The Salt Lake Tribune
Two of the most influential travel magazines - Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler - are out with their annual lists of best hotels. Travel + Leisure's January issue lists 500 of the "world's best hotels," ranked according to the results of the magazine's readers' survey.
Top hotels from the Travel + Leisure guide include regional favorites like the Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, Calif., as top hotel for the Napa-Sonoma, Calif. area; the Hay-Adams in Washington D.C.; the Marquesa Hotel in Key West for top hotel in Florida; the Bellagio for Las Vegas; the Four Seasons in Austin for Texas; the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise for top hotel in Canada; The Milestone for best in London; the Four Seasons Hotel George V for the top hotel in Paris; Il Falconiere in Cortona for top hotel in Italy; The Oriental, Bangkok, for top hotel in Thailand; La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo for Mexico; and the Jamaica Inn for top hotel on that island.
Conde Nast Traveler’s January issue features its annual “Gold List,” with 721 of the "world's best places to stay." The top three U.S. hotels in the service category were the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island in Georgia, the Tu Tu'Tun Lodge in Gold Beach, Ore.; and the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Calif. The top three U.S. hotels for food were the Inn at Thorn Hill, Jackson, N.H.; the Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va., and Sundance Resort, Sundance, Utah.
For activities, the top-rated three hotels in the U.S. were the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea in Hawaii; the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, and the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. By location, the top-rated trio were the Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; the Watermark Hotel & Spa, San Antonio, Texas; and the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.