America's Best Hotels 2010
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T+L readers vote for their favorite places to stay in America, from big city hotels to small country inns.
Across the street from the well-manicured Rittenhouse Park, Philadelphia’s
luxurious Rittenhouse hotel features large rooms, great views, and top-notch
service—qualities that have helped this hotel become one of America’s best.
At least, that’s the opinion of Travel + Leisure readers, who voted it
No. 11 in the U.S. (and No. 54 in the world). Every year, we ask our readers to
share their favorite spots with us. The result? Our annual World’s Best Awards,
which highlight the top players in the travel industry around the globe.
And this year, almost a third of the world’s top 100 hotels are right here
in America. What is it that makes a hotel worthy of the title “World’s Best”?
It’s no one thing, but rather the right combination of location, décor,
service, and attention to detail. And the very best places have an almost
indefinable quality that makes each guest feel truly special.
Sure, you’ll find some of the usual suspects on this list. The Little Nell,
for example, has long been Aspen’s go-to place for discriminating travelers.
And it hasn’t lost its charm, coming in at No. 21 in the country. It remains
the quintessential marriage between nature and luxury—perfect for those looking
for a ski retreat (it’s Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel) and amazing cuisine
in the same location.
But the America’s Best Hotels list sports some surprises as well. San
Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara jumped from No. 64 in the world last year all the way to No. 4 (and No. 2 in America). Its spacious cottages—with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs—certainly didn’t hurt
its ranking, but perhaps it was our voters’ increased need for seclusion this
year that helped catapult this resort up the charts.
And while San Ysidro has been around for years, it doesn’t take long for
travelers to recognize great new properties. Trump
International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, which opened
in 2008, made an impressive debut on the World’s Best List, at No. 20 overall
and No. 3 in the U.S. Shooting up 92 stories, the polished steel and glass
building features floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the great
With such stiff competition, it’s not easy to crack this list, much less
claim the title of America’s Best Hotel. So which came in at No. 1? Read on to