Forbes Travel Guide names new five-star hotels
For the first time, Forbes Travel Guide crowns a second batch of five-star hotels, restaurants and spas mid-year, providing travelers with more up-to-date ratings.
Forbes had named new properties five stars earlier this year. But today, it adds three hotels, four restaurants and a spa.
The new five-star hotels include the first in Seattle and Vancouver and a new five-star hotel in London.
Michael Cascone, president of Forbes Travel Guide, said the company decided to add the mid-year update “to provide even more, and more timely, information in a rapidly changing market – for the benefit of travelers as well as the hotel community”.
“This allows us to assess and rate hotels that were not available for inspection in the previous cycle, such as new properties or those undergoing renovations, or those that have worked to improve their service levels since the previous evaluation round,” he said. “In a dynamic and information-rich environment, it is important that consumers have the most up-to-date information when making travel decisions, and our goal is to provide them with the most comprehensive and authoritative information in the market. »
Forbes will also continue to name new properties five stars at the start of each year.
The Rosewood Hotel Georgia by Rosewood Hotels in Vancouver received five stars after a complete renovation, making it the first hotel in Canada to receive the highest rating.
The Sense Spa inside the Georgia Hotel also received five stars.
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has received a five-star designation, the first to achieve one in this city.
Overseas, Forbes Travel Guide gave London’s Connaught five stars.
London also received four new four-star hotels: Dorset Square Hotel, Dukes, St. Ermins and The Halkin.
The new five restaurants include:
- Meadowood’s Restaurant, Napa Valley
- Plume Restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C.
- The Fearrington Restaurant in Fearrington Village, North Carolina
- Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos, California.
The latest installments bring the total number of Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotels to 83. California has the most of any state with 12.
London and Hong Kong each have seven five-star hotels, making them the international destinations with the highest tally.
The hotels earn five-star status for “virtually flawless service and the finest amenities,” Forbes said.
“The staff are intuitive, engaging and passionate, and go above and beyond,” the company said.
At four-star properties, “attention to detail is prevalent throughout the property, from the design concept to the quality of the products provided,” the company said. “The staff are accommodating and take pride in meeting your specific needs throughout your stay.”
Alan Campey, Regional Vice President of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, awarded Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s five-star status to “the incredible team that has made our guest experience their ultimate goal with a commitment to high standards. the highest standards, engaging our customers and providing intuitive services and refined service.”
“With this prestigious award, which marks the first hotel in Canada to receive the highest rating, Rosewood Hotel Georgia has set a benchmark as a global industry leader,” said Campey.