The Renowned Publication US News, Announced The 25 Best Hotels In The United States In Its Annual Ranking
What are the 25 best hotels in the United States? It is not easy to classify them, and each list has its own methodology and a great deal of subjectivity. US News , one of the most recognized publications in the United States, released its list of the best hotels in the country.
Four Seasons is the hotel chain that achieved the most mentions in the top 25, also occupying the first place, followed by Langham and Peninsula with their Chicago properties to complete the podium.
The spectacular Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida along with Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort are the two properties that close the Top 5.
Below is the list.
The Top 25 Hotels In The United States
- Four Seasons Resort Lanai
- The Langham, Chicago
- The Peninsula Chicago
- Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
- Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
- Montage Kapalua Bay
- Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
- Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
- Hotel Emma
- Wentworth Mansion
- The Lowell Hotel New York
- The Peninsula Beverly Hills
- Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
- The Broadmoor
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
- Montage Palmetto Bluff
- Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
- Twin Farms
- The Cloister at Sea Island
- Montage Beverly Hills
- Fairmont Grand Del Mar
- The Hay-Adams
- Baccarat Hotel New York
- Ocean house
How to choose a good hotel to stay in
One of the most important parts, if not the most, of travel is accommodation, normally this represents 50% or more of your spending and can make your stay unforgettable, in a good or bad way.
Personally, I have stayed in more hotels and hostels than I remember, from super luxurious places to others that I would like to forget, that is why I have written this article that will help you know how to choose a good hotel to stay.
The first thing to know how to choose a good hotel is to define: What do you want?
The first thing you should know is that in life there is nothing for free, and most things that are cheap generally transfer the cost to other things. For example, the cheapest hotels will usually be on the outskirts of the city, they may not be as clean or they do not have all the services you need.
That said, you have to be aware of how much you are willing to sacrifice in comfort to find a cheap hotel. This is not to say that you actually have to sacrifice it, but at least be aware that you may have to.
So, if you compare 2 4-star hotels and you want to find a good and cheap hotel, you will have to look for or sacrifice one of the following things:
The cheapest hotels will usually be found in the furthest places from the tourist area, in small cities this may not make a difference but in large cities, where transferring represents a one-way trip of 2 or 3 hours plus another 2 or 3 hours of return, maybe not so convenient.
Access to public transport:
Before you start looking for hotels you should have an idea of what is the most efficient way to move in the city where you will be, for example, the most efficient way to move in Japan is by public transport while in India it is by Taxi or Rickshaw . If the hotel where you plan to stay does not have good access to public transport then what you save per night in the hotel will automatically be transferred to the cost of transport that you will have to pay to move around.
I grew up in a family where cleanliness is vital, when I was little my mother would not let me play on the ground or in the street so as not to get dirty, she always walked behind me with a wet handkerchief. My room and the apartments where I have lived are always clean, if you don’t believe me ask my former roommates. But when things are not within my control, as they would be in a hotel room, the truth is that I am quite relaxed and it does not affect me.
Nor have I stayed in places where cockroaches roam everywhere, although once a dead cricket woke up in my bed and that it was a well-known chain hotel, The point is that in many countries cleanliness may not be one of its strengths and even in mid-range or executive hotels there will be things that are not up to what you are used to at home but that does not mean that you cannot tolerate a couple of nights. You wanted save money right? There is always a sacrifice.
Here it depends on many factors to consider if you are looking for a room with breakfast included or not. The first is the country where you are going to travel, different countries, different meals and breakfast is perhaps the most contrasting part of all of them. As Mexicans we are used to a mix of Mexican food (chilaquiles, molletes, quesadillas, pozole, etc.) with American food (scrambled eggs, sausages, cereal, pancakes / hotcakes, etc.) for breakfast, so when you arrive in China and You realize that Western breakfast is not something you will find on the street or in evzin restaurants and that only some hotels have it, maybe it will suit you if you do not want to have Chinese food for breakfast every day during your trip (this is also exhausting if you do not you’re used to).
The other factor is the cost, If you have already traveled around the country a little, you will have a little notion of how much the food costs and sometimes the hotels abuse the ignorance of the tourists by charging a surcharge in the rooms that have breakfast included. If you already know how much food costs and what other options you could find for breakfast, then you can easily skip it and save a bit. Lastly, breakfast is really a Russian roulette. Sometimes it will be a buffet and others just cereal, sometimes you will have an excellent à la carte breakfast and in others you will prefer to omit it because you have no idea what it is. Here it really is to your liking, if you already paid for it but you don’t like it, there is no point in eating it.
If your hotel is on the outskirts, because you wanted to save yourself a little money, then at least make sure it has a good restaurant for dinner or lunch. There are places where you will travel where the best restaurant in that city is the hotel restaurant, in big cities I don’t pay much attention to this issue. But you always have to take it into consideration.
My job requires that I have a constant internet connection and if a hotel plans to charge me half a night’s stay for 24 hours of wireless internet, immediately that is a NO. In Europe it is common for hotels / hostels to charge for internet use, but personally I have always preferred to pay a little more or look for another hotel if that ensures that I will have a constant connection on my computer and cell phone. If you only plan to use the internet to check emails and send greetings, you can skip this point.
There are few occasions where a cheap hotel translates into a large room, you can have exceptional cleaning, an incredible breakfast, be in an unbeatable area but most likely if it is cheap it is because your room will be small, very small.
Treatment of staff:
There are hotels where they will never tell you please, thank you or they will tell you where the elevator is. For many people this plays a decisive role in whether to stay there or not, personally I don’t care.
Broadly speaking, these are the factors to consider to find a cheap hotel, but hey, then now you may be thinking: “I understand, but how do I know if it has these factors or not?”
If I plan to make my reservation online, then I will NEVER, but NEVER stay in a hotel / hostel if it does not have reviews from other travelers. If I plan to find and book a hotel the same day I arrive in town, then I always ask to be shown the room before I accept.
When they show you the room the first thing you should check is the bathroom, the hot water and the air conditioning, ask how the hot water works and if it is available at all hours. In some places there is only hot water in the morning and in others you will have to turn on the water heater to use it.
Continuing, it is important that you read the reviews because this is the true experience of people who have stayed there and although they sometimes sound exaggerated, I can honestly tell you that they rarely are.
If I already saw a hostel with private rooms that seems reasonable to me, before booking it I go and search on Booking.com
The search engine on this page will initially show you the results where they earn the most money, that is, the hotels that are willing to pay them a better commission for appearing in the first places. But it does not mean that they are the best hotels.
Enter and review the options they offer you, you can filter them by cost per night, by number of stars, by services or whatever you want. Personally, I first filter it into cost per night and then I start to review them.
You will find all kinds of reviews, things like “It was perfect, everything was fine” to “The worst hotel I have ever stayed in”, it is important to learn to read between the lines and above all give value to what matters to you.
As I mentioned before, there will be reviews that say “The staff is very rude, they never smile at me” and in others they will say “It was very dirty, there was dust under the bed.” These types of reviews do not matter to me, I want to find things that really prevent me from stay there.
Reviewing 10 Hotels
The most complicated point is when after reviewing about 10 hotels of the same price range that you are willing to pay, you discover that they all have the same flaws, they are dirty, far away, the internet does not serve, the breakfast is terrible, etc. If you find that all the hotels in those price ranges are bad then you have 2 options, either consider paying a little more to upgrade to a hotel or start balancing whether you can live with and what not.
As an additional tip, if you want to have a better room without having to upgrade to a hotel then you can pay for a better quality room. Many hotels have mini suites or “deluxe” rooms for a reasonable price and you don’t necessarily have to change hotels, this ensures that you can stay in a slightly better place for little extra money.
If no hotel has reviews or the reviews are very bad, then you can try looking for more reviews on Tripadvisor. Usually this page is full of reviews of hotels, restaurants, places, etc. It has been very helpful in making final decisions when I have to choose between 2 hotels.
Once I have read the reservations of several hotels, before clicking on reserve I do a final search by map. Both in Hostelworld and in Booking you can see a map of the area and it will mark the hotels that are there.
The advantage of this is that many hotels do not appear in the listings so easily, since they are in the last search results and with the map you can find them. Also, if you do not know in which area it is advisable to stay, the map will indicate where there is a greater concentration of hotels, usually these are the tourist areas.
Thanks to the option of the map on many occasions I have been able to choose hotels that are close to public transport and that do not necessarily appear in the first places of the lists. It is very worth doing this.
With all the options in hand, the reviews read and so on, I proceed to reserve the room. Take it easy and don’t be pressured by the “we have 2 rooms left” ads, I’ve always been of the philosophy of: if it’s for me, then it will be, if not, no way. Relax and make all the points that I mentioned before, it is the only way to choose a good hotel.
It is VERY important that after you have already stayed at the hotel you leave a review of your experience, as well as the review of other travelers that helped you choose the hotel, it is fair that you also share your opinion so that you can help other people in the future.
Knowing how to choose a good hotel is not something simple, in fact I think they are one of the things that will take more time, it is even more time consuming than finding cheap plane tickets , in fact sometimes it takes up to 2 or 3 hours just to choose the one-destination hotel, but this is really because the hotel where you stay makes all the difference between whether you will have a good vacation or not.