Forbes Travel Guides Bestows Five-Star Ratings on Canadian Hotels

The new Forbes hotel, spa and restaurant rankings have some good news for Canada and Canadian properties.

The Forbes people today put out a “sneak peek” of their 2021 ratings. As part of the 2021 awards selection, six hotels and spas from Toronto-based Four Seasons were awarded new five-star ratings, adding to the existing 2020 award winners. A total of 46 Four Seasons hotels and resorts, 13 spas and two restaurants have received the five-star designation.

Three Four Seasons properties received a new five-star designation this year, including Four Seasons Hotel Montreal and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia Comcast Centre, both of which opened in 2019, as well as Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. In addition, the spas at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center received five-star awards.

Also receiving five stars were the following Canadian hotels: The Ritz Carlton Toronto, The Shangri-La Vancouver, The Shangri-La Toronto, The Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver.

Some of my personal faves also got high ratings from Forbes. The marvellous Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, B.C. received four stars, as did the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver,  the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver and Canoe Restaurant in Toronto, which has remarkable views that match the quality of the cuisine.

The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto, a superb hotel I stayed at earlier in the summer, received a four-star rating, as did the hotel spa. Forbes gave the hotels’ ONE Restaurant a “recommended” rating.

As for Four Seasons, it was quite the haul.

“In a year of uncertainty and challenge for our industry, it is even more important that Four Seasons continues to maintain the service and quality excellence that our brand is known for, effectively adapting to the changing needs of our guests,” said Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Whether staying with us or visiting one of our spas and restaurants, we want guests to feel comfortable and confident that their wellbeing is top of mind.

“We achieve this through industry leading technology like the Four Seasons App and Chat, through our enhanced global health and safety program, Lead With Care, and most importantly through the care and compassion of our exceptional people.”

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