Lonely Planet Writer

Georgia resort is 2016's top US hotel: U.S. News and World Report

The top US hotel for 2016 is a luxury golf resort in Georgia, according to the U.S. News and World Report, a consumer advice media source.

Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios.
Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. Image by Wicker Paradise / CC BY 2.0

The company announced its rankings for the 2016 Best Hotels this week, which are based on thousands of independent reviews that evaluate over 2,500 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The hotels are reviewed by individuals and those in the travel industry.

The Lodge at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia, is named the best hotel in the USA, followed by The Jefferson, Washington, DC, and ARIA Sky Suites in Las Vegas, which is a new addition to the top ten list.

Sky Suite at Aria, Las Vegas.
Sky Suite at Aria, Las Vegas. Image by Sarah Nichols / CC BY-SA 2.0

There were a number of new additions to the top ten list from around the US, including the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Hawaii; The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; Waldorf Astoria Chicago; and Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, California.

Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico.
Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico. Image by Richard Schatzberger / CC BY-SA 2.0

In the Caribbean, the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman came in first, while Rosewood Mayakoba took the top spot in Mexico’s rankings. For the third year in a row, the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is the best hotel in Canada, according to U.S. News.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Image by H. Michael Miley / CC BY-SA 2.0

In the US, New York City has the most highly ranked hotels among cities, followed by Las Vegas and Chicago.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. Image by Wicker Paradise / CC BY 2.0

The competition bases its ranking on the hotel’s industry accolades, expert and guest reviews and hotel class ratings.

Best hotels in the US:

  1. The Lodge at Sea Island
  2. The Jefferson, Washington, DC
  3. ARIA Sky Suites
  4. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu
  5. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Best hotels in Caribbean:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
  2. Jamaica Inn
  3. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  4. Tortuga Bay
  5. Jade Mountain

Best hotels in Canada:

  1. Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
  2. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  3. Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto
  4. Rosewood Hotel Georgia
  5. The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Best hotels in Mexico:

  1. Rosewood Mayakoba
  2. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
  3. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
  4. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort
  5. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

See the full rankings here.