Many readers chose similar (if not identical) words to describe London’s classic properties. For No. 2, the Goring: “steeped in history.” For No. 3, the Connaught: “quintessentially British.” For No. 7, the Savoy: “first class.”
Even with such deep and celebrated history to contend with, London’s hotels continue to innovate. Take, for example, the very modern Aman spa at the Connaught, the contemporary art gallery at No. 6 Claridge’s, and the Gucci-designed suite at the Savoy.
No matter which of the best hotels in London a traveler chooses, the experience promises to be thoroughly English, but there are many reasons T+L readers have voted Shangri-La the Shard, London, No. 1 for the third consecutive year. Find out what they are below.
1. Shangri-La the Shard, London
“Probably the most incredible hotel on earth!” one voter wrote. Passionate words, but this T+L reader favorite, which has topped our list three years in a row, seems to stir deep feelings in the hearts of its guests. Occupying 18 floors of a Renzo Piano skyscraper, the Shangri-La has sumptuous suites, an acclaimed restaurant, and sybaritic spa treatments. But it’s the impressive views over London that keep travelers hooked. “I recommend this hotel to all who like to travel in London,” shared another voter, who specifically praised the views from the pool bar and Ting restaurant.
The best hotels in New York City capture a sense of bygone elegance while offering thoroughly modern hospitality.
Whether you’re enjoying ice cream cones from Mister Softee in the summer or snagging selfies in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in the winter, the streets are always bustling with excitement in the city that never sleeps. Looming high above it all, though, the best hotels in New York City are a welcome respite. Once you’ve visited, eaten, and shopped your way around town, returning to any of these guest rooms is a great way to recharge for another day in the Big Apple.
1. The Lowell
Tucked in among the sleepy side streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Lowell Hotel is a perfect balance of subtlety and luxury. From the brick facade that blends into the neighborhood to the intimate lobby and bar, everything about this space feels special. “There may not be bargains at this hotel, but it’s worth every penny,” said one reader. The interiors also feel carefully curated, courtesy of designer Michael S. Smith, who was also tapped to design the Obama White House.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.
Istanbul is a city of dizzying contrasts, where ancient tradition meets modern-day culture. It sits quite literally on the crossroads of two civilizations, spread across Asia and Europe. Sleek, glassy skyscrapers tower over centuries-old mosques, and neighborhoods give visitors a peek into Old World Constantinople while trendy, newer districts offer a glimpse into the city’s future.
1. Raffles Istanbul
This contemporary hotel perfectly exemplifies the modern spirit of a historic city. Located in the upscale Zorlu Center, Raffles Istanbul has 136 rooms and 49 suites, with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of the Bosphorus, the Princes’ Islands, and Istanbul’s Old Town. The property blends high-end furnishings and amenities, such as walk-in closets and its renowned butler service, with traditional Turkish motifs. The public areas showcase an impressive art collection. Perfectly reflecting Istanbul’s place as a melting pot of east and west, the dining options at Raffles, which include multiple restaurants, bars, and lounges, blend pan-Asian, Turkish, and Mediterranean flavors.
Trump Tower is located at 721 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street (map). It is open to the public from 8 am until 10 pm.
To enter the building, you will have to pass through a serious security check, including X-ray scanners for bags.
However, the process to get in will take under 10 minutes, if not less.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO INSIDE
Trump Tower is a 58-story skyscraper with a mix of apartments, offices, and retail stores. .
The first 5 floors are an open atrium with a few shops and eateries.
The remaining floors are divided between 26 floors of office space and 39 floors for condominiums.
The atrium and a small roof garden of the 5th level are the only parts open to the public so you won’t need more than an hour to check it all out.
Even with the security checks, you won’t need too much time, unless you plan on a full meal at the Trump Grille.
In that case, give yourself time to as you would dining out at any other restaurant.
First things first, pass through the security checkpoints which don’t take as long as one might expect.
Remember, the Secret Service is not there to smile for the camera – they have a job to do! But you can probably get a picture near one of them.
Once inside the atrium, gaze at the 7-story indoor waterfall and pose for photos.
Trump gave many campaign interviews in front of this waterfall so you can say you were showered with history during your visit.
