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London (CNN) -- This luxurious 24-room Italian hotel opened just over a year ago, but is already recognized as the best hotel in the world.
The Passalacqua, overlooking Lake Como, has prevailed over stiff competition for first place in the first edition of the list of the 50 best hotels in the world, announced on Tuesday night at a ceremony held in the United Kingdom.
Open from June 2022, the boutique hotel owned by the De Santis family, local hoteliers, was one of 21 Europe-based hotels included on the list, along with Florence's Four Seasons Firenze, which ranked ninth.
Asia also performed well in the rankings, with 18 hotels in the region on the list, including second, third, fourth and fifth places, awarded to Rosewood Hong Kong, Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, The Upper House in Hong Kong and Aman Tokyo, respectively.
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Capello Bangkok was ranked No. 11 and was also named Best New Hotel. Credit: Courtesy of Capella Bangkok
At 25th, Aman New York, another relatively new hotel, was the best in the U.S., while the five-star Equinox New York in Hudson Yards came in at 48th.
London, the host city, was well represented, with hotels such as Claridge's (No. 16), The Connaught (No. 22) and The Savoy (No. 47) on the list, along with the most recent NoMad London (No. 46), the first international establishment of the NoMad Hotel brand.
Rosewood São Paulo, a former medical complex turned luxury hotel, was the only South American hotel to make the list, at 27th, while Brisbane's The Calile urban complex was the only Australian at 12th.
The long-awaited list rewards 50 hotels in 35 destinations around the world.
"It's a great recognition," Valentina De Santis, owner of the winning Passalacqua hotel, told CNN Travel at the ceremony held in London's historic Guildhall building.
"Because we are an independent family-owned hotel. And we're pretty small. We just opened a year ago."
The Newt, a 23-room property in the British county of Somerset, ranked No. 37 and also received the Best Boutique Hotel award. Credit: Courtesy of The Newt
"It was really unexpected. And it was beyond our wildest dreams to reach the top of the top 25. So we couldn't be prouder." The hotel's general manager, Silvio Vettorello, said the award was "the best gift."
The De Santis family, which also owns the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, bought the eighteenth-century property, former home of composer Vincenzo Bellini, in 2018.
It opened last year after undergoing a three-year renovation and has garnered rave reviews.
"It was a villa where a very noble family from Lake Como spent their holidays," says De Santis, who describes Passalacqua as a "love story."
"And this is what we want to offer guests. So the biggest compliment we can get is for them to feel at home."
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Singita Lodges, in Kruger National Park (South Africa), known for its environmentally friendly hospitality, received the Eco Hotel award. Credit: Courtesy of Singita Lodges
Several hotels received special recognition, including two from the United Kingdom: Gleneagles (No. 32), a 340-hectare estate in the heart of Scotland, received the Art of Hospitality award, and The Newt, in Bruton (Somerset), in 37th place, received the award for Best Boutique Hotel.
In 11th place, The Capella Bangkok, located on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, was the highest-ranked hotel opened within two years of voting, and received the Best New Hotel award.
The smallest hotel on the list was the Singita Lodges, located in South Africa's Kruger National Park, at 15th, which also received the award for Best Eco-friendly Hotel.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, a remote lodge in Utah's Wasatch Range, was named "One To Watch," an award given to hotels that the 50 Best organization believes have potential to appear on the list in the future.
"After seeing the devastating impact of covid-19 on the hospitality industry, it has been especially gratifying to see so many hoteliers from around the world gather in London to celebrate each other's achievements under one roof at The World's 50 Best Hotels first awards ceremony," said Tim Brooke-Webb, CEO of World's 50 Best Hotels. in a statement. "Our heartfelt congratulations to each and every hotel on the list, and we hope this list inspires travel lovers to book somewhere truly spectacular for their next trip."
The list also includes three well-located Mexican hotels: in No. 8 place, One&Only Mandarina, from Puerto Vallarta; at No. 13, Chablé Yucatán, from Chocholá and at No. 19, Hotel Esencia, from Tulum.
The list is decided by the World's 50 Best Hotels Academy, comprised of 580 hospitality industry experts, including hoteliers and travel journalists from around the world.
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