Virtuoso Best of the Best 2011

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    Some interesting picks:

    Best Achievement in Design:
    Hotel Armani Dubai

    Best Culinary Experience:
    Alain Ducasse at The Dorcester, The Dorcester, London

    Best Bar:
    Sir Elly's, The Peninsula Shanghai

    Best Family Program:
    Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

    Best Spa:
    The Spa at Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Most Innovative Guest Experience:
    Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

    Most Socially Resposible:
    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagaya

    One to Watch:
    Alan Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts

    Hotelier of the Year:
    Claudio Ceccherelli, Park Hyatt Milano

    Hotel of the Year:
    The Goring, London
     
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    Now this is actually a luxury "Best of.." list that I will regard as decent input! Having subscribed to Conde Nast's Traveller for a year and picking up copies of T+L I find their list to be somewhat hit and miss.

    Very surprised to see the Hotel Armani represented here, it's been pretty heavily bashed at the FT luxury forum and the gurus there are some of the most credible luxury hotel critics I've encountered on the entire internet. Then again, the bashing has been mostly about the Armani as a hotel. I guess it could still nab the price for design and be a let down in all other departments.
     
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    I can agree with this- the entire staff of Park Hyatt Milano are truly a class act.
     
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    Hotel Armani -- geeze confirms that the Luxury Hotel forum is the best source for great luxury properties...[​IMG]
     
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    Has anyone stayed there yet?
    From a design perspective, the rooms on top of the flagship store in Milano are actually very impressive.
     
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    Great to see PH Milan getting recognition as it is one of my all time favorite hotel.
     
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    I am surprised to see The Goring. It was nice, but the service was so-so.

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    I am surprised also- however a few people (including an excellent Virtuoso T.A.) have repeatedly said the Goring is their absolute favorite hotel in London- so perhaps it is a matter of becoming a regular?
     
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    I don't think it is good service to give good service only to the regulars. I would rate The Capital much higher than The Goring, much, much better service and better location too.

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    Agreed on the service point 100%. I have never stayed at the Capital, so cannot comment. I am really not that big of a fan of the Knightsbridge area anyway.
     
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    I am not either, but Knightbridge is, in my opinion, way much better than the district where The Goring is.

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    Good Point. I found the area where the Goring is extremely convenient from a work point of view- but not that nice of an area at all. I have a strong preference to Clerkenwell/Islington/Hackney.
     

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