The World’s Top 50 Hotels – According to the readers of Travel + Leisure

For two decades, Travel + Leisure has been asking its readers to vote for the world’s top hotels, taking into account value, service, food and – of course – design. The result of their votes is the magazine’s annual list of The World’s Top 50 Hotels. Click here to see the full list.

We are thrilled that two SB Architects-designed hotels have been included on the list: Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort at #46, and the newly-renovated Farmhouse Inn at #8.  Both represent the very best the California wine country has to offer.

#46 Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California (Score: 93.66)

Pacific Coast nature lovers can’t get enough of this woodsy,157-acre Eden tucked in a canyon of ancient oaks and bubbling creeks, just steps from the Silverado Trail. Freestanding cedar-shingle lodges with copper accents, panoramic windows, and outdoor rain showers are best known for their double-sided, indoor-outdoor fireplaces. Evidence of the ranch’s Napa Valley heritage can be found in the cabernet wine bath at the Bathhouse Spa, morning yoga in the mountainside wine cave, or (more traditionally) an estate wine tasting. Travelers who need a touch of the extravagant will appreciate the on-site Mercedes-Benz, available (at no extra cost) for jaunts through the countryside. (Reprinted from

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#8 Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California (Score: 96.00)

On the heels of an $8 million renovation, the laid-back Sonoma inn has renewed interest among wine aficionados across the country. Set amid hundreds of wineries north of San Francisco, the luxury property (which does, indeed, have a farmhouse) has added nine rooms and a spa that uses fresh ingredients grown at one of its many on-site gardens. Of course, visitors don’t just come for the luxurious accommodations. The Michelin-starred restaurant attracts its own following with such iconic dishes as Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit—a trio of bacon-wrapped loin, ribs, and leg confit. Take advantage of the customized in-room wine tasting or try local varietals on a sommelier-led tour.  (Reprinted from

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According to Travel + Leisure, this year’s list is “surprising, dynamic, and provides clear insight into the trends and tastes shaping our global travel community.” While this year’s winners came from all corners of the earth – from India to Tokyo, classic European cities such as Paris, Venice and London, and booming hot spots in Asia – nearly 40 percent of the hotels on list are located in the United States.

This comes as no surprise to us. Amidst a robust development market,  our portfolio of U.S. hospitality design projects continues to grow . According to a recent State of the Industry Report in Hospitality Design, 91.5% of its readers feel the hospitality design industry is on the industry. With U.S. hotel openings forecasted to grow from 726 in 2015 to 2,122 in 2017 (according to Lodging Econometrics), it looks like their sentiments are well-founded, and that the upswing will continue for some time to come.