What Makes a Five-Star Hotel Room? Ask Forbes Travel
Forbes Travel Guide went to the world’s top properties and came back with this list of must-stays and must-haves
May 15, 2019
Forbes Travel Guide released its Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Rooms. The best-of list highlights 41 properties spanning 17 countries compiled from detailed data gathered by the company’s incognito inspectors.
The guide spies stay at the properties and evaluate them on up to 900 standards for the guide’s annual Star Ratings. The World’s Best Hotel Rooms list features properties with rooms and bathrooms that are not only beautiful, but exceptionally comfortable, functional and elegantly appointed with special touches such as high-quality linens, an array of luxurious bath amenities and well-designed technology.
So, what did they find? Some examples include:
• The room is supplied with a variety of high-quality amenities and/or technology appropriate to the destination
• Exceptional attention to the interior design is evident, which may include interesting or notable pieces of artwork, excellent fabrics/upholstery on furniture, high-quality window treatments, etc.
• The bathroom amenities are exceptionally luxurious
Guest comfort and convenience standards encompass a guest’s physical comfort and surroundings. Considerations include:
•The guest room is well-soundproofed
•The bedroom offers a comfortable place to relax, such as when watching
television or dining, separate from the bed and desk areas
•The grooming areas are generously spacious so that two persons could easily shower and dress in comfort
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
Among the recognized hotels, United States led the pack with 12:
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley
Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Montage Beverly Hills
Nobu Ryokan Malibu
Park Hyatt New York
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Rancho Santa Fe
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Peninsula Chicago
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Placing second and third for most entries on the list are China, which claims six (Encore Macau; Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou; Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Rosewood Beijing; The Peninsula Beijing; Wynn Macau), followed by France, with four (Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel; Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel; Mandarin Oriental, Paris; The Ritz Paris).
Independent hotels made a strong showing with 10 winners, including Palace Hotel Tokyo; The Alpina Gstaad and The Chedi Andermatt in the Swiss Alps; The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore; and The Resort at Pedregal.
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