Abu Dhabi tops list for five-star hotels according to recent research

Over 32%t of hotels in the UAE capital are top-rated, India's Chennai has the world's cheapest five-star stays

When it comes to luxury travel, the capital of the UAE is the best place to go if you’re looking for five-star places to stay.

Abu Dhabi has more five-star hotels as a percentage of its total hotel offering than any other city in the world.

Of 146 hotels across the capital, 47 are ranked as five-star including the opulent Emirates Palace, Mandarin Oriental and celebrity favorite Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara.

This means that Abu Dhabi has a 32 per cent concentration of luxury hotels according to new research by luxuryhotels.com.

Neighbouring Dubai does not make it in to the top 10 rankings. The emirate is home to the Burj Al Arab, known as the world’s first seven-star hotel, and has 2,960 properties listed on booking.com.

Despite being home to 188 five-star hotels including the famed Burj Al Arab, Dubai ranked 20th for concentration of luxury properties. Unsplash / Roman Logov

Of these, only 188 are five-star meaning the luxury segment accounts for 6.35 per cent of Dubai’s hotel options. This earns the city the 20th top-spot on the list.

Luxuryhotels.com compiled the data by taking cities from Euromonitor’s Top 100 City Destinations report and using Booking.com to find out how many hotels each city has, and which of these are ranked as five-star.

Second in the world’s top 10 cities for luxury hotels report is China’s Shenzhen where 23.61 per cent of hotels are five-star rated.

Chinese cities also ranked in third, fourth and fifth place via Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai, respectively.

Saudi Arabia’s Makkah is the sixth highest ranking city when it comes to concentration of luxury hotels. The holy city in western Saudi Arabia has 166 hotels, of which 34, or 20.48 per cent are five-star.

Singapore, China’s Guangzhou and Guilin, and Vancouver in Canada round out the top 10 list.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the five-star hotels in each of the top 10 cities