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The Hôtel de Paris has been given a five-star rating for the second year in a row by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide’s Star Awards, another nod to the hotel’s €600 million makeover.
Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas and it has just released its 2021 Star Awards, giving Covid-weary would-be travellers something to look forward to.
And the Hôtel de Paris, a local landmark with a pedigree to match, has made the cut for the second year in a row.
The hotel has accommodated the rich and famous for more than 150 years, hosting myriad events including Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace’s wedding dinner.
In 2014, the hotel underwent a major renovation, costing €600 million and taking four years to complete. The modernised version was just as resplendent as the former, with Architect Richard Martinet’s tree-lined open-air courtyard, new rooftop villas and a second Alain Ducasse restaurant.
The upgraded hotel put the grande dame back on the radar of many, including the Forbes Travel Guide, which sends inspectors to stay at a hotel for three days and two nights. The inspectors are anonymous, they pay their own way and do not alert the staff of who they are.
They have a 900-strong list of standards they check for, as diverse as health-conscious meal choices, quality interior decoration and staff uniform design. Above all, though, they look for customer service, constituting 75% of a hotel’s rating, while 25% is based on the facilities.
The Hôtel de Paris was given the highest rating, five stars, for its exceptionality.
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.
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For the event, HE Sophie Thevenoux, Ambassador of Monaco to the Netherlands, accompanied by diplomats from the Embassy, hosted a number of Dutch personalities, including HE Versteeg, Grand Master of His Majesty's Household, and Mrs Bergsma, Director of the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and representatives of the Monegasque Consular Corps in the Netherlands, Mr van Iersel, Consul General of Monaco in The Hague and Mr Krooswijk, Consul Monaco in Amsterdam. A reception was held by the Embassy at the end of the performance, in which Jean-Christophe Maillot, Jiří Kylián and the dancers of the Ballets de Monte Carlo mixed with invited guests.