The best hotels and hotel amenities of 2019 in the United States
A quick glance at the travel expenses from your last trip will likely reveal that one of the most important items is accommodation. A hotel is usually a travel necessity, but it’s also more than just a place to store your luggage, take a shower, and grab a few ZZZs.
Hotels across the country compete for travel dollars by offering a variety of amenities and comforts to make hotel time an enjoyable and relaxing part of your vacation or business trip. Some have even become destinations in their own right.
We asked 10Best readers to vote for their favorite hotels and amenities, and the results are in. Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best All-Inclusive Resort: Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan.
The winning complex is home to the world’s longest porch – Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
Guests of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves in rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to accommodate summer vacationers from Chicago, Montreal and Detroit. Room rates include three meals a day.
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Best Budget Hotel Brand: Red Roof Inn
This is Red Roof Inn’s second victory – Photo courtesy of Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn is proud to be a leader in the budget hotel and motel game. The spacious standard rooms have free Wi-Fi, a desk and additional sockets for recharging devices. Their upgraded Red Roof Plus rooms come with Serta mattresses, wooden floors and stylish furnishings. Quality linens and towels make all the difference, as do the extra inches on the flat-screen TV.
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Top Resort Destination: C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado.
The winning resort offers four seasons of outdoor adventure – Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch
The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three-bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four-season property can go horseback riding, practice herding cattle, hike, mountain bike, cross-country ski or snowshoe between hearty family meals.
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Best Green Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is a repeat winner in this category – Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a LEED Gold certified property, offers luxury and sophistication with sustainability throughout. The hotel opened in 2009 and became the first Ritz-Carlton in the world to achieve Gold status. Conservation efforts at the back of the house mean the hotel uses about 30 percent less energy than comparable conventional hotels.
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Best Family Resort: Woodloch Resort in Hawley, PA.
This Poconos hotel wins with kid-friendly amenities – Photo courtesy of Woodloch Resort
The Woodloch Resort caters to families in the Poconos with accommodations ranging from single rooms to two-bedroom suites. Meals are served in a family style, and guests enjoy daily access to a range of activities, with amenities such as a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, go-karts, bumper cars and bikes. boats, kayaks and, in winter, snow tubing.
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Best Historic Hotel: The Peabody Memphis
This is the second consecutive victory for the Peabody Hotel – Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America
The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a feast for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant delights the palate and the famous ducks entertain adults and children alike at this hotel dating back to 1869 (it has been in its current location since 1925). The old swimming pool is a throwback to the glamorous days of indoor hotel swimming pools.
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Best hotel bar: The Sazerac Bar at Roosevelt New Orleans
The winning bar takes its name from one of the first mixed drinks – Photo courtesy of Â© 2019 Hilton
Named after the world’s first mixed drink (some say), the Sazerac bar has been satisfying New Orleans thirst for decades. Located in the Roosevelt New Orleans, this classic space includes an African walnut bar and murals by Paul Ninas; it was once a popular haunt of politician Huey P. Long.
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Best Hotel Pool: Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu
This is the second victory for the Sheraton Waikiki Pool – Photo courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
The Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Honolulu offers a family activity pool with all the features: a water slide, two large hot tubs and an interactive fountain. But the real star of this Hawaiian resort is the oceanfront heated infinity pool – one of the longest in the United States – with its expansive views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
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Best Hotel Restaurant: Jack Rose at the Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans
The winning restaurant gives a Louisiana touch to European cuisine – Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Jack Rose
Jack Rose, located in the historic Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District, celebrates NOLA’s love of food with a menu of Italian, French and Spanish dishes with a Louisiana twist. Among the flagship products are the duck and andouille okra, the crayfish bisque with bay cream, the house cheese with chili and the roasted duck with oatmeal, black cabbage and the chasseur sauce.
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Best hotel spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Charlotte
This award-winning spa is also one of the most eco-friendly in the country – Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Spa is a LEED certified eco-friendly property. This green hotel takes stress out with its Vitality Lounges, including a Himalayan pink salt room, dry sauna, and sensory showers. Also not to be missed is the Zen Aqua Lounge, which includes a swimming pool, hot tub and refreshments.
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Best Luxury Hotel Brand: Auberge Resorts Collection
This is the second victory for Auberge Resorts Collection – Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts
The Auberge Resorts collection of hotels includes luxury gems around the world, including properties in the United States like the Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and the Jerome Hotel in Aspen. Regardless of the location, guests of Auberge resorts can expect an authentic sense of place, menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, indulgent spas, and specially designed experiences.
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Best romantic hotel: Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah
The winning hotel places couples in the heart of historic Savannah – Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Turner Inn
This romantic inn in the already romantic city of Savannah is located just off Lafayette Square in the heart of the historic district. A former private house built in the French Empire style, the hotel offers a daily breakfast, free wine and appetizers in the evening and a cozy fireplace for a nightcap.
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Best waterfront hotel: Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
Guests of this luxury hotel enjoy beach access and three swimming pools – Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa
Located on the Florida Riviera, the setting of this award-winning Miami resort feels like an all-inclusive villa, with an expansive tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to rooms, a program for children based on marine biology and access to the paradisiacal spa. Lavish accommodations offer stunning views, while three swimming pools add to the appeal.
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Best Wellness Retreat / Resort: Hilton Head Health in Hilton Head, SC
This is the South Carolina resort’s second win – Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the premier center for health and weight loss. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, H3’s Comprehensive Program offers a holistic approach to weight loss that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness, and wellness education. Guests can enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired dinner at True and relax between activities at The Indigo Spa. H3 guests leave with the strategies and knowledge to continue their home weight loss journey.
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Congratulations to all of these winning hotels and resorts. Keep this list handy for planning your future trips, and don’t forget to vote for more Readers’ Choice contests on 10Best daily.