So you’ve finally decided to take some vacation days (good for you). Now, where to go? Instead of jetting off to the Caribbean like your coworker Jackie (and everyone else you know), how about considering somewhere right in the good old USA? Whether you’ve got time for a two-week splurge or just a quick long weekend, here are our picks for the best hotel in every state—with a little help from the 115 million user reviews on Booking.com.
Alabama: Turquoise Place
The Turquoise Place puts you right onto the white sands of Orange Beach off the Gulf Coast, and your suite’s fridge will be stocked full of groceries before you arrive. Um…yes, please?
Alaska: Hotel Alyeska
At the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska, nestled in the Chugach Mountains, guests can hop from the slopes to the saltwater pool to an award-winning dinner. Can’t-miss tip: Take a ride on the tramway to the top of the mountain for a bananas bird’s-eye view of the area.
Arizona: Arizona Biltmore
As expansive as it is beautiful, the Arizona Biltmore is a celebrity hot spot in the heart of Phoenix. (It also happened to be a favorite of Marilyn Monroe.) The more you know.
Arkansas: Inn at the Mill
Pack up your puppy, Cooper, and bring him to this 19th-century grain mill turned hotel and restaurant. Recently renovated, the Inn at the Mill boasts a gourmet restaurant and has a free wine-and-cheese hour.
California: The Beverly Hills Hotel
Commonly referred to as “The Pink Palace,” The Beverly Hills Hotel is renowned for its legendary service and guests. Relax by the palm-tree-lined pool in a private cabana or visit the acclaimed Polo Lounge restaurant, which is frequented by Hollywood’s finest. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by Bar Nineteen12 to enjoy a signature Gold Rush cocktail while watching a vibrant California sunset.
Colorado: Gateway Canyons Resort
Come for the views, stay for the air tours, kayaking, horseback riding and massages. The Gateway Canyons Resort is found in the Palisades of western Colorado and provides a luxury stay in the middle of natural wonders.
Connecticut: The Mayflower Grace
We can easily picture ourselves wandering the grounds of this charming estate (while sipping a complimentary glass of Champagne, of course). The Mayflower Grace is a little piece of heaven tucked into the countryside of Washington, Connecticut.
Delaware: Avenue Inn & Spa
Only a one-minute walk from Rehoboth Beach and its iconic boardwalk, we’d happily rest our heads at the Avenue Inn & Spa after a day full of sun and sand. (We have our eye on the Eight Greens facial.)
Florida: Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Between the nine restaurants, the private cabanas, the nightclubs and the spa, the only reason to leave the Fontainebleau hotel would be to make the five-minute drive down to the Art Deco district on South Beach.
Georgia: The Lodge at Sea Island
If golf is on your agenda, then you’ll be hell-bent to stay at The Lodge—a hotel with access to legendary courses and even live bagpipe music at dusk (yes, an actual bagpiper roams the grounds every evening). The sparkling water and Spanish moss are just cherries on top.
Hawaii: Montage Kapalua Bay
Tranquil, modern and absolutely gorgeous, the Montage Kapalua Bay is Hawaii at its finest. If you’re looking for us, we’ll be sipping a piña colada at the cascading, three-tiered pool overlooking the ocean.
Idaho: Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
With the casino, the dining and the million-dollar light show every Christmas, the Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel—tucked into the rolling hills of northern Idaho—is a one-stop shop.
Illinois: The Langham Chicago
A holistic treatment at the Chuan Spa is one of many reasons we’re booking a trip to Chicago just to stay at The Langham (we’re not complaining about the extensive wine list, either). It is inside a landmark Mies van der Rohe building and offers a lake, river or city view from every room.
Indiana: West Baden Springs Hotel
What used to be a Jesuit seminary is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the most upscale hotels in Indiana. With classy accommodations and top-notch service at the West Baden Springs Hotel, don’t be surprised if you feel more like you’re a guest at a castle than at a resort.
Iowa: Hotel Blackhawk
Presidents, celebrities and athletes have all stayed at the Hotel Blackhawk since its opening in 1915. Its blend of old-world charm and local modern art make it a whimsical destination for your vacay.
Kansas: Eldridge Hotel
If you don’t mind sharing your space with a ghost (their resident poltergeist is Colonel Eldridge himself), you’ll love the rich history and updated accommodations of the Eldridge Hotel.
Kentucky: 21C Museum Hotel
If you’ve never spent a night at the museum, now’s your chance. 21c Museum Hotel is home to a rotating collection of modern paintings and sculptures, and even the architecture itself is something to gawk at.
Louisiana: Hotel Monteleone
Family owned and operated since 1886, Hotel Monteleone is a historic landmark in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A must-see and guest favorite is the famous Carousel bar, which features 25 seats on a revolving, circus-themed merry-go-round. Fun fact: Hotel Monteleone is known as one of the premiere haunted hotels in New Orleans (so, yes, you are hearing things).
