London has been named the five-star capital city of the world in the 2020 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating Awards, a prestigious standard of global excellence in the hospitality industry. Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas and the 2020 awards saw a record 107 Five-Star additions to the list.

Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel has gained a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide
Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel has gained a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide

Among the global ratings, London has cemented its position as the leading destination for five-star service with 19 hotels receiving the accolade, including six new properties: Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel; Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square; Rosewood London and The Berkeley, The Egerton House Hotel and The Milestone Hotel & Residences.

Velaa Private Island in the Maldives has obtained a five-star Forbes Travel Guide rating

‘It’s a privilege for Forbes Travel Guide to honour such magnificent hotels, restaurants and spas from all corners of the globe. Each deserving recipient excels at enriching people’s lives through the power of exceptional service,’ said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. ‘Our role at Forbes Travel Guide is to establish our annual star ratings with absolute independence and integrity and champion those at the very top of their game.’

Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia was rated five-star in the 2020 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating Awards

Forbes Travel Guide attributes its significant number of Five-Star awards to the company’s expansion across 16 markets, including Antigua, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Jordan, the Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Seychelles and South Africa. The total number of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star properties is now 268, with 592 Four-Star and 439 Recommended hotels. There are 79 Five-Star, 142 Four-Star and 81 Recommended restaurants; and 85 Five-Star and 212 Four-Star spas.

The full list of winners can be seen here.

Read our interview with Forbes Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen.

Opening image: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland has been given a Five-Star Forbes Travel Guide Rating