The World's Best Hotels is a collection of truly great hotels which have been chosen by the readers of Institutional Investor magazine as their personal favourites over the past 30 years.
Every year, the magazine publishes a survey of the top 100 hotels in the world according to a small group of senior financial executives. The survey started as a piece of after-dinner fun at a conference in the south of France as conversations moved away from money and turned to travel.
Each of the diners wrote down their top 10 hotels in order of priority, the results were added up, and the following day over lunch the world's first-ever global survey of great hotels was born.
The Oriental Bangkok was the first winner and stayed on top of the rankings for an astonishing 11 years until the early nineties. Since then, many famous properties have occupied the number 1 spot with the current incumbent being The Four Seasons Milan.
Others, such as the Four Seasons George V Paris, Burj Al Arab Dubai, Le Bristol Paris, the Bel-Air Los Angeles, and Mandarin Oriental Washington DC have also been voted the world's best.
This new site profiles many of these great hotels along with useful destination information on key financial centres, a regular monthly e-magazine and blog, as well as an online reservation system which will give you the most competitive rates available via Expedia.
Meanwhile, we continue to research the world for great hotels and will always welcome your feedback on great places you have stayed - and even some of the not-so-good places.
Your feedback is priceless, and will be rewarded with entry into various prizes offering bespoke travel goods and stays in our featured hotels, so please stay in touch and let us know which hotel you think is truly the world's best.