A quick look at travel expenses from your last trip will likely reveal that one of the biggest items is accommodation. A hotel is usually a travel necessity, but it’s also so much more than just a place to store your luggage, shower, and catch some ZZZs.
Hotels across the country compete for travel dollars by offering a variety of amenities and comforts to make hotel time an enjoyable and relaxing part of your vacation or business trip. Some have even become destinations in their own right.
We asked 10Best readers to vote for their favorite hotels and hotel amenities, and the results are in. Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best All-Inclusive Resort: Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan.
The winning station is home to the longest porch in the world — Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
Guests at the Grand Hotel on the Isle of Mackinac could find themselves rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to welcome summer vacationers from Chicago, Montreal and Detroit. Room rates include three daily meals.
Full list of winners: Best all-inclusive resort”
Best Budget Hotel Brand: Red Roof Inn
This is the second victory for Red Roof Inn — Photo courtesy of Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn is proud to be a leader in the economy hotel and motel industry. Spacious standard rooms have free Wi-Fi, a desk, and extra outlets for charging devices. Their upgraded Red Roof Plus rooms feature Serta mattresses, wood flooring, and sleek furnishings. Upgraded linens and towels make all the difference, as do the extra inches on the flat screen TV.
Full list of winners: Best Budget Hotel Brand »
Best Resort Destination: C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado.
The winning resort offers four seasons of outdoor adventures — Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch
The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three-bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four-season property can go horseback riding, practice herding cattle, hike, mountain bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe in between hearty family meals.
Full list of winners: Best Resort Destination »
Best Green Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is a repeat offender in this category — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a LEED Gold certified property, offers luxury and sophistication with pervasive sustainability. The hotel opened in 2009 and became the first Ritz-Carlton in the world to achieve Gold status. Conservation efforts at the back of the house mean the hotel uses approximately 30% less energy than comparable conventional hotels.
Full list of winners: Best eco-friendly hotel »
Best Family Resort: Woodloch Resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania.
This Poconos hotel wins with kid-friendly amenities — Photo courtesy of Woodloch Resort
The Woodloch Resort welcomes families to the Poconos with accommodations ranging from single rooms to two-bedroom suites. Meals are served family-style and guests enjoy access to a range of daily activities, with amenities like a rock-climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, go-karts, bumper cars and boats, kayaks and, in winter, snow tubing.
Full list of winners: Best Family Resort »
Best Historic Hotel: The Peabody Memphis
This is the second straight win for the Peabody Hotel — Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America
The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a feast for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate, and famous ducks entertain adults and children alike at this hotel, which dates back to 1869 (it’s been in its current location since 1925). The old-fashioned pool is a throwback to the glamorous days of indoor hotel pools.
Full list of winners: Best historic hotel”
Best Hotel Bar: The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans
The winning bar takes its name from one of the first mixed drinks – Photo courtesy of © 2019 Hilton
Named after the world’s first cocktail (according to some), 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.
Full list of winners: Best hotel bar »
Best Hotel Pool: Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu
This is the second win for the Sheraton Waikiki pool — 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 hot tubs, and an interactive fountain. But the real star of this Hawaiian resort is the oceanfront heated infinity pool — one of the longest in the United States — with its sweeping views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
Full list of winners: Best hotel pool”
Best Hotel Restaurant: Jack Rose at the Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans
Winning restaurant gives European cuisine a Louisiana twist — Photo courtesy of Christian Horan/Jack Rose
Jack Rose, located in the historic Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District, celebrates NOLA’s love of cooking with a menu of Italian, French and Spanish dishes with a Louisiana twist. Must-haves include duck and andouille gumbo, crayfish bisque with bay cream, house-made pimento cheese, and roast duck with oatmeal, black kale, and hunter’s sauce.
Full list of winners: Best hotel restaurant »
Best Hotel Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Charlotte
This winning spa is also one of the most eco-friendly in the country — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte spa is a LEED-certified eco-friendly property. This green hotel eliminates stress with its Vitality Lounges, including a pink Himalayan salt room, a dry sauna and sensory showers. Also not to be missed is the Zen Aqua Lounge, which includes a swimming pool, whirlpool and refreshments.
Full list of winners: Best Hotel Spa »
Best Luxury Hotel Brand: Auberge Resorts Collection
This is the second victory for Auberge Resorts Collection — Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts
The Auberge Resorts collection of hotels includes luxury gems around the world, including properties in the United States like Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Regardless of location, guests of Auberge resorts can expect an authentic sense of place, menus featuring fresh, local ingredients, indulgent spas, and purpose-designed experiences.
Full list of winners: Best Luxury Hotel Brand »
Best Romantic Hotel: Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah
Winning hotel puts couples in the heart of historic Savannah — Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Turner Inn
This romantic inn in the already romantic town of Savannah sits just off Lafayette Square in the heart of the historic district. A former private home built in the French Empire style, the hotel offers daily breakfast, complimentary evening wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a cozy fireplace for a nightcap.
Full list of winners: Best romantic hotel »
Best Waterfront Hotel: Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
Guests at this luxury hotel enjoy beach access and three swimming pools — Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa
Located on the Florida Riviera, the setting of this award-winning Miami resort resembles an all-inclusive villa, with an expansive tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to rooms, a program for children based on marine biology and heavenly access to the spa. . Lavish accommodations offer stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
Full list of winners: Best hotel by the water”
Best Wellness Retreat/Resort: Hilton Head Health in Hilton Head, SC
It’s the second win for the South Carolina resort – Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the leading resort for health and weight loss. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, H3’s comprehensive program offers a holistic approach to weight loss that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness and wellness education. Guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining at True and relax between activities at Indigo Spa. H3 guests leave with the strategies and knowledge to continue their weight loss journey at home.
Full list of winners: Best Retreat/Wellness Resort”
Congratulations to all of these winning hotels and resorts. Keep this list handy to plan your future trips, and don’t forget to vote every day for more Readers’ Choice contests on 10Best.