America's Best Hotels
readers pick their favorite stateside hotels. The common denominator: a
reputation for excellence.
has bright lights, busy streets, and as of two years ago, the 86-room Crosby Street Hotel, where cheerful design touches
include portraits of local dogs. In a city filled with marble-and-glass
skyscrapers, it stands out for unexpected amenities: a sunlit back patio,
oversize warehouse windows, even weekend movie screenings.
+ Leisure readers have taken note. For the first time, the Crosby Street
Hotel ranked as one of America’s top 20 best hotels. These properties aren’t
just places to rest your head—they are transporting retreats that deliver just
the right mix of comfort and curiosity, in addition to standout location and
service. Every year, when Travel + Leisure asks readers to rate their
favorite places in the annual World’s Best Awards survey, one thing remains the
same: the winners may be located across the country, but each adds a unique
touch to an experience in a city.
four are new to the list this year, the No. 2–ranked Little Palm Island (up from No. 10 last year) is a
perennial favorite, set on a private island in the Florida Keys. Colorful
sunsets are de rigueur in the area, but at this getaway, accessible only via
boat or seaplane, there are also Sandbar Session concerts, which have featured
bands including the Indigo Girls and Stephen Marley. The other winner in Florida, the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, delivers the kind of resort
experience (two pools; a spa; a new small-plate restaurant) readers love—especially
as they gear up for winter.
Florida, three other states (California, New York, and Utah) also had two winners each in
this year’s survey. Elsewhere, in Rhode Island, the Chanler at Cliff Walk (No. 14) is set in an 1873
mansion along a promenade in Newport. Each of the 20 rooms and suites has an
unexpected design sense: the Mediterranean Suite, for example, has a bathroom
with a tiled nymph mosaic. The perks? All guests have access to the hotel’s
vintage fireplaces and a six- or nine-course tasting menu at the New England–inspired
Spiced Pear restaurant.
On the West
Coast, the trump card is clearly the setting. The Resort at Pelican Hill, in California’s Newport Beach, surrounds
an enormous, circular outdoor pool, inspired by Rome’s Colosseum. And the
resort’s oversize rooms—which start at 847 square feet—open onto patios for
views of the Pacific Ocean.
which hotel is ranked No. 1? It’s none other than Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, an adults-only mountain escape
with a full roster of activities, from horseback riding to snowshoeing. Read on
for all of this year’s winners.