The 9 Best W Hotels of 2019

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Best Overall: W South Beach — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Spacious private balconies take full advantage of the scenic setting."

Best for Business: W Santiago — See Rates at TripAdvisor "After the day’s business, guests can relax in the heated infinity-edge pool."

Best Beachside: W Punta de Mita — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Overlooks acres of golden sands and azure waters of the Pacific Ocean."

Best for Families: W Costa Rica — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Features a large pool, games room, a beach club, and more."

Best for Couples: W Barcelona — See Rates at TripAdvisor "For the best stay, couples should choose a Wow Suite."

Best for Skiing: W Aspen — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Located right at the base of the ski lifts."

Best Tropical Stay: W Maldives — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Guests can choose to stay in a beachfront or overwater villa."

Best in Europe: W Amsterdam — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Occupies one of the most desirable addresses in Amsterdam."

Best for Luxury: W Dubai — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The Away Spa is one of the finest at any W hotel."

01 of 09

Best Overall: W South Beach

W South Beach

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Set directly on the Miami Beach shoreline and next door to the lawns and tree-lined pathways of Collins Park, W South Beach is also less than a five-minute drive from the Fillmore, Miami Beach Golf Club, and Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. The hotel has its own private section of sand on the beach, lined with sunbeds and shade umbrellas in classic reds and whites. Cocktails and light snacks are provided by a beachside service that runs until sunset. There is also the large heated pool, with sun loungers, private cabanas, and large palm trees for shade.

Rooms have stylish contemporary décor, high-tech fittings, and marble-lined bathrooms with spa showers. Spacious private balconies take full advantage of the scenic setting. There is a modern, fully equipped gym with weight and cardiovascular machines, and guests can also play a game of tennis or basketball on the rooftop courts. Diners can choose classic American surf ‘n turf at RWSB, enjoy pan-Asian fare at Mr. Chow, or relax in an open-air terrace at the beach shack-inspired Irma’s. Post-dinner drinks can be had at the eclectic and colorful Living Room Bar, which has handcrafted cocktails, retro board games, and DJ mixes.

02 of 09

Best for Business: W Santiago

W Santiago

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As the economic and cultural capital of Chile, Santiago attracts businessmen and tourists alike. The W Santiago is located directly on Isidora Goyenechea, a fashionable street lined with upscale cafes, pastry shops, and restaurants providing Chilean, Spanish pizzeria, and Asian fusion dining options. It's also close to the 18-hole Los Leones golf course. The hotel contains 11 meeting venues, ranging from intimate boardroom spaces to ballrooms with capacity for 1,100 attendees. All events can be planned in detail with the specialist event staff and with the latest audio-visual equipment available.

After the day’s business, guests can relax in the heated infinity-edge pool located on the rooftop, with spectacular vistas of the city and surrounding Andes mountains. Alternatively, a fitness club offers cardiovascular, weights and yoga equipment, and personal trainer services. The rooftop lounge is a stylish spot to enjoy a cocktail, premium spirit, or glass from a selection of 1,600 wine bottles while relaxing on velvet couches or taking in the skyline views from the terrace. Restaurants include French cuisine at NoSo, Chilean bites with a Mediterranean twist at Terraza, or sushi and other Japanese delicacies at Karai. 

Check out our guide to the best Santiago hotels you can book today.

03 of 09

Best Beachside: W Punta de Mita

W Punta de Mita

Less than an hour drive away from the fashionable resort town of Puerto Vallarta, W Punta de Mita overlooks acres of golden sands and azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. For guests wanting to get pampered, the Away Spa is set among green tropical foliage with open-air relaxation decks facing over pools. Treatment rooms face out over lily-filled ponds, and guests can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials as well as a beauty menu of manicure and pedicure, makeup, and hairstyling services.

At the front of the hotel, there's a rectangular pool with a walkway covered in colorful tiles in homage to the local Huichol people. In-pool day beds and poolside cabanas provide a place to lounge in the sun. Individual guest cabins have glass walls for stunning views of the ocean, gardens, or artificial ponds. The Ewow Oasis studio is the most luxurious, with murals and art features, ocean views, and a private terrace with Jacuzzi tub. Restaurants and beachside eateries offer Southeast Asian, Mexican, and fresh seafood dishes, as well as an exclusive and private international dining experience on a scenic terrace.

04 of 09

Best for Families: W Costa Rica

W Costa Rica

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Set on a pristine stretch of white sand beach in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province, W Costa Rica places guests in a natural playground. The large main pool has separate hot tubs and is surrounded by sun loungers and cabanas. A games room for children between 4- and 12-years-old contains toys, books, a TV with a DVD player, and a selection of movies. There is a range of both indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a shallow pool just for kids with direct beach access. The games room is located next to the Zona Azul Beach Club, meaning parents can enjoy a drink and a healthy snack while remaining close to their children.

Restaurants offer Costa Rican, Thai, and international cuisine, with a strong emphasis on fresh ingredients. All guest suites are designed to blur the line between the indoors and outdoors with sliding floor-to-ceiling doors. The Sunset Treehouse suite comes with a foosball table, ocean views, and a private plunge pool. And thanks to a pet-friendly policy, four-legged family members can also join in the holiday fun. Set in the center of Reserva Conchal, the resort is surrounded by verdant tropical forest filled with monkeys, birds, and other wildlife, and activities in the area include jet-skiing, surfing, and snorkeling.

