The World’s 50 Best Hotels listing to debut in September 2023

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The list will be assembled by 580 voters in nine regions

Restaurant listing 50 Best has confirmed the launch its inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels list in September 2023

This marks the first time since 2009 – when The World’s 50 Best Bars made its debut – that 50 Best has launched a new global ranking and awards programme, marking the brand’s first official foray into travel. 

The first-ever list of The World’s 50 Best Hotels will be revealed in a live countdown, alongside a series of special awards, culminating in the announcement of The World’s Best Hotels 2023. 


The ranking will reflect the best travel experiences collated from 580 anonymous voters – a balanced mix of hoteliers, travel journalists, educators and experienced international travellers – headed up by a group of Academy Chairs across nine regions. 

Any hotel in the world is eligible for votes and it does not have to fit any criteria or tick any pre-ordained boxes to be considered. Voters will simply be asked for their seven best hotel experiences across the two-year polling period. 

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A minimum of 25% of the panel will be renewed each year. All voters, aside from the academy chairs, will remain anonymous to eliminate the possibility of lobbying. The Middle East & Africa region will be chaired by Dubai-based journalist Isabella Sullivan.

Commenting on the news, 50 Best managing director Tim Brooke-Webb said: “To us, it seems like a natural fit to complete the circle, uniting restaurants, bars and hotels. Hospitality is what we’re passionate about and we feel now is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on hotels, particularly as they rebuild after the effects of the pandemic.”

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