The Best Hotels in the World, #21 Belmond Hotel Cipriani


The Best Hotels in the World


October 17, 2017

More than 300,000 of our trusted Travelers voted in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, sharing tales—and tips—from their vacations in Santorini, or weekends spent at Italian palazzos in Ho Chi Minh City. Get ready: These are the 50 best hotels in the world, say our readers, where service, style, good eats, and sublime views make for a memorable stay.

Courtesy Belmond/Photo by Tyson Sadlo


Checking into a hotel on Giudecca, an island across from the thrall of St. Mark’s Square, might seem like a challenge—but one of the perks of staying at this stylish, off-course retreat is the hotel’s complimentary ferry across the Venetian lagoon to the famous piazza. The hotel is completely over the top visually: Surrounded by gardens, its pastel rooms look out over both the lagoon and the greenery, though a small number of them are in the adjoining Palazzo Vendramin and come with butler service. A swim in the pool’s filtered seawater is memorable. You can also catch us at Oro, the Adam Tihany–designed, gold leaf–domed restaurant, where we’ll be sampling cuttlefish carpaccio and foie gras bruschetta.

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