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The Leading Hotels of the World's more than 400 independent hotels in more than 80 countries appeal to luxury-seekers who desire digs that reflect their surroundings. Each property must meet the brand's quality and distinctiveness standards, which are determined during inspections of the hotel's accommodations, service, cuisine, employee behavior and facilities. Plus, all hotels within the collection participate in the Leaders Club rewards program, meaning travelers who opt into the program can earn free nights and receive complimentary room upgrades. The following LHW properties appear on our Best Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in the Caribbean and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists.

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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    Free WiFi

    This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the resort staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach only has 98 guest rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and private balconies, as well as double sinks and glass-enclosed showers. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four pools, a spa and beach amenities. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach.

    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Hay-Adams
    Washington, DC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1509 reviewsTripAdvisor (1509)
    Free WiFi

    Named for the former tenants of the site  Secretary of State John Hay and journalist Henry Adams (who was also a member of the presidential Adams family)  The Hay-Adams is steeped in American history. Perched on the edge of Lafayette Square, The Hay-Adams boasts a spectacular vantage point of the White House and the National Mall. Here, guests are greeted by head-to-toe period decor; the lobby is decked out in rich wooden paneling and marble floors, while guest rooms feature neutral tones with elegant bedspreads. Long story short: If you're a history buff, The Hay-Adams is the place for you. That said, this property isn't completely stuck in the past. Accommodations also house Etro toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi access, 50-inch flat-screen TVs and SoundLink music systems. Meanwhile, The Lafayette  the hotel's elegant dining room  garners high praise from recent guests for its impeccable service, tasty culinary offerings, and impressive views of the White House. What's more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfast at this hotel.

    Washington, DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1509 reviewsTripAdvisor (1509)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Halekulani
    Honolulu, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2807 reviewsTripAdvisor (2807)
    Free WiFi

    Halekulani remains a traveler favorite for its über-luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Rooms come decorated in Halekulani's signature "seven shades of white" and feature complimentary internet access, flat-panel TVs and welcome fruit and chocolate. Recent guests highly recommend requesting a room that looks out over the shore; the ocean vistas compliment the creamy room decor. Recent visitors also laud the helpful service staff, attesting that employees here went above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay. While you're here, make some time for the SpaHalekulani, which offers a long list of relaxing treatments inspired by Polynesian therapeutic rituals. Halekulani also houses three restaurants, and two bars, including the Lewers Lounge, which hosts nightly jazz performances. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2807 reviewsTripAdvisor (2807)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Lowell Hotel New York
    New York, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    Free WiFi

    Perched on the Upper East Side just a couple of blocks from Fifth Avenue's sleek storefronts, The Lowell Hotel New York provides travelers with easy access to iconic city attractions and venerable department stores. But that's not the only reason recent guests adore this stylish boutique. The Lowell exudes a serene, elegant ambiance, further enhanced by its calming gold, cream and white color scheme. By New York standards, The Lowell is small (74 rooms and suites); however, many previous travelers call the hotel's quiet, cozy atmosphere the perfect retreat from the buzzing city blocks. Accommodations come appointed with luxurious extras, such as down comforters, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access – all major perks, according to previous visitors. The refreshing afternoon teatime, complete with Devonshire cream-topped scones and finger sandwiches, takes place in the second-floor Pembroke Room and also earns a nod of approval from recent guests. Keep in mind, Leaders Club members can earn or redeem perks here.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Faena Hotel Miami Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1193 reviewsTripAdvisor (1193)
    Free WiFi

    Recent lodgers said their stay at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach was next to perfect. Guests gushed about the staff's attention to detail and genuine friendliness. Accommodations received tons of praise as well, and were described by reviewers as spacious (the smallest rooms measure 400 square feet), well-appointed and downright chic. Rooms are decorated in a modern, South American style and come outfitted with sleek wood furnishings and colorful accents. Other amenities include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms with walk-in showers. Some standard rooms are also equipped with furnished balconies, and most rooms offer ocean views. What's more, you'll have access to a Faena Butler to arrange any request. Dining here is also a big attraction. Travelers say you can't leave without grabbing a bite at Pao by Paul Qui (just make sure to reserve a table in advance). The hotel's other dining venues include Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, which specializes in South American grilling, and the Veranda, which serves breakfast, as well as a lounge and bar with live DJs. The Faena also boasts an Old Hollywood-style theater that hosts cabaret shows and the Tierra Santa Healing House spa. You can find this highly acclaimed hotel in the heart of Miami Beach. But be forewarned: guests say a stay here is pricey. However, Leaders Club members can enjoy perks like welcome gifts and free upgrades.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1193 reviewsTripAdvisor (1193)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Setai, Miami Beach
    Miami, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1255 reviewsTripAdvisor (1255)
    Free WiFi

