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Three Strip hotels earn prestigious five-star rating

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Courtesy MGM Resorts International

The Skylofts at MGM Grand were among the Las Vegas hotels that won the prestigious Five Diamond Award.

Three Las Vegas Strip hotels have received a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide for 2011.

Skylofts at MGM Grand, Tower Suites at Encore and Tower Suites at Wynn all received the guide’s top rating. All of the hotels are repeat recipients of the five-star honor.

Wynn has received it for five consecutive years, while Encore has received it for two. The Skylofts at MGM Grand were added to the list in 2009.

The Bellagio, Encore, Four Seasons, M Resort, Mandarin Oriental, Palazzo, Signature at MGM Grand, Venetian and Wynn all received the group’s second-best rating of four stars.

Two high-end properties noticeably missing from the list are MGM Resorts International’s Aria and Vdara, which opened along with the Mandarin Oriental last December.

Las Vegas Restaurants Alex at Wynn Las Vegas and Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand both received five-star ratings. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas was listed as a new five-star spa, while the spas at Wynn and Encore both maintained their five-star ratings.

Strip restaurants Aureole, Mix, Bradley Ogden, Le Cirque, Michael Mina, Picasso and Restaurant Guy Savoy were once again honored with four-star ratings. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental was added to the list.

The Forbes Travel Guide, formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide, is in its second edition. The brand transfer from Mobil to Forbes was announced in fall 2009.

To compile the hotel rankings, the guide’s inspectors make surprise visits to hotels, spas and restaurants. The inspectors stay at the hotels for three days and two nights and judge them on various categories, including graciousness, timeliness and luxury.

Evaluations of spas include judging specific treatments, and restaurant evaluations require inspectors to judge food and ambiance.

In total, this year’s five-star ratings list included 54 hotels, 23 restaurants and 20 spas, according to Forbes Travel Guide’s website. The group gave 167 hotels, 152 restaurants and 108 spas four stars. The listings include locations in the U.S., China and Canada.

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