Red Carnation, the luxury hotel collection is delighted to announce three hotels within their portfolio have received extremely high rankings on the prestigious Conde Nast Gold List in 2010, including the top spot for London, England.
Red Carnation, the luxury collection of five and four-star family-run boutique hotels, is delighted to announce three hotels within their portfolio have received extremely high rankings on the prestigious Conde Nast Gold List in 2010, including the top spot for London, England. The Conde Nast Gold List, a readers’ poll of the Best Places to Stay in The World’, is the most highly regarded list of its kind. Approximately 25,000 readers of the magazine reveal a property’s character in the annual Readers’ Choice Survey. Each year’s Gold List (now in its 16th year) score represents the percentage of respondents who rated a property ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ on specific criteria.
The Milestone Hotel – This five-star luxury hotel in London’s Kensington, and member of Leading Hotels of the World boasts 57 individually designed rooms and suites and six luxury apartments, received four incredible rankings.
• No.1 Hotel in London in the ‘Best Places to Stay in the World’ category, with an overall score of 94.2
• No.1 Hotel in England UK for ‘Best Rooms’ in Europe, scoring 97.9
• No 2. Hotel in London for ‘Best Service’ in Europe, scoring 97.9
• No.1 Hotel in London for ‘Best Design’ in Europe, scoring 97.9
Conde Nast Traveler readers particularly praised The Milestone, also featured on the Gold Lists in 2008 and 2009, for the uniqueness of the guest room design, which emulates that seen in private homes; and thoughtfulness of the staff, calling The Milestone “a top-notch luxury hotel with personalized service.”
This award-winning hotel received an incredible rating of 97.9 for rooms, while the same rating (97.9) for service and design, 87.5 for food and 89.6 for it’s prestigious location puts the hotel ahead of the pack in London.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – The newly refurbished five-star hotel in Cape Town boasting an eclectic mix of 70 contemporary African-style and classic European bedrooms and suites and one-of-a-kind Presidential Suite, was listed as one of the ‘Best places to stay in the World’ receiving an overall score of 88.6.
This luxury hotel, also featured in the Gold List in 2009 and the only member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World in Cape Town, is “gloriously isolated” “with to-die-for views of the mountains or the sea.” The Sanctuary award-winning cave-like spa offering mountainside treatment gazebos spa, “is therapy in itself.” Staff exude “a genuine happiness.” Azure’s dishes, like ostrich carpaccio, “are popular with Cape Towners-always a good sign.”
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat – This award-winning five-star Luxury South African Lodge is located in the Western Cape. With 16 luxurious African and European designed rooms and suites and the world’s largest open air art gallery with over 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites, this remarkable ecological oasis was listed as one of the ‘Best places to stay in the World’ receiving an overall score of 88.8.
Readers remarked the luxury South African lodge was “deeply enriching” and “beyond all expectations” where “Rooms fuse modern and African design”; “the Riverside Suite has an infinity pool”; “The service is impeccable on every level.” Makana does an afternoon tea that is “in a class of its own – pure confection.” The on-site heritage center displays Bushman artifacts. The Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux.
Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director of Red Carnation Hotels and winner of the ‘Hotelier of the Year’ at the Hotel Catey Awards 2009 in the UK, comments, ‘”This is an outstanding achievement for the hotels and the collection. Mrs Bea Tollman, our Founder and President, and I are absolutely thrilled by these enormous accolades in such a prestigious award. It reflects the terrific effort made by every single member of the Red Carnation Team at each one of our thirteen hotels. We are a small family-run collection dedicated to going to that extra mile to live up to our promise – ‘No request is too large, no detail too small’. These awards are a testament to our dedicated and passionate teams.”