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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2016 Star Rating Awards

By on February 22, 2016

SAN JUAN – Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 58th list of worldwide Star Rating recipients Monday.

Forbes Travel Guide now rates properties in 29 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and expects to double its size again in the next year with expansion into the Middle East and Africa. The 2016 Five-Star hotel winners now total 154 — the most in Forbes Travel Guide’s history. The company continues its selective process for recognizing properties, rewarding “intuitive, gracious service.”

Forbes Travel Guide is the originator of the Five-Star Rating system. Its inspectors anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 standards.

Among the lists winners in the Caribbean and Mexico, large branded hotels such as Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve joined independent boutique properties like Barbados’ Sandy Lane Hotel in earning first-time Five-Stars. Mexico had six five-star hotels on the list in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Punta Mita.

In Puerto Rico, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort were the recognized four-star hotels, with The Spa at Condado Vanderbilt making the four-star spas’ list.

“These properties set an unimpeachable standard of excellence in hospitality at a moment when the proliferation of voices claiming to provide unbiased ratings online is exploding. With Forbes Travel Guide-rated properties, there is no ambiguity, no doubt: based on a stringent set of standards developed and refined over six decades, our ratings are now accepted and embraced worldwide,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide.

To view the complete list of 2016 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating recipients, visit

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