What Does it Take to Become a Five Star Hotel?

Forbes has just released its latest constellation-laden list of luxury accommodations and there are 27 new five star hotels, plus 75 less-exalted four star winners. See a sample room price at the end.

At least you can find a cheap flight to these expensive hotels

27 New Five Star Hotels in U.S., Worldwide

The coveted honor goes to lodging places from around the world and across the U.S. Since most of us will probably never stay at any of these resorts [Editor's note: Don't look at me!], FareCompare decided as a public service to share some of the amenities that separate a five star winner from, say, a Motel 6. By the way, that's no dig at the latter, which can be perfect for those on a budget but – the Ritz, it ain't.

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Best Five Star Amenities

This is a sampling of amenities from new members of the five star club, in no particular order.

Acqualina Resort & Spa – Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

  • Poolside amenities include the distribution of "chilled towels and frozen grapes."

ARIA Sky Suites – Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Guests are "whisked from the airport in an alternative fuel limousine."

Capella Singapore – Singapore

  • Amenities include an "army of personal assistants" to plan anything from a flower-arranging workshop to a safari.

Hotel Bel-Air – Los Angeles, California

  • Generous-sized terraces are equipped with "remote-controlled fire pits."

Mandarin Oriental – Miami, Florida

  • Its popular M-Bar serves 250 different kinds of martinis.

Ocean House – Watch Hill, Rhode Island

  • Its seasonal fresh foods restaurant is served by a staff "local forager" and there is an herb garden on the property.

The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician – Scottsdale, Arizona

  • A chauffeured Mercedes "will whisk you to your afternoon hike or spa appointment."

What Does a Five Star Hotel Cost?

As they say, if you have to ask – you may not be able to afford it. However, here is one example: The average price of a suite at the Capella Singapore is about $900, though accommodations can cost as much as $12,000 per night.

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