Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the United States
so many rating criteria to choose from, defining what
exactly makes up the top 10 luxury hotels and resorts
in the United States is certainly not an easy task. It
seems as if every city in every state contains at least
one hotel or resort that caters to those with a discerning
palate for whom anything but the best is not enough.
with the task at hand of selecting a top ten, why not
look to the experts? AAA has been rating hotels, resorts
and restaurants, assigned with their trademark diamond,
for nearly three decades, so they are certainly a trusted
source for determining what is luxury
and what is
AAA's list of five diamond lodgings numbers 85
throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
This number represents only 0.26% of the 55,000 lodgings
and restaurants evaluated each year by AAA. So you know
the establishments that have made the cut take luxury
list includes some new faces to the exclusive five-diamond
list, and a few that have stood the test of time. However,
this is by no means the complete list, which includes
64 other resorts and hotels in the United States, and
eleven more in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
first four are the newcomers, 2005 being their first year
on the list. They have obviously stepped up to the plate
to become some of the "best".
Country Inn & Stables - Aurora, Ohio
Country Inn & Stables is Ohio's first ever five-diamond
hotel. With 25 luxurious suites, Walden Country Inn &
Stables is a perfect hideaway for relaxing getaways, weddings
and executive retreats. The elegantly proportioned buildings
surround a 175-year-old barn and silo located on 32 acres,
with horses roaming in the pasture. Glass walls bring
in natural light and contrast with the traditional farmhouse
feel of the buildings. Guests enjoy a host of recreational
activities, world-class dining, unobtrusive service and
a wealth of meeting space. For more information go to www.waldenco.com, or
call (330) 562-5508.
Phoenician - Scottsdale, Arizona
marvel at the array of pleasures that make this prestigious
landmark a one-of-a-kind destination resort, with blue
skies, warm sunny days and the rich colors and textures
of the great American Southwest. The Phoenician is designed
for comfort and enjoyment, brightened by a spirit of easy
elegance where you can feel miles away from the rest of
the world, yet right at home.
for its lavish decor and breathtaking surroundings, The
Phoenician also provides the caring, exceptional service
you would expect from a fine private club.
Unparalleled elegance is artfully expressed through the
resort from beautifully appointed accommodations, including
an $8 million dollar art collection, the most stunning
golf course in the Southwest, and the gilded lobby which
commands one of the best views of the Valley of the Sun.
The Phoenician combines the elements of nature, landscaping,
architecture and fine art into a striking masterpiece.
More of what the Phoenician has to offer can be found
or by calling (800) 888-8234.
Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City, Utah
the center of Utah, at the heart of the scenic West is
the extraordinary Grand America Hotel, an oasis of pampering
amidst rugged outback adventures. Whether your travel
is business, leisure, skiing or a family vacation, The
Grand America is your home away from home.
Utah Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City provides a luxurious
and convenient hub to Utah's great outdoors. The 775 guest
rooms and suites combine comfort and European-style furnishings,
many featuring magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains.
stay at this hotel offers guests and meeting attendees:
first-rate accommodations, with the services and amenities
you'd expect from a world-class hotel and meeting facility;
state-of-the-art, expansive meeting and convention space,
designed with the meeting planner in mind; the most prestigious
world-class spa in Salt Lake City and a leading edge fitness
center with both indoor and outdoor pools; and comprehensive
in-house audio-visual department with the latest in technology
and communications systems. Visit www.grandamerica.com,
or call 801-258-6000 for more details.
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown - Washington, D.C.
in Washington, DC's famous and fashionable Georgetown
district; The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Built in the historic
Georgetown Incinerator, merges contemporary appointments
with historic architecture for an unforgettable combination.
It has 86 guestrooms, which includes 29 executive suites,
The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Royal Potomac Suite, The Ambassador
Suite, The Georgetown Suite and The Presidential Suite.
The Ritz-Carlton is also within walking distance to a
myriad of shopping destinations, unique boutiques, fine
dining, nightlife, the picturesque waterfront, and is
minutes from the Kennedy Center. Other deluxe features
include meeting facilities for up to 90 people, and a
fourteen screen Loews Cineplex movie theatre. To reserve
a luxury suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, visit www.ritzcarlton.com,
or call (202) 912-4100.
