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In 2016, Benchmark Hospitality International merged with Gemstone Hotels & Resorts to create BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company that includes nearly 70 properties around the world. The brand focuses on cultivating an atmosphere of productivity for business travelers and an ambiance of tranquility for leisure travelers. Catering to business-minded guests, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels' conference hotels, international conference centers and golf resorts are designed to aid in the exchange of ideas, problem solving and learning retention. The brand's Gemstone Collection delivers a more individualized experience for vacationers. This means there's more attention to location-specific decor, high-end cuisine and an environment tailored to guests' personal preferences. The properties under the Gemstone Collection umbrella boast spas, award-winning restaurants and coveted locations. Twenty BENCHMARK hotels appear on our Best Hotels in the USA list. The U.S. News-ranked hotels are listed below.

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  • #1
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    Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
    Willemstad
    #1 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2910 reviewsTripAdvisor (2910)
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    Sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and Spaanse Water bay in southwestern Curacao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is known for its bevy of luxurious amenities. First, lie down for a replenishing massage at the Atabei Spa. Then, tee-off on the par-72 Old Quarry Golf Course or play a round of tennis on one of four Hydrogrid clay courts, the only ones available in the Caribbean. Travelers say both activities are must-dos while staying here. After working up a sweat at this BENCHMARK Hotels outpost, cool off in one of three pools (one of which is only accessible to Sea Traditions guests) or, if you're itching to feel the sand between your toes, stroll along the private beachfront. Cap off your day with a light Mediterranean meal at Medi Restaurant, casual grilled bites at Splash Bar & Grill or fresh seafood at Shore. When you're ready to retreat to your digs, you'll find a furnished balcony or patio, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi access and a minifridge. Consider upgrading to a Sea Traditions accommodation for additional perks, such as a yoga mat, a pair of binoculars and complimentary bottled water. Overall, previous guests enjoyed their stays, though some wished the property sat closer to Willemstad's restaurants, shops and attractions.

    Willemstad
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2910 reviewsTripAdvisor (2910)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando
    Orlando, FL
    #2 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1684 reviewsTripAdvisor (1684)
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    Travelers speak highly of their time at the Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando. Previous guests, from families to couples to business travelers, describe the resort – which is tucked onto Orlando's North Jacaranda Street – as a gem. Rooms here feature spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and glass-enclosed showers, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers and high-speed internet access. What's more, the villas come with a pretty sweet view; private patios or decks face either the nearby waterways or the resort's fairways. Speaking of greens, the Villas of Grand Cypress boasts 45 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus to conquer. The resort also prides itself on being family-friendly. Outdoor activities found on-site include a pool and several biking trails. Tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, a miniature golf course, a pool with a waterslide and a game room can also be enjoyed at the resort's sister property, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. What's more, on-site The Clubhouse serves delectable cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But there's a catch: A stay at the Villas of Grand Cypress doesn't come cheap.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1684 reviewsTripAdvisor (1684)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    La Cantera Resort & Spa
    San Antonio, TX
    #3 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4308 reviewsTripAdvisor (4308)
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    Situated in Texas Hill Country, approximately 17 miles north of San Antonio, the rustic yet luxurious La Cantera Resort & Spa is beloved by guests for the sheer amount of space it occupies. Spread out across 550 acres, the resort boasts two 18-hole golf courses, several restaurants, five pools, a fitness center, tennis courts and a spa that spans 25,000 square feet. That list doesn't even include the kids amenities, which range from a supervised Kids Club Camp to an on-site arcade. Aside from its bevy of amenities, La Cantera also wins praise for its accommodations, which range from 395 to 1,698 square feet. Rooms are outfitted with Keurig coffee makers, minifridges, bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and in select accommodations, balconies (a perk worth the inflated room rate, according to reviewers). Keep in mind: The hotel charges a daily $32 resort fee that covers resort activities, self-parking, bottled water and shuttle service within a 3-mile radius of the property, among other amenities.

    San Antonio, TX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4308 reviewsTripAdvisor (4308)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Turtle Bay Resort
    Kahuku, HI
    #4 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5193 reviewsTripAdvisor (5193)
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    This boutique resort on Oahu's northern shore – about 45 miles northwest of Waikiki Beach – is popular among avid movie- and television-buffs: Turtle Bay Resort was featured in the film, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and the the hit television show "LOST" used the resort's grounds as a backdrop. It's easy to see why Hollywood is so infatuated with Turtle Bay: The property encompasses roughly 850 acres of Hawaiian flora, fauna and shoreline. Inside, you'll find spacious guest rooms, each boasting gorgeous ocean views, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Outside of the rooms, amenities remain abundant. There's golf courses, a spa, fitness classes, a tennis center, multiple restaurants, a luau experience, water sports activities and much more. Previous visitors have been wowed Turtle Bay's setting above all and give kudos to the staff as well. 

