Brisbane establishment stands alone as Australia’s top-ranking hotel

The Calile Hotel in Brisbane was ranked among the best hotels in the world.

The Calile Hotel in Brisbane was ranked among the best hotels in the world. Photo: The Calile Hotel/Instagram

An Australian hotel has made the World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023 list, only just missing out on the top 10.

The top 50 hotels in the world were named in London on Tuesday.

It was the first edition of the World’s 50 Best Hotels, that has been over a decade in the making.

Travel journalists, hoteliers and seasoned luxury travellers informed the rankings and each member of the anonymous academy was given seven votes and asked to list the best hotels they had stayed in over the past two years.

pictured is the best hotel in the world

A hotel on the shores of Lake Como, in Italy, took out the top spot.

Only one Australian hotel made the list.

The Calile Hotel on Brisbane’s James Street was designed by local architects, Richards and Spence.

“The hotel riffs on modernist Miami and Palm Springs while also nodding to the design stylings of Australia’s 1960s motels,” the World’s 50 Best Hotels stated.

Voted the Best Hotel in Oceania in 2023, it was No.12 on the list.

The Calile Hotel features a 30-metre pool, six restaurants and 175 blue, green or pink-themed rooms and suites.

The pool deck is the star of the Calile Hotel, according to the award’s website.

Gold tiles spell out the hotel’s name on the bottom of the pool and lounge chairs, umbrellas and cabanas line the length of the pool.

There’s also a spa, gym and library at the hotel.

According to Broadsheet, the hotel’s co-owner Catherine Malouf attended the ceremony in London and said it was a “a win for our team, our collaborators, our loyal guests and a win for Brisbane as a destination”.

The top hotel

This year, 580 international experts picked Italy’s Passalacqua as the best of the best.

Passalacqua overlooks Lake Como and has just 24 rooms. It’s owned by the De Santis family, and 41-year-old Valentina De Santis designed and curated the villa.

“Passalacqua has been a love story since the very first moment. I give all credit to my parents, who had this dream together with me,” she said, after receiving the award.

pictured is Passalacqua

Passalacqua on Lake Como opened just last year.

The villa was once home to composer Vincenzo Bellini, and the land it stands on was once owned by Pope Innocent XI.

The De Santis family owned Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo when they acquired the villa in 2018.

Passalacqua opened its doors in 2022.

Rosewood Hong Kong came in second place. The 65-storey tower overlooks the city’s skyline and Victoria Harbour.

It was also named the Best Hotel in Asia 2023.

Dubbed a “hyper modern riverside oasis”, the Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River was third.

Rounding out the top five was The Upper House in Hong Kong and Aman in Tokyo.

Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River made the top three.

pictured is Aman in Tokyo

Aman Tokyo came in at No.5 on the list.

A number of hotels in Europe also received awards, including the Four Seasons Firenze in Florence, Aman in Venice and the Four Seasons in Madrid.

Other Aman locations that featured on the list include New York and Galle.

Aman Venice hotel

Aman Venice was ranked 14th on the list.

If it’s world-class hospitality you’re after, then Scotland is the place to go.

Gleneagles, a luxury resort in Scotland, was 32nd on the list, but it received the Art of Hospitality Award.

“If you would have asked me what award we wanted to win as part of the 50 Best list, it would have been exactly this,” said Conor O’Leary, managing director of Gleneagles.


Gleneagles in Scotland has the best hospitality.

World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023

  1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio
  2. Rosewood, Hong Kong
  3. Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
  4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
  5. Aman, Tokyo
  6. La Mamounia, Marrakech
  7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  8. One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta
  9. Four Seasons Firenze, Florence
  10. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
  11. Capella, Bangkok
  12. The Calile, Brisbane
  13. Chablé Yucatán, Chocholá
  14. Aman, Venice
  15. Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park
  16. Claridge’s, London
  17. Raffles, Singapore
  18. Nihi Sumba, Wanokaka
  19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum
  20. Le Sirenuse, Positano
  21. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri
  22. The Connaught, London
  23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech
  24. Four Seasons, Madrid
  25. Aman, New York
  26. The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  27. Rosewood, São Paulo
  28. Capella, Singapore
  29. Le Bristol, Paris
  30. Park Hyatt, Kyoto
  31. La Réserve, Paris
  32. Gleneagles, St Andrews, Scotland
  33. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
  34. Cheval Blanc, Paris
  35. Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens
  36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  37. The Newt, Bruton
  38. Amangalla, Galle
  39. Hoshinoya, Tokyo
  40. Desa Potato Head, Seminyak
  41. Eden Rock, St Barths
  42. The Siam, Bangkok
  43. Badrutt’s Palace, St Moritz
  44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
  45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  46. NoMad, London
  47. The Savoy, London
  48. Equinox, New York
  49. Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx
  50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris.
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