Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been named No.10 in the new global ranking of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023. The list has been announced at a captivating awards ceremony in London, and includes industry-defining hotels from 35 different locations across six continents worldwide. This long-awaited list is 50 Best’s first foray into the travel space, and its first new global ranking since the launch of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2009.
This evening, the world of travel gathered from all corners of the globe to celebrate each other’s achievements at the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023. Hosted at the historic Guildhall, the unveiling highlights outstanding hotel experiences across the world that will shape the aspirations of consumers, travellers and hoteliers.
Established in 1876 along the scenic Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has captivated guests for generations. The 331-room hotel has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Somerset Maugham to Barbara Cartland, after whom many of the suites are named. With a dining portfolio that includes 12 restaurants and bars, the hotel showcases culinary diversity—ranging from authentic Thai flavours to two-Michelin-starred French cuisine at Le Normandie by Alain Roux.
Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels, comments: “Our heartfelt congratulations go out to every hotel on the list, each of which has clearly made a lasting impression on our Academy of travel experts. After seeing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, it’s been especially fulfilling to see so many hoteliers from around the world gather in London to celebrate each other’s achievements under one roof for the first-ever awards ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Hotels. We hope this list inspires travel lovers to book somewhere truly spectacular for their next trip.”
Anthony Tyler, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, says, “The entire Oriental Family is grateful for this recognition as No. 10 on The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023 list. Having stood the test of time for 147 years, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, is especially honoured to be included in this inaugural global ranking. It serves as both a special acknowledgment and encouragement for every effort and smile contributed by our team. This exceptional recognition from The World’s 50 Best Hotels confirms that our oriental heritage and unparalleled service continue to be valued and appreciated by discerning travellers of all ages.”
The launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels is another step in 50 Best’s journey towards becoming the ultimate global reference point for the very best hospitality experiences across the world, encompassing restaurants, bars and now hotels.
How the 50 Best voting works
The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, which comprises 580 international well-travelled experts within the hotel and travel industry, with a 50/50 gender balance. The Academy is split into nine regions across the world, where each region is headed up by an Academy Chair. A minimum of 25% of the panel will be renewed each year. All voters, aside from the Academy Chairs, remain anonymous to eliminate the possibility of lobbying. At the point of voting, they are simply required to list the seven best hotels they have stayed in over the past 24 months in order of preference. Voting is carried out individually and strictly confidentially on a secure site and the results remain confidential until after the list announcement. Additional information is available on the 50 Best FAQs page here.
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