TripAdvisor recently announced its top hotels for 2018, determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the world. While these properties are likely to become even more popular, and more expensive, the list is a great way to get inspired to travel to some amazing destinations. Whether you choose to stay in these highly-rated hotels, you’ll be able to enjoy vacationing in some great spots around the U.S. and beyond.
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Nantucket, Massachusetts (Prices & Photos)
Nantucket is the name of the small island located 30 miles off the coast from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as well as its town. It’s filled with idyllic beaches, magnificent mansions, upscale eateries. It also hosts interesting mix of unique shops, picturesque lighthouses, a whaling museum and all sorts of paths, branching off in every direction for hiking or biking. It’s also home to the Nantucket Hotel & Resort, ranked the No. 1 hotel in the U.S. If you’d like to stay but don’t want to pay and arm and a leg to do it, rates are significantly cheaper in early spring.
Charleston, South Carolina (Prices & Photos)
Head to Charleston and you’ll have the opportunity to stay in TripAdvisor’s No. 3 top hotel in the U.S., the French Quarter Inn. No matter where you lie down at night, you’ll find lots to keep you busy in this charming southern town. It offers an ideal mix of culture, picturesque scenery, recreational opportunities and history. Gaze up at the grand mansions that the streets with fine restaurants, world-class galleries and boutiques tucked in between.
San Antonio, Texas (Prices & Photos)
San Antonio offers a ton of things to do, and it’s also home to one of the top hotels in the U.S. based on TripAdvisor reviews, Hotel Emma, a former 19th-century Brewhouse turned hotel located right downtown. One of the top things to do in the area is to visit the River Walk. Here you can check out the river boats or hop in one yourself, enjoy live music, dine and more. You’ll have to visit The Alamo, one of the nation’s most popular historic sites and the iconic symbol of the city.
Cannon Beach, Oregon (Prices & Photos)
Cannon Beach is located along one of the world’s most breathtaking coastlines, the northern Oregon coast, and is home to the Stephanie Inn, the No. 5 hotel in the U.S., offering a front row view of the Pacific and iconic Haystack Rock. There are a handful of other oceanfront properties as well, and in town, you’ll find upscale boutiques, art galleries and ocean view restaurants for dining on fresh seafood while enjoying more spectacular vistas.
Key West, Florida (Prices & Photos)
The Florida Keys stretch about 126 miles from the mainland to Key West, connected by 42 bridges, providing a Caribbean-feel without having to leave the states. When you reach the end, you’ll find the home of the No. 6 hotel in the U.S., Santa Maria Suites. This luxury resort sits in the southernmost part of historic Key West near the beach, though you’ll find many other offerings at a wide range of price points too for experiencing those glorious sunset sailing cruises, renowned nightlife and more.
New York City (Prices & Photos)
The Hotel Giraffe in New York City was ranked the No. 7 hotel in the U.S., providing visitors with the ideal place to stay for exploring the Big Apple and its many offerings, like The Met, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere with a collection that includes more than two million works of art. Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and the bright lights of Time Square are just a few of its other highlights. As the cinematic epicenter of tourism in the city, experiencing Times Square after dark is really a must, as one of the most exciting, colorful places you’ll ever see, particularly around midnight.
Telluride, Colorado (Prices & Photos)
Tucked deep into a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is one of Colorado’s most breathtaking towns, in a state filled with beautiful places. It has a storybook feel with streets lined with gorgeous Victorian-era buildings, managing to retain its charms of bygone days, with no billboards, neon signs, or even stoplights. Frontier-era facades and Victorian storefronts adorn the compact downtown area, while TripAdvisor’s No. 8 hotel in the U.S., The Inn at Lost Creek, can be found here in the Mountain Village.
Seattle, Washington (Prices & Photos)
There are many reasons to visit Seattle, surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty that includes soaring mountains and glistening waters in every direction. It’s home to famed Pike Place Market, and the Inn at the Market, rated the No. 10 hotel in the U.S. Here you’ll be perfectly situated for taking in the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience, including the sighs sounds and sights of street performers, and, the fishmongers who toss the fresh catch of the day while cracking jokes. Other highlights in the city include the fantastic food, music and arts scene, and of course, the iconic Space Needle where you can take in panoramic views from the observation deck.
Siem Reap, Cambodia (Prices & Photos)
If you’d like to venture beyond America’s borders, you might want to consider Siem Reap, Cambodia, the home of the No. 1 hotel in the world according to TripAdvisor: Viroth’s Hotel. It’s not only affordable priced, but you’ll be in the heart of it all in the Old Market area. Siem Reap has often been called the best destination for first-time travelers to Asia, easy to get around, and there are attractions on nearly every corner. Mix in the especially friendly people, culture, history, nightlife, markets and outdoor adventure opportunities, and it’s hard to beat. Cap off your trip with an early wake up call to visit Angkor Wat. When the morning light washes across the temples and ruins, the city looks like a painting come to life.