Best Waterfront Hotel (2017)


A room with a view at one of these 10 hotels across the U.S. means gazing out at the lake or the sea. Nominated by a panel of hotel and travel experts and voted the best in the U.S. by our readers, each of these waterfront properties sets the scene for a memorable and relaxing vacation.

  • 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

  • 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

  • WaterColor Inn

    WaterColor Inn
    Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

    Visitors to Santa Rosa Beach who book a stay at the lovely 60-room WaterColor Inn & Resort enjoy outdoor pools (including an adults-only option), three golf courses, tennis courts, a fitness center, complimentary bike and kayak rentals and easy access to the sugar-soft sands of a stunning private Florida beach.
    Photo courtesy of St. Joe Club & Resorts

  • White Elephant

    White Elephant
    Nantucket, Mass.

    A blissful waterfront getaway in Nantucket starts at the White Elephant, a historic and luxurious harbor hotel with 66 rooms, suites and cottages (many with harbor views). Guests can lounge in the lawn overlooking the harbor, grab a drink at the BPG Bar, enjoy a sunset lobster dinner or walk to some of Nantucket's top attractions, like the nearby Brant Point Lighthouse.
    Photo courtesy of White Elephant Hotel

  • The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
    Greensboro, Ga.

    Situated on 30 acres of lake shoreline, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee attracts visitors to its waterside setting with a Southern-inspired spa, 99 holes of golf across give championship courses, seven dining experiences and luxury lodge accommodations.
    Photo courtesy of Melissa Wilkins / Flickr

  • Fairmont Kea Lani

    Fairmont Kea Lani
    Wailea, 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 Fairmont Kea Lani

  • 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 & Spa

  • Halekulani


    A stay in Honolulu doesn't get much better than at the waterfront Halekulani, a luxury property in Waikiki that enjoys unobstructed views of Diamond Head. Resort guests can practice yoga on the beach, dine by the heated pool or indulge in a treatment at one of Oahu's best spas.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

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

  1. Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  2. Lake Pointe Inn - McHenry, Md.
  3. Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  4. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Amelia Island, Fla.
  5. WaterColor Inn - Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
  6. White Elephant - Nantucket, Mass.
  7. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee - Greensboro, Ga.
  8. Fairmont Kea Lani - Wailea, Hawaii
  9. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa - Lake Placid, N.Y.
  10. Halekulani - Honolulu

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 GrossmanGerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.

Congratulations to all our winning waterfront hotels!

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