Le Meurice (Paris) – Paris swept the board at the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards 2016, securing the most new five-star listings. Le Meurice, celebrated for its Versailles-style grandeur, was one of the hotels honored. Read on to see other hotels with a new five-star rating.
The Peninsula Paris – Three Peninsula properties made their debut in this year's list. The Peninsula Paris is a glittering showpiece, located in a 19th-century palace with Belle-Epoque gilding and trompe l'oeil frescoes.
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris – Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris boasts an interior designed by Philippe Starck.
Plaza Athenee (Paris) – The Plaza Athenee reopened in September 2014 following a 200 million euros extension and renovation.
MGM Macau – With nine five-star hotels, Paris now ties with Macau, China for the most rankings in the Forbes list. MGM Macau was the Chinese city's only new addition this year.
Hotel Hassler (Rome) – Princess Diana was said to have loved the bar at the Hassler. With its gilded mirrors, gold pillars and curved leather banquettes, who wouldn't?
Hotel de Russie (Rome) – Italy has eight luxury hotels placing for the first time on the Forbes list: four in Rome -- including the Hotel de Russie -- three in Florence and one in Milan.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (Florence) – The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is home to the Michelin-starred Il Pilagio restaurant. It features views of the hotel's inner gardens and offers a seasonal menu featuring regional cuisine.
Portrait Firenze (Florence) – The interiors of this 34-key all-suite hotel, which opened in 2014, are inspired by 1950s Italian haute couture. Guests enjoy free entry to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, as well as privileges at their boutiques, plus special tours of Vasari Corridor.
The Goring (London) – The Goring is where Kate Middleton spent the night before marrying Prince William and becoming the Duchess of Cambridge. Its other claim to fame is being the world's first hotel to offer en-suite bathrooms, heating and air-conditioning.
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva (Switzerland) – The one-bedroom Royal Suite (though it can be extended up to five bedrooms on request) at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva has been kitted out to resemble Versailles; the furniture is French reproduction, the ceilings are soaring, and the windows offer uninterrupted views of Lake Geneva.
Park Hyatt New York – New York's first ever Park Hyatt, this five-star hotel opened in 2014. French architect Christian de Portzamparc designed the shimmering glass-paneled exterior.
The Langham (Chicago) – The Langham offers visitors an elegant experience complete with views of the city and the Chicago River. Some of the amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness studio, an indoor pool, event space and access to traditional Chinese medicine.
Montage Kapalua Bay (Maui, Hawaii) – While much of Hawaii's islands are flush with resort-size hotels, Montage Kapalua Bay, on Maui's northwest shore, is an intimate oceanfront hideaway with just 50 suites, ranging from one to four bedrooms.
Esperanza, Auberge Resort (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) – At the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo attracts celebs, wealthy jet-setters, championship golfers, U.S. party boys and girls, families and anyone interested in living luxuriously along the Pacific.
Ritz-Carlton Cancun (Mexico) – Glistening chandeliers and old-world oil portraits might not be the norm in Cancun, but the Ritz pulls off its trademark elegance by adding local touches like tequila and regional wine tastings, Mexican cooking classes in a slick Culinary Center and volunteer opportunities in Mayan communities.
Ritz-Carlton Toronto (Canada) – One of two Canadian additions, along with the Four Seasons in Whistler, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto is a luxurious tribute to Canadiana, filled with glossy wood, big brass maple leaves, neutral earth tones and original artwork.
Dorado Beach, Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Puerto Rico) – Dorado Beach opened in December 2012 on the site of Laurance Rockefeller's former estate near San Juan. The property continued his environmental legacy by setting aside some 75% of its 1,400 acres as green space.
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo – Papagayo is a sparkling strand of beaches in Costa Rica's northwestern Guanacaste Province. The Four Seasons is a top pick in a scenic region that boasts Costa Rica's best resorts, golf courses, spas and white-sand beaches.
Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong – One of three Ritz-Carlton additions to the 2016 list, along with Toronto and Cancun, Shanghai's Ritz-Carlton is home to the city's highest bar terrace -- some 250 meters high.
Hotel Palace Tokyo – Hotel Palace Tokyo is one of two Japanese additions to the 2016 list. The 23-story luxury hotel opened in the Chiyoda-ku district in 2012.
Peninsula Tokyo – The Peninsula Tokyo is located in the city's ritzy Ginza district, a stroll away from designer boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. The best rooms offer views of the neighboring Imperial Palace.