Every big city in America features some truly stunning luxury hotels. Some stand above the rest because of awards, customer service, amenities, or facilities, as different types of travelers want a wide range of things in luxury accommodations. The five hotels on this list span the country, and each offers a different luxury experience. Get ready for your next adventure, or simply dream about taking a pampered vacation as you read.
The Palazzo - Las Vegas, NV
Along with a spa, spacious guest rooms, and several pools, the Palazzo sets itself apart from other luxury hotels by offering the Prestige, an amenities package and luxury hotel experience within the hotel that's ultra-exclusive and offers top-notch pampering. The Vegas location means the Palazzo has lots of entertainment: Several shows are always running and they have events constantly. Ride through the Grand Canal on a gondola or visit some wax celebrities at Madam Tussaud's.
Auberge du Soleil - Napa Valley, CA
The award-winning Auberge du Soleil offers first-class luxury in Napa Valley. Each room and suite has a beautiful view of the valley, the hillside, or the garden. The hotel features a day spa and an outdoor pool and cabana at which guests can have cocktails or wine. They also have a wine program and a well-trained staff. Taste wines from all over the world and focus on the best Napa Valley has to offer.
The Waldorf Astoria - Chicago, IL
Sculptures, high ceilings, and a stunning chandelier grace the lobby of Chicago's Waldorf Astoria. Its 189 guest rooms and suites have in-room fireplaces, luxury Italian linens, and bathrooms with bathtubs and TVs in the vanities. The Waldorf Astoria is known for its exceptional customer service and its day spa, which offers a wide range of packages from single treatments to day-long relaxation.
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The Grand Del Mar - San Diego, CA
With a long list of awards from respected travel sites and magazines, San Diego's Grand Del Mar is known for its outstanding luxury. The Mediterranean-themed resort has 249 guest rooms, among which are spacious suites and truly decadent villas. Amenities include crystal-clear pools, a golf course designed by Tom Fazio, and a five-star spa. The resort also houses six restaurants and live entertainment.
The Wentworth Mansion - Charleston, SC
This 5-star Charleston luxury inn is located downtown in a historic building from the 19th century. Its 21 guest rooms are all uniquely furnished and sized because they used to be bedrooms belonging to the family who built the mansion. The mansion looks beautifully historical, but the amenities are luxurious and modern. Guests will enjoy European linens, whirlpool bath tubs, turn-down service, and an on-site spa. Definitely a welcome departure from the typical chain hotel experience.
Once you've figured out the best places to live, it's time to hop on a plane and start exploring the best places to stay. No matter your idea of luxury, be it a sprawling resort or an intimate historical inn, something on this list is likely to strike your fancy.