Whether you’re traveling to a popular city, a natural retreat, or a famous beach, having a great place to stay can take the experience to another level.
We focus mostly on destinations when planning where to travel. But once you’ve picked a place to visit, you still have to figure out where you’re going to stay – and in some cases, a great hotel can make all the difference.
With that in mind, we thought we’d highlight some of the very best hotels and resorts across the United States.
1. Four Seasons (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
The Four Seasons is arguably the biggest name in hotels and resorts on the planet, with stunning venues dotted all over the world (and usually recommended as some of the best places to stay in their respective locations). Jackson Hole, meanwhile, is one of the more appealing mountain getaways in America, particularly during the height of the ski season.
Blending the two together naturally produces one of the better hotels in the country. In this case, the Four Seasons is a large, spread out resort in Teton Village at the base of some of the ski mountains. There are fireplaces in the rooms, heated pools outside, and terrific restaurants on location.
2. Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada)
If you look up the top-ranked resorts in Las Vegas, Caesars usually isn’t at the top of the list. Other newer and more modern venues tend to garner the most attention. However, it’s more or less a given that if you’re traveling to Vegas you’re looking for over-the-top fun and gaudy attractions, and for these things, there’s no better draw than Caesars Palace.
The architecture is at once glamorous and gimmicky, the amenities and gaming facilities are outstanding, and the resort as a whole has been referred to as the best for partying in Las Vegas. Throw in some truly glorious pool facilities and Caesars Palace is a one-of-a-kind hotel resort – even by Vegas standards.
3. The Hay-Adams (Washington, D.C.)
It’s hard to imagine a better location for a hotel than that occupied by the Hay-Adams, an elegant venue that first opened in the 1920s. Built over Lafayette Square, it has rooms facing the National Mall, with views of the White House, the Washington Monument in the distance, and other famous buildings in between.
The Hay-Adams is not a sprawling resort like some of the other selections on this list, but it’s a rich and comfortable place to stay – a chance to enjoy the nation’s capital in total luxury and with views the world would envy.
4. Primland (Meadows of Dan, Virginia)
It would probably be fair to say that the Blue Ridge Mountains are among the most underrated destinations in the U.S. While it’s true that the Rocky Mountains out West are more impressive in terms of pure physical wonder (and size), the Blue Ridge Mountains possess a great deal of natural charm.
The region almost makes you daydream about the early days of North American colonization, and what it must have been like for settlers to explore inland on warm, sunny days. There are plenty of wonderful places to stay throughout this region, but none can top Primland – a grouping of fairway cottages set on a 12,000-acre estate with mountains all around it. It’s great for golf, hiking, wildlife watching, and pure, tranquil relaxation.
5. The Greenwich Hotel (New York, New York)
It seems wrong not to include New York on this list, as it’s certainly one of the most amazing places to stay in the U.S. At the same time, however, there are so many renowned hotels in the city that it’s difficult to narrow things down. The Greenwich Hotel may be the most unique of the bunch, however.
It’s in the trendy neighborhood of Tribeca (and is actually owned by Robert De Niro, who’s more or less the king of Tribeca), with easy access to some of the city’s best attractions. The new World Trade Center (which is packed with interesting things to do) is just a few streets south, and the Soho neighborhood is quite close as well. As for the hotel itself, it’s a perfected establishment of quiet luxury, complete with its own spa and Italian restaurant.