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05 of 09

Best for Couples: W Barcelona

W Barcelona

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A towering building of glass shaped like a sail, the W Barcelona is one of the most recognizable buildings on the Spanish city’s coastline and offers dramatic views over the Mediterranean and the historic city center. For the best stay, couples should choose a Wow Suite, which comes with a walk-in wardrobe, rotating circular bed, wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private terrace with sunbeds and a Jacuzzi tub. Amenities include an in-room Gaudi-inspired bar with an excellent beverage selection and a Nespresso machine, and the bathroom has both a rainfall shower and a standalone bathtub.

Guests can relax in the specially designed Getaway, which has a pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna and steam room, before enjoying spa and beauty treatments. Dining options include La Barra, a seafood restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef, the Mediterranean tapas and meals of Wave, and the casual beachfront Salt Restaurant. International foods and beverages are also available from the bar next to the sea-view pool. In the evenings, the scenic Eclipse bar offers handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed lounge setting on the top floor of the hotel. 

06 of 09

Best for Skiing: W Aspen

W Aspen

This newly opened property is the latest luxury hotel addition at the slopes of Aspen, one of the most famous ski towns in the U.S. The hotel is located right at the base of the ski lifts, providing some of easiest slope access in the area. The property highlight — and one of the most fashionable spots in town for apres-ski and nightlife — is the rooftop lounge bar. This noteworthy space offers panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, and guests can unwind at the cocktail bar, in the heated pool and hot tub, or on the couches and cabanas surrounding the fire pits.

In the evenings, DJs pump up the music that transforms the space into a lively nightclub. There is also the Living Room for a more relaxed and tranquil wining and dining experience, while the 39 Degrees Bar on the ground floor offers a more grungy, underground vibe. The 88 guest rooms are more subdued than at other W hotels, with a minimalist feel and a refined color scheme of greys and muted orange or blue.

See other hotels in the area with our round-up of the best Aspen hotels.

07 of 09

Best Tropical Stay: W Maldives

W Maldives

Set on a private island, the W Maldives is surrounded by a fringing reef, creating a calm lagoon with warm, clear waters. Guests can choose to stay in a beachfront or overwater villa. All come with private sun decks and plunge pools, and the overwater villas come with direct ocean access and glass floors in the lounge for underwater views. The villa also includes a fireplace and a bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

The Away Spa is located on shaded overwater terraces and offers sun decks with refreshing iced beverages, private yoga sessions, outdoor rainfall showers, and a spa menu including massages, therapy baths, and Ayurvedic treatments. The beaches fringing the island are scattered with daybeds and cabanas at generous intervals to provide privacy. Restaurants include the overwater seafood restaurant Fish, the island barbecue-themed Fire set directly on the sand, and in-pool dining and live cooking demonstrations at Kitchen. Guests can also choose to enjoy private dining in a location of their choosing.

08 of 09

Best in Europe: W Amsterdam

W Amsterdam

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In the very center of Amsterdam directly behind the Koninklijk Palace, W Amsterdam occupies one of the most desirable addresses in this popular European destination. Guests have an unbeatable view of the palace and the wider city skyline from the rooftop pool deck, where a narrow but lengthy infinity pool is lined with seating and cocktails are available from the W Lounge. The Away Spa has an industrial-chic design, with imposing concrete columns and polished copper soaking tubs that create both an impressive and calming atmosphere. There is also a small but serviceable gym.

The standout restaurant is the Duchess, which is housed in a stately dining room that recalls the splendor of Amsterdam’s 1920s scene with leather seating, marble fittings, and carved wooden detailing. Mr. Porter brings modern lounge style to a contemporary steakhouse, while the Butcher offers classic American diner fare in the form of juicy burgers, fries, and milkshakes, topped off by a selection of craft beers. Rooms come in a variety of sizes with choices of view: city, palace, or canal.

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09 of 09

Best for Luxury: W Dubai

W Dubai

Located on the outer rim of the Palm Island complex, W Dubai offers the luxury experience associated with this extravagant Middle East destination. The Away Spa is one of the finest at any W hotel, with a chic and contemporary vibe while adhering to the best of traditional spa services. The spa contains hydrotherapy features including a sauna, steam room, plunge pools, whirlpool spa, and experiential shower. The menu of spa services include Arabian and Thai massages, body scrubs and wraps, and detox programs, while beauty treatments are also available. The pool complex is a series of three curving pools with cabanas set on private islands.

All rooms and suites have views of Palm Island or the glittering Arabian Sea, with balconies featuring daybeds to better enjoy the view. Two Michelin star chefs have restaurants on the property — the Italian Torno Subito and the Japanese and Korean cuisine of Akira Back. The SoBo rooftop bar offers Latin American fare in a vivid and colorful adults-only setting, which has some of the best ocean sunset views to be found in the region.

Want more options? Take a look at our selection of the best Dubai hotels.

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