Every year TripAdvisor names the best hotels in the world as rated by it’s user reviews.
Hotels named in this list are the best of the best – and every year I discover that I have not had the pleasure of staying at any of them.
Here are a selection of the best hotels in the world according to TripAdvisor over the years, and where I stayed instead.
The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
The Grand Hotel Del Mar is a golf and spa resort with a Mediterranean vibe
HI Hostel, Port Loma, San Diego, California
All the staff at the HI Hostel at Point Loma were extremely friendly and made an effort to get to know you. Pancakes were available for breakfast and home made meals such as BBQ Burgers or Pasta and a desert were available for only $5 all 3 of the nights I stayed. HI Hostels are alcohol free but there were cheap drinks nearby.
The Milestone Hotel, London, United Kingdom.
The Milestone Hotel boasts a Kensington address and two staff to every guest. It looks beautifully decorated but is priced at several times the maximum price I’d pay for a hotel, ever.
Where I stayed in London : Various
I’ve posted before about the various terrible hotels I’ve stayed at in London but the nicest place I’ve ever stayed there was The Montcalm at The Brewery. It felt luxurious and I still use an umbrella I ‘borrowed’ from the room.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Mike and I happened across this hotel while we were out exploring Vancouver so it is truly right in the heart of the city. A beautifully restored 20’s hotel which does not appear to have lost its charm.
Where I stayed: Riviera Hotel on Robson Street and The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
I booked Riviera Hotel on Expedia, which is amongst a bunch of dated highrise hotels before the Korean end of Robson Street. Our first floor room was not cheap averaging $330 per night and it looked out over a carpark.
When our three nights were up we moved to The Sheraton at Vancouver Wall Centre (above) for the next three – an upgrade of two stars for very little extra money.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence, Italy
There are multiple Four Seasons hotels among the best hotels in the world lists proving the brands worth. The Florence hotel looks like a palace with ornate ceilings and beautiful gardens. With the price per night what it is I would struggle to leave the place to see the sights!
Where I stayed: Hotel Franchi
There are multiple Four Seasons hotels on this list proving the brands worth. The Florence hotel looks like a palace with ornate ceilings and beautiful gardens. With the price per night what it is I would struggle to leave the place to see the sights. Hotel Franchi was far from the newest or even most memorable hotel we stayed in on the Contiki tour I took in 2010. It was poky and old but then that’s Europe and so were most of the budget hotels we stayed in on the trip!
A couple of slats popped out of the bed when I sat down on it so I was pretty nervous about moving too much when I was sleeping as not to fall through it. The walls were also very thin and one of the couples on our bus clearly were unaware of this until breakfast the following morning…