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World’s Best Hotels 2011: America

In our continued roll out of the World’s Best Hotels, this week we’re revealing the best hotels in America.


The U.S. economy may be losing ground to rising powers in emerging markets, but the country’s luxury hotel industry is performing better than ever.

The U.S. counts 50 establishments among the World’s Best Hotels, according to Institutional Investor’s exclusive ranking of five-star hotels. That’s more citations than Europe, Asia, and Middle East and Africa. These hotels range from unique boutiques to flagships of the world’s leading luxury hotel chains, but they all share superior accommodations and a high standard of personal service, according to the senior financial executives who rate the hotels.

Distinctiveness rates highly among the voters. Topping the list this year is the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, a boutique that has dominated the hotel scene in Dallas, Texas, since it opened more than 30 years ago. In second place is the Peninsula Beverly Hills, a Renaissance style establishment located near the famed Rodeo Drive shopping mecca. The Hay-Adams, a 19th century Washington, D.C. landmark that sits across Lafayette Square from the White House, comes in third place. And at fourth is The Carlyle, a bastion of Upper East Side sophistication and elegance in New York.

Outside the U.S., voters rate the Four Seasons in Mexico City and the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires as being the world’s top hotels.

Rank HotelCityRating
48Ritz-Carlton, AtlantaAtlanta85.6
47New York PalaceNew York85.8
46Four SeasonsChicago85.9
45Ritz-Carlton, BuckheadAtlanta86.3
44St. RegisSan Francisco86.5
43Four SeasonsToronto86.6
42St. RegisHouston87.1
41Sofitel Chicago Water TowerChicago87.4
40Ritz-Carlton, Boston CommonBoston87.5
39Mandarin OrientalWashington, DC87.7
38Four SeasonsNew York88.1
37Park HyattChicago88.1
36Arizona BiltmorePhoenix88.2
35HalekulaniHonolulu88.3
34Mandarin OrientalBoston88.3
33Ritz-Carlton, Battery ParkNew York88.6
32Four SeasonsWashington, DC88.7
31Four SeasonsLas Vegas88.9
30Ritz-Carlton (Four Seasons)Chicago88.9
29Four SeasonsBoston89.2
28Ritz-Carlton, Key BiscayneMiami89.3
27Palacio Duhau, Park HyattBuenos Aires89.7
25*Mandarin OrientalNew York89.8
25*Four Seasons at Beverly HillsLos Angeles89.8
24Four SeasonsPhiladelphia89.9
23Mandarin OrientalMiami90.0
22Plaza AtheneeNew York90.2
21St. RegisNew York90.2
20Four SeasonsMexico City90.5
19PeninsulaNew York90.5
18Beverly Wilshire (Four Seasons)Los Angeles90.5
17PierreNew York90.6
16Beverly HillsLos Angeles90.7
15Four SeasonsSeattle90.7
14PhoenicianPhoenix90.8
13Willard InterContinentalWashington, DC90.8
12ConradMiami91.2
11BouldersPhoenix91.3
10Ritz-Carlton, GeorgetownWashington, DC91.6
9Mandarin OrientalSan Francisco91.7
8PeninsulaChicago91.8
7Tower Suites at Wynn Las VegasLas Vegas92.2
6Four SeasonsAtlanta92.7
5Four Seasons at Las ColinasDallas92.9
4CarlyleNew York93.9
3Hay-AdamsWashington, DC94.0
2PeninsulaLos Angeles94.3
1Rosewood Mansion on Turtle CreekDallas94.8

*Actual Tie

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