Forbes Travel Guide announced exciting news unveiling their 2019 Star Rating Awards. 210 hotels across the globe have achieved the coveted Five-Star Award with 21 new hotels receiving top honors for the first time. Additionally, The Peninsula Hotels became the world’s first all Five-Star hotel company. For the 61st annual list, they expanded to new destinations, including Anguilla, Bahrain, Belize, Danang, Doha, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Istanbul, Oman, Perth, the Swiss Alps, Tel Aviv and Uruguay. The result is our biggest and most diverse group of honorees yet.
To find the top luxury experiences, the inspectors checked into a hotel for a minimum of two nights and posed as ordinary guests. Once there, they tested up to 900 objective, exacting standards that covered everything from whether a staff member greets you curbside within 30 seconds of pulling up in a car to whether housekeeping arranges toiletries on top of high-quality underliners on the counter.