Raffles Singapore and Capella Singapore land the No.17 and No.28 spots respectively in the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023.

50 hotels around the world got the nod for The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, announced officially at an awards ceremony held in London last evening. The inaugural list, which covered hotels from 25 different cities across six continents worldwide, saw luxury boutique hotel Passalacqua in Lombardy, Italy’s Moltrasio take top honours.

Europe received the most nominations with 21 entries. Closer to home, hotels in Asia did very well with a total of 18 nominations five of which were in the top 10. Singapore sees two of its hotels enter the list. Iconic Raffles Singapore grabs the No.17 spot, with luxury Sentosa resort Capella Singapore coming in at No.28.

Rosewood Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong is No.2 on The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023, and also Best Hotel in Asia.

“We are humbled and excited to have found a place among this esteemed collection of outstanding and beyond the every-day luxury hospitality destinations. This global recognition is a true validation of our legendary and timeless Raffles experience, delivered by the wonderful team we have in Singapore,” said Christian Westbeld, Managing Director, Raffles Singapore.

Bangkok was the shining light in Asia, claiming four spots with Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (No.3), Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (No.10), Capella Bangkok (No.11), and The Siam (No.42). Hong Kong grabbed two spots, both in the top five with Rosewood Hong Kong (No.2) and The Upper House (No.4). Tokyo has two as well – Aman Tokyo (No.5), and Hoshinoya Tokyo (No.39).

Capella Bangkok was also named the ‘Nikka Best New Hotel’.

Organised by William Reed, the awards aim to recognise outstanding and best-in-class experiences hotels from all over the world have to offer. Like the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and World’s 50 Best Bars lists, the World’s 50 Best Hotels list is voted for by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, comprising some 580 anonymous international well-travelled experts within the hotel and travel industry.

Passalacqua, No.1 in World's 50 Best Hotels 2023
Passalacqua, named No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023 [image © Ruben Ortiz]
“Huge congratulations to Passalacqua for the achievement of making it to No.1, just two years after opening. 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,” said Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels. “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,” Brooke-Webb added. “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.”

You can find the full list for The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023 below:

World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 full list

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