The 10 Best Hotels in the World, According to Expedia

Photo (cc) by Swami Stream

Want the best possible value on a hotel room? Pack your bags, you’re going to…southwestern Slovakia.

Just yesterday, we wrote about how travel site Orbitz is in the news for showing Mac users more expensive hotel rooms than Windows users. Its competitor Expedia just released a list of the World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels, based mostly on user input last year – and only three of the top 10 are in the United States.

Before we get to the top picks, here’s some of the stats Expedia offered about the hotels on its list…

  • World-class. The top 650 hotels are spread across 295 cities in 74 countries – with 28 percent in the States, 25 percent in Europe, 19 percent in Asia, and 3 percent in South America. The “elsewhere” category represents 25 percent, but Expedia doesn’t say where that is. Africa? Antarctica?
  • Fancy doesn’t mean best. Only 35 percent of the hotels are categorized as “luxury.”
  • Green is growing. Expedia says “green/sustainable” hotels had “an outsized presence” on this year’s list – 17 percent.
  • Running hot and cold. There are 11 “ski-friendly” hotels, and 116 “beach hotels,” with more of the latter in Mexico than the United States.
  • Pack light. Just 87 hotels on the list are “family friendly” – that’s about 13 percent.

And here are the 10 hotels topping the list. Since Expedia only gives names, stars, and locations, we poked around their sites to hazard a guess why these top the list. Make sure to click through the hotel names and look at the pretty pictures, since words can’t do all these justice…

1. Marrol’s Boutique Hotel (5 stars, Bratislava, Slovakia)

A luxury hotel in a colonial-style historical building. Free breakfast buffet, gym, newspaper, and Internet. Egyptian cotton sheets. And 46 activities onsite or nearby, including rafting, skydiving, snowboarding, hunting, and helicopter rides. Price: $120/night for a queen bed this weekend (with a free welcome drink).

2. Hotel Al Codega (4 stars, Venice, Italy)

It’s in the middle of Venice – “200 metres from St. Mark’s Square and 300 metres from Rialto Bridge,” in “traditional style with antique furnishings and wooden floors.” Enough said, right? Free breakfast, free newspaper, but no free Internet. Price: About $180/night for a king or two twins, but booked solid for at least the next three weekends.

3. Hotel Royal Corin (4 stars, Costa Rica)

A romantic destination…next to a volcano that’s visible from your private balcony. Free breakfast, Internet, parking, and newspaper. Price: $263/night for a king bed, sold out this weekend.

4. Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen (4 stars, Aberdeen, Scotland)

“Scotland’s 3rd largest city features an enchanting granite skyline, a fantastic range of shops and restaurants and a vibrant night-life, while the city’s Old Town has a magical air of times gone by.”

5. Four Seasons Miami (5 stars, Miami, Florida)

It’s 36 miles from Money Talks News HQ, but far closer to Biscayne Bay (visible from some rooms), Mary Brickell Village, the American Airlines Arena (the Miami Heat’s court), and Miami Art Museum. Marble bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets. Pets allowed, and lots of water and sports activities nearby. Price: $269/night for a city-view room this weekend.

6. Madison Hotel Hamburg (4.5 stars, Hamburg/Hanover, Germany)

Short walk to the harbor, St. Michaelis Church, or the subway, and within walking distance of the historic warehouse district. Free Internet and newspaper. Price: $174/night for a king or double bed this weekend.

7. Element Omaha Midtown Crossing (3 stars, Omaha, Nebraska)

It’s 5 minutes from downtown Omaha and the most popular zoo in America. Nearby golf and mountain biking. In the “green/sustainable” category. Free breakfast, airport shuttle, and Wi-Fi. Price: $179 Saturday and $119 Sunday for a king bed this weekend.

8. Sonnenalp Resort of Vail (4.5 stars, Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado)

One of the “ski-friendly” hotels – close to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Vail Ski Resort, as well as Gerald Ford Amphitheater. Free Internet and newspaper. Price: one king or two double beds for $325 Saturday or $300 Sunday this weekend.

9. Taj Lands End (5 stars, Mumbai, India)

Right on the water in Mumbai’s suburban Bandra district, also in the “green/sustainable” category. Contemporary style with marble bathrooms. Nearby golf. Free parking, breakfast, and newspaper. Price: $164/night for a king bed this weekend.

10. Mr. C Beverly Hills (5 stars, Los Angeles, California)

A luxury hotel half a mile from Rodeo Drive; 7 miles from Santa Monica. Marble bathrooms and private balconies. Free newspaper, Internet, and use of an iPad or Macbook. Dozens of activities nearby. Price: sold out this weekend; $320 next weekend for a king bed.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
30 Purchases That Will Start Saving You Money Immediately
30 Purchases That Will Start Saving You Money Immediately

Sometimes, you’ve got to spend to save. These canny deals are a good bet for savings.

7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire
7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire

Sunny skies and warm breezes sound great. But in reality, you might be better off retiring closer to home.

7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon
7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon

Use these websites and other tools to save money — or earn extra cash — when shopping at Amazon.

The 13 Worst Types of Tickets for Your Car Insurance Rate
The 13 Worst Types of Tickets for Your Car Insurance Rate

Some types of traffic violations can drive your car insurance rate dramatically higher.

15 Products You Need — Even If You Didn’t Know It
15 Products You Need — Even If You Didn’t Know It

Discover some must-have products on Amazon that you didn’t even know you were missing.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia
This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It
11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy
These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy

These vehicles boast reliability, safety and long-lasting value.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider
Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss
21 Items to Cut From Your Budget That You Won’t Even Miss

Start off the new year by implementing these small-but-smart savings strategies. They’ll soon add up.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore
Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021
15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021
Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021

More than 700 prescription medications have seen price hikes so far this year. Here’s a look at the worst.

5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them
5 States Lowering Taxes This Year — and 2 Raising Them

State personal income tax rates, brackets and deductions just changed in these places.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster
7 Tricks to Cleaning Your Bathroom Faster

These tips can get your bathroom sparkling with little time and no elbow grease.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.