The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2020 Part 12020-02-24
From tropical hideaways to sleek skyscrapers, these unique properties are the best in the country.
Finding the perfect hotel for your trip usually means scouring the internet for hours, sifting through irrelevant photos and reading endless reviews. That’s why U.S. News did the work for you. Using a comprehensive methodology that factors in each hotel’s star rating, industry accolades and guest sentiment, our editors determined which of the country’s highly regarded properties stand out from the rest. Out of the 4,099 hotels considered for the 2020 Best Hotels in the USA rankings, these are the top 50.
50. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Perched high above the famous Torrey Pines golf course and the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines comes in as the No. 50 best hotel in the country. Guests at this San Diego-area hotel can enjoy priority tee times and golf packages, which include discounted rounds of golf and treatments at the eco-friendly spa. A pool, a hot tub, a fitness center, a croquet area, an alfresco restaurant and poolside service round out the offerings at this luxe lodge. As for the accommodations, every room boasts a view of the botanical reserve along with other quality amenities like minibars and coffee makers.
49. The Miami Beach EDITION
Just steps from the turquoise waters of southern Florida, The Miami Beach EDITION puts visitors in the perfect location for a relaxing beach day and an exciting night on the town. Loungers, towel service and umbrellas ensure guests can soak up the sun comfortably, whether on the shore or at the hotel’s two pools. Plus, the nearby shops and art galleries in Miami Beach provide additional daytime activity options. No matter how they spend their days, visitors can return to the hotel to dine at the alfresco Tropicale or sip cocktails at the dark, 1940s-esque Matador Bar. Later, they can retire to the spacious guest rooms or beachside bungalows, which sport sand-colored furniture, marble bathrooms and stocked minibars.
48. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
This property welcomes guests to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills with a glistening lobby, acclaimed on-site restaurants and spacious guest rooms with private terraces. After dropping off your suitcases, head upstairs to one of the largest rooftop decks in Beverly Hills for a swim or a drink in a private cabana. Later, retreat to the La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for a caviar facial or a hot stone massage. Situated close to Rodeo Drive and many more top attractions in Los Angeles, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills makes exploring this bustling city easy. What’s more, travelers can simply contact their personal concierge through the in-room iPad to arrange tours and excursions.
47. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Both ski bunnies and summer lovers will find entertainment at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Those visiting this Northern California retreat in the winter months will appreciate the hotel’s ski-in/ski-out access and miles of surrounding snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails. Summer visitors can use their guest status to play at nearby golf courses and, of course, enjoy easy access to the beaches and water sports at Lake Tahoe. For young guests, the hotel offers a Ritz Kids program where they can get the full Tahoe experience by making s’mores and camping indoors. Accommodations at this property come with gas fireplaces, mountain views and deep soaking tubs, but if you need to wind down further, visit the slopeside spa.
46. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
Since its opening in 1930, presidents, royals and tourists alike have walked through the doors of The Carlyle seeking a luxurious stay and a fine meal. This Upper East Side Rosewood hotel has long been a traveler favorite. It offers a range of accommodation styles and stands just a short walk from Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other New York City sites and restaurants. Many say you can’t miss a trip to the on-site Café Carlyle restaurant, a moody cabaret bar that has hosted its fair share of singers and celebrities over the years. Or, for a more traditional dining experience, guests can opt for modern American cuisine at The Carlyle Restaurant.
45. Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Vacation is all about relaxation at this Fairmont property, which sits on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii entices guests with its Spa Without Walls – an immersive spa experience that blends the tranquility of the surrounding landscape with natural products and rituals native to the island. The serenity continues in the hotel’s guest rooms, which come outfitted in simple earth tones and include private lanais. However, this hotel is not without adventure: snorkeling, paddleboarding and canoeing excursions are available on the waterfront. Meanwhile, parents looking for a quiet moment can rest easy knowing that their children are having fun at the on-site kids club.
44. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Bal Harbour, Florida, is the picture of modern luxury, and its St. Regis outpost is no different. Within walking distance of the village’s designer boutiques and restaurants, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort offers guests an upscale beach getaway. The hotel’s rooms wow visitors with balconies, minibars and stylish decor. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurants, like Greek island-inspired Atlantikós, top off the posh experience. Complimentary lounge chairs and daybeds provide comfort for hotel guests on the beach while the property’s two infinity pools serve as the perfect places to kick back and enjoy poolside service.
Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland exudes rustic opulence and offers a seemingly endless array of activities. Those who choose to visit this mountain resort can spend their days golfing, biking, mastering archery, throwing tomahawks, horseback riding and even climbing trees alongside a professional. When night falls, many guests enjoy stargazing at the on-site observatory. Wood-paneled rooms with mountain views and wet bars welcome guests home each night. However, if a typical hotel room seems boring, travelers can opt for a cottage, a mountain home or even a treehouse instead.
42. The Inn at Willow Grove
Virginia is a popular destination for wine lovers, and The Inn at Willow Grove – the No. 2 best hotel in the state – is the perfect place to enjoy local wines. Guests of the inn receive complimentary tastings and discounts at nearby wineries, among other perks. However, if you’d rather spend your time in Virginia exploring the outdoors, you’ll find entertainment on the surrounding walking trails and gardens situated beneath the dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains. The hotel staff can also help set up hiking, fishing, hot air ballooning or skydiving excursions. Guests can end the day with a meal at the acclaimed Vintage restaurant before retiring to the inn’s accommodations, many of which include porches and fireplaces.
41. The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician is a true desert oasis in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. As you sun yourself by the infinity pool and soak in the view of nearby Camelback Mountain, you may forget you’re in the midst of a city. The suites at this hotel – the only Arizona hotel ranked in the top 50 – sport brown and gold decor, sleek furniture and dining areas, along with private terraces and Bluetooth speakers. With numerous restaurants and bars, a golf course and several on-site shops, guests may never want to venture off the property. However, the hotel does offer personal ambassadors who can help plan activities both on-site and throughout Scottsdale.
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