Knowing where to spend the nights is an essential part of any travel plan. Our experience in the areas we visit is partly defined by the kind of accommodation we get there. Such experiences instill in us a sense of feeling at home away from home and remind us the good memories of our travels.
Every now and then, accommodation is becoming more luxurious and highly tailored for frequent travelers like you. Depending on your budget, you can choose to stay in either a 3, 4 or 5-star hotel, complete with breakfast, hot showers, in-room entertainment, scenic views outside, airport shuttle, dining, and many other amenities. If you are a top spending traveler who prefers to stay at a top class hotel during your business trip, tours or simply a short visit, then you will feel very proud staying at any of these top ten best hotels in the world.
1. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The world’s best hotel is set amidst the flourishing gardens that overlook Lake Pichola in Udaipur. It is within a walking distance from the ancient Jagdish Temple and the City Palace Museum. The hotel has very stylish rooms and suites with each having a flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar, and iPod dock. The suites have their own dining rooms, living rooms, furnished courtyards with lake views, private pools and of course, the coffee makers. Other impressive amenities include 2 glamorous restaurants, a bar, a gym, a spa and an outdoor pool. There’s also a huge business center, meeting rooms, space for events and free parking.
2. Hotel Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort
Clinching the 2nd spot is a unique hotel housed in a 10th-century former castle. It is set in a peaceful neighborhood located just 7 km from the Relais La Suvera and 10 km from the Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta. It has deluxe suites and penthouses that don stone walls and heated floors. Amenities provided include a spa, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and iPod dock. The suites also have minibars, balconies for spectacular views, and well-crafted mosaic bathrooms that have free-standing bathtubs. If you opt for villas and farm houses, then you’ll enjoy using the kitchens and the outdoor dining areas.
3. Ashford Castle
This hotel is housed in a 13th-century castle that overlooks the Lough Corrib. It is within 15 km from Headford town center and 42 km from Galway. You will enjoy its lavish rooms that are donned with antique rosewood furniture. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibars, and cable TV. If you go for a suite, then you will have separate dining rooms. For specially made Irish meals, you’ll enjoy them in a splendid restaurant and a medieval-style pub or an oak-panelled bar. Other amenities include an indoor pool, spa, a cinema, and 9-hole golf course, for golf lovers.
4. Triple Creek Ranch
Set in the tranquil Bitterroot National Forest, this châteaux hotel is about 120km from Missoula. It is housed in the stylishly rural free-standing log cabins donned with Western décor. The air-conditioned cabins have pleasant bedrooms, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. Others include coffeemakers, bars with mini-fridges and many kinds of spirits and soft drinks. Some cabins have private hot-water tubs. You can relax in the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis court, massage sessions and an epicurean dining room.
5. The Oberoi Rajvilas
The luxurious villa hotel is surrounded by lush gardens within a fort that are 10 km from the Hindu temple of Birla Mandir plus 14 km from the island palace of Jal Mahal. Its garden-walled rooms, tents, and villas have flat-screen TVs, DVD players and coffee makers. Some tents have claw-foot tubs and elegant living rooms. The Villas have their own private pools. The hotel also has two restaurants, a bar, and marble fireplaces. Amenities include a spa, that offers Ayurvedic treatments, an outdoor pool, and a gym. For more fun, you can also ride around the gardens atop an Elephant.
6. Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul at Sultanahmet
This top Turkish hotel is housed in a former prison house and it is within a 5-minute walking distance from the Ayasofya museum and 2km from the Grand Bazaar shopping center. Its rooms feature neoclassical decor and marble bathrooms. There’s also free WiFi, flat-screens, balconies, minibars and coffee making machines. You can have your dinner in a very elegant restaurant that boasts of a glass-enclosed courtyard, a bright piano bar and a rooftop lounge with city views. Other amenities include a fitness gym, a spa, and an outdoor pool.
7. Singita Sabi Sand
This has two exclusive wild lodges that boast of impressive interiors designed by skilled African designers. The Ebony lodge has an antique cultural safari feel with private outdoor showers, well-stocked wine cellars, and cultural outings to nearby villages. Amenities include a spa and a pool. The Singita Ebony Lodge is just over the Sand River and it features a classic safari lodge, a tented camp, and a bush-style lodge. There’s also the Singita Castleton which is an intimate lodge specifically designed for private use with six individual cottages.
8. Farmhouse Inn
This farmhouse-style inn is located in the Russian River Valley, Foresthill, California. It has refined and illuminated rooms that also have unique feather beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There are also rooms with their own fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, saunas and private decks. As a guest, you’ll be served with a sumptuous breakfast in the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant. Amenities offered include a heated outdoor pool and a spa.
9. The Peninsula, Shanghai
This high-end hotel is situated just opposite Shanghai’s historic Bund Promenade. Its rooms will offer you admirable views of the Bund’s iconic architecture and the central business financial district of Lujiazui. The hotel also offers a wide range of Chinese traditional meals in its top-end restaurant and a boutique offering a variety of top designer brands.
10. Sunset Key Cottages
The trendy hotel is set in a refined waterfront resort that is a mere 3-minutes’ walk from Key West Aquarium and about 14 minutes walking distance from The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Its rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, massage showers and pillow-top mattresses. From the rooms’ balconies, you can nice views of the ocean-front. Amenities include 5 restaurants with bars and all these will serve you locally inspired meals and cocktails. It also has a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a spa, and a marina where you can rent a boat.