The World's Best Hotel Groups
Top Hotel Companies
chef restaurants, Frette linens, free high-speed wireless
Internet and a goldfish on your bedside table for companionship.
Sinful luxury that can break the bank, or straightforward
comfort at level-headed prices. Whatever your travel needs — and
wishes — you will find a hotel group to satisfy it
on this list. To learn what some of the biggest players
in the hotel business have to offer, read on:
Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1972 with
its first property, The Gant in Aspen. Since then, it
has become one of the industry's leaders in the management
of upscale independent properties. Hotels and resorts
now include Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Skamania
Lodge in Portland, and the Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center in Westchester County, New York.
An easy-to-use website allows you to choose properties
by area of interest: golf, spa, family, etc. The company
also offers a wide range of themed packages and dedicated
assistance with meetings and conferences.
The boutique Dorchester Collection boasts a small but rich selection of exclusive U.S. and European hotels, from London, Paris and Milan to Beverly Hills, Bel Air and New York. Many claim heritage status, and each has its own character unique to its history and setting. Every property has no less than two fine dining restaurants, including notable venues under the direction of Alain Ducasse. Signature suites are a highlight, with up to 5,000 square feet of space and guest lists that include celebrities, dignitaries and royalty. Combining an Old World attitude toward hospitality with the most up-to-date creature comforts, Dorchester Collection properties set a standard for the luxury hotel world.
Hotels & Resorts
With its signature resorts in Canada, and exclusive collection
of (mostly) historic properties around the globe, Fairmont
Hotels & Resorts is a top choice for those seeking
a well-rounded luxury experience. On-site dining is top
rated, and amenities often include golf, skiing and/or
a signature Willow Stream spa. Those travelers with specific
preferences should consider the free-of-charge President's
Club. A profile allows any Fairmont property you stay
at to access information about your needs and customize
your room accordingly. You also get instant check-in and
check-out, complimentary health club privileges and other
Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Based in Canada, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts opened
its first hotel in 1960 and now operates luxury hotels,
destination resorts, residence clubs and private residences
in over thirty countries, primarily under the Four Seasons
brand. (Properties also include some Regents and The Ritz-Carltons,
and The Lodge at Koele). The group’s high profile
locations, which cater to both upscale leisure and business
travelers, are best known for their service, restaurants
and spas. Four Seasons Residence Clubs combine fractional
ownership with the services and amenities of a corresponding
Four Seasons hotel or resort. Private Residences include
estate homes, villas, townhouses and condominiums, complemented
by hotel services and amenities, in vacation destinations
such as Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Punta Mita, Mexico.
Hilton Hotels Corporation develops, owns, manages or franchises
hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties worldwide.
Its portfolio includes many highly regarded hotel brands,
as well as quality value brands such as Doubletree, Embassy
Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton. Its top-of-the-line
The Waldorf=Astoria Collection includes New York's The
Waldorf=Astoria, Hawaii's Grand Wailea Hotel & Spa
and Phoenix's The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Hilton
HHonors members earn travel points toward hotel stays
at more than 2,500 hotels, airline miles and other benefits.
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1997 and has since become one of the most luxurious and innovative hotel groups in the world, with a world-class portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts, as well as residences, restaurants, retail stores, a spa and even a water park. Jumeirah’s destinations include Dubai, London, New York, Frankfurt and Shanghai, with plans to expand its constantly-growing portfolio of hotels and resorts.
This hotel group features chic hotels with hip restaurants
in well-located and often historic buildings. But unlike
his counterparts, such as Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs,
hotelier Bill Kimpton wants guests to feel at home. His
locations are for travelers who crave haute (or funky,
or idiosyncratic) style, but who still appreciate value.
Kimpton Hotels are also pioneers in the personalized service
arena. Wine hours, dedicated yoga channels and pet-friendly
amenities are among the complimentary perks. Kimpton specials
are among the most creative in the industry.
Langham Hotels International
Ever since The Langham London opened in 1865, their name has come to represent hotels that are the epitome of elegance in design, displaying a passion for innovation and genuine service. You can immediately sense these qualities in the style and the décor of each of the properties. Many of the comforts and luxuries found in their five-star hotels were pioneered by the first Langham and to this day they are dedicated to providing the same commitment to innovation in hospitality. Langham properties are located in Boston, Pasadena, Melbourne, Auckland and throughout Asia. Their staff display a mix of dignity and eagerness, presented with a natural and engaging friendliness.
Leading Hotels of the World
Established in 1928 by a group of European hoteliers,
The Leading Hotels of the World provides global distribution,
reservations and luxury marketing support to more than
400 hotels and resorts, from offices in cities around
the world. Hotels must apply to join, and complete a rigorous
inspection process before being accepted. The advantage
to travelers is the opportunity to browse a diversity
of properties on a single website and then make reservations
online. Leaders Club members enjoy room upgrades, a personal
preference registry, welcome gifts and more.
Edition by Virgin
the ultimate in exclusive? Look no further than this hotel
group from Richard Branson, chairman and CEO of the Virgin
Group. Branson hand selected
the four properties in this collection: Necker Island,
a private island resort in the Caribbean; Ulusaba, a private
game reserve in South Africa; Sa Terra Rotja, a villa
in Mallorca; and Kasbah Tamadot, a restored kasbah in
Morocco. Along with singular style, extraordinary locations
and beyond-the-norm experiences are emphasized.
Oriental Hotel Group
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group owns/operates some of
the world's most celebrated lodgings, including the Mandarin
Oriental, Hong Kong and The Oriental, Bangkok. It began
with its flagship Hong Kong property in 1963 and today
is considered one of the top luxury hotel groups in the
world, with established properties in Asia, the Americas
and Europe, and more on the way. The hotels are well known
for their tasteful style and discreet service, which can
be sourced to the group's Asian origins. Upscale spas
are among the notable facilities.
