21 new five-star hotels added to annual review list


Forbes Travel Guide released its 61st annual list of star rating winners on Wednesday, with 21 new five-star hotels added to the list.

London now has the largest number of five-star hotels, stealing the place from Macau, China. There are 210 five-star hotels, 69 five-star restaurants and 64 five-star spas on the list with 1,694 winners in total. The Peninsula Hotels, a first for Forbes Travel Guide, has become a five-star hotel company.

The list also includes 49 new four-star hotels, six new five-star restaurants and eight five-star spas. Eleven hotels received five-star awards in all three categories: hotel, restaurant and spa.

Last year’s list: Forbes names 22 new five-star hotels

Forbes’ rating covers 76 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. This year, it offers new destinations: Anguilla, Bahrain, Belize, Da Nang, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Istanbul, Oman, Perth, the Swiss Alps, Tel Aviv and Uruguay.

Forbes anonymous professional inspectors determine ratings according to 900 objective standards, with special attention to exceptional service, to give travelers insight into the selection of the world’s best luxury experiences.

“At Forbes Travel Guide, we check luxury. Our independent inspection process is the gold standard in the hospitality industry,” Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, said in a statement. “Discerning travelers can be sure that each winner is the best of the best. We are delighted to honor the recipients of the 2019 Star Rating, an exceptional collection of customer service hotels, restaurants and spas.

Here’s a look at the 21 new five-star hotels:

  • The Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii
  • The Hôtel de Crillon, a Palissandre hotel in Paris
  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
  • The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz in Switzerland
  • The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland
  • Bulgari Beijing Hotel
  • The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island in the United Arab Emirates
  • Bulgari Resort Bali
  • Crockfords at Resorts World Genting in Pahang, Malaysia
  • The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Canada
  • The Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An in Vietnam
  • The Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon in Portugal
  • Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland
  • Raffles Istanbul
  • The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
  • The Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia
  • The Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London
  • Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
  • The Langham, London
  • The Manila Peninsula in the Philippines
  • The Shilla Seoul in South Korea

The full list of winners is available here.

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