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Travel Exclusive: Forbes Travel Guide unveils 70 new five-star hotels after global expansion

09:55  13 february  2020
09:55  13 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual star rating awards — this time with a record number of new properties earning the coveted five - star designation. Last year the global rating system only added 21 new hotels to the five - star rating list. In addition to the hotels earning five - star ratings

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Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual star rating awards — this time with a record number of new properties earning the coveted five-star designation.

A member of staff is seen in the doorway of The Biltmore Mayfair luxury hotel in London on December 9, 2019. - Despite Brexit and the economic slowdown, some 50 luxury hotels have opened their doors in the United Kingdom in the past year, mainly through the influence of London. Among the 5-star hotels to open in 2019 in London are Baltimore Mayfair, Standard, not far from Kings Cross Station, or Prince Akatoki at Marble Arch. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)© Getty A member of staff is seen in the doorway of The Biltmore Mayfair luxury hotel in London on December 9, 2019. - Despite Brexit and the economic slowdown, some 50 luxury hotels have opened their doors in the United Kingdom in the past year, mainly through the influence of London. Among the 5-star hotels to open in 2019 in London are Baltimore Mayfair, Standard, not far from Kings Cross Station, or Prince Akatoki at Marble Arch. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 100 five-star awards — 107, to be exact — have been announced, 70 of which are hotels. Last year the global rating system only added 21 new hotels to the five-star rating list.

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Forbes Travel Guide , formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have Throughout ForbesTravelGuide .com, you'll find Star -Rated and recommended hotels , restaurants and spas, as well as information on destinations

Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual star rating awards with 70 new hotels around the world achieving the five - star designation.

In addition to the hotels earning five-star ratings, there are 13 new five-star restaurants and 24 new five-star spas. The company has been evaluating hospitality for 62 years and designated 1,898 star-rated properties this year: 432 hotels, restaurants and spas earned five-star ratings. More than 2,000 were evaluated.

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Anonymous professional inspectors hired by Forbes Travel Guide evaluate each location across the world based on 900 objective standards — with exceptional service a key metric. Forbes Travel Guide touts itself as the only independent agency for luxury hotel, restaurant and spa rating.

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Forbes Travel has added 27 hotels to its prestigious Five - Star list. The 2018 award winners include 27 new Five - Star hotels , 70 new Four- Star hotels and 76 new hotels in the South America captured its first Five - Star hotel : Belmond Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguacu National Park

Forbes Travel Guide reveals the 2018 Star Award winners, and the 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels , restaurants and spas is the largest one yet. The recipients include 27 new Five - Star hotels , 70 new Four- Star hotels and 76 new hotels in the Recommended category.

The agency also recognizes four-star properties and offers a recommended designation, too.

This year, the company expanded, spotlighting international markets including Antigua, the Bahamas, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Zealand and more, with 16 new countries (and 73 in total). Inspectors evaluated more than 200 new properties.

The Four Seasons chain retained its status as the brand with the most five-star hotels; 11 more joined its roster. London had the most top hotels.

"For us, it is all about how does the hotel make the guest feel?" Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, told USA TODAY.

At The Peninsula in Hong Kong, for example, all towels, pillowcases and bathrobes were embroidered with his initials, for example. At another hotel, Boyen received a handwritten note mentioning that while unpacking his suitcase, someone noticed his toothpaste was running low and replaced it with the same brand. Evidently, luxury is about more than just the big things.

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Forbes Travel Guide Contributor Group. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Bangkok, Guangzhou and Tokyo each made the 57th list as part of Forbes Travel Guide ’s international expansion . Fellow Five - Star Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou goes for an ultramodern aesthetic.

During February, Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) publishes its annual list of recommended, Four-Star and Five - Star hotels , spas and restaurants around the This year, the independent, global rating system celebrates 60 years with ratings for 1,609 properties in 50 countries — but the work has only just begun.

While being one of these anonymous inspectors may sound like a dream job, Forbes Travel Guide inspectors on average travel 260 days per year, can't have any social media presence and fill out inspection reports that take 12 to 13 hours.

"We need them to not only pay attention to the details after a long flight from one side of the country to the other or one side of the world other, but we need them to submit a really high-quality report," Amanda Frasier, head of ratings, told USA TODAY. The inspectors go through rigorous training and need to understand cultural nuance.

"We know that cultural nuance and geographical location play a part in how service is delivered, and we want to make sure that comes through in the way that we conduct our evaluation and in the reports that these hotels end up reading," Frasier added.

You can check out a complete look at the ratings here.

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