Formerly Ian Schrager Hotels, this intimate collection
is comprised of some of the hippest hotels in the world.
These properties set the bar for “see and be in
the scene” accommodations, with hotels in New York,
Miami Beach, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London. Included
in the group are the legendary Clift hotel, which saw
an overhaul by Schrager and Philippe Starck; the Hollywood
haunt, Mondrian; and the white on white Delano. Expect
whimsical furnishings, heightened dining experiences and
plenty of celebs around the pools.
Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises
From landmark luxury hotels, to classic rail journeys,
to exotic sailings, Orient-Express is known for romantic
and distinctive travel experiences---its Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
has been traveling between Paris and Istanbul since 1883,
and its Road to Mandalay offers an exclusive river's eye
view of ancient Burma. Travelers may choose from safaris
and private jet tours, which can be crafted to suit individual
wishes, as well as World of Distinction programs, which
unite classic Orient-Express tours with stays in Orient-Express
Hotels, such as the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the
Hotel Cipriani in Venice and Cape Town's Mount Nelson. Orient-Express' newest acquisitions include the Grand Hotel Timeo and Villa Sant'Andrea in Sicily and the Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. Currently, the company consists of 41 hotels, two cruises, one restaurant and six trains.
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is a global
brand of independently owned luxury hotels and resorts
that provide the highest standards of quality and extraordinary
service. Founded in 1968 as a referral service for top
guests of six independent hoteliers, the association has
grown into its current status as a for-profit stock corporation
representing more than 120 hotels worldwide. To qualify
as a Preferred hotel or resort, each property must pass
an exhaustive quality assurance program that includes
an annual, unannounced inspection, which consists of a
1,600 line-item, 5,800-point standards and practice audit.
Regent Hotels & Resorts
The Regent brand encompasses luxury hotels, resorts, residences and cruises throughout the world, offering discerning travelers “The Regent Experience,” with unique and personalized service. Its first hotel opened in Oahu, Hawaii in 1970. Currently, there are Regent properties in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. Locations include: Turks and Caicos; Singapore; Shanghai; Beijing; Taipei; Berlin, Germany and Zagreb, Croatia. The hotel group is on a fast track to bringing its luxury experience to more locations. New properties are in development (or have recently opened) in Costa Rica, Bangkok, Dubai and Boston, among others.
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.”
If you've ever wondered why everything at The Ritz-Carlton
hotels seems to go so smoothly and effortlessly, it's
because the company's 38,000 employees function by its
founding principles, collectively called Gold Standards:
The Credo, The Three Steps of Service, The Motto, Service Values, The 6th Diamond and The
Employee Promise. In case the ladies and gentlemen of The
Ritz-Carlton forget one of these noble truths, a pocket-sized,
laminated card will serve as a reminder. In order to experience
these values (and posh lodging) in action, check into
any of the approximately 80 properties worldwide. Check out videos from The Ritz-Carlton here.
Hotel and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is the largest
Asian-based deluxe hotel group in the region with 52 properties.
The group is known to harmonize Asian serenity with Western
needs for comfort and service. As a result of Shangri-La's
commitment to environmental awareness, 27 hotels have
received ISO 14001 certification, the international Environmental
Management System standard. James Hilton's legendary novel
Lost Horizon, by the way, inspired the name Shangri-La:
"a tranquil haven in the mountains of Tibet, [it] casts
a spell on all who resided there."
Sofitel Luxury Hotels
The Sofitel mantra is simple — "Legendary places. Legendary people. Legendary service." The product of these three things combined has grown into what is now known as the Sofitel Luxury Hotels brand. Since 1968, Sofitel has been dedicated to providing guests with unique hotels, each with its own history, but with the same quality expected of the collection of historic hotels. Each iconic property of the brand's 130+ hotels is among the finest in the world, with luxurious décor that evokes a bygone age of hotel keeping, world-class service and landmark architecture.
Hotels & Resorts
In the hotel and resort world, the Starwood group has
one of the most diverse collections around. Its properties
range from the business-friendly Four Points by Sheraton
brand to the made-just-for-hipsters W brand, which invaded
the U.S. market and then hit the road to bring its distinctive
style to such far-flung destinations as Seoul and Mexico
City. More conventional but still upscale are Starwood’s
Westins and Sheratons, which tend to take their cues from
the W’s sleek, clean style, but without all the
flash. At the top of Starwood’s list are the St.
Regis Hotels & Resorts. Starwood’s Luxury Collection
features one-of-a-kind lodgings, including Hotel Gritti
Palace in Venice, Hacienda San Jose in Mexico and Bora
Bora Nui Resort & Spa in French Polynesia.
Hotels Resorts and Palaces
premier hotel group, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces opened
its initial property, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower,
in 1903. This venue prompted numerous firsts, including
the country’s first air-conditioned ballroom, licensed
bar and 24-hour coffee shop. Following in the grand hotel
tradition, the company now operates 57 hotels throughout
India and an additional 18 in the Maldives, Mauritius,
UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. Hotels
are grouped in three categories: luxury, leisure and business.
Among the top properties are the Rambagh Palace in Jaipure
and Fort Aguada (within the walls of an old Portuguese
fort) in Goa.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Known as one of the top luxury hotel brands in the business, Waldorf Astoria represents a growing number of hotels and resorts in landmark destinations worldwide. Their properties combine breathtaking surroundings, renowned style and legendary personalized service to deliver an unforgettable luxury resort vacation, along with championship golf courses, fine dining, rejuvenating spa treatments and luxurious accommodations. Each hotel has its own distinct personality, marked by inspiring architecture and authentic history.
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