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There are hundreds of 5-star hotels across the U.S., although it’s not easy to earn and maintain that rating as they’re required to exceed expectations in every way. When you’re looking to book accommodation that ensures exceptional service and the utmost in luxurious comfort, you’ll definitely want to search for a 5-star property. On this list, you’ll find the standouts, located everywhere, from exotic Hawaii and the golden coast of California to Miami’s glitzy shores and the bustling streets of the Big Apple.
A top 5-star hotel in Miami, Faena Hotel Miami Beach overlooks the Atlantic, providing spectacular views from many vantage points. The service is top-notch and it hosts one of the most beautiful pools in Miami, along with a South American-inspired spa providing beauty and wellness services. Work out at the fitness center with an ocean view and take advantage of both indoor and outdoor classes. Dining includes everything from casual eats to Asian and international fare while the art deco rooms feature well-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs, robes and slippers, and Carrara marble bathrooms with high-tech toilets.
Home to one of the most beautiful pools in Miami and a South American-inspired spa
Access to a fitness center with ocean views and indoor and outdoor classes
Rooms feature well-stocked minibars, high-tech toilets, and Carrara marble bathrooms
Set within an iconic 19th-century mansion, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens overlooking the Atlantic along the Cliff Walk, an oceanfront path that runs for 3.5 miles lined with many magnificent historic mansions. It’s known for its over-the-top elegance with sparkling chandeliers and high-end furnishings. Rooms are inspired by Newport’s heritage, and all have their own distinct decor, designed around a historical period from colonial to Victorian and Louis XIV. Most come with fireplaces and bathrooms with heated floors, while some feature private patios, ocean views, and jetted tubs. On-site dining is exceptional, with extraordinary meals paired with Atlantic views.
Located along the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk overlooking the Atlantic
Rooms feature fireplaces and bathrooms with heated floors, some with private patios, ocean views, and jetted tubs
Set atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific along the Southern California coast, Montage Laguna Beach has the feel of a cozy inn but with ultra-luxe amenities. At one of the best spa resorts in California, guests can enjoy access to a beautiful stretch of sand, yoga on the beach, fitness facilities, and a massive spa, arguably the highlight with an extensive menu of decadent treatments. There are three pools with poolside cabanas, an upscale restaurant, and a terrace grill, and wine-tasting sessions are available too. Rooms are extra-spacious, starting at 500 square feet, and all come with 55″ flat-screen TVs, private balconies with ocean views, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs.
Access to the beach, fitness facilities, and a massive spa
Three pools on-site with poolside cabanas, an upscale restaurant, and a terrace grill
Extra-spacious rooms with private balconies, ocean views, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs
One of the most luxurious hotels you’ll find throughout the Hawaiian islands and the entire U.S., Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea sits along the idyllic sands of Wailea Beach and includes three saltwater pools, one that’s adults-only featuring an impressive swim-up bar with a view of the ocean and the mountains in the distance. It even has built-in chaise loungers and an underwater music system. There’s also a family pool with a shallow area for the little ones to splash around in, with a small water slide and a waterfall. too. Enjoy a wide range of activities, including canoeing and SUP yoga, dining at the resort’s outstanding restaurants, and indulging in lavish treatments at the spa. All rooms come with 65″ or larger flat-screen TVs, in-room tablets, comfy beds with 300-thread-count linens and fluffy down comforters, and large outdoor patios or balconies.
Three saltwater pools on-site, including an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar and a family pool with a water slide
Rooms feature 65″ flat screen TVs, in-room tablets, and large outdoor patios or balconies
Access to multiple restaurants, a luxe spa, and a variety of outdoor activities
Look forward to incomparable luxury in the unspoiled wilderness of Montana at The Resort at Paws Up. It’s all about pampering and outdoor adventure here, set on a sprawling 37,000-acre ranch with over 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Plus it sits along 10 miles of the Blackfoot River for outstanding fly-fishing. Other available activities include archery and cattle drives, with winter options like ice skating and snowmobiling. Accommodation is provided in luxurious homes or safari-style tents that provide a luxe glamping experience. In-room spa treatments are available and there are two restaurants serving exceptional ranch fare.
Set on a sprawling ranch and river with more than 100 miles of trails and outstanding fly-fishing
Year-round activities, ranging from archery and cattle drives to ice skating and snowmobiling
Accommodation in luxurious homes or safari-style tents
Set on a former cotton plantation, Lodge at Sea Island is accessed through an avenue of historic antebellum oaks draped with Spanish moss. Its exterior looks like an English manor, while the interior has the feel of a hunting lodge. It’s especially popular among golfing enthusiasts with multiple golf courses on-site, but guests can also enjoy boating, biking, tennis, and horseback riding. There’s an indoor pool and a high-end spa, while dining includes everything from a casual taverna to a Southern-style steakhouse. Butler service is available 24/7, and rooms are very generously sized, some with balconies offering gorgeous views of St. Simons Sound or the greens. Your butler will even provide cookies and milk at bedtime or draw you a luxurious rose petal bath.
Home to multiple golf courses and a high-end spa
Access to boating, biking, tennis, and horseback riding excursions
Spacious rooms with 24/7 butler service, some with balconies overlooking the greens or St. Simons Sound
Only a block from Central Park across from Carnegie Hall, Park Hyatt New York is often ranked among the best hotels in the country and a top 5-star hotel in New York City. One of the highlights is the blissful on-site spa which includes an indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room. The fitness center is on the 25th floor, providing a picturesque view over Manhattan, while on-site dining can be enjoyed at The Living Room, an elegant restaurant and cocktail lounge. Rooms include Nespresso machines, minibars, and lots of high-tech features, like a television built into the bathroom mirror.
