Every once in a while, a hotel gains unanimous praise from guests, industry professionals and travel experts and becomes truly iconic. The collection of hotels below represents the absolute best of American hospitality, classic glamour and thoughtful design and have all been warmly recognized by peers and guests: TripAdvisor scores are the some of the highest around and private advisors from Virtuoso of American Express won’t stop raving about these properties. Each one of them expresses the spirit of their surroundings and offers their guests an unparalleled parenthesis from their daily lives. If indulgence had an address, it would be one of these.
10 – The Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg (OR)
Starting at USD 405+ per night
Less than an hour drive from Portland, The Allison and its 77 rooms and 8 suites sits in view of snowcapped mountain ranges, rolling hillsides, 200 working vineyards, and agricultural farmlands in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the jewel of Oregon’s Wine Country. Explore the manicured gardens, enroll in restorative yoga sessions and gaze at the 32-page wine book list at the signature restaurant, JORY.
9 – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island (HI)
Starting at USD 845+ per night
Set on Hawaii Island’s exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this understatedly gorgeous, isolated resort offers 243 rooms that capture the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition. Sitting on a secluded half-mile of white sand oceanfront, this resort offers incredible amenities and services: seawater and freshwater swimming pools; an open-air spa; a three-room gym with lap pool; and yoga, personal training, water sports and a full menu of fitness classes are offered daily.
8 – The Plaza Hotel, New York City (NY)
Starting at USD 616+ per night
The Plaza Hotel offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 73 luxurious suites boasting the largest sizes of any luxury hotel in New York City. There are also 29 lavish Legacy Suites featuring contemporary decor that is elegant and timeless, all complemented with personal pre-arrival concierge, butler service and more. The storied Palm Court still is New York’s premier destination for Afternoon Tea, and the address of the hotel is second to none for shoppers, business travelers and lovers of Central Park.
7 – Hotel Emma, San Antonio (TX)
Starting at USD 345+ per night
Refurbished from a 19th century brewery, Hotel Emma is a boutique luxury hotel offering elegant and warm accommodations, a rooftop terrace pool, and many fine dining experiences. Bathrooms impress with claw-foot tubs, hand-painted tiles, and Malin + Goetz amenities. Foodies will appreciate the location of the hotel, right in the heart of the Pearl Brewery district, famous for its chef-owned restaurants and a weekend farmers’ market.
6 – Twin Farms, Barnard (VT)
Starting at USD 1,500+ per night
Twin Farms is a unique country estate in Vermont, situated on hundreds of hectares of wildflower meadows, hardwood forests, ancient gardens and private ponds – ie. the perfect getaway for East Coasters. The original 1790s farmhouse and lodge have been converted into gracious living and dining rooms and the property now offers 20 elegant suites and guest cottages, each with its own interior design style. A guide is readily available for walks through the surrounding woods and an on-call chauffeur for local outings.