I don’t know why I read these things, they always make me want to throw my laptop, but the 2009 Travel & Leisure World’s Best lists are up.
The Hay Adams is not the best hotel in DC. The Marriott in Budapest is not better than the Four Seasons George V in Paris (neither is the Westin Milan, which was a perfectly respectable city hotel when I stayed there two years ago — but the 4th best city hotel in Europe? That’s absurd.)
Perhaps I’m most offended by three “Couples” resorts — and for that matter a Sandals — on Jamaica being rated above the Aman resort property in Turks & Caicos, which doesn’t even make the list of best resorts in the Carribean.
But then the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort gets ranked as the #12 resort in all of Asia, when I wouldn’t even consider it to be the best Le Meridien in Thailand (or even the best Le Meridien resort in the Phuket area!).
And the Oriental Bangkok is not the best hotel in Asia. The Shangri-La is not the best hotel in Hong Kong. The Westin Bund Center is not better than the Oriental properties in Hong Kong and Singapore. And the Westin Chosun isn’t even the best Starwood property in Seoul. They have room for the Dusit Thani Bangkok to make the list, yet room for only one hotel (Four Seasons) in Tokyo?
Need I comment that the Shangri-La is not the best hotel in Sydney?
The Intercontinental Thalasso as best hotel in French Polynesia? The worn out Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas makes the list, along with two middling Moorea properties, but not the Four Seasons or St. Regis Bora Bora?
And nowhere on this list is a single Maldives property. (Update: there is actually one property listed in the Maldives, not sure how I missed it. Sadly only one hotel in Indonesia, the former Ritz-Carlton Bali, hardly tops there…)
Take these lists with a definite grain of salt.