After a long day, sometimes the most a weary traveler can muster is the energy to go downstairs to the hotel bar. But at some hotels, the bar experience has evolved into something special — for hotel guests and locals alike.
Forbes Travel Guide announced its winners for the 2019 list of best hotel bars in the world on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with 44 winners selected from 13 countries.
Eleven of the winning bars came from the U.S. and out of those, one Phoenix hotel bar made the cut. The Thirsty Camel, located at the Phoenician Resort near Scottsdale was named one of the best hotel bars in the world.
How they chose the winning bars
With so many hotel bars, how did Forbes Travel Guide narrow down the best to only 44?
First, the travel guide sent “inspectors” to stay at hotels around the world anonymously.
The guide also rates each hotel on up to 900 standards for the Forbes Travel Guide annual star ratings. While collecting research for star ratings, Forbes Travel Guide writers noticed an uptick in the amount of effort put into making hotel bars special destinations of their own, a press release states.
So, they decided hotel bars deserved their own list.
The bars are ranked on luxury standards, which include beverage program creativity, location-centric options, serviceware, snacks and overall bar experience. Food and beverage quality standards including properly served drinks and ability to cater to all guest requests also were factors.
What bars are on the list?
The U.S. hotel bars that made Forbes Travel Guide’s best in the world list are:
- Rowes Wharf Bar at Boston Harbor Hotel.
- MO Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
- 33°North at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.
- Park Lounge at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.
- The Oak Room at The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, Georgia.
- The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
- Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago.
- Thirsty Camel at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.
- The Great Room at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.
- The St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami.
- Garden Room at Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Find a full list of winners on the Forbes Travel Guide website.
Thristy Camel’s recent renovations
The Phoenician Resort underwent a $90 million renovation over the past few years, during which almost all aspects of the resort were updated.
The Thirsty Camel Bar moved locations within the resort to its new home in the middle of the lobby. The new location shows off the floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive views beyond.
The decor, both inside and on the terrace of the Thirsty Camel, was modernized with a newly built bar and lounge chair areas. The menu also was updated to focus on regional flavors inspired by the Sonoran Desert.
Details: The Thirsty Camel at The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 480-941-8200, thephoenician.com.
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