2012 list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels

Expedia released the 2012 list of the World’s Best-Reviewed hotels, called Expedia Insiders’ Select. The rankings are crowd-sourced, largely determined by the more than a half a million tourist reviews received during the course of 2011.

Based on more than 500,000 guest reviews submitted annually by the travelers, these 650 hotels were designated the 2012 worldwide award recipients. The top ten hotels in this year’s ranking include:

Marrol’s Boutique Hotel(5 stars, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Hotel Al Codega(4 stars, Venice, Italy)
Hotel Royal Corin(4 stars, Costa Rica)
Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen(4 stars, Aberdeen, Scotland)
Four Seasons Miami(5 stars, Miami, Florida)
Madison Hotel Hamburg(4.5 stars, Hamburg/Hanover, Germany)
Element Omaha Midtown Crossing(3 stars, Omaha, Nebraska)
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail(4.5 stars, Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado)
Taj Lands’ End(5 stars, Mumbai, India)
Mr. C Beverly Hills(5 stars, Los Angeles, California)


Top 25 hotels in the luxury category are:
Marrol’s Boutique Hotel, Slovakia, Bratislava
Four Seasons Miami, United States of America, Miami
Madison Hotel Hamburg, Germany, Hamburg
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, United States of America, Vail
Taj Lands End, India, Mumbai
Mr. C Beverly Hills, United States of America, Los Angeles
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach United Arab Emirates Dubai
Planters Inn, United States of America, Charleston
Hotel Sultania- Boutique Class, Turkey, Istanbul
Turnberry Isle Miami, United States of America, Aventura
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, United States of America, Beverly Hills
Alchymist Residence Nosticova, Czech Republic, Prague
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, United States of America, Wailea (Maui)
Conrad Centennial, Singapore
The St. Regis Washington, D.C., United States of America, Washington
Hotel Amira Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai, India, Mumbai
Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen
Grand Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, Cambodia, Siem Reap
The Setai Fifth Avenue, A Capella Managed Hotel United States of America, New York
InterContinental London Park Lane, United Kingdom, London
Hotel 1000, United States of America Seattle
Gran Melia Shanghai, China, Shanghai
Waldorf Astoria Chicago, United States of America, Chicago

Only 35% of the 650 hotels are categorized as “luxury,” leaving numerous options for travelers of every style and budget. In particular, “green/sustainable” hotels had an outsized presence in the final rankings, with nearly 17% of properties (108) meeting that definition.

Included on the list are:

  • 87 hotels designated as “family friendly”;
  • 116 “beach hotels” including 32 in Mexico, which surpassed the 21 beach hotels in the United States; and
  • 11 “ski friendly” hotels.

The 2012 Insiders’ Select list reflects a cross-section of properties in different regions, representing various accommodation types and star ratings. The 650 hotels in the 2012 rankings are found in 295 cities in 74 countries. 28 percent of Insiders’ Select hotels are in America, 25% in Europe, 3% in South America, 19% in Asia and 25% elsewhere.