To help vacation-goers get a jump start on travel plans for 2014, the experts at Hotels.com® recognized some of the most Outstanding (average guest review rating of 4.6 and above) hotel properties across several categories. Based on insights from the over 10 million verified Guest Reviews found on Hotels.com, the following hot-spots emerged as clear favorites among guests this year and are bound to stay on top in 2014. Which hotels would you add to the list? Tell the hotel experts on Twitter @hotelsdotcom with #bestof2013.
Best Ski Hotels
A few of the topnotch amenities that the best ski hotels of 2013 all have in common include prime access to some of the best powder in the country, as well as first-rate dining options and full-service spa services to soothe those aching muscles after a day on the slopes. The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colo. was rated 4.8 out of 5 by Hotels.com guests and for good reason; it has an ice skating rink on site! Hotel Madeline in Telluride is another excellent choice in Colorado, rated 4.7 by Hotels.com Guests, featuring everything from a ski valet to a wintertime hot chocolate bar. In Jackson, Wyo., The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa is the place to go, with several acres to explore on ski, foot, sled, or snowmobile – it’s the winter outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Best Spa Hotels
Relaxation-seekers will be hard pressed to find any better places to kick-off 2014 than at any of the top spa hotel picks from Hotels.com, based on Guest Reviews. The Guerlain Spa at The Roosevelt New Orleans (4.6 rating) is one of only three in the country and has a 180 year tradition in beauty and relaxation. New spas, like the one in the 2-year-old Mandarin Oriental,Atlanta (4.8 rating), are also offering unparalleled services that receive high marks from Hotels.com guests. In San Diego, the 4.9 rated Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is an award-winning wellness oasis that includes a Yoga Pavilion, Pilates studio, advanced exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier wellness professionals.
Best Casino Hotels
The Wynn Las Vegas (4.7 rating) is among the most glamorous destinations on the Las Vegas Strip, featuring a 140-foot man-made mountain, a 3-acre lake and one of America’s most underrated golf courses (Golf.com). Both the Wynn and its sister property Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (4.6 rating) offer a luxurious high-limit gaming experience with quality complimentary drinks and a number of high limit table games. The mammoth all-suite Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino (4.6 rating) is the largest building in the U.S. after New York’s World Trade Center Towers (according to The Real Deal real estate magazine inNew York City) and offers the largest standard accommodations on the Strip.
Best Golf Hotels
The Mediterranean-inspired Grand Del Mar – San Diego (5.0 rating) offers everything from practice facilities and an instructional golf academy, to golf-hotel packages and a junior course for youth. The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (4.8 rating) – recently named one of the top 25 golf resorts in the world by Links Magazine – features two striking golf courses that traverse around granite rock and boulder piles outside of Scottsdale, Ariz. The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (4.8 rating) boasts three 18-hole championship golf courses amidst the island’s natural beauty and even offers unique activities such as yoga for golfers.
Best Bed & Breakfasts
The Almondy Inn (4.9 rating) in Newport, R.I. is one of the top bed and breakfasts in New England, serving up afternoon wine and cheese within steps of famed Bannister’s Wharf. Visitors to Cape Cod’s Provincetown can stay in the luxurious rooms of the Revere Guest House (4.9 rating), which includes a one bedroom apartment and a two-room suite. Eva’s Escape at the Gardenia Inn (4.9 rating) in San Antonio offers guests in-room massages, as well as afternoon and evening desserts.