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Michelin’s magic wand adds keys to stars 

By Friday, 24 May 2024 10:51

Michelin has introduced keys, a replica for hotels of its time-honoured restaurant three-tier star rating system. The tyre manufacturer first published its famous restaurant guide in 1900 and down the years, as well as listing restaurants, the Michelin Guide began to recommend hotels, of which it lists over 5,000 worldwide today. 

So, is a Michelin key like a Michelin star?  Well, not really, because what Michelin has done is to take the crème de la crème - the palaces, the most exclusive resorts and opulent five-stars, all with dizzying price tags – and more or less elevating them to six-star level. The first country to get the new Michelin key designation was, bien sure, France, followed by the United States and Spain, while the anonymous Michelin inspectors have just published the Italy guide, and Japan will be added later this year.

In France the selection process gave three-keys to 24 properties. And while the United States got eleven and Spain got five, Italy was given eight three-keys: JK Place on Capri, Castello di Reschio near Perugia, Casa Maria Luigia in Modena, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Il San Pietro in Positano, and the Aman and the Cipriani, both in Venice.

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