The World’s Worst Luxury Hotel is in Manila

And it’s owned by Robert De Niro.
by | December 17, 2015


Nobu Hotel Manila, the Robert De Niro-owned hotel in City of Dreams, Manila, is the world’s worst luxury hotel—at least according to Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), a members-only organization aimed at high net worth individuals, as reported by Blouin Art Info.

The hotel was the first of the Nobu chain to open in Asia, and owners De Niro, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper even flew in to attend the inauguration on May 18 this year.

LTI’s members said that the hotel provided “disappointments at every turn” and when asked about the Manila version of the upscale Japanese eatery, the declaration was that they “underwhelmed and disenchanted.” The hotel was named top worst only six months after its launch also due to “some questionable developments and over expansion.”

Nobu Hotel Manila is the only hotel in Asia to join the worst list. Meanwhile hotels in Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh, Chengdu and Jaipur took the top 3, 5, 6 and 7 spots in 2015’s best new hotels, respectively.

Here are LTI’s complete 2015 best and worst rankings:

The best new luxury hotels 2015

  1. Mandarin Oriental – Marrakech
  2. Sant Francesc, Palma Mallorca
  3. Aman, Tokyo
  4. Villa Rene Lalique, Alsace
  5. Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
  6. Temple House, Chengdu
  7. Sujan Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
  8. La Fiermontina, Puglia
  9. Six Senses, Douro Valley
  10. Gansevoort, Dominican Republic

The worst new luxury hotels 2015

  1. Nobu, Manilla
  2. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok, Mauritius
  3. St Regis, Mumbai
  4. Zaya Nurai, Abu Dhabi
  5. Edition, Miami Beach
  6. Lanesborough, London

Jozza Alegre Palaganas prefers staying in one place for long-ish periods of time when she travels. Partly because she likes to pretend she's local, but mostly because she's sentimental.

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