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The 100 Best Hotels in the World – 2020 Fodor’s Finest Hotel Awards

There are two schools of thought when it comes to choosing a hotel. In one corner, there’s the crowd who firmly believe that travel is about the destination and a hotel is but a utilitarian device—a place to lay your head and hang your coat. And, in the other corner, there’s the crowd who expects—or even insists—that a hotel is an integral part of their travels; that it personifies, or even heightens the sense of place, whether it be in Arkansas or Zimbabwe. This list of Fodor’s 100 best hotels in the world is tailored for the believers of the latter philosophy. But, we hope it inspires those who lodge in the former, too. After all, this isn’t just a list of expensive accommodations (yes, the Four Seasons makes multiple appearances and we’ve included the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which has a suite that’ll cost you a whopping $40,000 per night), but of hotels that make the effort to give their guests an experience. Miami’s gorgeously tropical Life House Little Havana regularly has rooms under $100, and Berlin’s minimalistic and uber-trendy Michelberger Hotel has them at $125. You don’t have to spend much to roost well. RELATED: See which hotels were chosen as last year's Fodor's Finest Obviously, a list like this—one that doesn’t include a hotel in every country or every city—may not be applicable to your 2020 travels. But we hope it makes you curious about what a hotel can be. The best hotels, whether they’re on this list or not, aren’t just for sleeping—they’re enchanting and inspiring. They immerse themselves with the unique magic of a destination (and all destinations have their own unique magic). So, to the utilitarians, we ask: why not make the place you lodge a reflection of the place you’re exploring?

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.

The Fodor’s Travel Awards: The Top Picks for the Best Trips

This weird and wonderful world doesn’t want for award ceremonies. There’s already an award for just about everything—movies, books, dogs, magicians, even idiots have numerous awards. And, of course, so, too, does travel. There are myriad travel awards, both by competitors and this very publication—we already give annual awards to hotels and destinations, after all. So why is this necessary? Why are we creating yet another award for something that doesn’t need yet another award? First, and apologies for the humblebrag, but we’re well traveled. The Fodor’s editorial team spends an unusual amount of time wandering this globe—we’re a fortunate bunch. It allows us to see and experience the world and test out the best (and sometimes worst) of travel. Second, we’re damn opinionated. There are no shrinking violets in our offices. We loudly, and sometimes proudly, declare our loves and loathes. We fight among ourselves and debate the most pedantic of travel topics, and we're thrilled to share them with you. Lastly, we wanted to establish these awards to answer questions that we had posed to ourselves. What’s the best airline for plus-sized passengers? Which is the best airport to grab a good meal? What’s the best cruise to snag a date? Who are the Instagram Influencers who aren’t obnoxiously awful, but genuinely inspirational? We wanted to answer useful questions, but also keep it light. Travel is fun, after all. And so often, travel awards are weirdly stiff and dull. The Fodor’s Travel Awards are not meant to be the Peabody of Perambulating, the Academy Awards of Aviation, or the Grammys of Going Places. This is not a black-tie award. Rather, it’s a list of companies and individuals that we—a passionate group of well-traveled individuals—believe in. And we think these winners will make your own travels a little bit better.