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The Leading Hotels of the World's more than 395 independent hotels in 78 countries appeal to luxury-seekers who desire digs that reflect their surroundings. Each property must meet the brand's quality and distinctiveness standards, which are determined during inspections of the hotel's accommodations, service, cuisine, employee behavior and facilities. Plus, all hotels within the collection participate in the Leaders Club rewards program, meaning travelers who opt into the program can earn free nights and receive complimentary room upgrades. The following LHW properties appear on our Best Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists.

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    Ritz Paris
    Paris
    #1 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    Free WiFi

    Located in Paris' 1er arrondissement within walking distance of the Place Vendôme and the Palais Garnier, the historic Ritz Paris invites guests in with its top-notch service and upscale, 18th-century Parisian design. Guest rooms – or apartments, as they're called by this hotel – feature neutral color palettes with gold accents, chandeliers and fireplaces, while standard suites offer additional living space. If you desire views of the surrounding city, upgrade to one of the property's Prestige Suites. Each honors a Parisian landmark, time period or well-known individual. Noteworthy suites include the Suite Impériale, which is listed as a historic monument, and the Suite Coco Chanel, the former Parisian home of the famous designer. After settling into your accommodations, which were part of a nearly four-year renovation of the property that finished in 2016, previous guests recommend grabbing a cocktail in Bar Hemingway or a meal at L'Espadon. You can also take a pastry or gastronomy course through the hotel's cooking school. Or, if you'd rather lounge poolside or relax during a massage, visit the Ritz Club Paris spa. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the property participates in the Leaders Club loyalty program.

    Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
    Paris
    #2 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 338 reviewsTripAdvisor (338)

    The 14 rooms and 26 suites at La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa are chicly decorated in a 19th-century Parisian style that includes brocade taffeta, velvet drapes, herringbone oak parquet floors, antique furniture and bathrooms made with both Carrara and Turquin marble. Modern amenities, such as interactive tablets that control each room's lighting, TV and temperature, and buttons that summon private butlers, are also provided in all spaces. If you desire Eiffel Tower views and extra perks like a balcony, two private bars and a wine cellar, consider upgrading to the Grand Palais Suite. Recent guests were floored by the personalized service offered throughout the hotel, stating that every staff member seemed ready and willing to go above and beyond to make their stays enjoyable. The two-starred Michelin restaurant, Le Gabriel, also received high praise from past diners for its seasonal French cuisine, but be sure to make a reservation in advance since tables here fill up quickly. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades. The hotel's central address in Paris near the famed Champs-Élysées' high-end shops was another highlight for previous visitors.

    Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 338 reviewsTripAdvisor (338)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
    Puerto Morelos
    #2 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2597 reviewsTripAdvisor (2597)
    Free WiFi

    What sets Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya apart from the other AMResorts hotels in the area (including Now Jade, Now Sapphire and Secrets Silversands) is its boutique feel. And travelers say that the intimate ambiance of this resort allows Zoëtry Paraiso's staff members to cater to all guests. Another bonus: this resort offers travelers a hassle-free, all-inclusive experience through its Endless Privileges program. The rate covers your stay in one of the resort's oceanfront suites, which are all outfitted with private terraces, aromatherapy pillows and BVLGARI bath products. You'll also receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket every day of your stay, as well as unlimited meals and drinks at Zoëtry Paraiso's four dining spots, including La Canoa Restaurant, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant that dishes up zesty bites, such as octopus carpaccio and lobster ravioli. Complimentary greens fees at the Grand Coral Riviera Maya golf course and access to the Thalasso Center & Spa – with a complimentary treatment – are just some of the exclusive Endless Privileges you'll have on the grounds. Zoëtry Paraiso also boasts freshwater and saltwater swimming pools and opportunities to kayak, windsurf and bike. For a truly lavish stay, book a suite at the exclusive Impression Club at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, where you'll find even more privacy, a private beach and luxe amenities. The resort sits along Puerto Morelos' coast, just 21 miles south of CancunAnd as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Puerto Morelos
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2597 reviewsTripAdvisor (2597)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    J.K. Place Roma
    Rome
    #3 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 460 reviewsTripAdvisor (460)
    Free WiFi