Maine: Inn by the Sea
Located roughly five miles south of Portland, this quaint Cape Elizabeth inn features a luxurious spa, waterfront views and an open-air restaurant that sources local ingredients. And thanks to the pet-friendly accommodations at the Inn by the Sea, you won’t have to worry about getting a sitter for your precious Cavapoo, Hudson.
Maryland: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
Used as the backdrop for the 2005 hit movie Wedding Crashers, this former manor house will surely not disappoint. In addition to the on-site swimming pool, spa and fitness center, and colorful gardens, the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond allows guests to take part in resort activities from wine tasting to kayaking to open-air movie nights (in other words, there’s no shortage of fun here).
Massachusetts: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
A 120-room resort on the elbow of Cape Cod, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is a secluded paradise on 27 acres of land. Aside from the 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts and two beaches, this resort has an entire area dedicated to children, complete with an aquatic playground and an amphitheater. Really, this place has everything.
Michigan: The Townsend Hotel
Marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and exquisite flower arrangements are just a few of the things you’ll see upon entering the lobby of The Townsend Hotel. This sophisticated establishment even serves afternoon tea (and homemade treats) in the lobby five days a week. Plus, each room features Egyptian-cotton sheets, an Italian-made duvet and deep soaking tubs. (Don’t mind if we do.)
Minnesota: Le Méridien Chambers
In the heart of the Minneapolis theater district, Le Méridien Chambers is an intimate and modern 60-room hotel with more than 200 pieces of contemporary art. Continue your exclusive experience at its world-class restaurant, Marin, which offers a farm-to-table approach.
Mississippi: The Inn on Whitworth
Built in the 1890s, this old mercantile store houses 14 luxurious rooms with high ceilings, original artwork and custom bedding. The Inn on Whitworth also offers an extended-stay option with a full kitchen, living area and separate bedroom, just in case you want to escape for a while.
Missouri: The Chase Park Plaza
Considered an “art deco masterpiece” that survived the Great Depression, The Chase Park Plaza has amenities you won’t be able to resist—especially the historic five-screen movie theater where you can enjoy popcorn and plush seats. There’s also a spa, a pool and four restaurants. It’s no wonder why people refer to this hotel as a “city within a city.”
Montana: Lodge at Whitefish Lake
On the shores of Whitefish Lake, this lodge is a must for any adventure seeker. A slew of watercrafts are available in the marina, and there are all sorts of winter activities, like snowmobiling and dogsledding. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake also boasts a full-service spa and five different dining experiences.
Nebraska: Hotel Deco XV
A modern art deco hotel with in-room massages, spa-inspired showers and a full fitness center, Hotel Deco XV is the only AAA Four Diamond Preferred hotel in Nebraska, meaning you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Nevada: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Although it’s located right on the bustling strip, be prepared for a non-gambling and non-smoking environment at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. This five-star luxury hotel is exactly what you need if escaping the bright lights of the desert is more your speed.
New Hampshire: Wentworth by the Sea
Wentworth by the Sea is the go-to spot for anyone who’s looking for a relaxing getaway. Hit up the full-service spa or take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool. You can also take your resort experience to the sea, with the 170-slip marina. Trust us, the views alone will be impossible to resist.
New Jersey: Congress Hall
Once dubbed “the summer White House,” this hotel has 108 rooms that are named after U.S. presidents or dignitaries who spent their summers at Congress Hall. There’s something for everyone at this hotel, whether it’s lounging in a rocking chair or taking an exercise class on the beach. Don’t forget to check out the 62-acre farm full of fresh produce just two miles away.
New Mexico: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
This world-class retreat in Santa Fe allows guests to celebrate the traditions of the region’s early Native Americans while paying homage to the city’s vast cultural history. The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi holds an extensive art collection of handcrafted textiles, paintings and carvings, while each room is equipped with a kiva fireplace (a Southwestern design staple). Plus, the city’s historic plaza is just steps away from the hotel doors.
New York: The St. Regis
The St. Regis New York is a staple of the Big Apple. Rated as an AAA Five Diamond hotel, you’re guaranteed nothing less than elegance. Located on Fifth Ave, it’s steps away from Rockefeller Center, world-class shopping (at the likes of Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys) and gourmet dining at King Cole Bar. Oh, and did we mention the 24-hour butler service?
North Carolina: Old Edwards Inn & Spa
Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn & Spa is a European-style resort right in the heart of the Highlands downtown area. Dine at farm-to-table restaurants, tee off at the 18-hole golf course or take a dip in the outdoor mineral pool. No matter what, you’ll be left with a lasting impression.
