The latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels rankings, released on Tuesday, include the Mandarin Oriental, Boston and Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont. The rankings were based on the star ratings of more than 35,000 luxury hotels worldwide, as well as guest reviews. To come up with its rankings, U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 35,000 properties. To find out where the best hotels are in the world, read the complete rankings here.
There are two general categories of hotels. First, there are chain hotels. These are the most common type of hotel in the world, with thousands of locations worldwide. Most chain hotels are operated by one company. Hilton, for example, operates over a dozen different brands. Other types of hotels are boutique hotels, luxury inns, and budget options. In addition to boutique and luxury hotels, there are also budget accommodations, such as hostels and backpacker-style rooms.
Located near downtown Santa Fe, the Inn and Spa at Loretto is a boutique luxury hotel with a similar style to Taos Pueblo. The rooms are decorated in soothing desert hues and feature romantic lighting. The Inn on the Alameda is another boutique hotel in the historic Santa Fe district. Its alfresco dining terrace and panoramic views of the city’s skyline make it a perfect choice for a romantic getaway.
The newest Four Seasons Bangkok property opened in late 2015, following the closure of the previous location. It has two hundred and nine contemporary rooms, including a 4,800-square-foot presidential suite. It also features an outdoor lap pool and anti-aging Advanced Beauty Room. The hotel has been run by the Goring family since 1910. It serves afternoon tea daily, a highlight of any stay. The lobby is reminiscent of a museum, and the rooms are well appointed.
In addition to the classic luxury chains, there are boutique hotels. Some of the finest hotels in New York have been designed to reflect their unique personalities. Boutique hotels in New York offer many of the amenities of chain hotels, but with a unique flair. The High Line Hotel, for example, opened as a seminary in 1895. It now features a new restaurant each year, and has a prestigious location near the famed High Line urban park.
The Peninsula Chicago, ranked the No. 1 Best Hotel in the USA, offers a luxurious experience with on-site amenities. Its signature offerings include the Peninsula Spa and Shanghai Terrace restaurant. Bright, modern guest rooms invite guests to relax while enjoying the city view. Other deluxe hotels in the top 10 list include the Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui and Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach in Sunny Isles, Florida.
Aside from the Presidential Suite, the Burj Al Arab is the only seven-star hotel in the world. The luxury accommodation boasts a private pool and a 17-seat bar. In addition, the Hardwood Suite features a themed arena featuring a basketball court, a professional locker room, a whiskey bar, and 11 televisions. The luxurious suites also offer a personal butler. There are numerous options to suit every budget and personal style.