The Best Hotels in the World

Home sharing services like Airbnb may be more popular than ever, but while sleeping in someone's apartment may be quaint, there's still plenty to be said for the amenities of a good hotel.

Not just a good hotel, but one of the world's best hotels. TripAdvisor recently released its 2018 list of the world's best hotels, based on the millions of reviews in a single year by TripAdvisor users.

Stunning views, fine cuisine, white sand beaches, romantic villas, palatial rooms, infinity pools, prime locations, botanical gardens, yacht tours and impeccable, 5-star service -- even for your dog -- these hotels and resorts have it all. Can millions of people be wrong?

And the ratings aren't based solely on how expensive a property is. In many cases, these hotels have won the hearts of travelers because they provide extraordinary service and amenities along with great value, or unbeatable location. Some are palaces, some are in caves, but they all will provide memorable experiences -- or colorful vacation dreams.

These are some of the best hotels in the world.

(Photo: Baros Maldives)

Viroth's Hotel
Viroth's Hotel

Viroth's Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ninety-five percent of reviewers rated this hotel "excellent" on Trip Advisor. Reviewers remarked on the modern building with vintage Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz cars on the property. The hotel boasts rooms with pool views, a spa, a fitness center, friendly staff, attention to detail, and a prime location just a walk or short tuk-tuk ride to everything.

Photo: Viroth's Hotel

Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas

Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Tulemar is a 33-acre laid-back resort set in Costa Rica's rainforest. It has over 50 rooms, bungalows, and private villas. The hotel has a partnership with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica, and guests can join researchers as they search for sloths in the area, as well as tropical birds and monkeys. It's close to the ocean, so it's also good for snorkeling and other water adventures.

Photo: Tulemar

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India

The residence of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, the palace is among the most opulent homes ever built, with over 350 rooms and acres of lush gardens. One wing houses the iconic hotel, allowing guests to get a taste of the royal life. Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, it features Art Deco-style rooms, views of the historical Blue City, vast sand dunes, and Mehrangarh Fort.

Photo: Taj Hotels

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam

This hotel is in easy reach of Hanoi's Hoan Kiem lake and major attractions, and embodies the hidden charm of Hanoi's old quarter. Reviewers liked the location, the service, and the hotel's Red Bean Restaurant.

Photo: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel

Gili Lankanfushi
Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi, Lankanfushi, Maldives

An eco-resort with a philosophy of environmental responsibility, the rooms stand on stilts in the lagoon, and the bar floats in a dreamy landscape of breathtaking, uninterrupted sea views. There's a spa and a restaurant. One New York City reviewer defined it as "no news, no shoes" and "honeymoon perfection." Prices average around $1,515 a night.

Photo: Gili Lankanfushi

Hotel Belvedere
Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Belvedere, Riccione, Italy

A pet-friendly hotel in Riccione, on Italy's Adriatic coast, that greets canine guests with a water bowl, freshly washed bed and chew toy. The owner says: "Live the authentic Italian lifestyle with a touch of glamour and a bit of craziness."

Photo: Hotel Belvedere

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, Nantucket, Mass.

Reviewers liked the historic Nantucket Hotel & Resort as a family-friendly hotel with a kids club. The newly restored hotel is located downtown, just a short walk to beaches, ferries, restaurants and shopping on Nantucket Island.

Photo: The Nantucket Hotel & Resort

La Reserve Paris - Hotel and Spa
La Reserve Paris - Hotel and Spa

La Reserve Paris - Hotel and Spa, Paris

Reviewers described the service here as "flawless," "warm," and "perfect." The hotel is in a quiet location just off the Champs Elysées. La Reserve describes it as "all the elegance of a 19th-century private apartment...the quintessence of Parisian chic in the Belle Époque."

Photo: La Reserve Paris

Nayara Springs
Nayara Springs

Nayara Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

An adults-only luxury hotel, this secluded place offers a real rainforest experience. To preserve the dense verdant jungle, there's a 250-foot pedestrian bridge above the canopies of the trees -- the hotel's only communication to the outside world. It has infinity edge pools that merge into the forest where guests can see toucans, hummingbirds and macaws.

Photo: Nayara Springs

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy, Hanoi, Vietnam

This new hotel seeks to capture the edgy and buzzy feel of the city of Hanoi. It's popular for its restaurant, spa, and Den Bar. Reviewers raved about the breakfast, above.

Photo: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel

Shinta Mani Shack
Shinta Mani Shack

Shinta Mani Shack, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Don't be fooled by the name. It was designed by Bangkok-based, Harvard-educated architect and landscape designer Bill Bensley who is known as the king of exotic luxury resorts. Shinta Mani is located in the leafy French quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area of Siem Reap, 15 minutes from the Angkor Wat.

