In the realm of opulence and grandeur, discerning travelers often seek the crème de la crème in hotel experiences. While traditional rankings spotlight individual hotels, the latest revelation from members-only group LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence offers a distinctive perspective by evaluating entire hotel brands. This exclusive insight, based on over 100 meticulous touch points, scrutinizes a brand’s ethos, staff, and overall ability to deliver an unparalleled experience.
LTI memberships, priced at $700 annually, provide access to independent and ad-free travel research funded by subscriptions, ensuring unbiased and authentic evaluations. Let’s delve into the creme de la creme of luxury hotel brands that have secured their spots on the prestigious list for 2023.
Mandarin Oriental Takes the Crown: A Narrow Triumph Over Oetker Collection
Mandarin Oriental emerges triumphant in the 2023 rankings, narrowly surpassing the esteemed Oetker Collection. This marks a significant milestone as Mandarin Oriental claims the top spot for the first time, solidifying its position as a paragon of luxury hospitality.
Exploring the Best Luxury Hotel Brands of 2023
- Mandarin Oriental
- Oetker Collection
- Auberge Resorts Collection
- Six Senses
- Four Seasons
- Rocco Forte Hotels
New Entrants: Peninsula and Raffles Join the Elite Circle
This year witnesses the addition of two illustrious brands to the list: Peninsula Hotels and Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Their inclusion reflects the ever-evolving landscape of luxury travel and sets the stage for heightened competition in the coming years.
Insights from Luxury Travel Intelligence Co-founder, Michael Crompton
Michael Crompton, co-founder of Luxury Travel Intelligence, anticipates that the ability to match the sector’s explosive growth with top-tier management and staff will play a pivotal role in future rankings. The challenges posed by this endeavor add a dynamic element to the ongoing evolution of luxury hospitality.
Unveiling the Scoring System: A Complex Algorithm at Work
Luxury Travel Intelligence employs a comprehensive algorithm, with a maximum of 4,663 points, to assess hotel brands. This year, the evaluation encompasses 130 touch points, including in-room dining, pre-arrival processes, and social media engagement. The points-based system mitigates subjective opinions, ensuring a fair and objective ranking.
Factors Influencing Rankings: Beyond Service Excellence
Apart from service excellence, the ranking also factors in brands’ investments, whether in new hotel ventures or the renovation of existing ones. This nuanced approach reflects the commitment of brands to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of luxury hospitality.
Beyond the Top 12: Recognized Brands that Command Attention
Luxury Travel Intelligence also highlights several brands that have earned recognition and are being closely monitored for their potential impact on the luxury hotel landscape. These include 1 Hotels, Alila, Anantara, Banyan Tree, Como, Dorchester Collection, Firmdale, Jumeirah, Leela, Oberoi, Park Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Soho House, Red Carnation, St. Regis, Taj, The Luxury Collection, and Viceroy.
Additionally, brands with fewer than 10 properties but displaying exceptional quality have been acknowledged. This elite group includes Airelles, Althoff Collection, Bulgari, Capella, Cheval Blanc, JK Place, La Reserve, Maybourne, Montage, Nikki Beach, Pendry, Soneva, Ultima Collection, and Virgin Limited Edition.
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