Be sure to ride the escalator – the same one Trump used when he announced his candidacy.
If you ride up to the 5th Floor you will find a roof garden with a few tables and chairs. It is open after 11 am.
Grab a coffee at the Starbucks on the 2nd level and enjoy some fresh Midtown Manhattan air.
Do some window-shopping at the Trump Store where you can pick up a tie or cufflinks from the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection.
Check out Ivanka’s line of purses and sunglasses or pick up the reissued edition of “The Art of The Deal”.
Get a “Make America Great Again” hat or coffee mug! The store is open daily 9 am-6 pm.
FOOD AT TRUMP TOWER
One way to experience Trump Tower is to have a meal or drink there.
Many people seem to enjoy getting a drink at the bar and the ice cream parlor also gets rave reviews.
Trump Café offers food to go. You can enjoy it sitting by the waterfall. There are many choices on the menu. The cafe is open daily 8 am-5 pm.
Trump Grill is a full-dining restaurant located in the Atrium. Open Daily 11:30am-4pm.
Trump Bar is located off the lobby and is open Monday-Friday from 12 pm-10 pm. The drinks are priced a little bit higher than the standard for New York City.
Ranging from $12-18 for cocktails or a glass of wine.
From February to October, they have a ‘Happy Hour’ from 4 pm-7 pm, offering cocktails, beer, and wine for $7 and under.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Happy Hour,
Trump Ice Cream Parlor has many excellent flavors of ice cream and also serves sorbet and fresh juices.
Prices are standard for Midtown Manhattan starting at $4 a scoop. It is located in the Atrium and is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.
If you want a non-Trump snack or drink there is a Starbucks is on the second level and you will find that is pretty much the same as every other Starbucks in the world, just in a much more opulent setting.
TIP: Be sure to take advantage of the luxurious public restrooms on the lower level!!
SECURITY AND PROTESTS
During the election, security was light, which made it possible for 20-year-old Stephen Rogata, a Virginia resident to scale the Tower’s glass walls using large suction cups.
Why was he climbing the Tower?
He just wanted to ask for a meeting with Trump.
He went undetected for almost three hours making it to the 21st floor before the NY Police Department apprehended him and he never did get that meeting.
He did get his 10 minutes of fame though.
Following the election, Trump Tower became the location of protests against his political agenda. In fact night following the election, a massive crowd gathered.
Since then there have been multiple protests with crowds of thousands.
Immediately after the election in November 2016, the New York City Police Department provided heightened security was installed at the Trump Tower.
From Election Day, November 2016 to the inauguration January 20, 2017, New York City paid the bill of $37 million dollars – amounting to half-a-million dollars a day!
APARTMENTS AND FAMOUS RESIDENTS
It shouldn’t surprise you that living in Trump Tower is pretty expensive – but just HOW expensive is expensive?
Here are some prices and what you get for your money.
This 1 bedroom apartment with spectacular views is 1092 sq. ft. with a corner living room and a corner bedroom and two full bathrooms. But the kitchen is awfully small!
It seems that many residents of Trump Tower don’t do a lot of cooking at home. With some of the top restaurants in the world within a short cab ride away, why eat in?
If you are only in town for a month or so, the apartment comes furnished. The price tag: $6,500 a month.
This is actually not a bad price in Manhattan believe it or not!
If you are thinking of staying for good in New York, here are a few apartments in Trump Tower you may want to look into.
It’s not hard to get an apartment there, provided you have the money.
In December 2016, there were 11 apartments for sale in Trump Tower. If you have $2.1 million on hand you’ll get a one-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom 1,052 sq. ft. on the 31st floor.
Need more room and an even better view, fork over $11 million and you’ll get a two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom 2,200 sq. ft. on the 58th floor.
Here’s what you get when living in Trump Tower:
Believe it or not, until March of 2017, an apartment in the Tower was listed on Airbnb, the home-stay rental website. It was available to stay at for about $300 to $450!
Compared to hotel listings in the area, it actually isn’t bad.
Because it is illegal in NYC to rent most apartments for less than 30 days when the apartment resident isn’t there, the apartment resident took down the listing when the New York Times caught on to it and started asking questions.
