Company Overview

Seek the Remarkably Uncommon
Comprised of more than 400 hotels in 80 countries, Leading Hotels is one of the largest luxury hotel collections in the world. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, our members embody the very essence of their destination.

Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, our collection is for curious travelers looking for their next discovery.


Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry, it’s an art…and our passion.

— Est. 1928 —


To be considered for inclusion, a hotel must be in the luxury category and meet the most exacting standards with respect to accommodations, service, cuisine, employee behavior and facilities – in short – all aspects affecting guest comfort, convenience and mood. Inspection reports, based on hundreds of separate, stringent criteria, are subsequently filed with the Executive Committee whose members then vote for acceptance or rejection. Only the world’s most distinguished properties are admitted to The Leading Hotels of the World, thereby assuring a constant adherence to the organization’s exacting standards of high quality.


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