Startle is the luxury lifestyle platform that combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide star rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of tastemakers and travel experts. Startle provides detailed information on star rated hotels, restaurants and spas and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Startle partner properties.
Startle's socially enabled platform delivers guests the opportunity to follow destinations, properties, tastemakers and travel experts. Unlike crowd sourced and user-generated resources, Startle's information is grounded by the objectivity and high standards of the Forbes Travel Guide star rating system. Destination-based information is created and constantly updated by Startle's innovative editorial team of expert opinion leaders.
Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications. Forbes Travel Guide has delivered the travel industry's most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since1958. Forbes Travel Guide's team of professional inspectors anonymously evaluates properties on over 500 service criteria. Forbes Travel Guide is the global rating standard providing guests with the insight to make better-informed and more consistent travel and leisure decisions.
A Five Star StandardLearn more about Forbes Travel Guide's inspection process and what it takes to earn a Forbes Travel Guide Star Award.
The Original Star RatingsSee how Forbes Travel Guide has evolved, from Mobil Travel Guide's book series to Startle's online travel community.
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