    The Setai, Miami Beach blatantly spurns Miami Beach's neon reputation in favor of a classier ambiance, and recent guests appreciate it. Rather than funky decor and bright colors, the art deco era property is filled with classy Asian-inspired design elements. Meanwhile, guest rooms house a muted beige and brown color palette and are outfitted with amenities like Frette linens, flat-screen LED TVs and rainfall showers. Although The Setai's environment may induce relaxation on the spot, previous guests highly recommend a visit to the in-house spa, which offers a wide array of massages and skin treatments and houses a private bath, a steam room and a fitness center. Also on the property, you'll have access to not one, but three infinity pools, as well as gourmet Mediterranean or Asian cuisine at The Setai's three restaurants. But don't plan on spending all your time at the hotel: Travelers praise The Setai for its prime location near South Beach and the The Bass. And Leaders Club members are in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    Miami, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1255 reviewsTripAdvisor (1255)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Kahala Hotel & Resort
    Honolulu, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3298 reviewsTripAdvisor (3298)
    Free WiFi

    The Kahala Hotel & Resort — located about 3 miles southwest of Diamond Head on the coast of the Kahala neighborhood — has played host to a long list of ritzy clients. Even lovebirds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came to stay at this Honolulu landmark after their marriage. So naturally, the rooms are fairly posh, featuring private balconies with views of the ocean and or nearby mountains. While you're here, take a break from the Honolulu hustle and bustle with a massage at The Kahala Spa, or simply kick back and relax in one of the cozy lounge chairs that line the pool. The hotel also boasts a pristine stretch of white sand beach, so you won't have to worry about fighting crowds for a spot on the shore. While you're here, recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of Dolphin Quest: The Kahala grounds feature a lagoon where guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the hotel's multiple restaurants. The only drawback: Some guests were frustrated by the high price for parking. But, not having a resort fee makes up for most incurred costs. Keep in mind that as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3298 reviewsTripAdvisor (3298)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Granduca, Houston
    Houston, TX
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1045 reviewsTripAdvisor (1045)
    Free WiFi

    Inspired by Old World Italy, the Hotel Granduca treats Houston visitors to a taste of Europe. From the gourmet cuisine at Ristorante Cavour to afternoon tea, this property knows how to help guests slow down and unwind. You can pick from a number of room types, the most luxurious being the Residenza Imperatore, which has its own separate entrance and 2,100 square feet of space. No matter which room you choose, you'll enjoy plush beds with Italian linens surrounded by antique furnishings and artwork. Most guests say the customer service is excellent, too (perhaps reminiscent of the famous Italian hospitality). Visitors enjoy spending time by the pool and in Bar Malatesta, where drinks are often accompanied by live music. To top it all off, Hotel Granduca gladly welcomes pets, pampering them with treats and special pillows. What's more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfast at this hotel.

     

    Houston, TX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1045 reviewsTripAdvisor (1045)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sonnenalp Hotel
    Vail, CO
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1279 reviewsTripAdvisor (1279)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Towering over central Vail, this chalet-style resort doesn't skimp on coziness. With sweeping vistas of either the Vail Village or Gore Creek, each guest room features Rocky Mountain touches like custom-made Bavarian furniture, gas fireplaces and heated floors. The traditional lodge design carries over into the resort's four dining areas, each boasting wood furnishings and a rustic ambiance. Sonnenalp caters primarily to skiers, and visitors found both the resort's location and the ski concierge service to be extremely convenient. Even if you don't plan on tackling the slopes, you shouldn't rule out this resort; Sonnenalp offers a variety of ways to stay active that don't involve snow. The championship Sonnenalp Golf Club, for example, features 7,100 yards of rolling fairways and pesky sand traps. Meanwhile, the outdoor pool and cozy Sonnenalp Spa both provide a fantastic setting for rest and relaxation. Yet despite all its offerings, guests point to the hotel staff as the main reason to book here. Recent visitors say they were made to feel special by the hotel employees and were even greeted by name upon re-entering the premises. What's more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfasts at this hotel. One drawback: this resort is expensive, and daily resort and parking fees will cost you more than you may expect. 