North Dakota: Hotel Donaldson
Being recognized for its outstanding hospitality, Hotel Donaldson in Fargo’s revitalized downtown offers art-filled rooms, artisan cuisine and a rooftop hot tub overlooking the skyline. Don’t forget to enjoy a meal at the HoDo Restaurant, the only AAA Four Diamond restaurant in the state.
Ohio: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
A boutique-style hotel, the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is sure to grab your attention with its famous yellow penguins and rotating art exhibitions. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it’s home to the award-winning Metropole restaurant.
Oklahoma: Colcord Hotel
You can expect the gold standard at the Colcord Hotel, which was completed back in 1910. Fun fact: Only 12 stories high, it was the first skyscraper in Oklahoma. Although the original marble columns and walls are still intact, there’s an abundance of state-of-the-art technology and style.
Oregon: Timberline Lodge
Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. Perched on Mount Hood, you can ski year-round while taking in the gorgeous views. Each lodge has a rustic elegance complete with period furniture and artwork. This hotel is so spectacular that the exterior was used to film aerial shots for the famous 1980 movie The Shining.
Pennsylvania: The Rittenhouse Hotel
A recipient of the Forbes Four Star award, The Rittenhouse Hotel leaves patrons feeling pampered with its impeccable hospitality, which even includes a Jaguar car service. It’s right on Rittenhouse Square, one of the five original open-space parks built in 1693. Be sure to visit the in-house Library Bar, a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.
Rhode Island: The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Because it’s a 19th-century mansion and one of Rhode Island’s historic homes, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is not your average hotel. Each of the 20 rooms is furnished with a different theme, mostly around a specific historical period, like post-revolutionary America and the Renaissance, for example. Since parking can be a problem in Newport, the Chanler provides a car service to bring guests to the beach and other attractions.
South Carolina: The Spectator Hotel
Step into the 1920s at The Spectator Hotel in the heart of Charleston. This establishment prides itself on customer service, offering a personalized butler service and a 24-hour concierge. The hospitality continues at its speakeasy-style bar, which serves handcrafted libations (like the Bee’s Sneeze and Trouble in the Henhouse) with a personal touch and Southern flair.
South Dakota: Hotel Alex Johnson
Celebrities, dignitaries and families from across the country have been flocking to the Hotel Alex Johnson for the past 75 years. In addition to its Native American style and rich history, this hotel is said to be haunted (specifically by a bride known as the “lady in white”). Interested? Book the Ghost Package and find out for yourself.
Tennessee: River Inn of Harbor Town
European style meets Southern charm at the River Inn of Harbor Town in downtown Memphis. Your stay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the longtime local favorite Paulette’s Restaurant (hint: go for Sunday brunch) and its quaint Little Bar, known as the “coziest bar in the city.”
Texas: The Driskill
Music lovers, this is the place for you. The Driskill is located within walking distance of many of Austin’s famous music venues. If live entertainment doesn’t suit you, try attending one of the hotel’s traditional afternoon tea sessions featuring homemade scones, French pastries and tea sandwiches. (We recommend making a reservation beforehand.)
Utah: Stein Eriksen Lodge
Perched in the middle of the mountains of Utah’s Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Lodge is known as one of the best ski hotels in the world. After hitting the slopes, relax at its luxury spa—the only five-star spa in the entire state. Might we suggest the Alpine Glow body wrap?
Vermont: Stowe Mountain Lodge
The mission is simple at Stowe Mountain Lodge: Bring the outdoors in. Between the floor-to-ceiling windows and the indoor swim tunnel that leads to the heated outdoor pool, you’ll feel one with nature in no time.
Virginia: Walden Hall
This extremely intimate bed-and-breakfast in Reva, Virginia, has only five guest rooms, all with hand-selected decor inspired by the 19th-century poets the rooms are named after. Walden Hall’s cozy amenities include a pool, a two-acre pond, a vegetable garden and a fire pit. You can even take a 10-minute drive to Virginia’s first historic farm brewery.
Washington: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
Enjoy stunning views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound right from your hotel room at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. And if you’re looking for a reason to leave this luxury hotel (if you need us, we’ll be at the pool), it’s located right in the heart of the city. We’re talking minutes away from the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. Go on, have fun.
West Virginia: Blennerhassett Hotel
Hide out in the library, relax among the classic European-style furnishings or take your pooch for a long walk through Parkersburg (yes, the beautiful Blennerhassett Hotel is dog-friendly).
Wisconsin: The Iron Horse Hotel
We’ve got our eye on the outdoor bar at the Iron Horse, which used to be a warehouse—and the structure and decor maintain the industrial vibes. Sip on the hotel’s own limited-edition Barrel 1907 Rye Whiskey while your dog munches on complimentary treats (we’re sensing a trend, here).
Wyoming: The Wort Hotel
The Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole is equal parts luxury and rustic charm. Guests can ride the free shuttle to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort during ski season and then come back and nibble on tea, coffee and biscuits in the lobby to wind down after a day on the slopes.