Hospitality Marketing – Top 10 Hotels in the world (Part 1 – first 5)
Taking a look at the leaders in Hospitality Marketing, the top ten hotels in the world, as rated by over 28,000 Condé Nast Traveller readers.
“These awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveller readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they travelled with. The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Survey, begun in 1988, is available to all readers through a secure Web site. This year’s final tabulations of 28,876 responses were done by Global Market Insite, Inc., of Boston. Organization: The online questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award. Evaluation: Each candidate is rated, criterion by criterion, on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Those scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, are averaged to determine the final score published here. For example, the ratings are the average of its scores for all hotel criteria: Food, Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms, and Service.”
1. Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
Situated over Bali’s magical Ayung River, in the central highlands of Bali, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is surrounded by exuberant greenery. It’s a tropical paradise that puts you close to the island’s villages, Hindu temples, and cultural attractions.
The services and amenities at this hotel offer the traveller, a two-level swimming pool, poolside amenities, spa villas, Tri Hita Karana experience (Tri Hita Karana word is come from Sansekerta Language that has meaning to keep the harmony and balance between human to God, human-to-human and human to environment.), Balinese farming experience, Fitness facilities, Multilingual Concierge, apart from the usual, hotel activities, baby-sitting services, etc;
Four Seasons offer a superbly secluded world, without feeling a need to leave the resort. There are lots of secluded nooks and crannies where you can spend time alone, or sit and contemplate.
‘The Resort’s 18 spacious suites and 42 private villas reflect the island’s natural, serene beauty. Each room is appointed with rich teak furnishings and exotic hand-loomed fabrics. The generous bathrooms feature terrazzo tiles, double vanities, deep soaking tubs and separate showers.’
This hotel markets itself as a place of utter peace and harmony, almost akin to a spiritual experience.
2. Buckland Manor, England
‘One of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds, with a history dating back to the 13th Century, situated in a beautiful setting next to the church. The ten acres of gardens roll into the encompassing countryside and the tiny village of Buckland.
Privately owned by Andrew and Christina Brownsword, Buckland Manor is the quintessential country house hotel. With a tranquil setting, comfortable drawing rooms, elegant bedrooms, fine dining and a very warm welcome, this is all part of the appeal within a fantastic location.
Buckland Manor truly does enclose the feel of being at the home of a friend. It will serve afternoon tea on request, fine aperitifs before dinner, perfect wines and has no set times for guests to arrive for breakfast.’
The Manor has 13 luxury en-suite bedrooms and can accommodate 28 overnight guests with dining available for up to 46 guests
This hotel markets itself as the height of luxury and has been nominated in the top three of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2012.
3. Gresham Palace, Budapest
A superbly majestic looking hotel. An art nouveau landmark on Szechenyi Square, Gresham Palace, Budapest gracefully combines vintage architecture and design with modern services and amenities.
Of the Hotel’s 179 generously proportioned guest rooms, including 17 suites with vaulted ceilings and private step-out balconies, many offer views of intimate interior courtyards, the Old City or the sparkling Danube.
It offers a host of services and amenities, including 24 hour in-room dining, complimentary overnight shoe-shine ,valet parking , and 24-hour laundry,dry-cleaning &pressing services, amongst a host of others.
This hotel is sumptuously furnished and appears to be the epitome of comfort. It offers Italian and Hungarian cuisine in its attractive restaurant, or guests may choose light snacks and cocktails in it’s Bar & Lobby Lounge.
This hotel markets itself as a leader in elegance, with ultra-modern comforts.
4. Singita—Ebony Lodge, South Africa
Ebony Lodge has a dominating presence and an essence that evokes an intense feeling of familiarity – as if visiting a sociable family home. Opulent cosiness is simply the order of the day .
The secluded thatched suites are the paradigm of elegant comfort, with rooms styled with an mix of colours, fabrics and textures. A colonial feel with Egyptian linen, African throws, antiques and modern luxuries combine to create a homely, lived-in feel. From the vast wooden deck to the pool overlooking the Sand River, it’s not uncommon to see elephant, buffalo and antelope grazing only metres away at any time of day.
Singita Ebony Lodge offers twelve suites, all with their own en suite bathroom and shower, outside shower, heated private swimming pool, double-sided fireplace, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck.
Ebony Lodge offers guests, a spa and gymnasium, a premier wine boutique, Twice daily game drives with professional guides and trackers.
Singita (‘place of miracles’) markets itself, and is world-renowned, for providing ‘the best safari experience in Africa’ and has notched up virtually every hotel and travel award since its inception in the mid-90s.
5. Pan Pacific Mountainside, Whistler
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, offers the finest ski location. With suite’s offering spectacular mountain or valley views. Guests may choose from studio, one, or two bedroom suites that blend all of the thoughtful touches you expect from a luxury resort with a few delightful surprises like full kitchens, romantic fireplaces, and walk-out balconies. It has a large, heated outdoor pool with two whirlpools, overlooking Skier’s Plaza and Blackcomb Mountain.
Pan Pacific offers guests, concierge services, pool and fitness centre, family services, and a store where guests are able to buy all sports equipment or hire bicycles. This hotel is offers all-suite accommodation, with full kitchen, cosy fireplaces and spectacular mountain views, but has it’s very own ‘Dubh Linn Gate’ Irish Pub and patio should guests prefer not to cook.
Pan Pacific markets itself as “intimate and “alpine chic,” offering the perfect accommodation for romantic getaways or family vacations.