Best hotels in the USA
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There are legions of guidebooks, magazines, and websites aimed at helping you find the best hotel. Some rely on in-house experts while others gather guest reviews. To compile the U.S. News list of Best Hotels in the USA 2012, our editors analyzed recommendations across many of these sources. Using this approach, we found the hotels that consistently come out on top.
The properties reflected on this list are winners not only for their luxurious amenities, fine service, and lavish décor, but also for the way they showcase America's diversity. These properties range from major hotel brands to independent boutiques, and you'll find them in states from California to Montana to South Carolina—truly from "sea to shining sea."
The Elysian Hotel Chicago (Photo: The Elysian Hotel Chicago)
This elegant hotel is positioned just a short stroll from Chicago's Magnificent Mile. But while its location is great, the interior of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago (formerly the Elysian Hotel Chicago) is even better. Even as you open the doors, you'll step foot on gleaming Carrera marble, lit by a gorgeous chandelier and guarded by mixed-media sculptures by Mexico City artist Javier Marin. Upstairs, the guest rooms feature fireplaces, deep soaking bathtubs, Italian linens, and the same sort of swanky décor found downstairs. Dining here is also rave-worthy: The in-house restaurant, RIA, has earned two Michelin stars for its local cuisine.
Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort (Photo: Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort)
You'll find the Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort burrowed in a northern Napa Valley canyon. The luxuriously rustic resort features everything from a spa with organic treatments to The Lakehouse restaurant, which is defined by its "land to table" cuisine and a wine list that includes some of