Best hotels of 2013
Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Mont. (Photo: Courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch)
Guidebooks, magazines, websites, apps ... There are legions of travel resources out there, all aimed at helping you find the best hotel. Some rely on in-house experts to provide firsthand accounts of cleanliness and customer service, while others gather guest reviews, seeking the truth from the masses.
But with so many opinions cluttering the bookshelves and the Internet, researching accommodations can gobble up a large chunk of time. And even after you've put in the legwork, how do you know who to trust?
That's where we come in: Our editors analyzed recommendations from many sources, comparing reviews, accolades, and ratings for nearly 2,000 luxury hotels throughout the United States. Using this unbiased methodology, we found the hotels that consistently come out on top—those are the properties that have earned places on the U.S. News 2013 Best Hotels in the USA rankings.
Below, you'll find the 10 hotels that have wowed guests time and time again. The properties 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:
10. Triple Creek Ranch
Cozying up to Trapper Peak in western Montana, Triple Creek Ranch is like an upscale cowboy camp for adults. Guests bunk down in the rustic (yet luxurious) cabins, cast lines into the fishing lakes, and hit the trails on horseback. In fact, this Relais & Châteaux property offers just about everything an adventurer could want, from dog sledding in the winter to cattle driving in the summer.
"Most people come here for cowboy culture, beautiful scenery, and luxury accommodations," said General Manager Bill McConnell. "But after they arrive and unwind from their travels, they become engrossed in the special attention paid to their specific interests and goals, whether it be riding horses, driving cattle, hiking the mountains, spotting wildlife, fly fishing, or rest, relaxation, fine dining, and fine wine."
(Photo: Courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago)
9. Waldorf Astoria Chicago
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is not just a pretty face. Yes, the décor is splendid—the lobby is fashioned with Carrera marble and the guestrooms are fitted with Italian linens. But this esteemed member of the Waldorf Astoria family earns the No. 9 spot for its deep commitment to customer service. In fact, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago has just started a new initiative called True Waldorf Service.