The next three selections are the hotels and resorts that
have been deemed luxurious enough to remain on the five-diamond
list for twenty or more years.
American Club - Kohler, Wisconsin
American Club provides country elegance in the charming
Village of Kohler, less than an hour north of Milwaukee,
resort offers a host of diversions year-round, including
award-winning golf courses Blackwolf Run and Whistling
Straits; the Kohler Waters Spa; and special events such
as the Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Christmas Kohler
and a Spring Garden Market.
you're looking for a relaxing retreat, The American Club's
spa packages include rejuvenating services at the Kohler
Waters Spa, or the winter Taste of Kohler Packages offer
guests an opportunity to experience cooking and wine demonstrations
at The American Club. To find out more about The American
Club, go to www.destinationkohler.com,
or call (800) 344-2838 x700.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle, Washington
Fairmont Olympic is Seattle's premier luxury hotel. Since
opening in 1924, The Olympic has been the region's destination
for prominent civic and social events, as well as honeymoons,
birthday celebrations and in-city getaways. Boasting impeccable
service, splendid Italian Renaissance architecture and
two award-winning restaurants, The Olympic, listed on
the National Register of Historic Places and a member
of Historic Hotels of America, well deserves its reputation
as Seattle's Grand Dame hotel.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel is located in the heart of Seattle,
footsteps from many of the city's attractions, including
the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle Waterfront, and
Space Needle, plus a multitude of museums, theatres, shops
and restaurants. In addition to 450 well-appointed guestrooms
and suites, The Olympic also offers more than 26,000 square
feet of stunning meeting space and countless amenities;
including a full service fitness center, spa, and indoor
swimming pool. By delivering luxury, timeless style, and
unparalleled service in unrivaled surroundings, The Fairmont
Olympic Hotel aims to gain a place in the heart of each
guest who passes through its doors. Check out www.fairmont.com,
or call (800) 257-7544 to reserve a room.
Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, AZ
luxury comes naturally
this landmark Scottsdale resort
is located on 125 acres of naturally landscaped desert.
Guests can enjoy an authentic Southwestern experience,
secluded casitas, 36-holes of championship golf, the signature
Spa at Camelback Inn and 40,000 square feet of meeting
here are everything one would expect and more. 453 comfortable,
spacious, Pueblo-style casitas with thoughtful touches
everywhere. Included are 27 suites that range from grand
to grandiose, some with private swimming pools. But no
matter where our guests retire for the evening, they enter
a luxurious, amenity-rich guestroom with French doors
leading to a private patio or balcony and the glorious
vistas of Camelback Inn. For more information about the
Camelback Inn, call 800-24-CAMEL, or visit www.camelbackinn.com.
Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Greenbrier is built on the site of sulphur springs where,
in 1778, a Mrs. Amanda Anderson is said to have been miraculously
cured of her rheumatism by being immersed in the waters
of the spring's restorative powers spread quickly and
soon modest accommodations for eager visitors were built
at the site. In 1835 the first grand "cottage"
appeared. It became known as The President's Cottage for
the succession of U.S. Presidents who spent their summers
elegant estate houses to individual rooms, our 803 guest
accommodations offer luxurious amenities and an explosion
of color in true Dorothy Draper style.
guest accommodations are MAP (Modified American Plan),
and include breakfast daily in the Main Dining Room and
dinner daily in the Main Dining Room or Sam Snead's at
The Golf Club. Children also receive complimentary breakfast
and dinner daily. Many of the guest rooms are non-smoking,
and there are handicapped accessible rooms available.
accommodations feature televisions and radios, refreshment
bars, hairdryers, terry cloth robes, lighted vanity mirrors,
guest controlled heating/air conditioning and the latest
in dual line accessory compatible telephones. All guest
rooms and cottages also have access to high-speed, wireless
Internet. To experience the curative qualities of the
sulphur springs for yourself, go to www.greenbrier.com,
or call (800) 453-4858.