International hospitality group sbe that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands is proud to announce the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 results, which included SLS Beverly Hills being named #1 Hotel in the World, in the US and in Los Angeles. sbe had an especially strong showing this year with six properties within the sbe portfolio being recognized among the top 25 properties of all hotels nominated this year.
Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe states: “I cannot express how overwhelming the feeling is to be recognized by Conde Nast Readers globally, with SLS Beverly Hills being named the number one hotel in the world. The journey began in 2005 when we bought the property, and continued into early 2009 when we opened and introduced SLS to the world. It is truly remarkable that a decade later, she is getting the recognition she deserves thanks to all the hard work put in by the teams and great partners involved, including Philippe Starck and José Andrés. Due to the early success of SLS Beverly Hills, I was able to build a global hospitality platform that is now the fastest growing luxury lifestyle collection in the world. I and the team want to congratulate all of our General Managers for sbe’s successes and accolades received this year.”
Alongside this incredible achievement by SLS Beverly Hills, sbe brands proudly earned 5 additional seats on Conde Nast’s renowned lists including “Top 25 Resorts in the Atlantic Islands” with SLS Baha Mar (#24), “Top 20 Hotels in Miami” with SLS South Beach (#17) and Shore Club South Beach (#18), “Top 20 Hotels in Los Angeles” with SLS Beverly Hills (#1) and Mondrian Los Angeles (#20), and finally “Top 30 Hotels in New York City” with Mondrian Park Avenue (#22).
The opening of SLS Beverly Hills, sbe’s first SLS hotel, designed by award-winning French visionary Philippe Starck, represented not only an unprecedented design vision at the time but was also revolutionary in its food and beverage offering with the creation of The Bazaar by José Andrés, bringing the hotel and Los Angeles an unmatched culinary experience under the same roof, along with a luxurious retail space.
This honorable recognition made by Conde Nast also comes on the heels of SLS Beverly Hills’ Spring 2019 acknowledgments by the Michelin Guide, with two of the hotel’s restaurants being MICHELIN-starred in the inaugural California Guide – Somni and The Bazaar by José Andrés.
This tremendous recognition comes amidst continued growth across sbe. Since partnering with Accor in October 2018, sbe has signed 26 new global hotels, 45 new global restaurant deals and scheduled 12 hotels and residences opening by 2020.