    Kahuku, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5193 reviewsTripAdvisor (5193)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Willows Lodge
    Woodinville, WA
    #5 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1269 reviewsTripAdvisor (1269)
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    Hemmed in by the Sammamish River in Woodinville wine country, the Willows Lodge stands as a quiet, wooded retreat just 18 miles northeast of Seattle. The hotel's guest rooms boast rustic touches like stone fireplaces and private patios or balconies, from which guests can catch a glimpse of imposing Mount Rainier on a clear day. Guests can also savor a glass of local vintage paired with pan roasted sea scallops at Barking Frog, the lodge's on-site restaurant, or go for a day of pampering at the spa. Even with its luxurious amenities, Willows still welcomes canine friends along for the trip, and even provides doggie beds. However, this luxurious lodge probably isn't the best place to bring your kids. Recent guests applaud Willows Lodge's prompt, personalized service but some say the accommodations were a bit outdated for the price. 

    Woodinville, WA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1269 reviewsTripAdvisor (1269)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa
    Vero Beach, FL
    #6 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2078 reviewsTripAdvisor (2078)
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    Taking design inspiration from Miami, this Vero Beach outpost (owned by musician Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio) is a favorite for couples and families in need of a quick getaway. With art deco furnishings and portholes looking out over the white-sand shoreline, the Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa offers guests a more relaxed resort atmosphere than that found in crowded Miami Beach. Recent guests praise the spacious rooms, superior service and pet-friendly accommodations this resort offers. Rooms are contemporary in design and feature a balcony or patio. When you're not relaxing in your room, lounge by the outdoor infinity-edge pool, take a nighttime stroll along the beach or check out Ocean Drive's shops and restaurants. For an extra dose or relaxation, book a massage at the on-site spa.

    Vero Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2078 reviewsTripAdvisor (2078)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Contessa
    San Antonio, TX
    #7 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3631 reviewsTripAdvisor (3631)
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    Perched quietly on the scenic River Walk, Hotel Contessa offers large suites with an atmosphere of class and comfort. Recent guests have been impressed with Hotel Contessa's genuinely friendly staff, which sets this property apart from large chain hotels found in downtown San Antonio. If you are tired of touring the sites, you can retreat to the Woodhouse Day Spa or the heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. As the evening draws to a close, indulge in innovative Spanish cuisine at Las Ramblas Riverwalk Restaurant or grab a cocktail at the Cork Bar. And when it comes time to hit the hay, you'll find Hotel Contessa's rooms to be spacious, if not fairly standard with amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and oversized bathrooms. But compared to room rates at other hotels, recent guests felt they got more than what they paid for at this Benchmark Hospitality property.

    San Antonio, TX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3631 reviewsTripAdvisor (3631)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Eaglewood Resort & Spa
    Itasca, IL
    #8 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 668 reviewsTripAdvisor (668)
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    If you want to have your cake and eat it too, the Eaglewood Resort & Spa might be a good choice for you. Since it's located in Itasca, about 26 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the resort is close enough to the city to visit when you want, but far enough away to feel peaceful and serene. Guest rooms here are spacious and come equipped with pillow-top matresses, mahogany furnishings and flat-screen TVs while suites boast private balconies. For stellar views, travelers insist on booking a rooftop suite, which are separate from the resort's main building, adding an extra dose of privacy. If you decide not to head into the Windy City, you'll find plenty to do right here: Eaglewood features a fitness center, an indoor pool, an 18-hole golf course and even an on-site bowling alley. You'll also find a 10,000-square-foot, full-service spa, which earns praise from R&R-seekers for its laundry list of massages and skin treatments. And when mealtime rolls around, Burnham's satisfies a wide variety of cravings with its buffet, while Prairie River Fire Pit and Patio offers a more refined atmosphere. Visitors also rave about the hotel staff at this property. Though recent guests enjoyed the expansiveness of the property, they do concede that it's easy to get lost here.

