There are great hotels is every city across the U.S., but some places suffer from an embarrassment of riches. Recently, travel website Trivago looked at a combination of its own rating index and user reviews from 31 different booking websites to find out which U.S. cities had the best hotels. The results run the gamut from beach towns to mountain resort communities, but they all had one thing in common: better than average places to stay. We’ve highlighted the top seven cities on Trivago’s list and also spotlighted one stand-out hotel in each location.
7. Lahaina, Hawaii
Hotel reputation score: 83.57%
Where to stay: The Napili Surf Beach Resort may not be the swankiest resort on Maui’s west coast, but 53-condo, oceanfront property has earned rave reviews from travelers, who praised the friendly staff, ocean views, full kitchens in every unit, and weekly mai tai gathering. Rates for a garden-view studio start at $206 per night.
6. Bar Harbor, Maine
Hotel reputation score: 83.69%
Where to stay: The quaint seaside town of Bar Harbor is littered with charming hotels and B&Bs, but travelers with a taste for understated luxury can’t go wrong with a stay at the West Street Hotel. You’ll enjoy views of both the ocean and Acadia National Park, nautical furnishings, and on-site dining at Paddy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. The hotel, which was named one of the best in the U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, is also home to the only rooftop pool in the state.
5. Cape May, N.J.
Hotel reputation score: 83.80%
Where to stay: Cape May is known for its stunning collection of Victorian-era buildings. You can get an up-close look at one of the resort community’s famous houses by staying at The Southern Mansion, an 1863 Italianate-style villa that prides itself on offering Southern-style hospitality on the East Coast. Rates start at $149/night for stays in February and March.
4. Volcano, Hawaii
Hotel reputation score:: 84.24%
Where to stay: Located within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the recently renovated Volcano House overlooks the Halema’uma’u Crater, so you can observe volcanic activity from the comfort of your room. The Rim, the on-site restaurant, specializes in seasonal Hawaiian cuisine.
3. Sedona, Ariz.
Hotel reputation score: 84.57%
Where to stay: Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a stay at the laid-back and contemporary Amara Resort and Spa (part of the Kimpton Hotel chain). You’ll be close to all of Sedona’s great hiking, climbing, and biking spots (you can even borrow a bike if you don’t have your own). When you get back to the resort, you can treat yourself to a free yoga class, take a dip in the infinity pool, or sip a glass of complimentary wine during happy hour.
2. Vail, Colo.
Hotel reputation score: 85.58%
Where to stay: The Arrabelle at Vail Square was named a 2015 Best in Stay Winner in the ski resorts category by travel website Orbitz. The hotel promises old-world charm and stunning mountain views complemented by up-to-date amenities, like roof-top hot tubs and complimentary GoPros to capture your turn on the slopes.
1. Provincetown, Mass.
Hotel reputation score: 86.09%
Where to stay: The Salt House Inn in Provincetown offers a modern take on classic Cape Cod beach cottage. Rooms at this boutique hotel (which was once a cottage for 19th-century salt-miners) are decked out in a clean, minimalist style and homemade sweet and savory treats are dished up each morning at breakfast.
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