The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo has been named the Best Hotel in Japan by the International Hotel Awards, Asia Pacific 2011.
In association with Bloomberg Television, the International Hotel Awards were launched this year, having evolved from the International Property Awards which was established in the United Kingdom in 1995 to recognize the finest residential and commercial properties in the world.
Due to increased entries from the hospitality industry for its commercial property category, the International Property Awards established the International Hotel Awards to identify and highlight the very best hotels in the global hospitality industry.
The International Hotel Awards recognize excellence in 13 categories that include architecture, interior design, websites or marketing, with titles such as “Best Convention Hotel”, “Best Resort Hotel”, “Best Small Hotel”, “Best Hotel Architecture” and “Best Hotel Interior.”
The voting of the awards is based on careful assessment and evaluation by a panel of judges that consist of 20 professionals with an extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, which this year was chaired by Anthony Murkett, managing director of The Sloane Club in London.
The award for Best Hotel is selected from hotels with more than 50 guest rooms, and judged comprehensively on location, facilities, guest services, efforts in environmental issues and safety, hotel history and marketing activities.