Only five European and seven U.S. hotels made the list of Top 50 Hotels of the World released yesterday by Travel + Leisure magazine.
The magazine's well-heeled and well-traveled readers voted Mombo Camo and Little Mombo Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, as the best hotel in the world.
Second-place Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, in the Tuscan town of Casole d'Elsa, Italy, and the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, at number seven, represented Europe in the top 10.
Rated numbers three to five were the lodges of Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa; Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica; and the Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora in French Polynesia.
The top Eastern European hotel, at number 12, was the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
It was followed by the highest-rated U.S. hotel, the adults-only, log-cabined Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, at number 13.
Only two other European hotels made the list: the Stafford London by Kempinski (number 33), and the Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso) Ravello in Italy (number 49).
Among the U.S. winners, the laid-back charm of the South scored well, with four Dixieland hotels making the Top 50: The neighboring Lodge Sea Island, with its legendary golf course and roaming bagpiper, and Old Clositer Sea Island in Georgia (numbers 16 and 23); Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina (24); and Elizabeth Pointe Lodge on Florida's Amelia Island (25).
The highest-scoring hotel on the West Coast, at number 28, was The Peninsula Beverly Hills in California. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago was the best of the Midwest, at 44.
By Cheryl Rosen
Wednesday, July 3, 2013