Every year Condé Nast Traveler announces the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, destination spas, countries, cities, islands, trains, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. The full list of more than 1,500 winners, including more than a dozen galleries and web-only exclusives of the 50 Best Hotels in the World and 50 Best Resorts in the World, can be found here. I’d love to share their top 10 hotels in the world because now more than ever, I think we all deserve a bit of travel eye-candy!
The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. The 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards represent the first time voters made their picks at a time when almost no one was traveling. Crazy, right?
I wanted to share the top 10 hotels in the world from the Condé Nast Traveler. I’d also love to know, what is your favorite hotel of all time? My personal favorite hotel experience was Der Teufelhof in Basel, Switzerland. I’m not just looking for luxury, in fact, I love artsy, quirky accommodations. Der Teufelhof Basel is minimalist and artistic. It’s urban yet historic. No two rooms are alike in the hotel and there is a story behind every room and every piece of art. It’s a fascinating piece of culture incorporating award-winning food, cutting edge theater, and local artists in a truly unique hotel experience.
Related Content: Read my full review of Der Teufelhof Basel
Condé Nast Top 10 Hotels in the World
- Baur au Lac — Zurich, Switzerland
- Sofitel Legend Santa Clara — Cartagena, Colombia
- Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel — Cusco, Peru
- The Peninsula House — Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
- Mandarin Oriental, Doha — Doha, Qatar
- Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia — Bogotá, Colombia
- Olema House Point Reyes — Point Reyes, California
- The Peninsula Bangkok — Bangkok, Thailand
- Raffles Istanbul — Istanbul, Turkey
- W Bogota — Bogotá, Colombia
Why You Should Visit a Condé Nast Top 10 Hotel
The Best Hotel in the World 2020: Baur au Lac — Zurich, Switzerland
Baur au Lac is a luxury hotel at Talstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World Consortium and considered one of the best hotels in Europe.
The hotel was founded in 1844, making it a 170-year-old property. It’s located in beautiful gardens on the edge of Lake Zurich overlooking the Schanzengraben Canal. It’s just off Zurich’s famous luxury shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, a 3-minute walk from Lake Zurich, and 1.5 km from the Swiss National Museum.
There are 120 guest rooms and suites. All rooms have marble bathrooms and are spacious, plush, and lavish. The hotel offers several fine-dining restaurants, one of which has a Michelin star. Rooms include free Wi-Fi and minibars, as well as TVs, and DVD players. Room service is available 24 hours. A fitness room features lake and mountain views, and there’s a terrace.
#2 Sofitel Legend Santa Clara — Cartagena, Colombia
Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena is an upscale landmark hotel in the heart of the walled city center. The hotel is located near the Caribbean Sea, a 3-minute walk from Las Bóvedas dungeons and 2 km from Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress. The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara offers the perfect combination of historical traditions, local warmth, and French luxury.
There are 124 refined rooms including 25 suites. Some rooms have beamed ceilings and/or 4-poster beds, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens. Upgraded rooms have Nespresso machines, balconies, sea views and butler services. Elegant suites add sitting areas or living rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.
There is a posh restaurant and a casual eatery with French–Caribbean fare. Other amenities include a spa, a gym, and an outdoor pool with a bar, plus free parking.
#3 Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel — Cusco, Peru
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury in the heart of the Inca City, built in a colonial house from the 16th century. It houses various paintings from the Cusco School, sculptures and colonial carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. Occupying a 16th-century colonial mansion, this polished boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from Cusco Cathedral and 11 minutes on foot from the ruins of Qurikancha temple.
Refined rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as minibars, DVD players, and bathrooms with heated floors. Upgraded rooms add whirlpool tubs and Scottish showers; some offer panoramic city views. Suites include living areas, balconies and marble bathrooms. Room service is available 24/7.
A breakfast buffet is complimentary and there’s an elegant restaurant on property.
