These 7 beautiful hotels in Asia get 5 stars at Forbes’ 2016 Star Rating Awards
MANILA, Philippines – Every year, Forbes Travel Guide releases its list of Star Rating Awards for hotels, and in 2016, a number of the best hotels are just a few hours away from the Philippines.
The list, which was released on Tuesday, February 23, features 154 of the best hotels in 29 countries all over the world.
According to Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide, "These properties set an unimpeachable standard of excellence in hospitality at a moment when the proliferation of voices claiming to provide unbiased ratings online is exploding."
On their website, it says that to come up with the ratings, Forbes' incognito inspectors spend 3 days at each hotel and rate it according to 800 obejctive standards.
Here are a few of the hotels nearby that were awarded a 5-star rating:
Mandarin Oriental in Guangzhou is one of the 10 hotels in Mainland China that made it to the list this year, and it's the first time it's in the list too. This 5-star hotel features minimalist interiors by award-winning design company Tony Chi, the city's largest hotel rooms, and some of the city's best Cantonese food.
Another Mainland China hotel that made it to the 2016 list for the first tiem is The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai. The Ritz-Carlton's art deco interiors feature quirky colors on their plush beds and sofas, and white and marble bathrooms. Flair, their rooftop-bar, also offers a great view of the city.
Palace Hotel in Tokyo is the first 5-star Japanese branded hotel. First built in 1961, the Palace Hotel was knocked down for a 3-year rebuilding, only to open a new 23-story tower in 2012.
Some of the hotel's interiors hint at the past, though, like the original white grand piano in their lobby lounge, and the use of stones similar to that of the Imperial Palace's at the entrance.
Palace Hotel is located in the Marunouchi district, and as its name implies, offers a great view of the Imperial Palace gardens and rooftops.
The Peninsula Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
At night, The Peninsula Tokyo, one of the rare freestanding hotels in the city, glows – it was designed to look like a Japanese lantern by architect Kazukiyo Sato with the help of lighting designer Tino Kwan.
Inside, the hotel boasts of over 1,000 artworks from 85 artists, which you can learn more about through a 45-minute walking tour via a complimentary iPod. Aside from art, The Peninsula Tokyo also offers several dining options, one of which is The Peninsula Boutique & Café, which sells 300 of its famous mango puddings in a day.
The Four Seasons Hotel is the first-ever 5-star hotel in Hangzhou. The hotel's architecture – pagoda-style roofs and bamboo forests – makes it blend in with the historical attractions in the area, and it's peaceful even though it's only 45 minutes away from Shanghai.
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou is also home to a 4-star spa, simply called The Spa, where you can bathe in the essence of 60,000 tea leaves.
Another Peninsula to earn a 5-star rating this year is the Bangkok branch, a riverside hotel located beside the Chao Phraya. You can stay at the hotel and eat at its 3 restaurants overlooking the river, or explore the city's cultural sites through the accesible river taxis.
If you and a group of friends are looking for a place to stay along Macau's casino strip, MGM Macau offers up lavish villas – one- to two-bedroom suites with a great views of the ocean. It also has 12 bars and restaurants to choose from, plus new art exhibits and events throughout the year.
Macau is one of the cities with the most 5-star ratings, with MGM Macau being the 9th hotel in the area to receive the award.
You can see the full list of Forbes Travel Guide's 2016 Star Rating Awards here.
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