New Forbes Travel Guide awards 5 stars to 54 hotels worldwide

WORLDWIDE Two hotels have gained new 5-star status in the 2011 Forbes Travel Guide, joining 52 other 5-star hotels worldwide.

The two new 5-star hotels are Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong and Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

There are also two new 5-star spas, both located in hotels: The Spa at The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.

Among restaurants, both of the new 5-star winners, Daniel and Eleven Madison Park, are located in New York City.

“As in years past, the 2011 5-star properties share an uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of guest service, luxurious accommodation and unique, memorable experiences,” says Shane O’Flaherty, president and CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “As the Forbes Travel Guide brand grows worldwide, we are pleased to include a geographically broader, yet ever more selective, group of properties to the list.”   

Forbes Travel Guide’s ratings are based on objective evaluations of more than 500 attributes. This year’s additions bring the total number of Forbes 5-star hotels to 54. Among the 5-star hotels, six are in New York City, the most of any city in the United States. There are five 5-star hotels in Hong Kong, and two in Macau, where ratings were established for the first time in 2009. Forbes Travel Guide expects to further expand its rating system to include properties in additional international destinations in 2011.

The complete list of Forbes Travel Guide Star award winners are available along with updated comprehensive reviews written by Forbes Travel Guide’s experts at