Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks. 

Forbes Travel Guide, an online-only publication in 60 countries, uses a scoring system that weighs service at 75 percent (emphasizing graciousness, thoughtfulness and personalized service) and the facility quality at 25 percent. Congratulations to these properties and to The Broadmoor for being one of only 13 properties in the world to capture triple FiveStars for their hotel, restaurant and spa.

» THE BROADMOOR; Colorado Springs, Colorado
» THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN; Scottsdale, Arizona
» CHÂTEAU DU SUREAU; Oakhurst, California
» FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES JACKSON HOLE; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
» THE LITTLE NELL; Aspen, Colorado
» MONTAGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah
» THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK; Philipsburg, Montana
» THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN; Tucson, Arizona
» STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.