Blissful on-site spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room
Access to a 25th-floor fitness center with picturesque Manhattan views
Rooms feature Nespresso machines, minibars, and high-tech features
When celebrities and VIPs of all types want to splurge on a domestic getaway, they often head to Amangiri in the southern desert of Utah. It sits on 600 acres offering sweeping vistas of soaring mesas and stratified rock facing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Cave Peak Stairway is a recent addition, providing jaw-dropping views from 400 feet above the ground, and there are many activities that can be enjoyed, from hiking to horseback riding. Relax in the Desert Lounge, an open-air living room ideal for sundowners and stargazing after dark. Many of the suites come with their own private pools and rooftop terraces; all are large and include fireplaces, as well as outdoor lounge areas.
Set on 600 acres of sweeping mesa views and facing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Access to a host of activities, including hiking and horseback riding
Suites feature fireplaces and outdoor lounge areas, some with private pools and rooftop terraces
Located at the base of the Rockies on Cheyenne Lake, The Broadmoor is an iconic hotel set on a sprawling 3,000-acre estate. There’s no reason to leave unless you really want to, as a wide range of activities can be enjoyed right on-site, including fly fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, biking, and tennis. There are three pools and three hot tubs, three golf courses, multiple tennis courts, and a state-of-the-art fitness center if you’re still in need of a workout. Shoppers have over two dozen venues to browse, and when it’s time to relax, there’s an upscale full-service spa. Accommodation is in rooms, suites, and villas, or choose a rustic cabin stay at the property’s ranch. All feature stunning views of the lake and mountains.
Wide range of activities to be enjoyed, from flyfishing to rock climbing, tennis, and biking
Three pools and three hot tubs, three golf courses, multiple tennis courts, and a state-of-the-art fitness center on-site
Accommodation in rooms, suites, villas, or a rustic cabin at the property’s ranch, all with stunning views of the lake and mountains
Immerse yourself among the red rocks of Sedona while enjoying lots of luxuries at this enchanting retreat. L’Auberge de Sedona is surrounded by the area’s magnificent beauty and includes a spa that’s tucked into the forest with all sorts of stress-melting treatments and massage options. Yoga classes are hosted too, and the stargazing is out of this world. Dining is available at the upscale Cress on Oak Creek, featuring wine-forward Southern European dishes featuring hand-selected local ingredients along the banks of Oak Creek. Accommodation is in cozy high-end cottages with wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers at the creekside.
Home to a spa tucked into the forest
Accommodation in cozy high-end cottages with wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers
Upscale dining on-site with a wine-forward Southern European menu
One of the only 5-star hotels in New Orleans, The Roosevelt New Orleans is an icon in the Big Easy just west of the French Quarter. This historic treasure with crystal chandeliers and Gilded Age trimmings opened its doors in 1863 and boasts a rooftop pool and hot tub with cabanas and a bar. The on-site spa is another highlight, with an array of beauty and relaxation therapies using local ingredients. It also hosts a steam bath, beauty salon, and fitness center. The multiple dining options include traditional Italian pasta and wood-fired pizzas at Domenica, while spacious rooms and suites all come with minibars, coffeemakers, and 42″ TVs. Upgraded units have perks like bay windows and bathrooms with clawfoot tubs or personal TVs.
On-site spa with a menu of beauty and relaxation therapies, a steam bath, beauty salon, and fitness center
Rooftop pool and hot tub with cabanas and a bar
Multiple dining options on-site
Spacious rooms and suites with minibars and coffeemakers
One of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious properties, Post Ranch Inn is nestled along the Big Sur coast, built right into the cliffs for breathtaking views of the Pacific. Honeymoon-worthy, the spacious rooms all have mountain or ocean views, and many include floor-to-ceiling windows for enjoying them inside or out. Private decks, wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs or showers, and radiant floor heating are just some of the luxe features. There are stunning cliff-top pools, an award-winning spa with a focus on rejuvenation, and even a shaman on-site. Sierra Mar is its restaurant, considered among the finest in the state.
Spacious rooms with mountain or ocean views, floor-to-ceiling windows
Home to a cliff-top pool, award-winning spa, and a shaman on-site
An on-site restaurant considered to be among the finest in the state
The Jefferson is a historic boutique hotel tucked within a 1920s building in an ideal location just 10 minutes on foot from the White House. Paying homage to one of the country’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, guests can expect plenty of Old World charms and high-quality antiques. There’s a luxurious lounge with comfy couches and vintage books, marble fireplaces, and an intimate spa. Treatments are customized using herbs and botanicals grown in Monticello’s Gardens. A fitness center is on-site and guests also enjoy free access to the facilities at Unversity Club nearby, which includes an indoor heated pool. Dining can be enjoyed at three restaurants, including one that’s Michelin-starred, while a variety of upscale touches can be enjoyed in the lavish rooms such as fireplaces, four-poster beds, and elegant free-standing tubs.
Intimate spa on-site with customized and locally-sourced herbal and botanical treatments
Access to a fitness center, the facilities at the University Club nearby, including an indoor heated pool, and multiple on-site restaurants
Rooms feature fireplaces, four-poster beds, and free-standing tubs
A top 5-star hotel in Chicago, The Langham, Chicago offers spectacular views of the Chicago River, the lake, and the Magnificent Mile. In fact, the spacious rooms here feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing some of the best hotel views in the country. With marble bathrooms that include soaking tubs, guests can look forward to a tranquil respite after a day of exploring. There’s a spa for unwinding as well, along with an indoor pool, a fitness center, and multiple dining and drinking venues. The mid-century modern lounge is a great place to sip creative cocktails with a river view, while Travelle is renowned for its mouthwatering Mediterranean-inspired fare.
Spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs
Home to a spa, indoor pool, and fitness center
Multiple dining and drinking options, including a mid-century modern lounge with river views