Forbes releases top hotel picks for 2014

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)


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Hong Kong, Macau, New York City and London have emerged as leaders in Forbes magazine's latest travel guide, with each city boasting seven five-star rated hotels.

In the 56th edition of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings list, inspectors bestowed new stars to properties like the Four Seasons Hotel Macao and The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New York, expanding the prestigious five-star group to 97 hotels.

Toronto-based luxury chain The Four Seasons also emerged as the guide's leading hotel brand, boasting the most five-starred properties with 18 hotels across 11 destinations making the cut and tripling its number of winners over the last decade.

New to the club this year is the brand's flagship hotel The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the first in Canada to own bragging rights to holding a five-star status with Forbes and five stars with AAA.

Recently, the luxury hotel received a star boost when it recruited celebrity chef Daniel Boulud to open an outpost of his restaurant empire within the property.

Overall, the Forbes guide includes 97 five-starred hotels, 48 restaurants and 41 spas.

In the four-star category, the guide lists 296 hotels, 186 restaurants and 149 spas.

Meanwhile, in TripAdvisor's ranking of top hotels in the world, Italy boasted the largest number of top-rated hotels, followed by the UK, the US and France. 

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