Twenty-One Hotels Earn Forbes Five-Star Status in 2019

Shangri-La at the Shard, London
Shangri-La at the Shard, London

Like the AAA Five Diamond ratings, Forbes’ annual travel guide can serve as a hint as to what hotels are drawing interest from luxury travelers. We’ve rounded up the newest five star properties for 2019 to keep on your radar. 

According to Forbes, this year The Peninsula Hotels become the first hotel company in the guide’s history to receive an all-five-star rating with the newly minted five star status for The Peninsula Manila, meaning that all 10 of the company’s properties now have five stars. 

Also new this year, London became the city with the most five star hotels, nabbing the honor from Macau, due to four new five-star properties: the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London; The Langham, London; Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London; and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. All told, London now has 13 five star hotels, as compared to Macau’s 12. 


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Several destinations saw their first five star hotel this year: Malaysia (Crockfords at Resorts World Genting), Portugal (Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon), South Korea (The Shilla Seoul), Turkey (Raffles Istanbul) and Vietnam (Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An).

Finally, zooming in on the United States, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii and the Salamander Resort & Spa in Washington, DC, both joined the five star list this year. 

Here’s a list of all 21 of the new five star hotels for 2019:

  1. The Alpina Gstaad
  2. Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
  3. Bulgari Hotel Beijing
  4. Bulgari Resort Bali
  5. Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
  6. The Chedi Andermatt
  7. Crockfords at Resorts World Genting
  8. Fairmont Pacific Rim
  9. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
  10. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
  11. Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  12. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
  13. Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
  14. The Langham, London
  15. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
  16. The Peninsula Manila
  17. Raffles Istanbul
  18. Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
  19. Salamander Resort & Spa
  20. Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
  21. The Shilla Seoul

Five star properties are determined via an anonymous inspection process, Forbes said. 

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