The best places to stay in the world, selected by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler
Entries include the edited comments of readers and are intended to reveal a property's character rather than to catalog its facilities. Each score represents the percentage of respondents who rated a property excellent or very good on specific criteria. For example, the first entry on this year's Gold List, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch, in Salzburg, has an overall score of 86.9, the highest component of which is 94.4 for location. Criteria for hotels, resorts, and cruise lines vary. The Gold List is based on data collected from the annual Readers' Choice Survey; to qualify for inclusion in these rankings, a property had to receive a required minimum number of responses.