There are lots of reasons to stay at one hotel over another and when you’re trying to decide where to book, it often comes down to which hotel has the best features. Maybe the property allows pets or has an awesome pool area, or perhaps you appreciate the farm-to-table dining at the on-site hotel restaurant or that a resort is focused on sustainability.
To find the hotels with the best features and amenities, we asked an expert panel to nominate their top picks in each of six categories. Then, readers voted for their favorites to decide the winners.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list:
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel: The Cliffs at Princeville in Princeville, Hawaii
Enjoy a green stay at The Cliffs at Princeville — Photo courtesy of The Cliffs at Princeville
The Cliffs at Princeville, located on 22 acres of Kauai’s North Shore, has won recognition for its sustainability achievements. Renewable energy powers the resort by more than 50%, LED lights are in use, over 30% of their waste is recycled, and their water conservation program supports reusable containers over bottled water.
Best Hotel Bar: The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans wins Best Hotel Bar for sixth year in a row — Photo courtesy of The Roosevelt New Orleans
Named after the world’s first mixed drink (according to some), The Sazerac Bar has been quenching New Orleans’ thirst for decades. Located within The Roosevelt New Orleans, this classic space features an African walnut bar and murals by Paul Ninas. It was also once a popular haunt of politician Huey P. Long.
Best Hotel Pool: Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu in Koloa, Hawaii
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu is home to one of the largest single pools on the island of Kauai, the 350,000-gallon infinity pool packed with waterslides, swim-through waterfalls, a grotto, and an infinity edge. The smaller but equally spectacular lagoon pool offers more than 6,000 square feet of family-friendly fun.
Best Hotel Restaurant: Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee
Elevate your trip to Memphis with a meal at Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis — Photo courtesy of Trey Clark and The Peabody Memphis
For fine dining with a French twist, look no further than Chez Philippe at the historic Peabody Memphis. Executive Chef Andreas Kisler is at the helm of this top dining destination offering a seven-course menu, which you can enhance with a five-course wining pairing.
Best Hotel Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in Orlando, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando wins Best Hotel Spa for second year in a row — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando, Grande Lakes
This grand dame of spas in Orlando is a 40,000-square-foot retreat that includes 40 treatment rooms, an enormous heated lap pool, a full salon, and a spa cafe. You might become so relaxed from The Ritz-Carlton’s signature treatments – which incorporate ingredient from the resort’s organic garden – that you forget to visit the theme parks.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotel: The Peabody Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee
Bring your pet along to The Peabody Memphis, a favorite for our readers — Photo courtesy of The Peabody Memphis
The Peabody is a luxury hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Memphis, just a few blocks from Beale Street, “Home of the Blues.” This hotel is famous for its mallard ducks that spend much of their day in the lobby fountain. In addition to the resident ducks, the Peabody also welcomes pets, however, they must be leashed or in a carrier when in public areas,
Congratulations to all these winners! Remember to visit 10best.com daily to vote in our Readers’ Choice contests.