Forbes Travel Guide announced on Wednesday that two famous hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas, earned an extra star on their rating, bumping them up to a perfect 5-star Forbes rating. Both properties were upgraded from their former four-star rating.
In an even more impressive feat, Wynn Resorts Ltd. stated that the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas now serve as the largest and second-largest resorts to earn a coveted Forbes 5-star rating globally.
The ratings come during Forbes Travel Guide’s annual Star Rating Awards, but this year saw Forbes giving a record number of five-star designations to numerous new properties, as a part of their global expansion.
According to Amanda Frasier, head of rating for Forbes Travel Guide, the new five-star additions “really help propel (Las Vegas) to one of the strongest performing five-star cities and states in the USA,” adding that “Nevada as a state is so strong.”
Currently, as far as greatest number of five-star hotels in the U.S. goes, Nevada ranks fourth. For highest number of five-star spas and five-star restaurants, Nevada sits pretty in third place.
Other 5 Star Rated Hotels, Spas, and Restaurants in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has been awarded with six five-star hotels, six five-star restaurant, and four five-star spas. Here’s a list of the current five-star winners:
- ARIA Sky Suites
- Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
- Encore Tower Suites
- Skylofts at MGM Grand
- Wynn Las Vegas
- Wynn Tower Suites
- Joël Robuchon, fine French fare at MGM Grand
- Le Cirque Las Vegas, fine dining under Bellagio’s circus-tent themed dining room
- Picasso, Las Vegas’ most “artistic restaurant,” located at Bellagio
- Restaurant Guy Savor, exquisite French fare in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace
- Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, fine French flair on the 23rd floor of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
- Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas, high-end Chinese cuisine
- The Spa & Salon at ARIA
- The Spa at Encore Las Vegas
- The Spa at Vdara
- The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas
What Earns a 5 Star Rating?
Forbes Travel Guide’s expert inspectors anonymously test properties against up to 900 rigorous standards. According to their website, here’s a glimpse into the standards they look for when giving their five-star rating:
- Top-notch room service
- Beautiful beds
- Distinctive drinks
- Supreme service
- Memorable meals
- Thoughtful turndown
- Helpful housekeeping
- Genuine interest
- Exceeding expectations
And Forbes Travel Guide inspectors need to be sharp on their game to dish out the proper rating designation. On average, inspectors travel around 260 days per year, are contractually bound to not have any social media presence and fill out hefty inspection reports that take over 10 hours to complete.
“We need them to not only pay attention to the details after a long flight from one side of the country to the other or one side of the world other, but we need them to submit a really high-quality report,” Amanda Frasier, head of ratings, told USA TODAY. The inspectors go through rigorous training and need to understand cultural nuance.
“We know that cultural nuance and geographical location play a part in how service is delivered, and we want to make sure that comes through in the way that we conduct our evaluation and in the reports that these hotels end up reading.”
About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes is the global authority on luxury verification. First launching in 1958, they began as a guidebook for US motorists, originally known as “Mobil Travel Guide.” Since their inception, their expert team of inspectors have traveled the world to anonymously assess hotels, restaurants, and spas in more than 70 countries against their rigorous luxury standards.
Inspectors stay as anonymous guests at each property they visit, allowing for a truly independent and objective Star Rating process.
According to their website:
“While we assess both service and facility, our Star Rating system emphasizes service because your experience at a hotel, restaurant, or spa goes beyond looks — how it makes you feel is what you will remember most.”
“For us, it is all about how does the hotel make the guest feel?” Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, told USA TODAY.