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September 20, 2023

HOSHINOYA Tokyo selected for the inaugural ranking of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023

The highly-anticipated list celebrates hotels from 35 destinations across six continents worldwide
HOSHINOYA Tokyo, a Japanese Ryokan, has been named No.39 in the new global ranking of The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023. On September 19, 2023, the list was 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.

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, travelers, and hoteliers.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo opened in July 2016 at Otemachi, a financial district located in the heart of Tokyo. With two basement floors and 17 floors above ground, it is a “tower of ryokan (Japanese-style inn)”. It is common for traditional ryokans to be a single-story building and to be located outside the city but here, each floor of 6 rooms represents a small ryokan and it is piled up to create a “tower of ryokan” in an urban setting. The interior is furnished with tatami (mat of woven straw) and can only be entered after taking off the shoes at the main entrance. Whilst keeping the comfort of modern life, guest rooms incorporate essences from traditional, Japanese lifestyles, which include the use of tatamishoji (paper doors), and furniture made with bamboo and chestnut wood. A fulfilling experience at HOSHINOYA Tokyo awaits, as Japanese culture is conveyed through seasonal decorations and activities, as well as omotenashi, Japanese hospitality. 

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.”

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.

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-traveled 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.

Overview of HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Address: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 100-0004
Number of Rooms: 84
Check-in: 3:00 pm/Check-out: 12:00 pm
Price: 112,000 JPY per night per room (includes tax and service charge, excludes meals)
Directions: Approximately 2 minutes by walk from Otemachi Station or 10 minutes by walk from Tokyo Station

Luxury hotel embodying the true characteristics of land, history, and culture
HOSHINOYA is an accommodation with distinct themes, conceptualized from each location's land, history, and culture. Woven into these distinct themes is our attention to detail in every aspect from the design to hospitality; contributing to the creation of a one-of-a-kind world of HOSHINOYA. Enrich the heart with the epiphanies of travel through a unique stay experience.

About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi, Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates more than 60 accommodations both in and outside Japan with one of the following categories: luxury hotel brand “HOSHINOYA,” hot spring ryokan brand “KAI,” countryside resort hotel brand “RISONARE,” city tourism hotel brand “OMO,” free-spirited hotel brand “BEB,” or other unique lodgings.

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 program – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provides a unique opportunity to unite hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners, media, business travelers and luxury travelers at a captivating celebration of hospitality, passion, and talent. The resulting list will be the first ranking of its kind to inspire consumers to book stays at the finest 50 properties in the world. The inaugural awards ceremony will be held on 19 September 2023.
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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.

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