There are many hotel brands, but none can measure up to these top luxury brands which have been around for longer than we have!
The Peninsula Hotels
As one of the world’s oldest luxury brands, Peninsula has been on the rise since opening in 1866. Although there are just ten locations, each location is in a major world city which allows them to appeal and attract clientele that is a bit out of their league. In every location you could make the argument that that location is the best above the rest, but the original home will always remain in Hong Kong. This location has a fleet of Rolls Royce vehicles, which due to this reputation, the hotel was awarded its very own color, Peninsula Green. Just a few hallmarks of Peninsula hotels include exquisite fine dining options, grand lobbies and unbeatable service. In fact, the Beverly Hill location was the first of its kind, offering 24 hour stays making check-in and check-out times irrelevant.
Possibly the best known brand in the luxury hotel industry, Ritz-Carlton has been making waves for a century. Starting with Cesar Ritz, the "king of hoteliers and hotelier to kings," the Ritz and Carlton hotels were opened in Paris and London. Today, the company continues “putting on the Ritz” with over 85 hotels and resorts in almost 30 nations. Perhaps what the Ritz-Carlton is especially known for is the excellent club lounges, at least in the United States. This practice is a lot less common in Asia. In places such as Cleveland, Charlotte, New Orleans and St. Louis, they seem to monopolize the region due to the lack of any other luxury hotel options in the area. With that being said, their presence in Europe is much smaller while completely avoiding major cities such as London, Paris, and Rome (except for partner hotels).
Fairmont is a huge international brand with hotels in 20 countries and its claim to fame is having grand historic properties. Some of these location include a world wide iconic mountain resort, Banff Springs, Chateau Montebello in Quebec, and Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. Prior to merging under the Fairmont name, the Fairmont side of the family had its own similar icons, including the century old Fairmont San Francisco. Since the merger they have added many new locations sitting at the top of their collection in regards to luxury. These include St. Andrews Bay golf resort in Scotland, which is a huge destination for men, and Chateau Whistler ski resort. Both incredibly located and beautiful.
Out of the many tiers of the Hyatt Hotel Company, Park properties is at the top. Park Hyatt appeals to the high end of both business and leisure travelers. Beside the identity the brand keeps with displaying valuable art all around the hotels, it seems that Park favors keeping the guests on their toes. With a variety of city hotels, resorts and styles, pinpointing the so called style of the brand is not so easy. Some of the properties are in restored grand historic buildings in incredible destinations like Buenos Aires, Vienna and Paris, while other locations in Asia are in exceptional high rise towers. A good business practice that Park Hyatt has adopted is adding locations where other luxury brands have overlooked, including Mendoza, China’s Changbaishan ski resort, and Zanzibar! Due to the amount of tourism every year, having locations in up and coming places is an extremely smart business plan.