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Which Hotels Earned Forbes' Five-Star Rating for 2016?
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More than three-dozen hotels around the world received Forbes Travel Guide's prestigious five-star rating for the first time in 2016.
The highly anticipated star ratings were revealed Monday, highlighting some of the best accommodations from around the globe. The 58th annual list features 42 new five-star rated hotels, 100 new four-star properties and 57 new hotels in the recommended category, bringing Forbes Travel Guide's total to 154 five-star hotels, 410 four-star hotels and 159 recommended hotels.
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The 154 five-star rated hotels are the most in the guide's nearly six-decade history.
Five-star rated hotels are defined by the Guide as "outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities."
"These properties set an unimpeachable standard of excellence in hospitality," Forbes Travel Guide CEO Gerard J. Inzerillo said in a statement.
Four Seasons was by far the biggest winner in 2016, landing six new five-star rated properties. With Four Seasons hotels in Florence, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Hangzhou, China; Papagayo, Costa Rica; Paris, France and Whistler, Canada being recognized, 2016 signals the first time the company has had six hotels achieve five-star status in a single year.
Meanwhile, Paris, Italy, Mexico and the Caribbean also fared extremely well in 2016.
The French capital debuted a whopping nine five-star hotels, while Italy saw eight hotels recognized as five-star properties, four of which are located in Rome. Florence and Milan were also represented.
Mexico also boasts half a dozen five-star hotels on the 2016 list.
In addition to Geneva, Paris, Rome and Florence, other breakthrough destinations in 2016 include the French Riviera, England's Home Counties, Berlin, Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, Nevis, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, St. Martin, Cancun, San Miguel de Allende, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos, Iguazu Falls, Hangzhou and Taipei.
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On top of the 42 new five-star hotels, Forbes recognized two new five-star restaurants (Addison at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego and Volver Philadelphia) and two new five-star spas (The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego and Waldorf Astoria Spa Shanghai) for 2016.
Here's how the new five-star rated hotels for 2016 break down:
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Canada
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
Sandy Lane, Barbados
Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Playa de Carmen, Mexico
Eau Palm Beach, Manalapan, Florida
Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, Hawaii
The Langham Chicago
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, Mass.
Park Hyatt New York
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou, China
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, China
MGM Macau, China
Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, The Pudong, China
Palace Hotel Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Bangkok
Coworth Park, Ascot, England
The Goring, London
Le Bristol Paris
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris
La Reserve Paris
Le Meurice, Paris
Mandarin Oriental Paris
Shangri-La Hotel Paris
The Peninsula Paris
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence
Portrait Firenze, Florence
Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy, Florence
Mandarin Oriental Milan
Hassler Roma, Rome
Hotel de Russie, Rome
Hotel Eden, Rome
J.K. Place Roma, Rome
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva
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