The World’s 50 Best Hotels is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of 580 industry experts across the globe. Following the voting structure of other 50 Best rankings, such as The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, it aims to create the ultimate reference list of the best hotels across the world.
What constitutes ‘best’ is left to the judgment of these trusted and well-travelled industry experts. The list is the result of a simple computation of votes. While there are no set criteria for voters, there are strict voting rules. This ensures the credibility and integrity of the list as a world-leading resource for discerning travellers.
How the voting works
The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is compiled by William Reed. None of the employees of the organiser or any of the sponsors associated with the awards has any influence over the results.
The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, which comprises 580 international well-travelled experts within the hotel and travel industry, with a 50/50 gender balance. The Academy is split into nine regions across the world, where each region is headed up by an Academy Chair. A minimum of 25% of the panel is renewed each year.
Voters range from hoteliers to travel journalists, seasoned luxury travellers, hospitality professionals and other experienced globetrotters. Each member of the Academy has seven votes. At the point of voting, they are simply required to list the seven best hotels they have stayed in over the past 24 months in order of preference.
The voting rules
The lack of codified criteria for voting means that any hotel across the world can be nominated. As there is no requirement for size, number of guests, facilities or otherwise, voters have the freedom to nominate any property they deem worthy – from the planet’s best-known large resort hotels to small boutique venues.
This method means that hotels cannot apply to be on the list and any hotel in the world is eligible to be featured, unless it has permanently closed at the time that the list is announced or 50 Best receives notice that it will be closing in the period shortly after results are published.
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