The 10 Best Hotels In The World Ranked By Expedia


Photo: Marrol’s Boutique Hotel

Want the best possible value on a hotel room? Pack your bags, you’re going to…southwestern Slovakia.Just yesterday, we wrote about how travel site Orbitz is in the news for showing Mac users more expensive hotel rooms than Windows users.

Its competitor Expedia just released a list of the World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels, based mostly on user input last year—and only three of the top 10 are in the United States.

Before we get to the top picks, here’s some of the stats Expedia offered about the hotels on its list…

  • World-class. The top 650 hotels are spread across 295 cities in 74 countries—with 28 per cent in the States, 25 per cent in Europe, 19 per cent in Asia, and 3 per cent in South America. The “elsewhere” category represents 25 per cent, but Expedia doesn’t say where that is. Africa? Antarctica?
  • Fancy doesn’t mean best. Only 35 per cent of the hotels are categorized as “luxury.”
  • Green is growing. Expedia says “green/sustainable” hotels had “an outsized presence” on this year’s list—17 per cent.
  • Running hot and cold. There are 11 “ski-friendly” hotels, and 116 “beach hotels,” with more of the latter in Mexico than the United States.
  • Pack light. Just 87 hotels on the list are “family friendly”—that’s about 13 per cent.

And here are the 10 hotels topping the list. Since Expedia only gives names, stars, and locations, we poked around their sites to hazard a guess why these top the list. Make sure to click through the hotel names and look at the pretty pictures, since words can’t do all these justice…

Marrol's Boutique Hotel (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Rating: 5 Stars

Marrol's Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel in a colonial-style historical building. Free breakfast buffet, gym, newspaper, and Internet. Egyptian cotton sheets. And 46 activities onsite or nearby, including rafting, skydiving, snowboarding, hunting, and helicopter rides. Price: $120/night for a queen bed this weekend (with a free welcome drink).

Hotel Al Codega (Venice, Italy)

Hotel Royal Corin (Costa Rica)

Rating: 4 Stars

Hotel Royal Corin is a romantic destination…next to a volcano that's visible from your private balcony. Free breakfast, Internet, parking, and newspaper. Price: $263/night for a king bed, sold out this weekend.

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland)

Four Seasons Miami (Miami, Florida)

Rating: 5 Stars

The Four Seasons Miami is 36 miles from Money Talks News HQ, but far closer to Biscayne Bay (visible from some rooms), Mary Brickell Village, the American Airlines Arena (the Miami Heat's court), and Miami Art Museum. Marble bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets. Pets allowed, and lots of water and sports activities nearby. Price: $269/night for a city-view room this weekend.

Madison Hotel Hamburg (Hamburg/Hanover, Germany)

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Madison Hotel is a short walk to the harbor, St. Michaelis Church, or the subway, and within walking distance of the historic warehouse district. Free Internet and newspaper. Price: $174/night for a king or double bed this weekend.

Element Omaha Midtown Crossing (Omaha, Nebraska)

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail (Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado)

Taj Lands End (Mumbai, India)

Mr. C Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, California)

Rating: 5 Stars

Mr. C is a luxury hotel half a mile from Rodeo Drive; 7 miles from Santa Monica. Marble bathrooms and private balconies. Free newspaper, Internet, and use of an iPad or Macbook. Dozens of activities nearby. Price: sold out this weekend; $320 next weekend for a king bed.

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