An Independent, Female-Run Hotel Came Out On Top At This Year’s The World’s 50 Best Hotels Awards

By Charlie Colville

9 months ago

And six UK hotels made it on the list too

The results are in: the definitive list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels for 2023 has been announced. Here are all of the winners.

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What Is The World’s 50 Best Hotels Awards?

Created by 50 Best, the team behind ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ and ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ awards, The World’s 50 Best Hotels is a new awards scheme launched this year to highlight the best venues across the globe for hospitality experiences. Voted for by a panel of 580 global industry experts, known as The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, 50 hotels have been crowned the best of the best – with seven additional ‘best-in-class’ accolades awarded alongside the main list.

The Savoy lobby

The Savoy

The World’s 50 Best Hotels Awards 2023: Who Won?

Last night, an awards ceremony took place in London to announce the winning list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels, with venues spanning six continents and 35 locations worldwide. But who came out on top?

The hospitality industry is renowned for being male-centric. Despite 60 to 70 percent of workers in the hotels sector being women, just a handful occupy managerial posts compared to men. It’s also an industry heavily dominated by large hotel groups with a luxury tagline, making it a tighter squeeze for independent venues when it comes to setting up a space for themselves. And while the likes of the Four Seasons, Aman, Rosewood and Soneva scooped up 12 places on the list this time round, the top spot was taken by an independent, family-owned and female-run hotel in Italy: Passalacqua.

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A luxurious boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Como, Passalacqua is housed in an 18th century villa with 24 rooms and beautiful terraced gardens running down to the water. With the help of the De Santis family, who got the space up and running in just four years, the hotel opened its doors to the public in June 2022.


Runner-ups included Rosewood Hong Kong and Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, who took second and third place respectively.

In the list, 21 slots were given to properties based in Europe, 18 in Asia (with four hotels sitting within the top 10) and three in Africa.

Six hotels from the UK placed on the list, four of which are located in London: Claridge’s (which placed sixth), The Connaught, NoMad London and The Savoy. The other two UK hotels in winning positions were Gleneagles in Scotland and The Newt in Somerset, who also bagged the Art of Hospitality Award and the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award respectively.

Dining area

The Newt

‘Huge congratulations to Passalacqua for the achievement of making it to No.1, just two years after opening,’ said Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels. ‘It’s a true testament to the vision of the De Santis family, who has created this sublime sanctuary for guests with painstaking devotion to design detail, exquisite hospitality and distinctive magic, which has clearly made a lasting impression on our Academy of expert voters.

‘After seeing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, it’s been especially fulfilling to see so many hoteliers from around the world gather in London to celebrate each other’s achievements under one roof for the first-ever awards ceremony of The World’s 50 Best Hotels,’ he continues. ‘Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every hotel on the list, and we hope this list inspires travel-lovers to book somewhere truly spectacular for their next trip.’

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023: All The Winners

  1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio
  2. Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  3. Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
  4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
  5. Aman Tokyo, Tokyo
  6. La Mamounia, Marrakech
  7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  8. One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta
  9. Four Seasons Firenze, Florence
  10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Bangkok
  11. Capella Bangkok, Bangkok
  12. The Calile, Brisbane
  13. Chablé Yucatán, Chocholá
  14. Aman Venice, Venice
  15. Singita Lodges – Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park
  16. Claridge’s, London
  17. Raffles Singapore, Singapore
  18. Nihi Sumba, Wanokaka
  19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum
  20. Le Sirenuse, Positano
  21. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri
  22. The Connaught, London
  23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech
  24. Four Seasons Madrid, Madrid
  25. Aman New York, New York City
  26. The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  27. Rosewood São Paulo, São Paulo
  28. Capella Singapore, Singapore
  29. Le Bristol, Paris
  30. Park Hyatt Kyoto, Kyoto
  31. La Réserve, Paris
  32. Gleneagles, Auchterarder
  33. Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
  34. Cheval Blanc, Paris
  35. Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens
  36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  37. The Newt, Bruton
  38. Amangalla, Galle
  39. Hoshinoya Tokyo, Tokyo
  40. Desa Potato Head, Seminyak
  41. Eden Rock, St. Barths
  42. The Siam, Bangkok
  43. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz
  44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
  45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  46. NoMad London, London
  47. The Savoy, London
  48. Equinox New York, New York City
  49. Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx
  50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

Special Awards

  • Nikka Best New Hotel Award – Capella, Bangkok
  • SevenRooms Icon Award – Sonu, Shivdasani
  • Flor de Caña Eco Hotel Award – Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park
  • Lavazza One To Watch Award – The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Utah
  • Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel Award – Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  • Art of Hospitality Award – Gleneagles, Auchterarder
  • Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award – The Newt, Bruton


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