Best Luxury Hotel Brand: 10Best readers vote Kimpton Hotels

JW Marriott takes runner up spot

For the traveler seeking the finer things in life, there are more luxury hotels in the U.S. than ever before. When you book a stay at one of these high-end hotel brands, you can expect a consistency of impeccable service and extreme comfort no matter what city you're staying in.

  • Kimpton Hotels

    Newly acquired by InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels was among the first boutique hotel companies in the U.S. Guests at Kimpton properties across the country enjoy a hosted evening wine hour each day, pet-friendly rooms, distinctive (and often historic) architecture and the peace of mind that comes with staying in a Green Key certified hotel.
    Photo courtesy of Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

  • JW Marriott

    JW Marriott, the luxury branch of Marriott International, takes service seriously, ensuring their 75 hotels in gateway cities around the world have some of the world's best staff, chefs and spa therapists. Guests can expect spacious rooms with luxury amenities, distinctive architectural design details, state-of-the-art fitness centers and spas and top-notch dining experiences.
    Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

  • W Hotels & Resorts

    W Hotels & Resorts operates a network of 46 hotels and retreats with an eye for modern design and luxury lifestyle amenities that appeal to the hip, young, well-connected traveler. Perks include pet-friendly amenities, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a pillow menu and the Whatever/Whenever concierge service dedicated to perfecting a stay with everything from little details to bucket list experiences.
    Photo courtesy of Mark Silverstein / Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • Auberge Resorts Collection

    The Auberge Resorts Collection of hotels includes luxury boutique gems throughout the world, including gems in the U.S. like the Auberge du Soliel and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Hotel Jerome in Aspen. No matter the property, guests at Auberge resorts can expect an authentic sense of place, menus featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients, indulgent spas and specially crafted experiences.
    Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts

  • Mandarin Oriental

    Inspired by the Orient, Mandarin Oriental operates some of the world's most acclaimed hotels in prestigious destinations around the globe (including half a dozen in the U.S.). Each hotel offers a strong sense of place and top amenities – some of the best spas around are found inside the walls of Mandarin Oriental hotels.
    Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

    Located in diverse destinations around the globe (including two dozen in the U.S.), InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has been offering its guests distinctive style and modern luxury since the first property opened in 1949. Iconic properties include The Willard in Washington, D.C. and the Amstel Amsterdam.
    Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

  • The Luxury Collection

    Since 1906, the Luxury Collection has grown to include 95 hotels in 35 locations around the world, where local customs are integrated with all the modern luxuries a discerning traveler could want. Notable properties in the U.S. include The U.S. Grant in San Diego, the St. Anthony in San Antonio, The Nines in Portland and the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki.
    Photo courtesy of The Luxury Collection

  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

    Four Seasons operates 105 hotels in 43 different countries, each with an eye toward impeccable service and authentic surroundings. Discerning travelers will find Four Seasons properties scattered across the U.S., from Hawaii to New York and everywhere in between, each unlocking a collection of distinctive experiences, like dive-in movie nights in Dallas or Ghost Ranch hiking excursions in Santa Fe.
    Photo courtesy of Rich Stapleton / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Headquartered in Maryland, The Ritz-Carlton operates 91 luxury properties in 30 countries and territories. Hospitality takes front and center; each guest gets a warm and sincere welcome, greeting by name and a fond farewell at the end of their stay. Spas at the Ritz-Carlton feature local experiences, and an award-winning loyalty program makes it easier to travel more for less.
    Photo courtesy of Marriott International

  • Park Hyatt

    Jay Pritzker, founder of the Park Hyatt brand, envisioned a hotel experience centered on personalized service, fine art and delicious food and wine. Business and leisure guests find these things and more at each of the brand's 39 properties at popular destinations throughout the world (including Beaver Creek, Carlsbad, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC).
    Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt

The top 10 winners in the category Best Luxury Hotel Brand are as follows:

  1. Kimpton Hotels
  2. JW Marriott
  3. W Hotels & Resorts
  4. Auberge Resorts Collection
  5. Mandarin Oriental
  6. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  7. The Luxury Collection
  8. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  9. The Ritz-Carlton
  10. Park Hyatt

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Claire Endean-Cance (Luxury Travel Diary), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Nancy Trejos (USA TODAY) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.

Congratulations to all these winning brands. Remember to keep this list handy next time you're planning a luxury getaway.

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