SLH is a hotel branding group launched in 1989, with headquarters in the U.K. The group is composed of over 520 hotels in 80 countries which have cleared rigorous criteria and shine like jewels. The screening standards are strict and the most important are that the hotels are independent and have a small number of rooms. It is important that the hotels are able to satisfy guests in every aspect, from lodging, to dining, to service.
With a collection spanning more than 80 countries the variety of hotels and the experiences they offer is exceptional and offers an authentic way to discover a destination or culture, safe in the knowledge that whether it is a cutting-edge design hotel, historic country mansion, city centre sanctuary or remote private island it is the very best of the best.
Incidentally, every year nearly 1,000 hotels from around the world apply for membership, but the number accepted is no more than 5% of that (in Japan, there’s only 11 such hotels). In the guest lists are the names of the world’s celebrities and booking is can be done through a dedicated website.
In May 2010, Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland was welcomed as the first Japanese hotel (excluding ryokan) to be added to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (HQ: UK).