The Best 5 Star Hotels In The World
If you are lucky enough to be able to stay in 5 star luxury hotels when you travel, this page will be beneficial in helping you decide which are the best 5 star hotels to suit you in your chosen destination.
Throughout the world, there are some fantastic five star hotels and each one has it’s own character and charm, offering all the luxuries you would expect to receive from hotels of this high star rating. No matter where you are travelling to in the world, there will normally be a top quality 5 star hotel close by. Whether you are travelling to a major city, popular holiday resort, golf resort or ski resort, there are plenty of hotels to choose from.
This guide is designed to show you some of the best 5 star hotels in the world and hopefully provide you with a little more information and inspiration for choosing your perfect five star hotel.
What 5 Star Hotel Means
The majority of hotels throughout the world are rated on a star system, which is from 1-5 (However, there are now several 6 & 7 star rated hotels but the majority are still rated 1-5). Basically, the ‘stars’ signify the standard and status of the hotel, which are rated on the facilities, amenities and services the hotels provides. Although the star rating system is the most commonly used system to rate hotels, there are other systems used instead, such as ‘Diamonds’. There is actually no official universal system, which means that the ‘star’ rating may vary from country to country. This is due to local organisations, local governments and travel companies being biased when awarding their star rating! In some countries, the star rating of the hotel can actually be awarded by the hoteliers themselves!
The good news though, is that this does not happen often and when it comes to the majority of 5 star hotels throughout the world, most have been awarded their 5 star rating on merit and because they offer all the facilities and amenities expected of hotels of this high star rating. In today’s world of Social Media and Online hotel reviews, if a hotel is not up to the standard it has been advertised, it is soon found out and the Online reviews reflect this.
In short, the star system, is designed to be a benchmark for the standards of service and quality of the experience guest at the hotel can expect.
How 5 Star Hotels Are Rated
As we have previously mentioned, there is no actual official universal system for rating hotels but when a hotel is rated, there are many factors that are taken into consideration, in order to award a hotel its star rating. The star rating system is from 1-5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. As previously mentioned, there are many factors that determine the star rating of a hotel and some of these factors are facilities, quality of service, décor, restaurants, personal facilities, bars, space, spa, health & Fitness, room facilities to name a few. The more of these factors that a hotel has, will obviously contribute to the star rating it is awarded.
Choosing 5 Star Hotels
Although this guide lists a large number of five star hotels throughout the world, everyone’s tastes, requirements and budgets are different and what may be the best hotel for one person, may not be the best choice for another. Choosing the right hotel for you, will obviously all come down to your own personal preferences, requirements and budget.
All the 5 star hotels listed in this guide offer a wide range of facilities, however they may not be your idea of the perfect hotel. Once again, choosing the right hotel for you will also depend on what facilities you actually want during your stay.
Location is another major factor and is something you should definitely consider when choosing a hotel, especially if you are visiting a destination for a specific reason such as an event and need to be close to the venue. Location can also increase the price and if the hotel is located in a prime position, then you can guarantee this will reflect in the price!
Budget can play a big part in your final decision as to which hotel you eventually choose and although most 5 star hotels are not cheap, some are a lot more expensive than others. As we have mentioned previously in other articles, hotel prices fluctuate and are simply governed by ‘Supply and Demand’. The price you pay for your room will vary and can cost much more for the same room on a specific night, than it would cost on another. The price of a five star hotel in a major city can fluctuate considerably from one day to the next, especially if there are major events taking place in the city, such as concerts, festivals or sporting events. Obviously, demand for the hotel rooms will be very high during these periods and as a result, the hotels will charge a premium for these dates. If you want to find the best deals and cheapest prices for 5 star hotels during these busy periods, it is always advisable to book early in advance.
What Are Common Facilities At 5 Star Hotels
When a hotel has been awarded a 5 star rating, it is safe to assume that it will have certain facilities as standard. The criteria a hotel has to meet to be eligible for a 5 star rating, is high and many different factors have to be displayed. Although not all 5 star hotels offer the same facilities as some provide much more than others, they are all pretty much guaranteed to provide their guests with the basic luxuries that are expected from establishments of this high rating.
For Example, not all 5 star hotels will have a swimming pool or spa facilities but will all most certainly offer a range of facilities to ensure their guests have a comfy and relaxing stay. Most 5 star hotels will provide in room facilities such as a range of toiletries, mini bar, dressing gowns and slippers, luxury bedding, WiFi, ironing facilities, work station and more.
