Though five-star hotels typically mean the top of the top in the world of accommodations according to the most famous travel authorities such as Lonely Planet and Forbes Travel Guide, there is now such a thing as an underground rating for a seven-star hotel.
What could this mean, and what is the difference between a five and a seven-star hotel? The main changes you see in a seven-star hotel are actually quite minor but bring the hospitality experience from excellent to spectacular. This goes from the exemplary service of the Ritz to the legendary time provided by the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva.
Seven-star hotels go above and beyond to give the most personalized service possible, to the point that most of these institutions do research on their clients so that they can make a stay from memorable to extraordinary. And for a starting price of $1,700 a night for most of these hotels, you’d hope they’d try a little.
The next aspect of the differences is the guests they welcome. A five-star hotel is most likely to welcome celebrities and major businessmen who will barely enjoy the amenities offered. Instead, a seven-star will provide housing to heirs, billionaires, and royalty.
The United Arab Emirates is well-known for two things: their oil and their sense of hospitality. It, therefore, comes to no surprise that they house two seven-star hotels, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. The latter’s Emirates Place, known for its private beach and Arabian palace atmosphere. Most of these suites are decorated with gold and marble, to the point of being deemed good enough for local royals. At $980 per night, the Palace is a perfect experience for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
Dubai is proud to house the Burj Al Arab hotel. Located in the city’s iconic sail-shaped building, the hotel is down the street from Jumeirah Beach, one of the most exclusive in the country. This huge hotel contains hundreds of suites, ranging from junior room to the royal two-bedroom suite. The latter boasts 24-carat gold iPads, Egyptian linens, snooker tables, and libraries, among many, many other perks. This institution of a hotel has been voted far and wide as the best hotel in the world.
Laucala Island, in Fiji, is privately owned by the founder of Red Bull. It has now been transformed into a unique paradise island resort. The resort boasts personalized dining menus in private dining locations, so guests can eat in the jungle if they would choose to do so. There is also access to Fijian therapies at the Spa Garden and the possibility to indulge at the Pool Bar. A one-bedroom plantation villa will cost about $6,000 per night, though it is an option to rent the Delana Hilltop Estate for a measly $55,000 per night.
The Mark Hotel, in New York City, is known to provide its fair share of old-world comfort while keeping with the times with regards to technology and the demands of its exclusive clientele. Dining options are all provided by Jean Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s most famous chefs. At $86,000 a night for the priciest suites, services include a twenty-four-hour tailoring service and en-suite hairstyling.
Though Paris isn’t necessarily known for its hospitable people, several of the hotels in the city of lights beg to differ. One notable one is the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, located near the Eiffel Tower. Some perks include a private ice rink, limousines, and Europe’s only Dior Institut that offers top of the line spa treatments.