But not before some people had the opportunity to stay in the Tower. Reviews left on the Airbnb site described the experience as “surreal”.
Another guest wrote “The view is amazing! …
The only inconvenience is that when you arrive, you have to go through a check by the Secret Service, kinda like in the airport.”
When it comes to Airlines in India, IndiGo Airlines tops the list. It is Asia’s 3rd largest and best airline and 10th all across the globe. Indigo Airlines received Skytrax ‘Best Low Cost Airline’ for the 8th consecutive year. Some of the other amazing facts you didn’t before. Hence here we are discussing the little unknown and interesting points regarding indiGo.
1: It has Largest Fleet Sizes in India:
First Indian carrier with 150 aircraft (as of Dec 2017) fleets including 1 ATR aircraft connecting 49 destinations is considered as the largest fleet size in India.
2: Huge Net Worth of the Airline.
IndiGo has a net income of more than US$310 million (Dec -2017) in the booming aviation market of India which is quite amazing for a low budget airline.
3.Indigo reaches 200 million passengers mark
Adding yet another milestone to its credit, indiGo, country’s largest and the fastest-growing carrier, flew 200 million passengers thereby reaching another historic milestone in eleven years of operations.
First Operation laid in 2006
Airline started its first operation in 2006 and it is founded as a private company by Mr. Rahul Bhatia of InterGlobe Enterprises; and Rakesh Gangwal, a United States-based expatriate Indian.
4: India’s No.1 Airline
Within a short span of time, IndiGo beat Air India and Jet Airways, which was the No. 1 airline in India with a market share of 40% as of Dec, 2017
5: Airline with Minimum Complaints:
Talking about the complaints, the airline receives the lowest number of complaints per passenger as compared to other airlines in India and indiGo has the minimum no of flight cancelations.
6: Excellent On-time performance:
The airline is also known for its divine on-time performance which is 94.3% as of December 25, 2017
7: Indigo Won Several Awards:
Best low Cost Airline in Central Asia and India at the Skytrax World Airline Awards at the International Paris Air Show 2017.
IndiGo pronounced ‘Best Low Cost Airline’ at the SKYTRAX World Airline Award 2017 for the 8th consecutive year
It is Asia’s 3rd largest and best airline and 10th all across the globe among 100 + airlines.
8: Indigo operates more than 1000 Flights:
Indigo is the first Indian Airlines to operate more than 1000 daily flights to more than 49 destinations in India and abroad.
Delhi Airport as its Indigo Primary Hub:
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary hub for the airline company.
9: Support International Flights to Several Destinations:
Indigo airlines has international flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to several destinations. It includes destinations like Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, Muscat, and Dubai.
10: Airbus’s single largest order:
In 2014, IndiGo agreed to buy 250 brand new A320 neo (New Engine Options) aircraft worth US$25.7 billion. This order marks as the Airbus’s single largest order by a number of aircraft in its history. IndiGo received the first A320 neo in March 2016.
Indigo aircraft in service and Orders
The order of 376 jets was Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft. IndiGo received the first A320 neo in March 2016
In May 2017, IndiGo has tentatively signed for 50 ATR 72-600 for the UDAN regional connectivity scheme and is to be delivered from the year end and will receive 20 aircrafts by the end of 2018
Amsterdam Schipol Airport fell three spots in 2022. The airport is one of the busiest and largest in the world, acting as a gateway to Europe and the Netherlands. Amsterdam also won the award for best airport website and digital services. Dutch flag carrier KLM, KLM Cityhopper, KLM Cargo, and cargo carrier Martinair use the airport as a hub.
14. Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport rose five spots this year, ranking number 14 in 2022. The airport is a major gateway to the United Arab Emirates, is one of the largest airports in the Middle East, and is a major cargo hub in the region. Dubai has become a key hub for Emirates, which operates the largest fleet of Airbus A380 jumbo jets. The airport is also home to FedEx Express and Flydubai.
13. London Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport fell out of the top 10 this year, having ranked number eight in 2021. The airport is one of the busiest in the world and serves as the main international gateway to London. Heathrow is a base for British Airways and a focus city for Virgin Atlantic.
