Montage Beverly Hills Receives Forbes Five Star Award

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Opened less than one year ago, Montage Beverly Hills is the only new California hotel to receive the 2010 Forbes Five Star Award and credits the accelerated receipt of this distinction to the introduction of cutting edge, innovative services and amenities in a time when competing hotels are showing signs of cutting back.

Montage Beverly Hills Exterior

“Earning Five Star recognition requires relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” said Kasikci, who is a 35-year veteran in the luxury hospitality industry. “Hotels must consistently and flawlessly deliver a standard of unparalleled service tha

Montage Beverly Hills is the only new California hotel to receive the 2010 Forbes Five Star Award. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style hotel, opened in November 2008 in the heart of the Beverly Hills golden triangle, remarkably received this award less than one year from opening.

“It’s gratifying to have Forbes recognize Montage Beverly Hills with this prestigious award,” said Alan Fuerstman, Founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts. “I am especially proud that Managing Director Ali Kasikci and his team achieved this recognition before we have celebrated the property’s first anniversary. It is a tremendous tribute to our associates and their ability to deliver a standard of service that is truly extraordinary.”

“Earning Five Star recognition requires relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” said Kasikci, who is a 35-year veteran in the luxury hospitality industry. “Hotels must consistently and flawlessly deliver a standard of unparalleled service that exceeds the guests’ expectations.”

Montage Beverly Hills was the first new luxury property to be built in Beverly Hills in 17 years. In the highly competitive Beverly Hills luxury market, Kasikci was able to successfully launch the hotel and accelerate the process of earning the Forbes Five Star Award by introducing cutting edge, innovative services and amenities in a time when many in the hospitality industry were showing signs of cutting back. Dialed into the acute needs of the 21st century traveler, Montage Beverly Hills offers its guests consistent service practices as well as complimentary access to a fleet of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, 24-hour flexible check-in/check-out, airport luggage valet service and John Lobb Certified Shoe Butlers.

In addition to the prestigious Forbes Five Star Award, Montage Beverly Hills was recognized earlier this year as the first hotel and residences to receive Gold LEED certification in Southern California under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for New Construction rating system. “The Forbes Five Star award, coupled with the Gold LEED certification, really distinguishes Montage Beverly Hills and highlights the careful integration of social responsibility, architecture, operations and ultra-luxury service,” said Fuerstman.”

The Forbes Five Star Award, formerly the Mobil Five Star, rates the best hotel, restaurant and spa experiences. According to the Forbes Five Star criteria, hotels must provide a distinctive luxury environment with consistently superlative, personalized service and the ultimate in amenities.

About Montage Beverly Hills                                    
Montage Beverly Hills, featuring 201 well-appointed guestrooms, including 55 suites, pays tribute to both old-style Hollywood and modern day luxury. The exterior, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style complements the rich history and tradition of Southern California’s most celebrated neighborhood. Located steps from Rodeo Drive, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, guests and residents find convenient access to luxurious retailers and exquisite dining. Through every facet, Montage Beverly Hills embodies the essence of Hollywood’s Golden Age. With our commitment to sustainability, Montage Beverly Hills is the first hotel and residences to receive LEED Gold certification in Southern California. For information and reservations, please contact Montage Beverly Hills at 310-860-7800 or visit the Web site, http://www.montagebeverlyhills.com.

About Montage Hotels & Resorts                                                                                    
Montage Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and resort management company founded in 2002 by Alan Fuerstman. Designed to serve affluent travelers and homeowners, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences in stunning settings that offer comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. Montage Laguna Beach, the company’s flagship oceanfront resort, opened in the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, California, in 2003. Montage Beverly Hills, the company’s second hotel, opened in Beverly Hills in 2008 and is the first LEED Gold certified hotel and residences in Southern California. Other properties under development include Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, scheduled to open in 2010, and an oceanfront resort and residences with championship golf course coming soon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. http://www.montagehotels.com.

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