America's Best City Hotels
sights and sleep well at one of the best city hotels in America.
into the St. Regis New York and it still feels like 1904—the year this Beaux-Arts
landmark welcomed its first guests. Then and now, well-dressed travelers saunter
downstairs to sip Bloody Marys (perfected here) before stepping outside to
enjoy the best of the Big Apple.
surprise, then, that the St. Regis was named one of America’s best city hotels
by the readers of Travel + Leisure in our annual World’s Best survey. In
fact, the storied Manhattan hotel is one of three New York City properties to
earn a top spot. But with 15 other cities claiming at least one of the top
hotels, you’ll never be too far from a great city stay.
Midwest, the Windy City blew away the competition, with four hotels in the top
25. Among them is the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, at No. 9. This 346-room, sky-high
property—located on floors 30 to 46—features deluxe rooms and suites with
mid-century French flair; one- and two-bedroom suites were recently restyled
for a more contemporary look. The hotel’s trump cards? Panoramic views, a
glass-domed indoor pool (disposable swimsuits are available for guests), and
easy access to the upscale shops that line Michigan Avenue.
it turns out that downtown Los Angeles is not the place for SoCal’s best city
hotels, according to T+L readers. Instead, they prefer L.A.’s leafy west side,
home to the 65-year-old Hotel Bel-Air, which ranked No. 2 on the list this year.
Closed until late 2011 for a facelift (this is Beverly Hills, after all), the
beloved pink stucco icon is a 12-acre oasis of tranquility renowned for its gardens,
resident swans, and ramshackle-chic layout of 91 rooms and suites. The
renovation will add 12 hillside rooms and suites and a 12,000-square-foot La
hotel and a modern skyscraper property are also represented on this list of
America’s best city hotels. Which others made the cut? Read on to find out.