12. Chubu Centrair International Airport
Japan’s Chubu Centrair International Airport still felt short of making the top 10 list this year after ranking 11 in 2021. The airport is the gateway to the Chubu region of the country and was named the best regional airport in the world. Chubu is a hub for All Nippon Airways and Jetstar Japan, and a focus city for Japan Airlines and Polar Air Cargo.
11. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport was named the number 11 best airport in the world for 2022, jumping two spots from last year. The airport also earned the title of the best airport in northern Europe. Helsinki is home to Finland flag carrier Finnair and Nordic regional airline Norra.
10. Kansai International Airport
Rounding out the top 10 best airports is Kansai International Airport at number 10, which serves as the main gateway to the Greater Osaka region of Japan. In addition to making the top 10 list, Kansai earned two other awards, including the best low-cost terminal and the best airport for baggage delivery. All Nippon Airways, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and Peach are hubbed at Kansai.
9. Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport maintained its top 10 spots this year but fell two spots from number seven in 2021. The airport is one of Switzerland’s busiest airports, acting as a hub for Edelweiss Air and Swiss International Airlines. Zurich won a handful of additional awards, including being the best airport for security processing and being the cleanest airport in Europe.
8. Istanbul Airport
Located on the European side of Turkey, Istanbul Airport jumped nine spots from number 17 in 2021 to number 8 in 2022. The hub airport is new, officially opening in April 2019 and becoming the city’s main international gateway. Istanbul Airport is still being expanded, and, by 2025, is set to become the world’s largest airport by passenger traffic with the capability to handle 200 million travelers per year, according to the airport.
Istanbul is home to Turkish Airlines and won several other awards, including the best family-friendly airport, best airport shopping, best airport in southern Europe, and best airport with 30-40 million passengers.
7. Munich Airport
Munich Airport stayed in the top 10 this year, only falling one spot from 2021. The airport earned several other awards, including being named the best airport in central Europe, being the best airport with 10 to 15 million passengers, and having the best airport hotel. Munich is one of the busiest in Germany by passenger traffic and acts as a hub for Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine.
6. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport jumped nine spots from number 15 in 2021 to number six in 2022. The airport, which is one of the busiest in the world, was also named the best airport in Europe and the best airport in Western Europe. Charles de Gaulle is home to Air France, Air France Cargo, and FedEx Express.
5. Incheon International Airport
Rounding out the top five airports in the world is South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. The airport is a major international gateway and is home to several carriers, including Air Busan, Air Incheon, Air Seoul, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, FedEx Express, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Polar Air Cargo, and T’way Air. Incheon is also a focus city for Thai Airways, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines.
4. Narita International Airport
Japan’s Narita International Airport stayed in the top five this year, coming in at number four. The airport is the second-largest in the city and a main international gateway into the Greater Tokyo region. Narita was named the best airport for five to 10 million passengers and serves as a hub for Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Peach, Spring Airlines Japan, and ZIPAIR Tokyo.
3. Singapore Changi Airport
After losing its crown in 2021, Singapore Changi Airport has been named the third-best airport in the world for 2022. The airport earned the top title from 2013 to 2020 but was beat out by Doha’s Hamad International Airport last year.
Despite once-again falling short, the airport still won several awards this year, including best airport staff in the world and Asia, best airport dining, and best airport for two to five million passengers. Changi has several amenities, like a swimming pool and movie theater, and is home to Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, and SilkAir.
2. Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, is once again the second-best airport in the world. The airport is the busier of the two airports serving Tokyo, having been restricted to just domestic and regional flying for many years. However, international flights were launched in 2010, and the airport is a convenient option for inbound passengers visiting Tokyo.
The airport won a handful of other awards this year, including being the world’s cleanest airport, the world’s best domestic airport, having the best accessible facilities, and being the best airport in Asia. Haneda is home to Air Do, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Skymark Airlines, and Skynet Asia Airways.
1. Hamad International Airport
Doha’s Hamad International Airport is once again the best airport in the world, having dethroned Singapore Changi Airport for the top title in 2021. Hamad is the primary gateway to Qatar after replacing the country’s old airport in 2014.
The airport is home to several amenities and vendors, as well as a convenient passenger train that easily shuttles travelers through the terminals. Flag carrier Qatar Airways is the main airline hubbed at Hamad.