A familiar name — in history and the hotel business — soared to the second-highest spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Hotels list.
Does the Jefferson ring a bellhop bell?
For the annual rankings, the stately Beaux-Arts property in Washington nabbed second place in the best U.S. hotels category, which featured 1,775 lodgings around the country. The survey also highlighted the top luxury spots in Canada (210 hotels), Mexico (321) and the Caribbean (287). It broke out the best brands as well as the U.S. cities and states with the most top-notch hotels. The company based its findings on industry awards and thousands of independent reviews from travelers and experts, who evaluated more than 2,500 hotels with a 4- to 5-star rating.
U.S. News bestowed the kingly crown to the Lodge at Sea Island, on St. Simons Island, Ga. (for the United States), the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Caribbean), Rosewood Mayakoba in Riveria Maya (Mexico) and the Ritz-Carlton Montreal (Canada), a winner three years in a row.
The report honored the top 10 percent with gold badges and the top 30 percent in specific markets with silver badges. Among U.S. cities, New York garnered the most wins, followed by Las Vegas and Chicago. In the Washington area, seven properties scored gold, including such elegant swans as the Hay-Adams, Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Capella, Mandarin Oriental and the Willard InterContinental. Ten hotels came away with silver, including several Kimpton and Ritz-Carlton properties as well as such familiar chains as Park Hyatt and Sofitel.
Some hotels are making their first appearance on the list. Among them: Aria Sky Suites in Las Vegas (No. 3), Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island (No. 4); the Peninsula Beverly Hills (No. 5); the Waldorf Astoria Chicago; and Auberge du Soleil in California’s Napa Valley.
The Jefferson, by the way, jumped eight places from last year. The Lodge at Sea Island better watch its back.
Best hotels in the U.S.:
1. The Lodge at Sea Island
2. The Jefferson, Washington DC
3. Aria Sky Suites
4. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu
5. The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Best hotels in Canada:
1. Ritz-Carlton Montreal
2. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
3. Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto
4. Rosewood Hotel Georgia
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Best hotels in the Caribbean:
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
2. Jamaica Inn
3. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
4. Tortuga Bay
5. Jade Mountain
Best hotels in Mexico:
1. Rosewood Mayakoba
2. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
3. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
4. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
5. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
For the full list: travel.usnews.com/Hotels.
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