Reviews of the Best Luxury Hotels Around The World
Reading luxury hotel reviews and then booking a hotel on the internet can feel like a gamble. Did the writer actually stay at the hotel? Were the photos heavily edited? What does ‘close to all major attractions’ really mean?
That’s why I want to say right up front that every luxury hotels guide I share on this page is written so you can benefit from my first-hand insight into the hotels that we’ve actually stayed at recently. I don’t just wax poetic about the rooms; I write honestly about whether check-in was easy, the parking situation, if the amenities were as luxurious as you’d expect, how the staff treated us, whether the hotel is dog-friendly, and how the dining measures up.
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San Diego Hotel Reviews
The luxury hotels in San Diego are, frankly, as fabulous as the city itself. Looking for a reason to visit San Diego? Come and experience our beautiful year-round weather, the sunshine, and the cool beach vibe. Depending on which San Diego neighborhood you choose to stay in, you might be near family-friendly attractions like the San Diego Zoo® or right in the heart of our hub of hip bars and restaurants. There are luxury hotels all over San Diego, and I’ve stayed at some of the best.
- LEGOLAND Hotel
- Marriott Del Mar
- US Grant Hotel
- Hotel La Jolla (we took the dog)
- La Jolla Shores Hotel
- Grande Colonial Hotel
- Estancia La Jolla Hotel
- West Inn & Suites (we took the dog)
- Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
- Park Hyatt Aviara
- Hotel Del Coronado
- Empress Hotel La Jolla (we took the dog)
- Golden Door Spa
Los Angeles Hotel Reviews
This city has it all — including the best luxury hotels. There’s no denying that, in addition to the city’s attractions, the accommodations are a big draw. Have you ever stayed somewhere that made you feel so welcome, so taken care of… so decadently relaxed that you never wanted to leave? You’ll find that feeling and more here. Plus you get all the celebrity sightings you could possibly want. Want to experience more? You could take in two LA neighborhoods while you’re here, staying in two of these luxury hotels along the way.
- Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (multiple times)
- Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (multiple times)
- Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California
- Montage Beverly Hills
- InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Orange County Hotel Reviews
If you’re looking for luxury hotels in Orange County, you’ve come to the right place. The OC practically invented the spa life, and you’ll find sumptuous amenities everywhere you turn when you visit this popular destination. There’s world-class shopping and golf, pristine beaches, ultra-posh luxury hotels, and the kinds of ocean views that will make you want to stay here forever. Come for a surf lesson, stay for a spa session, and then rest your head at one of my favorite hotels:
Other California Hotel Reviews
Whether you’re visiting for the celebrity sightings or the world-famous wine, California is a destination where there’s no limit to the extravagance you can enjoy. The accommodations you choose can be as expansive or as intimate as you wish. In either case, the service you receive will be star quality. Are you ready to live the dream? I’ve traveled extensively outside of La Jolla and love sharing my experiences in California luxury hotels.
- Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco (now Loews Regency San Francisco)
- Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara The Biltmore
- Viceroy Palm Springs (now an Avalon Hotel)
- Temecula Creek Inn
Las Vegas Hotel Reviews
They say what happens in Sin City stays in Sin City, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned about luxury hotels in Las Vegas. It’s a fascinating place that pairs luxury with a sense of humor and a bit of a theme park vibe. You’ll find some of the best hotels in the world here if you come with an open mind. Luxury in Vegas tends to be over the top, but that’s half the fun!
- Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (multiple times)
East Coast Hotel Reviews
The East Coast is a region that’s full of beautiful scenery, fascinating history, amazing food, and an array of rich experiences that may or may not involve sun, sand, and sea. It’s also large, with a variety of destinations (and cultures) you can explore, from Maine’s rocky shores to the sugar sand on Florida’s famous white beaches. Finding a place to stay that has not only the comforts of home, but also the luxuries that make travel feel extra special can be a challenge considering the sheer volume of accommodations up and down the coast. These are some of the best I’ve enjoyed:
- Gramercy Park Hotel (New York City)
- Four Seasons Hotel New York
- Mandarin Oriental, New York
- The Towers at Lotte New York Palace
- Four Seasons Hotel Boston
- Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
Hawaii Hotel Reviews
From its stunning natural beauty to its unique island culture to the world-famous beaches. volcanoes, and golf courses, Hawaii is a must-do destination for luxury travelers. I’ve found that immersing myself in the Aloha spirit lets me relax and unwind completely. Besides having some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on earth, Hawaii also has some of the most beautiful luxury hotels, resorts, and spas, and I hope my reviews help you choose one that you absolutely adore.
