When most people think of America, they don’t picture the Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons. They think about the Motel 6 near the freeway exit in Oklahoma City, or the Holiday Inn Express across from the Dairy Queen in Tulsa, or the Best Western in Bismarck. In truth, hotels in America come in all shapes and sizes, from high-end to budget, and from big cities to small towns. What makes some better than others? What features should you look for when booking your next stay? Here are 10 of the best high-end and luxury hotels in America to help answer those questions!
1) The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park
The Ritz Carlton, located on Central Park South, will have a brand new look when it reopens in 2022. Just steps from Central Park, NYC’s most famous park, The Ritz Carlton New York offers a prime location for guests who want to be close to everything that makes New York such an exciting place. When you’re here at The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park you can relax at our full-service spa or work out in our state-of-the-art fitness center. There is no better way to experience New York City than at The Ritz Carlton Hotel.
2) The Ritz Carlton Miami, South Beach
Nestled on one of Miami’s hottest beaches, The Ritz Carlton South Beach puts itself at No. 1 with its prime location. Staying here means you’re steps away from Fifth Street, with its trendy boutiques and restaurants to match. At night, take a stroll through Lincoln Road Mall for an array of eateries or immerse yourself in the culture at Pérez Art Museum Miami, located just north on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. In addition to beachfront bliss, book your stay for a relaxing day at spa and salon facilities or read a book from its impressive selection in your private library room. If you’re looking for sophistication that exudes luxury, then look no further than The Ritz Carlton South Beach.
3) The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel has developed a reputation as one of America’s great resort destinations. California is, after all, home to some of the most beautiful hotels and relaxing vacation spots around. The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel is one such place. Nestled just steps from Mission Hospitality Group’s other California resorts (the St. Regis Monarch Beach and The Reserve at Dana Point), Laguna Niguel has become an affordable getaway for anyone who wants to relax with world-class amenities on a family vacation or luxurious honeymoon.
4) St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Spa
With 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, guests can take advantage of Bal Harbour’s mild weather all year round. Of course, it’s not just tropical vibes that make St. Regis Bal Harbour stand out—there are also thoughtful amenities like complimentary valet parking and daily evening turndown service. This amenity is unique to hotels with St. Regis in their name, as well as hotels within The Luxury Collection by Starwood brands; guests staying at other properties may pay for such services if desired. Staying at St.
5) Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu, located in Bali, Indonesia is considered one of the most luxurious hotels to stay at for anyone looking for a private beach getaway. With each villa offering breathtaking views of Mt. Agung and easy access to some of Bali’s most pristine beaches, staying at Alila Villas Uluwatu will be an experience you won’t soon forget. The hotel offers every amenity you could ask for, from luxury ocean-view pool villas with private pools to two-bedroom options. Plus, they offer a complimentary 30-minute ride around Uluwatu via boat so that guests can take it all in.
6) Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, one of two hotels owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. under that brand name, got a $30 million makeover last year. The property is on a 1,600-acre former pineapple plantation. It has 391 guest rooms and suites with floor-topped beds draped in 350 Frette Italian linens, marble bathrooms with rain showers, 47 TVs, and Wi-Fi service throughout the resort. The restaurant is overseen by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and features his signature style of modern Japanese cuisine using local ingredients as much as possible.
7) Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Situated on a picturesque stretch of beach along Maui’s southern coast, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is a luxurious escape for couples or families. Its sophisticated yet informal atmosphere makes it popular with a variety of travelers, but its top-notch facilities (including two pools and 20 restaurants) are best suited to those looking for an active holiday. For example, guests can take advantage of free snorkeling equipment to explore a protected marine reserve or drop in on one of the resort’s dance classes taught by well-known local instructors. The property also boasts exceptional dining options, including award-winning restaurants like Nobu that have garnered national attention.
8) Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Tower Suites and Spa
If a view is what you seek, look no further than Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Once a top-secret government research facility, today it’s one of Sin City’s premier luxe accommodations. Escape to one of its 52 rooms or 26 suites—complete with remote-controlled skylights, eight-foot windows overlooking The Strip, onyx bathtubs, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with TVs built into their mirrors, and more. From expansive decks with outdoor hot tubs to six different restaurants (plus five bars), guests have plenty of places to relax and unwind. If you’re looking for something even more exclusive? The hotel also offers private bungalows that come complete with their own infinity pools.
9) Mandarin Oriental Paris Le Faubourg
There’s no denying that Paris is an expensive city for travelers. But when it comes to opulence, Mandarin Oriental makes other hotels seem like cheap motels by comparison. Along with a high average nightly rate of $882 (2016), you’ll enjoy complimentary private transportation from Charles de Gaulle Airport to your suite, as well as tickets to select shows at nearby Théâtre du Châtelet. Booking a suite grants even more perks—like a bottle of champagne upon arrival and daily breakfast delivered right to your door. The property also has two restaurants (including one with Michelin stars) so there’s no need to leave. In fact, you might never want to go home!
10) Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London UK
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is located in one of London’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Walk to Harrods, a 5-minute stroll to Hyde Park, which puts you near some of London’s best shopping. Admire world-class works at Tate Modern, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, or go on a self-guided tour at Buckingham Palace, all within walking distance. Head out to some of London’s favorite restaurants like Osteria Francescana and Le Gavroche just steps away from your door. Rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of Hyde Park.