Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list on February 16, 2021, naming Fairmont Empress as a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel for the fourth consecutive year. Fairmont Empress is showcased along with all of the formidable Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.
Known as Canada’s Castle on the Coast, Fairmont Empress was recently named Best Historic Hotel in the Americas thanks to its graceful balance of historic elegance and contemporary style. Guest rooms are tastefully appointed with design inspired by the incredible natural beauty of Vancouver Island, with a thoughtful nod to its historic past. Fairmont Empress Hotel’s General Manager, Indu Brar is delighted with the award, and looks forward to welcoming guests to this luxury focused hotel when it reopens on April 1, 2021 in time for Easter. “It is an honour for Fairmont Empress Hotel to receive the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for the fourth year in a row since completing our $64 Million restoration. As the only global ranking system for luxury hotels, Forbes Travel Guide sent incognito inspectors to the hotel who rated our property based on up to 900 objective standards. This award belongs largely to our Empress colleagues who take incredible pride in offering remarkable anticipatory service to our guests.”
According to Forbes Travel Guide “Travel came to a standstill when the pandemic struck last year. The global COVID-19 vaccine rollout offers some hope for 2021, allowing stir-crazy, grounded travelers to start planning their next getaway.To help inspire those next adventures, Forbes Travel Guide presents its 2021 Star Awards for the world’s best luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. The 63rd annual list features 283 Five-Star, 576 Four-Star and 438 Recommended hotels; 73 Five-Star, 136 Four-Star and 77 Recommended restaurants; and 90 Five-Star and 200 Four-Star spas worldwide. (The winners were surveyed both before the pandemic and once regional restrictions allowed FTG’s incognito evaluators to visit.)”
To rate properties, Forbes Travel Guide inspectors stay at each hotel for three days and two nights, posing as regular guests and paying their own way. They test up to 900 objective, stringent standards, from modern-day luxuries—such as whether a room is set up to enhance sleep, and the food-and-beverage choices are health-conscious—to more traditional luxuries, like the quality of the interior décor and design of the staff’s uniforms. For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, click here.