After restaurants, Michelin Guide will now help travellers find best hotels

After helping travelers and foodies discover the best restaurants around the world for more than a century, the illustrious Michelin Guide has included hotels in its exclusive and coveted lists.

In a statement, Michelin Guide said hotel selection is made according to the same criteria as restaurants are selected. So the rules for choosing restaurants and hotels are the same. According to Michelin, the goal is “to strive for excellence, promote excellence, and highlight local knowledge and the art of living.”

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Tainaron Blue Retreat overlooks the sea. (Image source: © Tainaron Blue Retreat / Michelin Guide)

Tablet hotels and selection process

According to the French tire manufacturer and mobility company, the hotels are chosen by the team at Tablet Hotels and the travel community.

Tablet Hotels, an online travel agency, was acquired by Michelin in 2018 and has since become the hotel experts of the guide. Michelin says the hotel choice helps maintain its “historic commitment to providing memorable experiences.”

On the other hand, restaurants are selected by anonymous inspectors from a well-known Michelin guide.

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Villa Crespi in Lake Orta, Italy. (Photo credit: Villa Crespi / Tablet Hotels / Michelin Guide)

How it works?

Hotels can be discovered via the official Michelin website and mobile apps.

Verified guests who book hotels through the tablet can share their feedback to help with the Michelin Guide evaluation process. Based on reviews, hotels can be removed if the reviews are unsatisfactory.

The Michelin Guide emphasizes hotels’ style, service and personality when it comes to their selection, helping travelers find the best places to stay regardless of price. Criteria include interior design, architecture, originality, quality of service and the importance of the hotel as a destination.

The system, according to Michelin, makes recommendations “trustworthy to users.”

While the selection of restaurants covers more than 35 destinations, the hotel selection extends to more than 120 countries.

“By making our hotel selection rigorous and focusing only on the strongest, most unique and most exclusive experiences, MICHELIN Guides aims to bring the know-how and experience of its teams to travelers and gourmets around the world,” said Gwendal Polnik, International Director of Michelin Guides.

Lucy Lieberman, CEO of Tablet Hotels, said, “Today, as the hotel experts at MICHELIN Guide, we are committed to the same ambition as the guide’s restaurant choice: to offer travelers only places that are worth their time – one that will contribute something meaningful to their trip.”

“As we do with restaurants, we are delighted that our selection will highlight the talent, experience, and personality of passionate hoteliers who help make the world’s great destinations forever more attractive,” Lieberman added.

Emphasizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hotels and travel, Michelin Guide said in its statement that it is “committed to actively promoting the industry and meeting the expectations of travelers and gourmets who more than ever yearn to enjoy authentic culinary experiences and unforgettable vacations.”

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View of Sukhothai Bangkok. (Photo credit: Sukhothai Bangkok / Tablet Hotels / Michelin Guide)

The type of hotels in its list

The hotels currently listed in the directory are some of the greatest in the world, and they offer excellent hospitality services. Adding Greek Tainaron Blue Retreat to his popular menu, Michelin says the hotel is a stone watchtower, built centuries ago on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Another great addition is Dunton Hot Springs in a ghost town in wild southwestern Colorado. Michelin says that although the buildings have not changed since 1918, the accommodations are “one of the most desirable”.

(Photo credit: Masseria Calderisi)

Incredibly exotic places are not the only ones on the list. There are farmhouses in southern Italy, such as the luxury boutique hotel Masseria Calderisi in Savelletri di Fasano, as well as a long list of other famous names from around the world.

Among these stunningly beautiful places are The Chedi Andermatt in Andermatt, Switzerland; the splendid Hotel des Grands Boulevards in Paris, France; PuXuan Modern Luxury Hotel & Spa in Beijing, China; The Sukhothai Bangkok in Thailand; The famous actor Robert De Niro Greenwich Hotel in New York City, United States.

Check out the complete Michelin guide to hotels here.

(Hero and featured image: Chedi Andermatt)

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