    Located in the heart of Rome's fashion district, J.K. Place Roma is filled with designer furniture, rugs and lighting by Michele Bönan. Notable artwork hangs from the walls and royal blue velvet sofas complement the ultramodern yet elegant vibe. The hotel has 30 rooms and suites, the most basic of which feature LED TVs, gilded mirrors, free Wi-Fi access, complimentary minibars and balconies with Eternal City views. Master Rooms include hardwood floors, rosewood canopy beds, Italian marble bathrooms and walk-in closets. Nestled on top of the hotel is the J.K.Cafe, a venue that houses a lounge, bar and restaurant. Recent visitors said the bountiful breakfast served inside is a treat, and many diners appreciated that the chefs had options to satisfy vegan and gluten-free diets as well. The Italian restaurant is also open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Another highlight worth noting is the personalized service; past guests said they had never stayed at a hotel with such friendly helpful staff members. The one downside to this property is the steep cost, though travelers point out that prior stays here were more than worth the price and recommend saving up to splurge on a suite. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Rome
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 460 reviewsTripAdvisor (460)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Portrait Firenze
    Florence
    #4 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 618 reviewsTripAdvisor (618)
    Free WiFi

    Known for its unparalleled bespoke service, the all-suite Portrait Firenze caters to guests' needs by adding personal touches in the rooms and crafting individualized itineraries. Past guests said the prearrival questionnaire was so detailed that the temperature in the suite was set to the correct day and night preference. That attention to detail can also be found in the 37 suites, all designed by renowned Florentine architect Michele Bönan. Warm woods and soft grays decorate the rooms, and standard amenities include cashmere throws, marble bathrooms and mini iPads that are free to use during your stay. Plus, many suites boast riverside views of the Ponte Vecchio. The Portrait Firenze, owned by the Ferragamo family, also houses the Borgo San Jacopo, a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves contemporary Italian cuisine, as well as Caffè dell'Oro, the Fusion Bar & Restaurant, the Picteau Lounge Bar and the rooftop La Terrazza Lounge Bar. Additionally, the property is home to the White Iris Beauty SPA by Comfort Zone, a full-service spa made from natural Tuscan wood and stone. Though several recent guests insisted on requesting a room with a view to justify the high price tag, most agreed that the hotel's service was top-notch. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Florence
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 618 reviewsTripAdvisor (618)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    #5 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    Free WiFi

    This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the resort staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach only has 98 guest rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and private balconies, as well as double sinks and glass-enclosed showers. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four pools, a spa and beach amenities. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach.

    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Le Bristol Paris
    Paris
    #6 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1705 reviewsTripAdvisor (1705)

    This historic palace hotel has been a staple in Paris since its opening in 1925. Just north of the Champs-Élysées, Le Bristol Paris welcomes guests with elegant 18th-century decor, spacious accommodations and top-notch cuisine. Rooms feature pastel hues, antique furnishings, marble bathrooms and large windows that showcase views of the city streets or the hotel's garden. As far as amenities go, guests will find an on-site spa, a fitness center, a steam room and an indoor pool with views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur. Past guests offered heaps of praise for this luxury property, citing their stays as "magical" thanks to the elegance of the traditional, Parisian-style rooms, the delectable dinner at Epicure and the staff's attention to detail. From the concierge's knowledgeable recommendations to the friendly demeanor of the bellhops, Le Bristol's employees consistently impress travelers. While many note that a stay here is certainly a splurge, most say it's worth it. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Paris
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1705 reviewsTripAdvisor (1705)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    The Merrion Hotel
    Dublin
    #7 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3524 reviewsTripAdvisor (3524)
    Free WiFi

    What was once four separate Georgian-styled townhouses in downtown Dublin is now the elegant Merrion Hotel, highly regarded for its first-class style and service. The 142-room property is home to the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only restaurant in Ireland with two Michelin stars, as well as The Cellar Restaurant and The Cellar Bar, the latter of which is housed in the original 18th-century wine vaults. There is also No. 23, an intimate cocktail bar that's popular with locals, and the full-service Tethra Spa, where the property's fitness center, steam room and infinity-edge swimming pool are housed. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in a white and pastel color palette inspired by Paul Henry's landscape paintings and feature furniture either from or reminiscent of 18th-century Dublin. Standard room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, writing desks, fully stocked minibars and Italian Carrara marble bathrooms. Recent guests said the rooms were beautiful but recommended asking for one above the first floor for the best garden views. Others wished the bathrooms had more than one sink, though they did appreciate that the rooms themselves were updated and clean. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Dublin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3524 reviewsTripAdvisor (3524)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Le Sirenuse Hotel
    Positano
    #8 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 984 reviewsTripAdvisor (984)
    Free WiFi

    For guests, everything about this Positano hotel is next to perfect. From the Mediterranean decor and out-of-this-world service to its breathtaking location facing the ocean, Le Sirenuse was worth every penny, according to travelers. First and foremost, almost all of the hotel's rooms overlook the ocean and most are equipped with either a balcony or terrace. All accommodations feature whitewashed walls and are decorated with Old World furniture and colorful accents, including floors adorned with handmade, painted tiles. And for such a seemingly quaint property, the hotel is well-equipped, offering a spa, gym and pool to its guests. But the pool is by far one of the hotel's most beautiful attributes. Offering views of the cliffs and adjoining sea, and surrounded by potted plants and lemon trees, the pool features a giant mosaic mural of mermaids. Dining can also be found alongside the pool and other alfresco spots around the hotel, including the Michelin-starred La Sponda. Le Sirenuse can also organize excursions and adventures, some of which are complimentary. Peruse the hotel's daily activity calendar and you will find opportunities for hiking, bay cruises and even a visit to a local limoncello factory. And as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Positano
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 984 reviewsTripAdvisor (984)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Milestone Hotel
    London
    #9 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2036 reviewsTripAdvisor (2036)
    Free WiFi

    Formerly the home of multiple barons and ambassadors, The Milestone Hotel woos guests with its attentive service. Past visitors were particularly impressed that hotel staff greeted travelers by name, provided personalized cakes for birthdays and easily accommodated special requests. Rooms were another highlight for recent lodgers. All 62 accommodations come with amenities like free in-room Wi-Fi, homemade welcome treats, candle turndown service and fresh flowers. Room decor ranges from theater-inspired spaces with bright red furnishings to elegant suites with canopy beds and chandeliers. Plus, the property offers prime access to Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. For those looking to explore other parts of the city, you'll find The Milestone Hotel conveniently situated within walking distance of the High Street Kensington Tube station. Or, you can get around the city via the hotel's Bentley chauffeur service. After exploring London Town, return to the property for afternoon tea or a meal at Cheneston's Restaurant. If you're traveling with children, try The Milestone Hotel's Little Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea experience, which includes a kids menu and complimentary cupcake decorating. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2036 reviewsTripAdvisor (2036)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Lowell Hotel New York
    New York, NY
    #10 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 333 reviewsTripAdvisor (333)
    Free WiFi

    Perched on the Upper East Side, just a couple blocks from Fifth Avenue's sleek storefronts, The Lowell Hotel New York provides travelers with easy access to iconic city attractions and venerable department stores. But that's not the only reason recent guests adore this stylish boutique. The Lowell exudes a serene, elegant ambiance, further enhanced by its calming gold, cream and white color scheme. By New York standards, The Lowell is small (74 rooms and suites); however, many previous travelers call the hotel's quiet, cozy atmosphere the perfect retreat from the buzzing city blocks. Accommodations come appointed with luxurious extras, such as down comforters, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access – all major perks, according to previous visitors. The refreshing afternoon teatime, complete with Devonshire cream-topped scones and finger sandwiches, takes place in the second-floor Pembroke Room and also earns a nod of approval from recent guests. Keep in mind, Leaders Club members can earn or redeem perks here.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 333 reviewsTripAdvisor (333)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Hay-Adams
    Washington, DC
    #11 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1495 reviewsTripAdvisor (1495)
    Free WiFi

    Named for the former tenants of the site  Secretary of State John Hay and journalist Henry Adams (who was also a member of the presidential Adams family)  The Hay-Adams is steeped in American history. Perched on the edge of Lafayette Square, The Hay-Adams boasts a spectacular vantage point of the White House and the National Mall. Here, guests are greeted by head-to-toe period decor; the lobby is decked out in rich wooden paneling and marble floors, while guest rooms feature neutral tones with elegant bedspreads. Long story short: If you're a history buff, The Hay-Adams is the place for you. That said, this property isn't completely stuck in the past. Accommodations also house Etro toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi access, 50-inch flat-screen TVs and SoundLink music systems. Meanwhile, The Lafayette  the hotel's elegant dining room  garners high praise from recent guests for its impeccable service, tasty culinary offerings, and impressive views of the White House. What's more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfast at this hotel.

    Washington, DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1495 reviewsTripAdvisor (1495)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Dolder Grand
    Zurich
    #12 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1100 reviewsTripAdvisor (1100)
    Free WiFi

    Lodgers found that the Dolder Grand lives up to its name in more ways than one. Perched atop a hill high above Zurich, the hotel, with its spires and 19th-century architecture, looks like it came straight out of a storybook. But don't be fooled by its Old World look: Accommodations at the Dolder Grand are modern as can be, featuring sleek furnishings as well as contemporary comforts, such as in-room Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen TVs with on-demand entertainment, power adapters and wireless internet access. Make sure to book a room with a view of the lake – guests say it's worth the extra coin. Lodgers also strongly recommend taking advantage of the wellness facilities on-site. The Dolder Grand offers an expansive spa, which features a striking, cave-like indoor pool, specialty medical services, a gym with personal training and fitness classes, as well as four different running tours for those wanting to get their hearts pumping outdoors. When it comes time to dine, make sure to secure a seat at The Restaurant – winner of two Michelin stars. There's also a more casual option, Saltz Restaurant, which features an outdoor terrace overlooking the city. Service was reported to be nothing short of stupendous, but budget travelers take note: Lodgers say a stay here is a splurge. Keep in mind, Leaders Club members can earn or redeem perks here.

    Zurich
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1100 reviewsTripAdvisor (1100)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Greenwich Hotel
    New York, NY
    #13 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 538 reviewsTripAdvisor (538)
    Free WiFi

    This ultra-trendy Tribeca hotel is often exalted by guests as "outstanding," "stylish" and "bohemian." Each of The Greenwich's 88 rooms and suites features eclectic accents that vary from Moroccan-tiled bathrooms to fine Tibetan silk rugs. And though no two accommodations are the same, travelers rave about the luxurious room amenities, which include flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and stocked minibars. But that's not all this chic hotel has going for it. The pool and Shibui spa earn high marks from previous visitors, as does the hip Locanda Verde restaurant – a casual Italian spot known for its zesty fare. While staying here, be sure to keep an eye out for celebrities; this discreet hotel serves as a stomping ground for A-listers (after all, the hotel is owned by actor Robert De Niro). And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 538 reviewsTripAdvisor (538)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Hazelton Hotel Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    #14 in Best The Leading Hotels of the World
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 741 reviewsTripAdvisor (741)
    Free WiFi

    The glitz of 1940s Hollywood inspires the atmosphere at the timeless Hazelton Hotel. Enter one of the property's 62 rooms or 15 luxury suites and you'll experience what previous guests praise most about the Hazelton: ample space and ceilings more than 9 feet high. Plus, the guest rooms' expansive bathrooms come complete with heated floors, rainfall showerheads and large tubs. Prolong the star treatment while you watch celebs on the big screen; the hotel houses its own private screening theater with leather chair seating for 25 guests. Or pamper yourself with rejuvenating treatments at the spa. When you get hungry, try the hotel's ONE Restaurant that features dishes from celebrity chef Mark McEwan. ONE serves French and Italian cuisine that recent diners described as well priced for the quality. Plus, Yorkville's shopping and high-end dining options sit just outside the Hazelton's doors. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, the property participates in the Leaders Club loyalty program.

    Toronto, Ontario
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 741 reviewsTripAdvisor (741)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi