Forbes Travel Guide Releases 2014 Star Ratings; Includes Most Five-Star Hotels in Guide's History
January 22, 2014 7:59am
Forbes Travel Guide also recognized 296 Four-Star hotels, 186 Four-Star restaurants and 149 Four-Star spas, as well as its list of 82 Recommended hotels and 42 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates, the United States, Canada, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore.
This year's list includes newly-opened hotels as well as hotels that recently completed renovations, confirming an uptick in investment in the luxury hotel industry, as well as an increase in interest among travelers choosing luxury accommodations worldwide.
"We are delighted to recognize the outstanding commitment to service and guest experience exemplified by our 2014 Star Rating recipients," said Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide. "This year's growing number of Five-Star recipients comes at a time when the outlook for luxury travel remains strong. At the core of what we do is recognizing and advocating for properties delivering the best in guest service. We are thrilled to be associated not only with our newest Star Rating recipients, but all of our Star Rated properties worldwide."
A Snapshot of the List: A Diversity of Luxury Destinations and Experiences
Among 2014 Rating Recipients:
Luxury Brands Continue to Shine
Worldwide luxury hotel brands, such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, made strong showings, with new build and renovated hotels earning the Five-Star rating.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has more than tripled its number of honored hotels over the past decade, making it the brand with the most Five-Star recipients for 2014 - a total of 18 hotels in 11 destinations.
Both Wynn Macau and Encore Macau, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental hotels in Miami, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, as well as The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, scored a unique achievement, the "Triple Five-Star", earning a Five-Star rating in all three categories recognized by Forbes Travel Guide - hotel, restaurant and spa.
Recognizing The Finest Restaurants and Spas
Eleven international restaurants are first-time Five-Star recipients, including Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Jade Dragon at Crown Towers Macau, Amber Restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and Iggy's at the Hilton Singapore Hotel.
In the U.S., New York's Del Posto and Chicago's Grace also received Five-Star ratings.
There are now 48 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants in Asia and the U.S., and seven in New York alone.
Among spas, The Reméde Spa at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami; The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco; The Spa at Pebble Beach; The Banyan Tree Spa Macau and The Spa at Crown in Macau are the newest Five-Star additions, resulting in a total of 41 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spas.
The complete 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List includes nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants and spas in the U.S., Canada, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau and Singapore.
For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.
To view the complete list of 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating recipients, visit http://www.forbestravelguide.com/about/awardwinners
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