Inside the only Aussie venue to make the World’s 50 Best Hotels list


Sitting amongst the likes of Four Seasons Bangkok and Raffles Singapore, The Calile in Brisbane has managed to make the inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels list for 2023.
The Calile Hotel features on the World’s 50 Best list. Image source: The Calile

The Calile, which featured at number 12 on the list but also wins The Best Hotel in Oceania, opened in October 2018 on the high-end James Street. It was designed by Brisbane-based architects Richards & Spence, with a distinct Miami and Palm Springs theme.

The hotel features 175 rooms, with a starting rate of $330 per night. But while the green and pink-themed suites are suitably specky, the hotel’s pool and dining precinct are the main attraction. The hotel’s botanical – Instagrammable – pool deck boasts seven cabanas, which can booked for dinner or cocktails.

Then there are the hotel’s six restaurants: Hellenika, Same Same, Sushi Room, Bianca, SK Steak and Oyster, and the Lobby Bar.

“It is not just us of course, just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to create a hotel,” The Calile wrote in a blog post in response to the accolade.

The Calile Hotel features on the World’s 50 Best list. Image source: The Calile

“We do not exist in a vacuum, and we value highly the vital part that our community plays in making us a better place daily. We are surrounded by a collection of restaurants, boutiques, cafés, retail and beauty havens as well as galleries and creative organisations, within James St and our wider community – all when combined create a powerfully compelling place quite unlike any other in Australia.  We dedicate this award to our people, and our place.”

The hotel added that its mission is still to “create a welcoming, holistic and collaborative hotel that honours our place, cares for our community and imparts memorable stays through both considered design and responsive, thoughtful service”.

The World’s 50 Best Hotels is voted on by a panel of 580 global industry experts across nine voting regions.

The World’s Best Hotel 2023

Top of the World’s 50 Best Hotels was Passalacqua in Lake Como. Also taking out the top spot for the Best Hotel in Europe, Passalaqua is set in an 18th-century villa in Moltrasio and boasts just 24 rooms, starting from $1,300 per night.

The former home of composer Vincenzo Bellini, Passalaqua sits on seven acres of gardens with olive groves, roses and magnolia, features a spa and wellness centre and a “to-die-for pool”.

World’s Top 50 Hotels for 2023

1.Passalacqua, Moltrasio

2.Rosewood, Hong Kong

3.Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

4.The Upper House, Hong Kong

5.Aman, Tokyo

6.La Mamounia Marrakech

7.Soneva Fushi Maldives

8.One&Only Mandarina Puerto Vallarta

9.Four Seasons Firenze Florence

10.Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

11.Capella, Bangkok

12.The Calile, Brisbane

13.Chablé Yucatán,Chocholá

14.Aman, Venice

15.Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park

16.Claridge’s, London

17.Raffles, Singapore

18.Nihi Sumba,Wanokaka

19.Hotel Esencia,Tulum

20.Le Sirenuse,Positano

21.Borgo Egnazia,Savelletri

22.The Connaught,London

23.Royal Mansour, Marrakech

24.Four Seasons, Madrid

25.Aman, New York

26.The Maybourne Riviera,Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

27.Rosewood, São Paulo

28.Capella, Singapore

29.Le Bristol,Paris

30.Park Hyatt, Kyoto

31.La Réserve, Paris

32.Gleneagles, St Andrews, Scotland

33.Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

34.Cheval Blanc,Paris

35.Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

36.Soneva Jani, Maldives

37.The Newt, Bruton


39.Hoshinoya, Tokyo

40.Desa Potato Head, Seminyak

41.Eden Rock, St. Barths

42.The Siam, Bangkok

43.Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz

44.Atlantis The Royal, Dubai

45.The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

46.NoMad, London

47.The Savoy, London

48.Equinox, New York

49.Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx

50.Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

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