California: El Encanto, Rancho Valencia Resort join Forbes 5-star list
Santa Barbara’s El Encanto and Rancho Santa Fe’s Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa have joined 15 other California hotels on Forbes Travel Guide’s list of five-star accommodations released Wednesday.
El Encanto reopened in March after a $134-million-renovation. In an April 28 article, Los Angeles Times staff writer Christopher Reynolds said of the hotel: “Modern luxury, historic preservation: Most awkward bedfellows since Rock Hudson and Doris Day.” Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe opened in 1989 and has recently completed at $30-million renovation.
California has more five-star hotels than any other state.
Two California properties joined the four-star list for the first time in 2014: Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes and the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. A total of 22 Golden State hotels were awarded four stars.
Other new California additions to the just-announced 2014 guide, which includes restaurants and spas:
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, a five-star spa;
The Spa at Rancho Valencia, a four-star spa in Rancho Santa Fe.
Las Vegas doesn’t boast any new additions to the list this year, but Aria, Mandarin Oriental, the Skylofts at MGM Grand and encore tower and Wynn return for 2014.
China now has 19 Forbes Five-Star hotels in the cities ranked by the travel guide.
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