Best Waterfront Hotel (2016)


Whether by a lake or the sea, there's something special about vacationing on the waterfront. These 10 hotels, nominated by a panel of luxury travel experts and voted as the best by our readers, sit right on the water and offer their guests stellar views to go along with waterside facilities and amenities.

  • Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

    Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
    Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    Located in the heart of New York's scenic Finger Lakes Wine Country, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel offers upscale accommodations on the shores of Seneca Lake. The hotel features a fitness center, indoor heated pool, nightly turn down service and patio dining with views over the lake (weather permitting).
    Photo courtesy of Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Amelia Island, Fla.

    The luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is situated on a barrier island just thirty minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport, with miles of untouched beaches just steps from each room's private balcony. Add to that an award-winning spa, championship golf, a kids program and numerous ocean sports, and you have one blissful waterside retreat.
    Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

  • Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

    Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
    Lake Placid, N.Y.

    Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa sits directly on the banks of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, just one block away from Main Street, making it an ideal base for exploring the Upstate town's Olympic heritage. Guests have free reign of indoor and outdoor pools, a private sandy beach, tennis court, fitness center and a boat house equipped with paddle boards, kayaks, row boats and canoes.
    Photo courtesy of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

  • Acqualina Resort & Spa

    Acqualina Resort & Spa
    Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

    Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort's setting resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to the rooms, a marine biology-based children's program and heavenly spa access. Lavish accommodations boast stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa

  • Lake Pointe Inn

    Lake Pointe Inn
    McHenry, Md.

    Maryland's Lake Pointe Inn sits along the 65-mile shoreline of Deep Creek Lake. Guests are invited to relax lakeside next to an outdoor fire pit or in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch. The luxury bed and breakfast provides daily pontoon cruises (weather permitting), kayaks, canoes and bicycles for exploring the surrounding natural beauty.
    Photo courtesy of Lake Pointe Inn / Facebook

  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai

    Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    Lanai City, Hawaii

    The Four Seasons Resort Lanai sits on a red-lava cliff, perched above a white sand beach near a marine preserve on the quiet island of Lanai. Guests learn about local heritage through the Hookipa Cultural Program between rounds of golf on the resort's award-winning courses, tennis clinics or meals at one of eight bars and restaurants, included NOBU.
    Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft / Four Seasons Resort Lanai

  • Fairmont Kea Lani

    Fairmont Kea Lani
    Maui, Hawaii

    Home to one of Maui's best spas (and one of Hawaii's best restaurants), Fairmont Kea Lani sits on 22 lush acres of the Wailea coast as the state's only all-suite and villa oceanfront resort. Resort amenities include three swimming pools, a kids club, wellness classes, beach activities and nearby championship golf.
    Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Kea Lani

  • Stephanie Inn

    Stephanie Inn
    Cannon Beach, Ore.

    According to the folks at the Stephanie Inn, the 41 luxury guest rooms are just 28 steps from the beach. The exact number may vary, but Cannon Beach's iconic Haystack Rock looks like it's just outside the windows. Bonus amenities include gas fireplaces in every room and Jacuzzi Pure Air Baths, some of which enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean.
    Photo courtesy of Stephanie Inn / Facebook

  • Castle Hill Inn

    Castle Hill Inn
    Newport, R.I.

    A classic New England retreat, Castle Hill Inn sits atop a peninsula on the westernmost tip of Newport, with stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and East Passage. The historic inn was the original summer home of naturalist Alexander Agassiz, who commissioned the "cottage" in 1874.
    Photo courtesy of Castle Hill Inn

  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk

    The Chanler at Cliff Walk
    Newport, R.I.

    This opulent 19th century mansion located in Newport offers a peek at the Golden Age while delivering 21st century comfort. Perched on the famous Cliff Walk, the Chanler is a European-styled boutique hotel with 20 exquisitely appointed guest rooms, each unique to itself. Rooms feature fireplaces, wet bars, luxurious stone bathrooms with heated floors and a six-jetted shower system, or rain shower.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

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

  1. Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  2. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Amelia Island, Fla.
  3. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa - Lake Placid, N.Y.
  4. Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  5. Lake Pointe Inn - McHenry, Md.
  6. Four Seasons Resort Lanai - Lanai City, Hawaii
  7. Fairmont Kea Lani - Maui, Hawaii
  8. Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Ore.
  9. Castle Hill Inn - Newport, R.I.
  10. The Chanler at Cliff Walk - Newport, R.I.

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), Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Yasmin Pullman (Luxury Travel Diary) were chosen based on their luxury travel experience.

Other nominated hotels included The Breakers Palm Beach, Delray Sands Resort, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Grand Harbor Inn, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Royal Hawaiian and Sea Island Resort.

Congratulations to all our winning waterfront hotels.

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