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Forbes Travel Guide Reveals 2019 Star Rating Winners


The 2019 edition of the coveted annual Star Rating list from Forbes Travel Guide has revealed a number of exceptional accomplishments from some of the world’s finest properties.

Luxury travel ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide, or FTG, have long been the gold standard in the hospitality industry. It’s known to be uniquely selective, rigorous as well as highly-coveted. Hotels, restaurants and spas are assessed based on 900 objective standards by anonymous professional inspectors, who traveled around the world to inspect both services and facilities from each property. They stay at a hotel for a minimum of two nights, posing as ordinary guests, during which they evaluate everything, from the moment a staff member greets you to the arrangement of toiletries in your bathroom.

This year, The Peninsula Hotels becomes the World’s First All Five-Star Hotel Company. The historic achievement was marked with a Five-Star recognition for The Peninsula Manila, making the Hong Kong-based brand the only one which had achieved Five-Star status across all ten of its properties. In celebration of this achievement, The Peninsula Hotels announced an offer of special reward between February 27, 2019 and May 31, 2019, including best available rate, as well as a number of other perks.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, is the only property in Vietnam to receive the top accolade. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

The 61st annual list of Star Rating winners also revealed the first Five-Star hotel rating for a number of countries, including South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia, with the recognition made out to The Shilla Seoul, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, and the Crockfords at Resorts World Genting, Malaysia, respectively.

If you’re wondering which city in the world has the most Five-Star hotels, the answer in 2019 will be London. The city has unseated Macau at the top of the list with a total of 13 top-ranking hotels, with four new additions of Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London; The Langham, London; Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London; and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. Macau, on the other hand, has a close total of 12 hotels in the city. This is followed by Paris, which has 11 hotels, New York with 10, and Hong Kong with seven.

The Forbes Travel Guide will honour the winners at Verified, The Forbes Travl Guide Luxury Summit at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on February 26 and 27, 2019. For more information on the Forbes Travel Guide: 2019 Star Award, please kindly visit https://www.forbestravelguide.com/award-winners.

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