    Itasca, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 668 reviewsTripAdvisor (668)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Garden of the Gods Collection
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #9 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1300 reviewsTripAdvisor (1300)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    As its names suggests, this resort offers unparalleled views of the Garden of the Gods and the Rocky Mountains from its perch just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Aside from the landmark vantage point, which guests can enjoy from their guest room's balcony or patio, each room and suite is equipped with a minifridge, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a fireplace and an iPod docking station. When you're not admiring the resort's enviable perch from your balcony, take in the views during a round of golf on the 27-hole course. The resort offers plenty of ways to work up a sweat, including tennis courts, a fitness center and a recreation center, which boasts a junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a playground and a basketball court. If you'd rather relax, the property also features a full-service spa and a heated outdoor infinity pool. Along with the many facilities, past guests raved about the on-site dining, which is composed of three restaurants. However, recent visitors said they'd return for the amazing views alone.

    Colorado Springs, CO
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1300 reviewsTripAdvisor (1300)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Copley Square Hotel
    Boston, MA
    #10 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2234 reviewsTripAdvisor (2234)
    Free WiFi

    Sitting at the heart of the trendy Back Bay area – just a few blocks from the Newbury Street shops –this boutique hotel impresses guests with its enviable location and contemporary accommodations. Guest rooms feature simplistic decor with shades of cream and grey and red accents. Though most recent guests report a pleasant night's sleep overall, some say while clean and comfortable, the rooms are slightly compact, even for city standards. Outside your digs, you'll find plenty of amenities, including a fitness center, and when dinnertime rolls around, indulge in tasty fare at XHALE. If you're more of a night owl, take advantage of the hotel's in-house bar, Storyville, which overflows with innovative libations as well as an extensive array of small plates available until the wee hours.

    Boston, MA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2234 reviewsTripAdvisor (2234)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Main & SKY Park City
    Park City, UT
    #11 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 386 reviewsTripAdvisor (386)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Located in the heart of Park City, Utah, Main & SKY advertises that visitors have the best of both worlds with its proximity to the historic downtown area and quick access to various ski resorts. Whatever the reason for their trip, recent guests seem to agree. The location, the decor and the on-site bar all receive praise. Travelers also love the look and feel of the rooms, which come equipped with fireplaces and flat-panel HD TVs; previous visitors highly recommend splurging on a suite with a pool table or a private balcony with a hot tub. And as for the in-house Sugati Spa & Wellness center and TAVERN restaurant, those earn rave reviews as well. Most travelers have nothing but positive things to say about the customer service at this property, though some mention a negative check-in experience.

    Park City, UT
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 386 reviewsTripAdvisor (386)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Tivoli Lodge
    Vail, CO
    #12 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1598 reviewsTripAdvisor (1598)
    Free WiFi

    According to past guests, Tivoli Lodge offers an ideal location near White River National Forest and Vail, Colorado's world-renowned ski slopes. A member of the Gemstone Collection, this mountain-inspired hotel features two outdoor hot tubs, a fire pit, the Brown Hound Lobby Lounge (where children 4 and younger eat for free) and fitness and business centers. During ski season, visitors can enjoy complimentary ski valet services, as well as free cookies and beverages. Additional perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and complimentary access to the fitness and wellness amenities at the Vail Vitality Center, are available year-round. Plus, each of the 66 guest rooms and suites offers mountain or village views, a minifridge, a microwave and a flat-screen TV. Gas fireplaces and balconies are available in select rooms as well.

    Vail, CO
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1598 reviewsTripAdvisor (1598)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
    Pigeon Forge, TN
    #13 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1660 reviewsTripAdvisor (1660)
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    Free WiFi

    Located less than 3 miles north of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort attracts visitors looking for easy access to the theme park. The resort, which opened in 2015, houses more than 300 rooms and suites, many of which were designed with families in mind (some accommodations feature bunk beds). But travelers don't come here to stay cooped up in the rooms – they come to experience what the property has to offer. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is home to indoor and outdoor pools, a boutique store, a spa, a kids club and a fitness center. There are also two on-site eateries at the hotel. Song & Hearth serves up traditional Southern fare while The DM Pantry offers sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks. Past guests appreciated how close this resort is to the Dollywood grounds and said they were impressed with the hotel's staff, the discounted theme park tickets and the complimentary shuttle available to the theme park.

    Pigeon Forge, TN
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1660 reviewsTripAdvisor (1660)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando
    Orlando, FL
    #14 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 199 reviewsTripAdvisor (199)
    Free WiFi
    The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is a 4 star hotel located at 14501 Grove Resort Ave in Orlando-Walt Disney World. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 199 reviews.
    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 199 reviewsTripAdvisor (199)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    High Hampton Resort
    Cashiers, NC
    #15 in Best BENCHMARK Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    Free WiFi
    High Hampton Resort is a 3.5 star hotel. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 253 reviews.
    Cashiers, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi