T+L's 2013 It List Hotels

1. Banyan Tree Shanghai On the Bund

5.8
公平路19号(近海平路), 虹口区 (at Gongping Rd.), Shanghai, Shanghai
Hotel · Tílán qiáo · 10 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The hotel's 130 guest rooms are among the city's largest. Unwind with a Tibetan hot-stone massage at the three-floor, marble-clad spa, spread over 14,000 square feet.

2. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - a concept by Hyatt

9.3
Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam, North Holland
Hotel · Grachtengordel-West · 84 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: With a 40-piece, avant-garde video art collection courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum, it’s hard to believe this posh hotel was once a public library.

3. Palladium Hotel

High Street Phoenix Mill Compound (Lower Parel), Mumbai, Mahārāshtra
Hotel · Worli · 27 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: All 390 guest rooms offer sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Unwind with hot-stone massages at the Chi spa or shop at the ground-floor Palladium Mall.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

4. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

9.1
100 Dorado Beach Dr, Dorado, Dorado Municipio
Resort · 31 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A $342 million renovation to Laurance Rockefeller’s 1,400-acre retreat ensured this beach will remain in its glory days. Book a tree-house hammock massage at Spa Botánico, the resort’s shining star.

5. Belmond El Encanto

8.8
800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara, CA
Hotel · 20 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Orient Express Hotel took over the storied hotel, resulting in 92 bungalows across seven acres. An on-site garden and resident cow provide fresh ingredients for the hotel’s farm-to-fork restaurant.

6. Zero George

8.3
0 George St, Charleston, SC
Hotel · Downtown Charleston · 4 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Eighteen guest rooms among five historic buildings feature Farrow & Ball paint colors and Kravet linens. Take Lowcountry cooking classes or dine on southern-inspired tapas in the azalea-lined gardens.

Das Stue is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

7. Das Stue

9.3
Drakestr. 1 (Rauchstr.), Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Tiergarten · 46 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Housed in the former Danish embassy, this retreat embraces a homey feel. Cozy up in one of the library nooks or peer out onto the zoo’s ostriches and gazelles while enjoying breakfast downstairs.

8. BVLGARI Hotel London

9.2
171 Knightsbridge, City of London, Greater London
Hotel · Knightsbridge and Belgravia, London, Greater London · 68 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A stone’s throw from Hyde Park, Bulgari’s third property boasts 85 rooms with onyx baths, vintage Moroccan carpets, and silver brocade beds. Try a Morello-cherry Bellini at the downstairs bar.

9. Sofitel Mumbai BKC

8.7
C 57 Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Maharashtra (Bandra East), Mumbai, Mahārāshtra
Hotel · Bandra East · 34 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 14-story glass tower offers numerous dining options—feast on Thai red curry and bhindhi do pyaza at Pondichery Café; sample the homemade chocolates at patisserie Artisan or Indian tapas at Jyran.

10. Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

8.5
Bèlgica, 91, Port de Sóller, Balearic Islands
Hotel · 7 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Among sweet-smelling orange groves sit 11 low-slung buildings with terraces that look onto the Balearic Sea. Test out the three-story spa then visit the village promenade and ride the vintage tram.

11. The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

8.8
Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio 2467, Venice, Veneto
Hotel · San Marco · 47 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: More than 200 Rubelli silk wall coverings and textiles were recreated and about 280 antique pieces refurbished as part of this estimated $55 million restoration by Starwood’s Luxury Collection.

12. Amanzoe

8.5
Pórto Chéli, Argolis
Resort · 3 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Stone columns, acres of olive trees and views of azure seas bring ancient Greece to mind. Add on a private beach club and a 12,000-square-foot spa and now you’re talking Greek royalty.

13. East Beijing

7.7
(东隅)
22 Jiuxianqiao Rd (at Jiangtai Rd), Beijing, Beijing
Hotel · Dōng zhí mén · 20 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Step inside the 25-story glass tower and find young staff in hoodies, a bar with a foosball table, and a media center that operates like a corner café.

Hotel Café Royal is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

14. Hotel Café Royal

9.2
68 Regent St, London, Greater London
Hotel · Soho · 57 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Oscar Wilde famously spent absinthe-fueled evenings in the site’s eponymous café. Now, neighboring buildings house the 159 ultramodern rooms, where guests can watch the bustle of Piccadilly Circus.

15. The St. Regis Doha

9.5
Doha West Bay, Doha, Baladīyat ad Dawḩah
Resort · Al-Dafna · 74 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This outpost evokes the brand’s Manhattan roots by featuring the first international outpost of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Start out the evening at one of the hotel’s two Gordon Ramsay restaurants.

16. Hotel Alfonso XIII

9.2
C. San Fernando, 2 (Av. de Roma), Seville, Andalusia
Hotel · 82 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Built in 1929 to host the Spanish king’s crowned cohorts, the landmark received a nine month-long, $25 million facelift. The result: lighter colors, restored antiques and a shimmer of vivid silks.

17. Fairmont

8.3
2 Riico Kukas, Jaipur, Rājasthān
Hotel · 17 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Fairmont’s first Indian property mimics a Mughal palace: the lobby boasts ornate ceilings and chandeliers. The activities are just as extravagant—try elephant polo lessons or a hot air balloon ride.

18. Downtown México

8.7
Isabel la Católica 30, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Hotel · 353 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The former 17th-century Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle blends original details with modern furnishings. Check out the rooftop, where jet setters sip mango and tamarind margaritas near the pool.

Taj Palace - Jnan Errahma is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

19. Taj Palace - Jnan Errahma

Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz
Resort · 2 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Swarovski-bedazzled curtains, mirrored and frescoed ceilings, a mint’s worth of gold leaf—all things you’ll find in the Palace’s 161 rooms. We loved the yoga classes at the spacious pavilion.

20. The Oyster Inn

8.8
Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, Auckland
Seafood Restaurant · 23 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Set in a Victorian-era newspaper office, the three-room retreat is modeled after the rustic houses that dot the island. Sunbathe at the patio café and try the bivalves plucked straight from the sea.

21. Hotel Jerome

9.2
330 E Main St, Aspen, CO
Hotel · 25 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Hunter S. Thompson was a regular at this 125-year-old icon, where ghosts are said to haunt the place. Now, the Victorian façade juxtaposes modern accents—but mountain views still steal the show.

22. The Trident Castle

7.7
Hotel · 2 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Trident is helping Port Antonio reclaim its hideaway status. Visit the lounge with its 1930’s billiard table or unwind at Mike’s Supper Club with weekly jazz performances on a 1917 Steinway Grand.

23. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

8.6
60 Yorkville Avenue (btwn Bay & Yonge), Toronto, ON
Hotel · Yorkville · 41 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The skyscraper’s glass-and-steel façade reveals a soothing interior, where guests can relax in the city’s largest spa. After, visit the Royal Ontario or Bata Shoe Museum—both within walking distance.

24. Tokyo Station Hotel

8.6
(東京ステーションホテル)
丸の内1-9-1, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Hotel · 15 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: From goose down-topped beds to whiskey-stocked mini-bars, this 150-room hotel, located above Tokyo’s Marunouchi train station, provides some of the best amenities in the city.

25. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

8.6
Val de Pitons PO Box 251 (Forbidden Beach, La Baie De Silence), Soufrière, Quarter of Soufrière
Resort · 28 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: After $100 million in rebranding, this luxurious Viceroy property now has 78 accommodations, including 42 villas. Sign up for diving lessons in the nearby bay.

Wythe Hotel is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

26. Wythe Hotel

8.9
80 Wythe Ave (at N 11th St), Brooklyn, NY
Hotel · Williamsburg · 160 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 72-room Wythe has become the crown jewel of Brooklyn’s renaissance. Guests can enjoy farm-to-table food at Reynard restaurant, or take in the hipster scene at Ides rooftop bar.

27. The Peninsula Hong Kong

8.8
(香港半島酒店)
9-21 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hotel · Tsim Sha Tsui · 123 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: For heart-stopping panoramas of Victoria Harbour and the towers of Hong Kong Island, book one of the Harbour View rooms from floors 17 to 27.

28. Waldorf Astoria Berlin

9.0
Hardenbergstr. 28, Berlin, Berlin
Hotel · Charlottenburg · 62 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Beige, brown, and gold finishes in the rooms embrace both luxury and comfort, while floor-to-ceiling windows provide dramatic city views. At night, head for a drink at the dark and moody Lang Bar.

29. Gran Meliá Rome

8.5
Via del Gianicolo, 3, Rome, Latium
Hotel · Trastevere · 23 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The Gran Meliá combines the conveniences of an urban hotel with the comforts of a resort. The 116 rooms, once home to Emperor Nero’s mother, is now complete with a spa, outdoor pool, and terrace.

30. ITC Grand Chola

8.7
#63 Mount Road, Guindy (Mount Rd), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Hotel · Guindy East · 63 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A honey-colored marble staircase welcomes guests at the ITC Grand Chola, whose glass doors and crystal chandeliers give the impression of a palace.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

31. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

9.2
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay (Sheikh Zayed Rd), Dubai, Dubai
Hotel · Business Bay · 263 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The JW Marriott Marquis is the world’s tallest freestanding hotel, with a lobby so vast, the guests look like ants. The mega-sized hotel features an impressive 1,608 rooms across two 72-story towers.

32. The Leela Palace

8.9
MRC Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Hotel · 30 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This hotel nearly doubles as a garden—guests are greeted by rows of bronze, marigold-filled urns and silver tables in the front hall are laden with fresh flowers.

33. Macalister Mansion

7.9
228 Jalan Macalister, George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hotel · 62 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A stylish, eight-room hotel. Take a 20-minute taxi ride to George Town to explore the street food scene or taste the hotel’s assam laksa (tamarind-infused fish soup).

34. Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

8.5
(广州文华东方酒店)
389 Tianhe Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Hotel · Tianhe · 19 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Black wood and muted bronze interiors grace the Mandarin Oriental. Explore Guangzhou’s thriving, Cantonese cuisine (street-smart concierges will lead you to the best hand-pulled-noodle stalls).

THE PIG - in the wall is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

35. THE PIG - in the wall

8.2
Western Esplanade, Southampton, Hampshire
Hotel · City Centre · 13 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 12-room Pig in the Wall is a food-lover’s dream. Its deli offers “piggy bites” such as house-cured lomo, while in-room larders are stocked with Piddle Lager and Ashmore-cheese flavored crisps.

36. Mama Shelter

8.3
64 Rue De La Loubière, Marseille, PACA
Hotel · Notre-Dame-du-Mont · 34 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: What’s not to love about a Philippe Starck–designed retreat for under $100 a night? Rooms include free Apple TV, Kiehl’s products, and enormous windows to let in the Provençal sun.

The NoMad Hotel is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

37. The NoMad Hotel

1170 Broadway (at W 28th St), New York, NY
Hotel · NoMad · 94 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Located in a 1903 Beux-Arts tower on 28th Street, the hotel’s old New York-style, 168 guest rooms, and five dining rooms and bars has made the place a popular watering hole.

38. The Siam

9.1
3/2 Khao Rd, Dusit, Bangkok
Hotel · 27 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The Siam is the dream hotel of musician Krissada Sukosol Clapp. The 29 suites and villas offer an escape from the city with soaking tubs, bamboo-shaded gardens, and enormous beds.

39. Palace Hotel Tokyo

8.9
(パレスホテル東京)
丸の内1-1-1, Tokyo, Tokyo
Hotel · Ōtemachi · 48 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: From the formality of service to the green calm of the Imperial Gardens, the 290-room Palace Hotel Tokyo, on the Wadakura-bori moat, is one of Japan’s top luxury hotels.

40. SLS South Beach

8.9
1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (at 17th St), Miami Beach, FL
Hotel · City Center · 50 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This 1939 Art Deco landmark was reborn to include a cabana-lined pool and gauzy white guest rooms. Lounge outdoors at Hyde Beach for bottle service and guest DJ’s (it is Miami, of course).

41. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

8.5
Calle Plazoleta Nazarenas 223 (2 blocks from the Main Square), Cusco, Cusco
Hotel · 20 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Luxury in Cuzco comes in the form of this 55-suite retreat—the attentive staff who will cater to your every whim.

21c Museum Hotels - Bentonville is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

42. 21c Museum Hotels - Bentonville

9.1
200 NE A St, Bentonville, AR
Hotel · 19 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Known for its contemporary art collection, 21c has put Bentonville, Arkansas on the world art map. The avant-garde Deborah Berke designed the 104-room hotel.

43. The Park Hotel

7.4
22 Raj Bhavan Rd (Somajiguda), Hyderabad, Telangana
Hotel · Somajiguda · 25 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 209-room Park Hyatt, located in upscale Banjara Hills, offers all the amenities a business traveler could hope for—including a 14,500-square-foot spa and lush indoor gardens.

44. Hotel e spa botanique

Campos do Jordão, SP
Resort · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: High in the mountains of Vale dos Mellos sits a stone-and-glass lodge. Despite rough floorboards and doorless bathrooms, there are plenty of activities (horseback riding, cooking classes) to enjoy.

Kura Design Villas is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

45. Kura Design Villas

(9.17246721805043,-83.738971549134), Uvita, Puntarenas
Resort · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Set within a rain forest, the hotel is the passion project of a local couple and a sustainable hospitality group. Eco-friendly facilities include glass-walled rain showers with bamboo ceilings.

Ett Hem is one of T+L's 2013 It List Hotels.

46. Ett Hem

9.0
Sköldungagatan 2 (Valhallavägen), Stockholm, Stockholm
Hotel · Stureplan - Lärkstaden · 9 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: London-based Ilse Crawford’s interiors make the 12-room Ett Hem hotel feel like home with a mix of midcentury Scandinavian furniture, Gotland sheepskins, and contemporary art.

47. Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg

7.9
Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg (1st Monnangeri, Galibeedu), Madikeri, Karnātaka
Resort · 16 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The Vivanta by Taj Madikeri’s 63 villas and suites are modeled after traditional Coorgi homes and the three-level spa is known for its for deep-tissue massages.

48. Hub Porteño

7.0
Rodríguez Peña 1967 (e/ Av. Alvear y Posadas), Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.C.
Hotel · Recoleta · 6 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The 11-suites of Hub Porteno embody Argentina with Belle Epoque furnishings and paintings. After-hours, dance the night away at a hidden milonga (tango hall) on the city’s fringes.

49. Monaci delle Terre Nere

7.5
Via Monaci, Zafferana Etnea, Sicily
Resort · 8 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Monaci delle Terre Nere is one of Sicily’s most sustainable hotels, as 50 percent of the property’s energy is renewable. The eight sleek rooms mix 18th-century antiques with modern touches.

50. Tierra Chiloé

San José Playa, Castro (Casilla 217 - Castro), Chiloé, Los Lagos
Resort · 2 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The contemporary, 12-room Refugia is sheathed in wood and hovers above a glass-and-concrete base. Rooms are lined with native mañío wood offering views of the sea.