There’s nothing quite like a luxurious hotel stay to make you feel pampered and relaxed. But with so many upscale hotel chains to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

To help narrow down your options, here is a list of the best luxury hotel brands that offer both comfort and style. From classic staples like Belmond and Four Seasons to design hotels like COMO, there’s sure to be a brand that fits your needs.

So whether you’re looking for a five-star experience or simply want to indulge in some luxury amenities, read on for the best luxury hotel brands to check out.

Auberge is one of the best luxury hotel brands
Auberge Santorini infinity pool

World’s Best Luxury Hotel Brands 2022

There are a lot of luxury hotel brands out there. So, how do you know which ones are the best? And, more importantly, which ones set the standards for the rest of the industry? In this article, we will take a look at the top 12 luxury hotel brands in the world.

A recently published report by LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence (*) reveals which luxury hotel brands are at the top of their game. Over the past 12 months, they have assessed each hotel brand according to a rigorously defined algorithm.

The focus is on measuring the values and performance of the luxury hotel sector. 128 touch points each have their own weighted score value, giving a total maximum score of 4628.

These touch points cover overall brand performance as opposed to the performance of individual properties. A brand’s ability to offer unique travel experiences, together with the best service and a sense of place are all important elements of this assessment. Ongoing investment is another major factor, especially for new properties or renovation projects.

Mandarin Oriental Palace in Lucerne, Switzerland
Mandarin Oriental Palace in Lucerne, Switzerland

Here are the results in percentages for 2022, with last year’s positions in brackets:

12.  COMO 69.1% (10) 

11.  Rocco Forte 69.4% (New Entry)

10.  Viceroy 70.9% (11)

9.  Four Seasons 71.2% (8)  

8.  Belmond 74.7% (5)

7.  One&Only 75.0% (6)   

6.  Oetker Collection 75.7% (7) 

5.  Aman 77.3 4% (4) 

4.  Auberge 78.8% (3)   

3.  Rosewood 80.3% (9)

2.  Mandarin Oriental 81.0% (2)

1.  Six Senses 82.6% (1)

El Olivo restaurant at Belmond La Residencia - world's best luxury hotel brands
El Olivo restaurant at Belmond La Residencia

World’s Best Hotel Brand: Six Senses

It’s interesting to note that Six Senses takes the top spot for the third consecutive year, making it the world’s best luxury hotel brand. According to the report, Six Senses provide an authentic blend of warm hospitality with crafted guest experiences, sustainability and wellness.

With the upcoming openings of Six Senses London, Crans-Montana and Rome in 2023, the brand continues to attract a loyal following.

Six Senses Crans-Montana Alpine Lounge
Six Senses Crans-Montana Alpine Lounge

New Entry: Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte Hotels have entered the top 12 for the first time. Coincidentally, the upscale hotel chain celebrates 25 years of operations in Europe this year. It is commended for the quality of its management and the fact that each property has its own unique personality.

Having stayed at Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo in Brussels, we definitely got a sense of local culture, with the Tintin Suite being a highlight!

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo in Brussels
Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo in Brussels

Other Top Luxury Hotel Brands

Other brands with more than ten properties that rated highly enough to be monitored throughout the year are (in alphabetical order): Alila Hotels & Resorts, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Banyan Tree, Dorchester Collection, Firmdale, Jumeirah, Leela, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Park Hyatt, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, Soho House, Raffles, Red Carnation, St. Regis, Taj Hotels, The Luxury Collection.

Small Luxury Hotel Brands

The report has a minimum requirement of ten properties. Luxury brands that currently have less than ten properties yet rated highly when applying the algorithm are (in alphabetical order): Airelles, Althoff Collection, Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, JK Place, La Reserve, Maybourne, Montage, Nikki Beach, Pendry, Soneva, Virgin Limited Edition.

Kasbah Tamadot, Virgin Limited Edition - best luxury hotel brands
Kasbah Tamadot, Virgin Limited Edition

Final Thoughts on the Best Luxury Hotel Brands

The best hotel brands have it all: luxury accommodation, fine dining, impeccable service, memorable experiences and stunning locations. If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation experience, then these are the brands you should be looking into!

No matter which brand you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a comfortable and stylish stay. So why not treat yourself to a luxurious hotel stay the next time you travel? You deserve it!

LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence is an international members only organisation which provides digital reporting on luxury hotels, spas, restaurants and nightlife.

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Aman Hotels New York Corner Suite
Aman Hotels New York Corner Suite

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