The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, stands out above all other luxury hotels in terms of comfort, service and style, according to The World’s Best Hotels of 2015, Institutional Investor’s exclusive annual ranking.
The ultramodern Mandarin, which overlooks the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, edges out the Dolder Grand, a 19th-century Alpine gem that sits in the hills above Zurich, at the top of the ranking. The Peninsula Hong Kong, the Baur au Lac, another Zurich luxe establishment and the Peninsula Beverly Hills round out the top five.
The World’s Best Hotels represents the opinions of II readers, senior financial industry executives who spent an average of 41 days on the road last year.
London boasts the most places on the list, with nine, although none are higher than Claridge’s, the Mayfair landmark that takes 26th place. Singapore has seven hotels in the top 100, Hong Kong and Paris each claim six and Bangkok, Miami and New York have five.
Among chains, the Four Seasons is the most popular with 16 hotels on the list, followed by Mandarin Oriental with 13 and Ritz-Carlton with eight. But independent establishments also rate highly, as the placement of the Dolder Grand and the Baur au Lac attest. For well-heeled travellers, it’s the experience that counts.