While planning for your vacation, you are researching some of the best places to go. If you’re stumped but really would love a great hotel experience wherever your destination may be, you will be looking into cities which provide some of the best lodgings overnight. In order to make your life easier, Agoda.com has conducted a Travel Smarts study of nearly seven million traveller reviews on their site to discover where some of the greatest places for the best hotels in the world are. The site is part of the Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group and is one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites. They most certainly have the means to obtains a reliable study score. What was found out? Cape Town in South Africa took the top spot in offering the highest-rated hotels of any destination out there, scoring 8.43 out of the maximum 10 points.

In chronological order, these top 25 global destinations should help narrow down your travel research:

1. Cape Town, South Africa

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2. Maldives


3. Zermatt, Switzerland

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4. Queenstown, New Zealand

5. Seychelles

6. Budapest, Hungary

7. Santorini, Greece

8. Bruges, Belgium

9. Gdansk, Poland

10. Hoi An, Vietnam

11. Sofia, Bulgaria

12. Crete Island, Greece

13. Verona, Italy

14. Rotorua, New Zealand

15. Khao Lak, Thailand

16. Hualien, Taiwan

17. Sunshine Coast, Australia

18. Edinburgh, Scotland

19. Cuzco, Peru

20. Chicago, USA

21. Krakow, Poland

22. Nagano, Japan

23. Durban, South Africa

24. Granada, Spain

25. Marrakech, Morocco

Of the 25 listed above, those after #20 did not reach 8 points overall. However, they were close enough to be lumped into this group. Greece, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa seem to have better hotel offerings overall, with 2 cities each landing in the top 25. For a better picture as to country scores, check out the image below:

Agoda Travel Smarts study - 25 destinations with the best hotels in the world