5 Star Hotels With Swimming Pools
What better way is there to relax when you are away on holiday or a business trip, than to take a quick dip in the hotel pool? If you are visiting a destination that has a hot climate, then the majority of 5 star hotels, will certainly have a pool. Having a pool on hand when the weather is hot is a necessity and some of the swimming pools in the luxury 5 star resort hotels, are mind blowing! Many of the five star luxury resort hotels around the world have several pools to choose from, such as outdoor pools, indoor pools, private pools on the room terrace and rooftop pools.
If you are visiting a city, then having a pool in the hotel is a great facility to have. After a long day sightseeing or a long day at work if you are on a business trip, having a swim in the hotel pool is a great way to relax and wind down.
If you are going on a family holiday with children, then the first thing most children want to know is if the hotel has a swimming! Having a swimming pool available in your hotel when you are travelling with, is a great way to keep them entertained for hours!!
Please Note: Not all luxury 5 star hotels will have a swimming pool but many of them do, especially one located in hot countries. Many of the luxury hotels have rooftop pools, some have themed pools, many have several pools, including indoor and outdoor pool and there are now many luxury 5 star hotels that have their own waterparks onsite. Larger hotels, may also provide separate pools for adults and separate pools for children.
5 Star Hotels With Rooftop Pool
There is something very special and magical about rooftop pools. During the day, being able to sunbathe and take a dip in the pool whilst watching the world go by down below, is certain unique.
If you have ever sat drinking your favourite tipple in a rooftop bar as you lookout over the city or resort you are staying in, you will certainly appreciate how wonderful the experience can be. Some of the rooftop bars in the luxury 5 star hotels are breath taking and if you ever get the chance to stay in them and experience the views, you will be in for are very special treat.
Spa breaks have certainly become more popular over the past few years and there are now more luxury 5 star hotels offering their guests spa facilities. The spa facilities do vary between hotels but some of the best spa hotels offer their guests the use of swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, as well as a range of spa treatments.
Many of the top 5 star hotels throughout the world offer their guests the choice of a transfer service. This is generally to and from the airport or port and is normally a luxury car or MPV. However, there are several hotels (such as in Dubai), that go that little bit further and offer their guests the choice of helicopters or boat transfers. Many of the top 5 star hotels in Venice offer boat transfers for their guests.
Concierge services are a very common service in many top luxury hotels and are there to help the guests stay at the hotel run smoothly. The Concierge service at a hotel, will generally provide you with useful information for your stay, help you with any bookings you require, such as show tickets, trips and tours or restaurants.
How Many 5 Star Hotels In The World
Unfortunately, this is one of those questions that would be very, very hard to answer accurately. It is impossible to give the exact correct number and trying to count all the 5 star hotels in the world would be a very time consuming task. There are so many towns and cities throughout the world that have 5 star hotels and there are new five star hotels opening throughout the year, as well as hotels with 5 star ratings, closing. At a guess, you would have to put the figure well over 10,000 5 star hotels but this would only be a guess!
Facilities At 5 Star Hotel
So, what 5 star hotel facilities and services should you expect when you stay at one of the more luxury hotels in the world.
Facilities of 5 star hotels do vary, depending on which hotel you are staying and which country you are visiting. However, as we have previously mentioned, 5 star hotels are rated on their facilities, so there are many facilities and amenities that come as standard.
Below is a list of common facilities and amenities that most 5 star hotels should have.
5 Star Hotel Facilities List:
Facilities In A 5 Star Hotel Room:
The majority of 5 star hotels will normally have the following facilities in their rooms. Obviously, thie list is just a guide and all five star hotels provide different facilities.
Mini Bar In Rooms
Scents and Toiletries
Turndown Service (making your room ready for sleep)
Luxury Cotton Sheets
Complimentary Bottle Of Wine
Chocolates or Sweets
Robes and Slippers
Iron – Ironing Board
TV & Coffee Making Facilities
Flowers In Room
5 Star Amenities and Services:
Once again, each five star hotel offers a range of different services and amenities and the list below is just a guide of what services many 5 star hotels offer their guests.
24 Hour Attendant
Welcome Drinks Upon
Welcome sweets such as macaroons, chocolate in your room
Butler Services which may include:
Shuttle Service to town, city or beach