by Leo Jakobson | February 06, 2018

U.S. News & World Report today released its 2018 Best Hotels List, ranking the top properties throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Mexico. 

In the United States, Hawaii and Chicago dominated the top of the list, with the Four Seasons Resort Lanai (pictured) taking the top spot and its sister property, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai ranked No. 5. The Peninsula Chicago and The Langham, Chicago took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, and Twin Farms in Barnard, VT, rounded it out at No. 4.

The top-ranked property in Canada is the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. The Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya was ranked the best in Mexico. And in Europe, the venerable Ritz Paris was crowned No. 1. Bermuda, which has its own list in the 2018 Best Hotels report, gave Rosewood Hotels & Resorts a hat trick with the Rosewood Bermuda on top. 

The rankings are created by scoring hotels ranked four-star and above using industry awards, along with reviews by both guests and industry experts. In all, more than 24,000 properties were ranked. The top 10 percent of ranked hotels were awarded a Gold badge.

In the U.S., California had the most hotels ranked by U.S. News, with 377, followed by Florida with 293, New York with 264, Texas with 139, and Illinois with 89. As for specific destinations, New York City was by far the leader, with 231 registered properties, followed by Los Angeles (87), Chicago (84), Miami Beach (72), and Washington, D.C. (58).

In Europe, the top countries in terms of ranked hotels were Italy (4,510), Germany (2,657), Spain (2,512), France (1,619), and England (1,365). The top destinations were London with 103 ranked properties, Paris with 73, Istanbul with 52, the Canary Islands with 43, and Prague with 40).

 Europe's Top 10 properties are:

 Ritz Paris
La Réserve Paris - Hotel and Spa
Hotel Eden, Rome
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
J.K. Place Roma
Portrait Firenze, Florence
Le Bristol Paris
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Rosewood London


 Here are the top-ranked properties from several major incentive destinations in North America:

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
Four Seasons Resort Orlando At Walt Disney World Resort 
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
The Miami Beach EDITION

Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Montage Kapalua Bay
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Hotel Wailea
The St. Regis Princeville
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
ARIA Sky Suites
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Bellagio Las Vegas
ARIA Resort & Casino
The Palazzo Las Vegas

The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Auberge du Soleil, An Auberge Resort
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Hotel Bel-Air
Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort
Montage Beverly Hills
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel

New York:
The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel
The Lowell Hotel New York
The Towers at Lotte New York Palace
Crosby Street Hotel
The Greenwich Hotel
The Peninsula New York
Park Hyatt New York
The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
The NoMad Hotel 

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort
Enchantment Resort
Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

Windsor Court Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Hotel Monteleone
InterContinental New Orleans
Loews New Orleans Hotel
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
Harrah's New Orleans
Ace Hotel New Orleans


Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
Hotel Le St-James
Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile
Hotel Nelligan
Hotel Le Crystal Montreal
Le Place d'Armes Hotel & Suites
Hotel William Gray
Hotel Gault
Auberge du Vieux-Port
Le Mount Stephen

Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Loden Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
OPUS Vancouver
Fairmont Waterfront


Le Blanc Spa Resort
NIZUC Resort & Spa
The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, Mexico
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Excellence Playa Mujeres
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún
Secrets The Vine Cancun
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Los Cabos:
The Resort at Pedregal
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort
One&Only Palmilla
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, An Auberge Resort
Grand Velas Los Cabos
Mar Adentro
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort