The Best Hotel in Every State Gallery
April 16, 2018
America’s finest accommodations
The Best Hotel in Every State
The right accommodations can make or break your vacation. One vacation planning mistake you don’t want to make is overlooking the importance of finding the best lodging you can afford. And even with the rising popularity of unconventional and sometimes over-the-top Airbnbs, hotels continue to be a safe bet.
When booking a hotel, your host can’t cancel on you and you’re assured safety for yourself and your belongings. You can also still have plenty of fun at a hotel, even if it isn’t a top-notch bed & breakfast or a highly-rated Airbnb vacation home. There are plenty of fantastic hotels throughout the country, so we sought out the best lodgings across America, whether you’re looking for a night’s stay or an amazing weekend getaway.
In order to determine which hotels made the cut, we took a look at our own reviews and previous best-of lists as well as those from other publications. Considering both boutique and chain hotels, as well as all-inclusive resorts and the top B&Bs, we read through user ratings of the most popular hotels on review sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Foursquare, paying special attention to what they had to say about hotel amenities, guest services, and location. We also took into account awards and accolades presented to hotels by relevant travel organizations. For a glimpse of America’s finest accommodations, take a look at the best hotel in every state.
Alabama: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (Point Clear)
Located on southern Alabama’s Mobile Bay, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort has two amazing golf courses and a 20,000-square-foot spa that make for a vacation of true luxury in the Deep South. Ten tennis courts, an impressive pool complex, and access to Alabama’s sandy Gulf Coast enhance the experience of staying here, as do fantastic dining options that include seafood and steak, as well as luxurious accommodations to sleep in.
Alaska: Alyeska Resort (Girdwood)
Alyeska Resort is a great place to stay winter or summer, as the great Alaskan outdoors have plenty to offer no matter what the season. Located in the resort town of Girdwood in the Chugach Mountains of southern Alaska, it’s a fantastic skiing destination as it receives around 55 feet of snow every year and is home to the longest continuous double black diamond ski run on the continent. An aerial tram gives guests a scenic ride from the resort to the top of Mt. Alyeska, and the hotel itself has world-class dining and spa facilities, as well as a saltwater pool, yoga studio, and complete fitness center.
Arizona: Tanque Verde Ranch (Tuscon)
A stay at Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona is the ultimate Southwestern vacation. Go on a breakfast ride on Thursday and Sunday mornings, riding a horse to the Old Homestead, where you’ll be greeted by a huge breakfast featuring blueberry pancakes, and join the cowboy cookouts and live entertainment held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Guests can go fishing or mountain biking and attend horseback walking and loping rides and lessons, as well as take part in guided hikes and more. Kids also have a ranch and riding program available for them, and the ranch has indoor and outdoor pools, as well as several basketball and tennis courts. Prickly pear season in the summer also results in Tanque Verde Ranch’s prickly pear margaritas.
Arkansas: Lookout Point Lakeside Inn (Hot Springs)
An ideal destination for guests looking for a bit of romance in their bed and breakfast, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn offers a quiet and beautiful getaway in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. Every room has a view of Lake Hamilton, and in addition to a gourmet breakfast, all guests are also treated to an innkeeper’s reception every afternoon, which includes appetizers, desserts, tea, and wine.
California: Rosewood CordeValle (San Martin)
Rosewood CordeValle is a luxury golf resort located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of northern California, providing a getaway that’s both luxurious and scenic. The star of the show here is the 260-acre, 18-hole championship golf course that has fantastic views of the Northern California landscape as well as a fantastic challenge for amateur and expert golfers alike. You can also enjoy the view while dining at the resort’s restaurants or bar featuring contemporary Californian cuisine or relax at the spa, located in the 85-acre winery and vineyard.