- Kukui’ula (Kauai)
- Kaanapali Alii (Maui)
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
- Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
- Aulani, a Disney Resort (Spa review)
Other U.S. Hotel Reviews
People who visit the United States from other parts of the world are sometimes surprised to find that there’s not just one America. La Jolla is as different from New York City as it is from Memphis. There’s a blizzard in Boston while the sun is shining Austin and a tropical storm rages in Hawaii. That’s why choosing a luxury hotel isn’t always easy. I’ve discovered that amenities that are considered luxurious in one part of the country might be viewed as everyday in another. The good news is that there are luxurious accommodations in every corner of the nation — if you know where to look!
- The Peabody Memphis
- Mandarin Oriental, Miami
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
- Four Seasons Hotel Denver
- Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
- Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Mexico/Caribbean Hotel Reviews
Bright sunshine, blue skies, and pleasantly warm water draw people to Mexico and the Caribbean all year long — as do the all-inclusive resorts and spas where everything you could want on vacation is right there at your fingertips. Lucky for you and for me, kicking back and relaxing doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style, provided you choose your hotel well. The luxury hotels in Mexico and the luxury hotels in the Caribbean have perfected the art of well-appointed relaxation.
- Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F.
- Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico
- Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies
- Rancho La Puerta
- Beaches Negril
- Half Moon, A Rock Resort
- Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
- Moon Palace Cancun
- Grand Isle Resort and Spa – Great Exuma, Bahamas
- The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Asia Hotel Reviews
Tourism is hot in Asia, and the UN World Tourism Organization predicts that it will just keep getting hotter. No roundup of luxury hotel reviews would be complete without a long list of hotels in what is one of my family’s favorite parts of the world. There are so many well appointed places to stay, whether you’re looking for deluxe service and amenities in a modern setting, at a beach resort, or in a heritage hotel. Don’t think you have to wait to bring your kids here; I can say from experience that the luxury hotels in Asia are some of the most kid-friendly in the world.
- Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (annually, multiple posts)
- The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
- Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (annually, multiple posts)
- The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
- Four Seasons Hotel Macau Cotai Strip
- Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
- Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa
- Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
- Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong
- Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
- Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake (coming soon)
- Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa – Kota Kinabalu
- Mandarin Oriental, Taipei
- Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
- Mandarin Oriental, Shanghai
- The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing
Canadian Hotel Reviews
What brings many travelers to Canada is the rugged natural beauty and the top-notch outdoor adventures. Not everyone who travels to America’s neighbor to the north is interested in roughing it. Thankfully, I’ve found that this country’s best luxury hotels are anything but rustic, though they certainly do rival Canada’s natural vistas in terms of their beauty. Whether you’re looking for first-class luxury or a sumptuous spa retreat, you’ll find one here.
European Hotel Reviews
When it comes to luxury hotels in Europe, we’ve discovered that there is something for every traveler. After all, some of the best hotels in the world are here. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of relaxing your cares away in a resort on the shores of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, or experiencing the Scotland of yesteryear in a historic castle. Does the thought of hanging your hat in an art nouveau hotel in Budapest make you smile? The best European hotels are as different as the regions they’re found in because they highlight the delights of both country and culture. Expect to find beautiful rooms and fabulous service at all the hotels below.
- Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
- Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England
- Brown’s Hotel
- Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris (coming soon)
- Hotel Regina, Paris
- Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
- Hotel Ritz, Madrid
- Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Central and South America Hotel Reviews
Hotels in Central America and South America run the gamut from luxe to budget, and when you book online, it’s not always clear what type of hotel you’ll be walking into when you arrive. The following luxury hotel reviews will help you find a place to stay in Central or South America that is as beautiful and as relaxing as these regions themselves.
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Photo credit: Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel