The Leading Hotels of the World celebrates 85 years
December 3, 2013: The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW), which launched with 36 hotels in 1928 and has now grown to over 430 hotels, has curated and championed an exclusive collection of independent luxury properties. It is an umbrella of hotels where each member hotel is unique, with its own individual style, is a source of great pride, and is a hallmark of the LHW brand.
The mission of LHW has been to preserve and enhance the importance of independent, often family-owned, hotels. Today’s affluent traveler continues to embrace new cultures and that is exactly where an independent hotel, a truly wonderful one, acts as a temple of the local way of life and celebrates the unique rather than smoothing it over. Staying at an independent hotel can even change the way an individual perceives the world.
When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind, you have likely found a LHW hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, the brand attempts to seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. With an eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet their high standards for quality and distinctiveness. Simply put, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…