The Leading Hotels of the World

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The Leading Hotels of the World
IndustryHospitality, tourism
Founded1928 [1]
Key people
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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is a collection of independent luxury hotels, comprising more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable travel experiences. Headquartered in New York City, the company maintains offices in more than 20 other key cities around the globe.[3]


The company was established in 1928 by a group of influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers. With 38 initial members, among them Hotel Negresco in Nice, the Mena House in Cairo and King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the organization was initially known as “The Luxury Hotels of Europe and Egypt”.

Recognizing the importance of establishing direct contact with the traveling public and travel agencies in the North American market, the founders opened an office in New York, calling this satellite operation “Hotel Representative, Inc.” – or HRI. By the end of the 1960s, HRI had grown to represent 70 hotels – all of which were in Europe.

Early in 1971, the board of directors and management of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. decided to expand the scope of the organization. It would include new members from around the globe, to meet the demands of the increased numbers of international luxury travelers. Hotel membership continued to grow through the next two decades, and with it, the need for the establishment of regional offices.

In 2018, Leading Hotels celebrated 90 years of remarkably uncommon travel experiences continuously delivered to curious travelers by a group of passionate hoteliers representing more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries. [4]


The Leading Hotels of the World’s properties make up a collection of independent and uncommon luxury hotels throughout the world. Among the members are former castles, palaces, urban gems, mountain hideaways, safari camps and private islands, offering varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive cultural experiences. [5]


Hotels seeking to join The Leading Hotels of the World must have a referral from an existing member hotel and apply for admission. To be considered for inclusion, a hotel must be in the luxury category, demonstrate its Remarkably Uncommon attributes and meet the most exacting standards with respect to accommodations, service, cuisine, staff and facilities – all aspects affecting guest comfort, convenience and experience. [6]

Loyalty Program[edit]

Leaders Club is The Leading Hotels of the World’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty program, which provides members with personalized service and travel benefits, such as pre-arrival upgrades, the chance to earn free nights, opportunities for room upgrade priority at arrival, early check-in and late check-out, daily continental breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi, exclusive access to new hotels, Members Only and seasonal sales and lowest available rates. [7]

Leading Hotels redesigned the Leaders Club program in 2018 to create more flexible Leaders Club program increasing benefits and exclusive access to the portfolio. [8] Enhanced program benefits included pre-arrival upgrades, with one room category upgrade (suites excluded) on a member's first paid stay, points accrual to earn free nights, and increased redemption flexibility. Leaders Club members earn points toward free nights for every dollar they spend. [9] The new Leaders Club program charges an annual fee of $175 and has two tiers: Leaders Club and Leaders Club Sterling. [10]


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