Tripadvisor reveals best hotels in the UK and the world: Full list includes luxury & B&Bs categories

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Shangri-La The Shard has been named among the best hotels in the world and in the UK.

A luxury hotel in London has been named among the world’s best hotels by Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice for Best of The Best Awards. Shangri-La The Shard in London, which has the most expensive suite in the city of approximately £26,000 a night, is listed among some of the renowned hotels around the world including Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India.

The list, which was compiled based on ratings and reviews from global travellers between January 1 and December 31, 2022, also sees winners across 10 categories. They are All Inclusive, B&Bs, Family Friendly, Hottest New Hotels, Luxury, Out of the Ordinary Hotels, Small Hotels and two new additions for 2023; Best Hotels for Sleep and Best Hotels with Spas.

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Located in the Southwark of London, Shangri-La The Shard was also named the Europe and the UK’s top hotel, as well as the sixth Best Luxury Hotel in the world. Meanwhile, Haven Hall Hotel on the Isle of Wight was named second Best Luxury Hotel in the UK (No. 15 in Europe) and the Grove of Narberth in Wales, third in the UK and 19th  in  Europe.

Boutique hotel, No. 1 By GuestHouse, York, was named ninth Hottest New Hotel in the World and The Coal Exchange Hotel, situated in the old coal and shipping exchange building in Cardiff Bay, came 19th in the world in the Out of the Ordinary category.

British hospitality also steals the show in the B&Bs category. Winner of the World’s Best B&B for the third year running is The Toulson Court in Scarborough. With over 2,000 ‘excellent’ reviews on the site, guests have praised this B&B for offering a warm welcome, excellent service and little extras - including the singing chef.

British B&Bs make up four out of the Top 10 B&Bs in the world. Making their debut on the global list, Highcliffe House, Lynton, on the Exmoor coast, comes in fourth, Gloucester House, Weymouth at sixth and Glencoe Guest House, Keswick, in the Lake District, at No. 10. On the UK list, Tourquay and Weymouth are the places to be for a top B&B experience, taking two top 10 places each in the UK’s Best B&Bs list.

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As for this year’s Top Hotels in the world, the number one in the world for 2023 goes to Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. Dubbed ‘The Jewel of Jaipur’, this 1835 palace-turned-luxurious hotel has over 5,000 five-bubble reviews and is known for its polo bar, historic suites, and high tea.

Sarah Firshein, Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor, said: “It’s clear that our community ventured far and wide in the last year: our 10 winning subcategories encompass 37 regions around the world and include a wide range of amazing places to stay.

The Shard, London. (Photo by: Andy Stagg/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)The Shard, London. (Photo by: Andy Stagg/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The Shard, London. (Photo by: Andy Stagg/View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) | Universal Images Group via Getty

“An opulent palace in Jaipur topped the charts, while hotels ranging from a ‘glamping’ retreat in Patagonia to a rock ‘n’ roll–themed boutique in Boston made their mark as well. As our savvy reviewers know, hotels can sometimes be the entire reason for the trip—I’m personally very excited to consult this list as I plot out the next year of holidays with my own family.”

 Top 10 Hotels in the UK

  1. Shangri-La The Shard, London
  2. The Resident Covent Garden, London
  3. Hotel 41, London
  4. The Montcalm Royal London House, London
  5. The Milestone Hotel and Residences, London
  6. Dakota Manchester, Manchester
  7. Aviator Hampshire, Farnborough
  8. Claridge’s, London
  9. The Chesterfield Mayfair, London
  10. Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno

Top 10 Hotels in the World

  1. Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India 
  2. Ozen Reserve Bolifushi – Bolifushi Island, Maldives
  3. Hotel Colline de France – Gramado, Brazil
  4. Shangri-La The Shard, London – London, United Kingdom
  5. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
  6. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  7. Romance Istanbul Hotel – Istanbul, Türkiye
  8. Ikos Dassia – Dassia, Greece
  9. Ikos Andalucia – Estepona, Spain
  10. Padma Resort Ubud – Puhu, Indonesia
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. (Photo by Amy Toensing/Getty Images)Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. (Photo by Amy Toensing/Getty Images)
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. (Photo by Amy Toensing/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Top 10 B&Bs in the World

  1. The Toulson Court, UK
  2. Pousada Gaia Viva, Brazil
  3. Yarra Gables, Australia
  4. Highcliffe House, UK
  5. Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod, US
  6. Gloucester House, UK
  7. Salerno Centro Bed and Breakfast, Italy
  8. Dar Rihana Dardes, Morocco
  9. Sheedy’s Doolin, Ireland
  10. Glencoe Guest House, UK
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