Each summer, 10Best enlists the help of our readers to choose the best hotels of the year in 12 different categories. After four weeks of voting, we have our 2018 Readers’ Choice hotel winners.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand: Red Roof Inn
This is the second win for the Red Roof Inn — Photo courtesy of Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn is proud to be a leader in the game of economy hotels and motels. Spacious standard rooms feature free Wi-Fi, desk workspace and extra outlets for charging devices. Their newly renovated Red Roof Plus rooms are outfitted with Serta mattresses, wood-like flooring and sleek furnishings. Upgraded linens and towels make all the difference as do the extra inches on the flat screen TV.
Best Destination Resort: Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine
Hidden Pond won this title in 2017 as well — Photo courtesy of Hidden Pond
Hidden Pond, a resort nestled amid 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir trees on the southern coast of Maine, invites guests to kick off their shoes and relax by the pool, the fireplace or an al fresco bar. Travelers who just can’t stay still can go stand-up paddleboarding on Goose Rocks Beach, chat with the resort gardener, take a mixology class or hop on a shuttle into Kennebunkport for further exploration.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
This hotel has earned Gold Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a LEED Gold certified property, offers luxury and sophistication with sustainability laced throughout. The hotel opened in 2009 and became the first Ritz-Carlton in the world to attain Gold status. Back-of-the-house conservation efforts mean the hotel uses about 30 percent less energy than comparable conventional hotels.
Best Family Resort: White Stallion Ranch in Tucson
This dude ranch is run by a family for families — Photo courtesy of White Stallion Ranch / Facebook
White Stallion Ranch in Tucson offers an exceptional family-run dude ranch experience. Guest families can reconnect with nature and each other while horseback riding through the high desert, hiking, rock climbing, playing sports and swimming. Evening entertainment might include moonlight bonfires, astronomy shows, line dancing lessons or a Wild West show.
Best Health & Wellness Resort: Skyterra Wellness Retreat in Lake Toxaway, N.C.
Skyterra welcomes guests of all fitness levels — Photo courtesy of Skyterra Wellness Retreat
Guests at Skyterra are encouraged to set aside the worries of day-to-day life and focus on health and well-being. Classes are small, giving each participant personalized attention, and all fitness levels are welcome. The resort hosts only 20 guests at a time to promote a sense of intimacy, exclusivity and a more individualized experience.
Best Historic Hotel: The Peabody Memphis
This Memphis institution is famous for its resident ducks — Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts
The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a treat for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate and the famed ducks entertain both adults and children at this hotel dating back to 1869 (it’s been at its current location since 1925). The old time-y pool area is a throwback to the glamour days of indoor hotel pools.
Best Hotel Bar: The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans
The winning hotel bar gets its name from a classic cocktail — Photo courtesy of (c) 2018 Waldorf Astoria
Named after the world’s first mixed drink (according to some), The Sazerac Bar has been quenching New Orleans‘ thirst for decades. Located within The Roosevelt New Orleans, this classic space features an African walnut bar and murals by Paul Ninas; it was once a popular haunt of politician Huey P. Long.
Best Hotel Pool: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu
This reader-favorite pool is packed with features — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu offers a family-friendly activity pool with all the bells and whistles: a waterslide, two large whirlpools and an interactive fountain area. But the real star at this Hawaiian resort is the heated oceanfront infinity pool – one of the longest in the U.S. – with its stunning views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
Best Hotel Restaurant: The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Beverly Hills – Los Angeles
This Los Angeles restaurant specializes in Spanish-style tapas — Photo courtesy of Ryan Forbes / SLS Beverly Hills
Celebrity chef José Andrés brings an inventive tapas experience to The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills. Start with dry-cured Iberico ham imported from Spain or a classic Catalan-style toasted bread with fresh tomato and Manchego cheese. Shared plates include piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese, wild mushroom rice, shrimp sautéed with garlic and tomato sofrito, house-made pork sausage, and seared Wagyu beef cheeks with black garlic and citrus.
Best Hotel Spa: Acqualina Spa by ESPA at the Acqualina Resort & Spa – Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
Readers chose this oceanfront spa as the best in the U.S. — Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa
Amenities at the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond-winning Acqualina Spa by ESPA on the beach of South Florida include separate relaxation areas for men and women, a Finnish sauna, crystal steam room, ice fountains and an experience shower. The oceanfront spa pool deck features a headed jet pool with a Roman waterfall.
Best Luxury Hotel Brand: Auberge Resorts
Auberge Resorts operates luxury properties across the globe — Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts
The Auberge Resorts Collection of hotels consists of luxury boutique gems throughout the world, including places in the U.S. like the Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Hotel Jerome in Aspen. No matter the property, guests at Auberge resorts can expect an authentic sense of place, menus featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients, indulgent spas and specially crafted experiences.
Best Waterfront Hotel: Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
This is the resort’s second win in this category — Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa
Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort‘s setting resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to the rooms, a marine biology-based children’s program and heavenly spa access. Lavish accommodations boast stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
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