The publication on Feb. 11 announced its 2015 Global Star Ratings and identified the properties that had earned ratings of Five Star, Four Star or Recommended. Forbes claims its hospitality standards are the most stringent in the industry.
“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world,” Gerard Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, said in a statement announcing the awards. “These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest.”
Forbes professional inspectors stay at each property and evaluate more than 500 criteria to determine a star rating “that takes the guess work out of travel planning and establishes a global benchmark for luxury travel,” according to the publication’s website.
|Rosewood Hotel Georgia|
The other property awarded a Five Star rating is the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, a property at which I have not yet stayed.
Ten hotels in the province were awarded Four Star ratings, including two that TheTravelPro has visited, reviewed and strongly recommends. Those include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and my favorite hotel in Victoria, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa.
Hawksworth Restaurant, located in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, was also awarded a Four Star rating.
|Entrance to Magnolia Hotel|
For comparison’s sake, the Vancouver Metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2.5 million people. Seattle, about 140 miles to the south, has a population of about 3.5 million. Only one Seattle hotel was given a Five Star rating and only six properties were granted Four Star ratings. As Seattle is my home base, I have neither stayed at nor reviewed any of the hotels on the Forbes list.
The Forbes Travel Guide rates hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Barths, St. Lucia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, the United Kingdom. Hong Kong and elsewhere in China, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.
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