147-room Hôtel de Crillon in
Paris’ Eighth Arrondissement, ranked No. 19 overall, and featuring Louis XV
interiors and Carrera marble bathrooms.
property claimed the title of world’s best hotel? Read on for that and the
other top 24 hotels. You can also download our first ever T+L 500 iPad edition,
available January 1, 2011, at the App Store. Get inspired and then go
traveling. There’s no need to have a bad experience when the world’s top hotels
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