Photo: Shinta Mani

Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia
Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia

Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia, Ürgüp, Turkey

Reviewers raved about the experience of staying in a cave hotel with amazing views and excellent service. The hotel is located near Göreme National Park and the rock sites of Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the first settlement zones in Cappadocia's centrally located City of Ürgüp, the historical site of Kayakapi is formed by hundreds of cave houses and historical structures. It features a 10th-century cave church, a historic mosque dating back to the Seljuk Empire and the House of St. John the Russian.

Photo: Kayakapi Premium Caves

The Leela Palace Udaipur
The Leela Palace Udaipur

The Leela Palace Udaipur, Udaipur, India

This hotel sits on Lake Pichola, one of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Rooms with balconies offer panoramic views of the lake and the mountains on the horizon.

Photo: The Leela Palace

Hotel 41
Hotel 41

Hotel 41, London

One of the closest 5-star hotels to Buckingham Palace, (it overlooks the Royal Mews and the grounds of Buckingham Palace) Hotel 41 is a short stroll from Victoria station and easy reach of St James's Park, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and River Thames. Known as a discreet and intimate hideaway, it has the feel of an exclusive private members club.

Photo: Hotel 41

Baros Maldives
Baros Maldives

Baros Maldives, Baros Island, Maldives

This luxury resort is on a small coral island in the Indian Ocean ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Maldives International Airport. It is known for discreet, personalized service. Have dinner on an isolated sandbank in the middle of the water or take an excursion on a traditional handcrafted Maldivian sailing dhoni.

Photo: Baros Maldives

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru

This hotel features original Inca stonework, colonial frescos and gold-framed paintings. It has a spa, the city's first outdoor pool and daring cuisine from leading Peruvian chefs.

Photo: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

The Killarney Park Hotel
The Killarney Park Hotel

The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney, Ireland

Set in the Killarney town center, this family-owned hotel is close to town life and attractions including Killarney National Park. Old-world elegance meets modern day luxury with down-to-earth comforts. Above, the whiskey tasting and billiards room.

Photo: The Killarney Park Hotel

The Milestone Hotel and Residences
The Milestone Hotel and Residences

The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London

This pet-friendly historic hotel is opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, and close to the Royal Albert Hall. Talk about first-class treatment for your dog: a choice of custom-made pet beds, cushions, duvets and floor mats, a "Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping" card, food and water bowls with fresh mineral water, an in-house pet menu, and of course, a turndown treat. The hotel has rich furnishings, original artwork and outstanding cuisine.

Photo: Milestone Hotel

Hotel Estalagem St. Hubertus
Hotel Estalagem St. Hubertus

Hotel Estalagem St. Hubertus, Gramado, Brazil

Located opposite the Black Lake, the St. Hubertus Inn is known for being romantic and cozy. Guests raved about the lake views, spectacular service, and themed rooms in a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Photo: Hotel Estalagem St. Hubertus

The Oberoi, Mauritius
The Oberoi, Mauritius

The Oberoi, Mauritius, Pointe-Aux-Piments, Mauritius

Set on 20 acres of lush, sub-tropical garden, the Oberoi sits on the shores of Turtle Bay, a natural marine park with a vibrant coral reef. The hotel boasts 600 meters of combed, white sand beaches with views of magnificent sunsets.

Photo: The Oberoi

Aria Hotel Budapest
Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

A luxury boutique hotel by Library Collection Hotels with a music-inspired design. It features four wings with themed rooms: the classical wing, the jazz wing, the opera wing, and the contemporary wing. It has a year-round roof garden with 360˚ views and is located by St. Stephen's Basilica.

Photo: Aria Hotel Budapest

Quinta Jardins do Lago
Quinta Jardins do Lago

Quinta Jardins do Lago, Funchal, Portugal

This elegant, small, luxury botanical garden hotel in Madeira Island was built in the 18th century. It features luscious gardens with 500 different species of plants, many rare species and old trees.

Photo: Quinta Jardins do Lago

The Tuscany
The Tuscany

The Tuscany, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

At this resort on Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands, guests can enjoy whale watching, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, horseback riding, parasailing and other watersports. A prime spot for destination weddings.

Photo: The Tuscany

Eden Rock - St. Barths
Eden Rock - St. Barths

Eden Rock - St. Barths, St. Jean, St. Barthelemy

Set on a rocky promontory and surrounded by white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and a coral reef full of colorful sea life, this hotel in the French Caribbean is also an easy stroll to local shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants in the village of St. Jean. A small hotel, with 34 rooms.

Photo: Eden Rock-St. Barths

Baraza Resort & Spa
Baraza Resort & Spa

Baraza Resort & Spa, Bwejuu, Tanzania

A 5-star all-inclusive hotel with just 30 villas, the resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. It features a fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand-carved cement decor, antiques, handmade furniture and detailed brass lanterns. It is located on a beach that boasts some of Zanzibar's stunning marine life and coastline. A good spot for diving and watersports.

Photo: Baraza Resort

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