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Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

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, 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 January 12, 2015
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the dress code at The Dining Room at Langdon Hall?

    Located on a 200-acre rural estate, The Dining Room at Langdon Hall is country-chic, and the smart-casual dress code follows suit. No jeans or athletic wear are permitted at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, but jacket and ties are not required, either. The interior design of the luxury Cambridge restaurant evokes an upscale country mansion, with vaulted ceilings, large windows, wood floors and elaborate crown moldings — in this setting, you’ll feel appropriately dressed for dinner from executive chef Jason Bangerter in relaxed business attire or an elegant cocktail dress.
  • On November 19, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is on the room service menu at The Lanesborough?

    The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel’s room service menu is disguised as a red hardcover book on the desk. In the morning, have the traditional English breakfast, which includes juice (orange, grapefruit, carrot or the daily special), a fruit plate, two eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausages, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, tea or coffee, and pastries. Other options include whipped ricotta with candied citrus, raspberries and honey, and the poached smoked haddock with spinach, a poached egg and cheese sauce. At lunch, go light with cobb salad or Thai lobster and coconut soup. Then at dinner, order wild mushroom risotto, grilled lamb or pan-fried sea bass with artichokes, capers and potatoes.

    You’ll find a number of special menus included in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s room service offerings. A “Couch Cuisine” section offers food that’s good for snacking on while watching television or working at the desk. It includes lobster nachos topped with cheese and potted foie gras with toast. You can order up three different afternoon teas; opt for the Belgravia, which comes with champagne and strawberries and cream. There’s a large Middle Eastern menu (it’s also in Arabic), which includes an Arabic cheese platter and shakshuka (eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce) for breakfast; fattoush salad and falafel for mezes; and grilled prawns with tomato, coriander and chile, and mixed grill for dinner (all meats are halal). For dessert, get the sweet baklava. And the London hotel also has a small Asian menu with items like grilled organic salmon with jasmine rice and ponzu dressing and makhani (a creamy sauce of green chile and ginger) with your choice of protein.

    Whatever you choose, you’ll want to follow up with desserts like sour cream cheesecake with kumquat confit or a chocolate lava cake with roasted mangoes.
  • On October 5, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best restaurants in Taipei?

    Food may as well be sacred in Taipei. With Japanese and Chinese influences, the cuisines range from Sichuan spices to vibrant sushi, and tend to be heavy on pork and vegetables. Whether you’re yearning for a five-course molecular dining experience or simply want to sample the street stands, there is something to satisfy every craving. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat:

    1. La Petite Cuisine. Silky foie gras. Figs. Quail. The rich, delicate combinations at La Petite Cuisine impress all gastronomes. One of Singapore’s most celebrated chefs, Justin Quek, quietly opened this elegant, approachable French bistro in 2008. It has flown relatively under-the-radar, but not for lack of quality. Service is flawless through the Taipei restaurant, and basement seating is especially intimate.

    2. Chintai. Serving some of the best seafood in Taipei, Chintai is a must. You’ll have to snag a cab to a forgettable part of town, but the cluster of customers surrounding Chintai augurs well for your meal. The restaurant is unpretentious, serving up formidable heaps of orange salmon roe, cod and prawns to diners sporting everything from three-piece suits to jean shorts. Ask for the “ultimate seafood on rice,” the restaurant’s most esteemed dish.

    3. Old Wang Beef Noodle Soup King. A traditional favorite among locals, Old Wang Beef Noodle Soup King is near the presidential palace in Taipei. The constantly long line is a testament to its fragrant broths, juicy meats and springy wheat noodles.

    4. DN innovación. For Spanish molecular gastronomy, don’t miss DN innovación in the heart of Taipei city. Brainchild of chef Daniel Negreira, this cozy, ultra-modern spot whips up dishes even more mesmerizing than the décor. From the seemingly simple house-made breads and canon of Spanish wine to the more complicated squid-ink-covered yam, DN innovación marries traditional flavors with memorable haute flair.

    5. Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle. Legendary for its thick noodle soup, Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle draws a crowd for good reason. Located in the Ximending district, this Taipei restaurant has been a local favorite since it opened in 1975. It’s hard to miss, as dozens of people are found standing around outside, green bowls in hand.
  • On August 4, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best amenities at The Mayflower Grace?

    © The Mayflower Grace The best amenity at The Mayflower Grace is the spa facility — which includes a gorgeous indoor pool and luminous relaxation room — as well as their wide variety of daily fitness classes. The spa provides fully-loaded mp3 players upon request.

    The inn and spa also provide luxurious robes — a perfect combination of microfiber and cotton terry — as well as Pima cotton warm-ups (jacket, T-shirt, and pants) for your convenience. At the luxury inn, the rooms are stocked with the high-end New York-based Red Flower brand botanical bath products. The suites include a lovely complimentary sherry service — complete with crystal decanter — in addition to a fully stocked mini bar. And in the foyer of the Allerton Building, a set of Wellington rain boots and rain slickers are available for you to don if it is rainy or muddy outside. Overall, the attentive staff will go out of their way to make it easy for you to enjoy your stay at The Mayflower Grace.
  • On July 30, 2014
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the interior design of The White Barn Inn Restaurant?

    © TheWhiteBarnInn The White Barn Inn Restaurant seamlessly creates a mood of antique elegance, consisting of a small bar and seating area and two dining rooms within a completely renovated barn. The design makes good use of the barn’s high ceilings allowing both rooms to be open and airy with lots of exposed wood and vintage signage. The rustic appointments are then enhanced with stately white linens, delicate Riedel stemware, Villeroy & Boch china, and weighted silver cutlery. The back wall of both dining rooms includes a large picture window framing an illuminated garden (which is meticulously attended to) that’s lush in color and content, and forever changing, dictated by the seasons.