London wins more five-star hotels than any city


Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

It takes a village to stay on top – perhaps that’s why two of the world’s busiest metropolises shone so brilliantly on February 20 when Forbes Travel Guide announced its 61st annual Star Awards.

Long a luxury flagship with historic properties such as Forbes Five-Stars travel guide The Savoy and The Goring, London emerged in 2019 with more top-rated hotels than any city in the world, dethroning the top destination. most decorated of last year, Macau.

The British capital leads the world with 13 five-star hotels thanks to four distinctive novelties. The design-centric Bulgari Hotel London offers a sleek and stylish stay in Knightsbridge, as well as a 47-seat cinema and cigar lounge.

Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London

Housed in the tallest building in Western Europe (the 1,016-foot-tall Shard), the Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London offers some of the best views in the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the luxurious rooms . The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, in London, had to close its doors after a fire in 2018, but it reopened with a new look and a new rating. The hotel also has one of the only two five-star spas in the city (the other is the Four Seasons Hotel London spa in Park Lane). Opened in 1865, The Langham, London was hailed as Europe’s first grand hotel, but the property keeps things fresh with contemporary European cuisine at Roux at The Landau and innovative drinks at Artesian Bar (a cocktail menu evokes key moments in life, such as when you first took your first steps or when you had your first child).

According to British market research firm Euromonitor International, the British capital remains the third most popular destination in the world (behind Hong Kong and Bangkok) with just under 21 million international tourists taking to the city’s streets in 2018. And with new openings (February Belmond Cadogan Hotel) and highly anticipated projects (The Peninsula London in 2021) in the works, the excitement will only continue around England.

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Not to be overshadowed by opulence, longtime luxury leader Macau also had an excellent performance with 12 five-star properties.

East Las Vegas has more than deserved its shine, with the highest concentration of five-star restaurants in the world (17) and a triple (hotel, restaurant, and spa) five-star winners Banyan Tree Macau, Mandarin Oriental, Macau and Star Tower in Studio City Macao; quadruple (hotel, spa and two restaurants) Five-star winner Altria Macao; and quintuple (hotel, spa and three restaurants) five-star winner Nüwa Macau.

More impressive still, Macau is also home to two of the three properties to win a five-star award for their hotel, spa, and four restaurants: Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace (the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong received the other honor).

Star Tower in Studio City Macao

But the Cotai Strip proves that it will continue to be a formidable force in the luxury travel arena. 2018 saw the opening of the $ 3.4 billion MGM Cotai, whose permanent art collection of over 300 pieces is Macau’s largest; the addition of the Morpheus designed by Zaha Hadid and its restaurants run by Alain Ducasse to the City of Dreams complex; and the start of the much-anticipated Hong Kong-Macao-Zhuhai Bridge connecting the cities and the Hong Kong International Airport.

As Macau and London continue to draw large crowds and show impressive growth in the luxury sector, it might be time to rediscover some old favorites.Sarah chanin

Check out the full list of Star Award 2019 winners here.

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