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Forbes Travel Guide created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into thousands of hotels, dined at just as many restaurants, and experienced scores of spa treatments to bring you information on the very best places to stay, eat and relax around the world. Throughout ForbesTravelGuide.com, you'll find answers about these Star-Rated and recommended hotels, restaurants and spas, as well as destinations and activities, written and provided by Forbes Travel Guide's team of professional inspectors. It's a dynamic group of people who live around the world, have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, and are united by a passion for travel and a devotion to hunting down the world's most outstanding places.

  • On September 30, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Which shops are located near Lotte New York Palace?

    If you’ve come to New York to shop, you’re in good company when you stay at Lotte New York Palace. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is right next to Fifth Avenue, which hosts some of the city’s toniest shops. There’s Saks Fifth Avenue, the upscale department store where you can browse the aisles (and floors) with a personal shopper or just look for whatever catches your eye. A little further up Fifth, you can check out Henri Bendel, a woman’s specialty store that peddles jewelry, hair accessories and more. Plus, its fourth floor is home to the Frederic Fekkai hair salon, if you’re looking for a makeover to match all those chic clothes and accessories you just bought.
  • On September 22, 2015
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    When is The St. Regis New York’s gym open?

    Whether you’re looking to work out or zone out, you can do both during your stay at The St. Regis New York. The pared-down gym is located on the lower level of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.

    The 24-hour gym includes cardio, weight-training and low-impact equipment. Complimentary chilled towels, water and fruit enhance your workout, and you can arrange a personal training session or get a private yoga or Pilates class from one of the spa’s instructors.


  • On September 22, 2015
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    What are the four best amenities at The St. Regis New York?

    Staying at The St. Regis New York is as close to being at home as you’ll get at a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel — that was the original owner’s vision and it still rings true today. John Jacob Astor IV, a wealthy New York socialite, opened the hotel in 1904 as a main competitor to luxury hotels in Europe and insisted on residential amenities and opulent, but comfortable décor. We’ve rounded up a list of the best five amenities at the hotel:

    1. The white glove, black-tailed personal butler service sets this New York hotel apart. Your butler can fulfill a range of requests round-the-clock sent through the paging system in your room or a handy app that connects to your butler’s handheld device. Every morning your butler serves you coffee and tea, arranges wake-up calls and can bring you room service, helps you run an errand, stocks your room with toys and games for children or organizes a cocktail party for you and your friends. No request is too large or too small.

    2. Sit back and relax with a bedside control panel that operates everything in the guest room with the push of a button. You barely have to lift a finger to control the room temperature, lights, alarm clock, telephone, housekeeping and privacy lights and butler paging.

    3. The St. Regis New York’s gym is open 24 hours and perfect for a cardio or weight-training workout. Choose from treadmills, ellipticals, a StairMaster, free weights and Swiss balls, as well as personal training options. When you’re done, hit the locker room and relax in the steam room. Chilled towels, water and fresh fruits are all available, free of charge.

    4. The beds at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel are among the most comfortable we’ve ever slept in. King-sized, overstuffed feather pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets adorn a plush Serta pillow-top mattress in each room. The down duvet seems a foot high — you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in the clouds when you climb into your fluffy bed.
  • On September 11, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What's the relaxation area like at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    © The Grand Del Mar The relaxation area at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the epitome of tranquility and style. Framed Hermès scarves — a touch that fashion lovers will adore — lead you to an ocean-blue room that’s splashed with touches of gold. For prime lounging, lie down on the cabana-style day beds and relax while you enjoy the sunlight that streams through the French doors. Fashion magazines and newspapers will be provided so you can catch up on the latest trends and current events. Though you may be quite happy just to cozy up to the fireplace in your plush white robe and revel in all the sweet serenity.
  • On September 11, 2015
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    What are the five best treatments at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers some amazing services. In fact, they are among the best in the country. Here are our five favorites treatments at this Five-Star spa:

    1. Manual Lymph Drainage. Focusing on the face and neck, this light, rhythmic therapy is designed to improve the overall functioning of your immune system. The lymphatic vessels play a key role in removing toxins and delivering nutrients, antibodies and other materials to the tissue cells of the body.

    2. Decompression. The invigorating body scrub of organic rosemary is followed by a hydrating body wrap of goat butter while you lie on a warm, free-floating bed. This soothing, luxurious treatment culminates with a customized body massage.

    3. Art for Art’s Sake. An application of warm oil is massaged onto your neck, shoulders, décolleté, face and scalp, which is then followed by exfoliation, warm aromatic cloths and a remineralizing clay mask. This will leave your skin radiant and revitalized.

    4. Sculpted Beauty. Nutrient-rich, mineralizing clay paired with a contouring massage draw excess fluid from your tissues. The results? Toned and revitalized skin.

    5. Expression. The subtle, penetrating heat of warmed stones combine with an herbal salt scrub and a refreshing cleanse with a Vichy shower. Next up? A tonic massage with rich goat butter cream.
  • On September 11, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    How old does my child need to be to visit The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    Your child needs to be 18 or older to visit The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, but they can be any age to visit the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa’s Haim Salon. If a child under the age of 18 is begging for a little pampering, take him or her to the salon for a special nail service. The children’s manicures and pedicures are $30 a piece.
  • On September 2, 2015
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    What is the cancellation policy at L’Espalier?

    L’Espalier requires a credit card guarantee to hold to all reservations, as well as 48 hours notice for a cancellation.
  • On July 24, 2015
  • On June 26, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where is Manresa located?

    Manresa is located in an idyllic California town. You’ll find the Five-Star restaurant in Los Gatos, population 29,413, at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its location is not only important for making sure there’s a robust customer base that can easily access the restaurant, but for actually influencing the cuisine the restaurant is cooking. The cuisine at Manresa features ingredients from its exclusive farm partner, Love Apple Farms, which is about 15 minutes away by car in Santa Cruz. This farm, which follows biodynamic farming practices, delivers its best produce to the restaurant — ensuring that you’ll get a true taste of California cuisine.
  • On June 2, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What’s the best time to visit InterContinental Singapore?

    Late August might be the best time to visit InterContinental Singapore, a unique landmark in the heart of Bugis, an arts, cultural and heritage district with more than 20 historical sites, national monuments and museums. Though the exact dates it’s held vary, the annual Night Festival, which takes place over two consecutive weekends towards the end of August or early September, is centered in Bugis and neighboring Bras Basah district and features a diverse variety of art, music and dance events well worth planning a visit around. December and January, when Singapore’s sometimes sweltering weather tends to cool down, are also good times to stay at Forbes Travel Guide Four Star InterContinental Singapore.
  • On June 2, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What restaurants does InterContinental Singapore have?

    You can indulge everything from fresh sushi to gourmet Cantonese at the two restaurants located within Forbes Travel Guide Four Star InterContinental Singapore. Freshwater eel, shabu-shabu and sushi are the specialties at Chikuyotei, this luxury Singapore hotel’s fine-dining Japanese restaurant, while at contemporary Man Fu Yuan Chinese Restaurant you can taste a variety of Cantonese dishes highlighted by a delicious selection of dim sum. Room service is also available 24 hours a day at the luxury Singapore hotel.
  • On April 27, 2015
  • On April 21, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Does The Plaza Hotel have a house car or limousine service?

    If you are staying at The Plaza Hotel and want your transportation to be as luxe as the accommodations, ask for car or limousine service. Guests also have access to the New York hotel's BMW 7 Series so they can explore the city in comfort and style. Let the hotel know you'd like to use this service as soon as you arrive. To arrange for any of these transportation services, contact the concierge desk at the hotel. It's more than happy to help get you navigate the city.