Four Seasons Hotel Madrid in Spain Named #24 in the Inaugural Ranking of the World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023

The highly-anticipated list celebrates hotels from 35 destinations across six continents worldwide
September 20, 2023,
Madrid, Spain

Four Seasons Hotel Madrid has been named #24 in the new global ranking of the World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023. The list has been announced at a captivating awards ceremony in London, and includes industry-defining hotels from 35 different locations across six continents worldwide. This long-awaited list is 50 Best’s first foray into the travel space, and its first new global ranking since the launch of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2009.

This evening, the world of travel gathered from all corners of the globe to celebrate each other’s achievements at the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023. Hosted at the historic Guildhall, the unveiling highlights outstanding hotel experiences across the world that will shape the aspirations of consumers, travellers and hoteliers.

Located in the heart of the capital, between Puerta del Sol and Barrio de las Letras, and a few steps from Kilometer Zero, Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is considered a destination in itself, projecting a modern and vibrant energy. Rich in history and character, the 200-room and suite Hotel is located in an imposing building that is the jewel of Spanish heritage. Inside, luxury, excellence and service are taken to a new level so that guests and locals can have unique experiences.

Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels, comments: “Our heartfelt congratulations go out to every hotel on the list, each of which has clearly made a lasting impression on our Academy of travel experts. After seeing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, it’s been especially fulfilling to see so many hoteliers from around the world gather in London to celebrate each other’s achievements under one roof for the first-ever awards ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Hotels. We hope this list inspires travel lovers to book somewhere truly spectacular for their next trip.”

“As a team we couldn’t be prouder to have made the list of the World's 50 Best Hotels, ranking #24 World’s Best Hotel. Success is never an individual achievement; it's the result of a remarkable team's collective effort, dedication, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Today, we celebrate the people who made this meaningful accolade possible. Quality is synonymous with Four Seasons and this award is a testimony that supports our joint mission to achieve excellence through true acts of kindness and genuine heart. Celebrating our third anniversary next week this recognition is added to the more than 14 significant national and international awards and accolades that we have received since we opened our doors and setting the benchmark in Madrid`s Luxury Hospitality Landscape.  I feel tremendously proud and inspired by Four Seasons Madrid family; together we look to the future with a great desire and continue to grow by making the difference to both local and international clients,” adds Adrian Messerli, General Manager and Regional Vice President of Four Seasons Hotel Madrid.

How the 50 Best Voting Works

The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, which comprises 580 international well-travelled experts within the hotel and travel industry, with a 50/50 gender balance. The Academy is split into nine regions across the world, where each region is headed up by an Academy Chair. A minimum of 25% of the panel will be renewed each year. All voters, aside from the Academy Chairs, remain anonymous to eliminate the possibility of lobbying. At the point of voting, they are simply required to list the seven best hotels they have stayed in over the past 24 months in order of preference. Voting is carried out individually and strictly confidentially on a secure site and the results remain confidential until after the list announcement. Additional information is available on the 50 Best FAQs page here.

About The World’s 50 Best Hotels

Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best launched The World’s 50 Best Hotels in 2023, marking the brand’s first global launch since 2009. The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene. The World’s 50 Best Hotels event programme – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provides a unique opportunity to unite hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners, media, business travellers and luxury travellers at a captivating celebration of hospitality, passion and talent. The resulting list is the first ranking of its kind to inspire consumers to book stays at the finest 50 properties in the world. The inaugural awards ceremony was held on September 19, 2023.

About William Reed

The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is owned and organised by William Reed, which also publishes The World's 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (both launched in 2013), Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants (2022), as well as The World’s 50 Best Bars (2009), Asia’s 50 Best Bars (2016) and North America’s 50 Best Bars (2022). William Reed is entirely responsible for the organisation of the awards, the voting system and the list.

The launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels is another step in 50 Best’s journey towards becoming the ultimate global reference point for the very best hospitality experiences across the world, encompassing restaurants, bars and now hotels.