Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts has announced that the Gran MeliaCaracas Hotel Suites & Conference Center in Venezuela and the Melia Playa Conchal All-Suite Beach & Golf Resort in Costa Rica are the first two Sol Melia hotels to be accepted into the Leading Hotels of the World. After the application for membership was submitted to Leading Hotels, the Gran Melia Caracas and the Melia Playa Conchal were thoroughly inspected and were rated on specific criteria such as guestrooms and suites, public spaces, food and beverage, hotel facilities, and back-of-house operations. Particular attention was given to staff training and standards of service. Only the world's most distinguished properties are admitted to The Leading Hotels of the World, thereby assuring a constant adherence to the organization's exacting standards of high quality. The Gran Melia Caracas Hotel Suites and Conference Center is located in the heart of Caracas' business district, and is situated next to the newest shopping mall in Caracas, El Recreo, where shoppers can find international brand name fashions at attractive prices. The hotel meeting facilities offer more than 30 meeting and banqueting halls for up to 1,320 attendees. Designed by world-renowned Spanish Architect Alvaro Sanz, the 294-villa suites at the Melia Playa Conchal All-Suite Beach & Golf Resort in Costa Rica resemble a quaint tropical village set amidst meandering walkways, bubbling fountains, shimmering lakes, and lush botanical gardens.