In the annual hospitality awards just released by Forbes, London garnered eight prizes for its five-star hotel portfolio. London lost out to Paris and Macau for the honour of the most luxury hotels in the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards for 2016, but only because Windsor is classed as not being a part of London.
The usual London favourites including Claridge’s, the Savoy and the Lanesborough made the grade for the 2016 listings. They were joined in the exalted five-star category by the Goring and from Windsor, Coworth Park.
The Goring was singled out for praise, with Forbes saying that it was England’s most elegant accommodation with high teas and the Royal Suite particularly worthy of mention. Forbes also lauded the Connaught and stated that an innate grandeur can only be achieved by hotels of a certain vintage. The Connaught opened in the 1890s.
The Park Lane Four Seasons Hotel retained its five-star ranking and was one of a number of the leading hotelier’s global properties listed in the table. The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris was one of the nine hotels here to feature in the luxury table. Other Paris establishments on the table were Le Meurice, Dorchester Collection and Le Bristol.
The former Portuguese colony of Macau also boasts nine five-star winners and these include the Four Seasons on Cotai Strip, the Mandarin Oriental and the MGM. Across the other side of the Pearl River estuary, Hong Kong was only just behind with eight hotels in the five-star ratings.
The 2016 edition of the Forbes Star Awards ranked 156 hotels in 29 countries as the planet’s top places to stay. Forbes uses strict criteria for its evaluations. As part of the inspection process, anonymous inspectors stay at each of the hotels for three days.