Check it out on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
#4 The Peninsula House — Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
The Peninsula House is all about pure luxury, world-class service and unparalleled elegance. In fact, their website entices you with a simple question:
Imagine a visit to your best friend’s luxurious Caribbean home
The hotel’s six guest rooms are uniquely decorated from the owners’ collection of antique furniture, and artworks, fine linens on pillow-top mattresses, l’Occitane bath amenities, and private terraces with ocean views.
Given the close proximity to Epona Ranch (1.7 mi), guests of The Peninsula House Hotel can easily experience one of Las Terrenas’ most popular landmarks.
A sparkling pool and free breakfast also help to make your stay even more special.
#5 Mandarin Oriental, Doha — Doha, Qatar
Mandarin Oriental, Doha is an intimate and stylish urban retreat located in Msheireb Downtown Doha where Middle Eastern charm meets Oriental hospitality.
The hotel blends chic and contemporary design with touches of Qatari heritage, bringing new levels of luxury to Qatar.
Blending chic and contemporary design with touches of Qatari heritage, the hotel brings new levels of luxury to Doha. Guests can expect an inviting ambiance with personalized service, where Middle Eastern charm meets Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality.
The hotel has 249 rooms, suites and serviced apartments as well as nine distinct culinary experiences. There is a beautifully appointed spa for those looking for pampering on all levels.
#6 Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia — Bogotá, Colombia
Each Sofitel hotel is a unique fusion between French art-de-vivre and local sophistication. The Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia is situated in the Embassies area of Bogota and two blocks from the Centro Andino (shopping center).
The hotel’s 102 guest rooms and suites offer luxury and comfort with modern furnishings, contemporary furniture, and a color scheme infused with tones of eggplant and terracotta.
For dining, Basilic serves chef-created cuisine in a luxurious setting with a menu highlighting Mediterranean dishes infused with international trends and local ingredients. There’s also an expansive wine selection for guests who enjoy vino with a meal.
#7 Olema House Point Reyes — Point Reyes, California
Beautiful boutique country House and cottages located at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. The perfect base for exploring West Marin County. Just an hour north of San Francisco on the outskirts of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Olema House (formerly The Lodge at Point Reyes) is an intimate, tranquil escape.
The hotel is surrounded by national forest parkland and pristine coastal wilderness making it an idyllic retreat for those seeking outdoor beauty and serenity.
The hotel features twenty-two rooms and two cottages and is set along four private acres of tranquil lawns and gardens.
#8 The Peninsula Bangkok — Bangkok, Thailand
#9 Raffles Istanbul — Istanbul, Turkey
Located on the European side of the city in the Beşiktaş district, the hotel is easy access to everywhere from the Old Town to the Bosphorus, allowing guests to fully experience everything Istanbul has to offer.
Raffles Istanbul is a five-pearl property with dramatic, art-filled interiors situated in an upscale mall and residential complex, about a 30-minute drive from the top tourist sights.
Its 185 rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows. Several of the rooms offer panoramic city and/or water views, balconies, butler service, and tablet controls.
There are eight restaurants and bars on the property including a Michelin-starred dining room serving Catalan food, while the enormous spa offers an array of treatments.
The hotel has a beautiful indoor pool with an atrium and an outdoor pool with stunning views and a bar.
#10 W Bogota — Bogotá, Colombia
W Bogota is located in the exclusive Santa Barbara Business area; an upscale neighborhood centrally located near embassies, restaurants, and boutique shops.
The hotel has 168 guest rooms, including 33 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite and all rooms have a signature W Bed.
W Bogota is located in the center of the cobblestoned capital. The hotel’s hydrotherapy pool and full-service spa offer a perfect space to recoup and recover after long nights in Bogota.
Taste regional recipes with local ingredients at Market Kitchen, their homestyle restaurant or call the 24/7 Whatever/Whenever® service and in-room dining from your suite.
As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind at all times. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk.
This list is the best hotels for 2020.
If you do decide to travel at this time, here are a few recommendations:
- Wear a face mask.
- Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis. Click here for a DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
- Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures, and status of local businesses and specific city travel alerts..
- Book a hotel with free cancellation in case you need to change your plans at the last minute.
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.