Colorado: Dunton Hot Springs (Dolores)
Dunton Hot Springs bills itself as an “1800s ghost town with natural hot springs.” Hidden in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, this resort is characterized by luxurious log cabins, beautiful trails, and hot springs located against a backdrop of snowbanks. In the winter, it's a super snow vacation, with plenty of winter activities to take part in. Local and regional ingredients, some from the resort’s own farm and vineyard, contribute to a delicious menu at the resort’s saloon.
Connecticut: Winvian Farm (Morris)
Situated on 113 acres in the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut, Winvian Farm is an estate that includes an eighteenth-century manor and 18 individually-designed cottages where you can enjoy a cozy getaway. The five-star restaurant serves up a farm-to-table experience using seasonal ingredients sourced right from the farm’s organic gardens and accompanied by wines from 13 countries and 27 regions. Relax at the 5,000-square-foot spa with treatments that include massages, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy, or enjoy their 40-foot pool.
Delaware: Hotel du Pont (Wilmington)
For over a century now, Hotel du Pont has been accommodating guests with a stay in Delaware that’s both sophisticated and exciting. The building itself is a work of art, an Italian Renaissance structure with chandeliers, hand-carved wood, and mosaic and terrazzo floors made with French and Italian craftsmanship. Its more than 200 rooms and suites all exude a likewise European flair yet with all the contemporary comforts and needs guests may desire in the form of technology, a minibar, and 24-hour room service. Have an opulent dining experience in The Green Room, the hotel’s four-star restaurant, or grab a quick bite at the more casual yet still sophisticated environment of The Café.
Florida: The Alfond Inn (Winter Park)
The Alfond Inn is a boutique hotel owned by Rollins College, a private liberal arts college in Florida, and its location in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park puts it just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World. Each of its more than 100 rooms is dog-friendly and includes in-room dining as well as concierge service. All hotel proceeds also go to the Alfond Scholars program fund, the premier scholarship fund of Rollins College.
Georgia: Jekyll Island Club Resort (Jekyll Island)
Lying right off the coast of Georgia, Jekyll Island is a beautiful subtropical getaway that’s part of the Sea Islands located along the coast of the southeastern United States. The best place to stay on the island — indeed, in the state — is Jekyll Island Club Resort, which has been around since 1888 when it started out as a retreat for America’s wealthiest. Lounge at the resort pool all day, and gather around the fire pit for s’mores at night. The resort also continues one of the traditions it’s had since its opening with a croquet lawn where you can try your hand at the popular nineteenth-century game. The Grand Dining Room lives up to its name, serving delicious meals and a fantastic Sunday brunch in a sophisticated setting, but meals can also be taken at various other locations on-site. Cyclists will especially love it here; Jekyll Island has 20 miles of bike paths and the resort’s Jekyll Wheels program allows you to rent tandem bikes, mountain bikes, beach cruisers, and more.
Hawaii: Travaasa Hana (Hana)
Say aloha to your dream Hawaiian vacation. At Travaasa Hana, programs and activities fall under the resort’s five “experiential pillars”: Adventure, Culinary, Culture, Fitness, and Wellness. In addition to full access to all of these, the all-inclusive package includes being greeted by a Welcome Banana Bread once you arrive on site, unlimited bottled water and organic fair-trade coffee, spacious and luxurious rooms, and three meals a day prepared by a chef, as well as $175 in resort credit (eligible to be used for spa services and private classes) every day for each guest. In addition to the usual water adventures, guests can also take a trail ride around the island on horseback or take to the skies on a glider adventure, where you can even pass over the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala.
Idaho: The Coeur d’Alene Resort (Coeur d’Alene)
Having just undergone a three-year renovation, the Coeur d’Alene Resort offers up modern and stylish accommodations with the latest amenities, including large 4K-HD televisions, luxury bedding, and upgraded bathrooms. The beautifully-kept 18-hole golf course includes the stunning Floating Green at the 14th hole, which you need to reach by a small electric boat. An award-winning spa and multiple, exceptional dining options round out a memorable stay in northwest Idaho.