    Vail, CO
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1279 reviewsTripAdvisor (1279)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    The Rittenhouse
    Philadelphia, PA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripAdvisor (909)
    Free WiFi

    Owning the best address in the city, The Rittenhouse hotel has long been the standard against which to measure Philadelphia's other luxury hotels. Recent guests marvel at the grandeur of the property, from the wood-paneled lobby to the guest room windows overlooking Rittenhouse SquareOn the premises, you'll find The Rittenhouse Spa & Club and several varied restaurants and/or bars to complete the opulent property. And then there are the stylish accommodations: Rooms are traditionally styled with duvets, complimentary Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms with oversized tubs. The property also houses several dining options, including the award-winning Lacroix. But what recent guests say made their stay truly memorable is the impeccable service. Guests strongly emphasize that the gracious staff and old-fashioned elegance of the property rarely disappoint. And Leaders Club members are in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.  

    Philadelphia, PA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripAdvisor (909)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Greenwich Hotel
    New York, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 581 reviewsTripAdvisor (581)
    Free WiFi

    This ultra-trendy Tribeca hotel is often exalted by guests as "outstanding," "stylish" and "bohemian." Each of The Greenwich's 88 rooms and suites features eclectic accents that vary from Moroccan-tiled bathrooms to fine Tibetan silk rugs. And though no two accommodations are the same, travelers rave about the luxurious room amenities, which include flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and stocked minibars. But that's not all this chic hotel has going for it. The pool and Shibui spa earn high marks from previous visitors, as does the hip Locanda Verde restaurant – a casual Italian spot known for its zesty fare. While staying here, be sure to keep an eye out for celebrities; this discreet hotel serves as a stomping ground for A-listers (after all, the hotel is owned by actor Robert De Niro). And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 581 reviewsTripAdvisor (581)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Mr. C Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 869 reviewsTripAdvisor (869)
    Free WiFi

    "Fabulous," "classy" and "amazing" are just some of the words guests use to describe the Mr. C Beverly Hills, a boutique hotel located in one of L.A.'s trendiest neighborhoods. Those who stay here will find their rooms outfitted in cream and red decor, handcrafted Italian furniture, flat-screen TVs and Carrera marble bathrooms, as well as furnished balconies that provide great views of the City of Angels. However, some visitors note that even Mr. C's pillow-top mattresses and Casa Rovea linens don't ensure a good night's sleep – many guests cite late-night noise as their main qualm. Should you need a little extra refreshment, stake out a lounge chair by the pool. The Restaurant at Mr. C satisfies cravings for classic Italian fare with a menu stocked with pizza and pasta; book a table for Sunday brunch to enjoy live jazz alongside your mimosa. But be prepared to watch your bank account take a hit: Visitors say that a stay here cost them a pretty penny. Plus, the hotel charges an additional $24.95 daily resort feeBut Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and complimentary upgrades.

    Los Angeles, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 869 reviewsTripAdvisor (869)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Market Pavilion Hotel
    Charleston, SC
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1658 reviewsTripAdvisor (1658)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just down the street from the historic Charleston City Market, this hotel is ideal for anyone who prefers all things luxury. Many guests find it hard to believe that Market Pavilion only dates back to 2003; intricately carved furniture and elaborate decor evoke a sense of history, while the hotel's rooftop pool and Pavilion Bar add contemporary flair. Recent guests rave about the hotel's friendly staff and top-tier room amenities, which include two-poster beds, plush robes, oversized marble baths and Hermès brand toiletries.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1658 reviewsTripAdvisor (1658)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Granduca Austin
    Austin, TX
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 458 reviewsTripAdvisor (458)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    If you're looking for a taste of Europe in Austin, Texas, the Hotel Granduca Austin may just be for you. Similar to Hotel Granduca Houston, this Austin outpost was constructed and designed to look like an Italian villa, and features fountains, a grand outdoor courtyard, hand-painted murals, intricately, patterned wood floors and antique carpets. The theme carries into the rooms, which start at 480 square feet and are appointed with king-sized beds, walk-in showers, exposed wooden beams and Italian art. Some suites also include Juliet balconies, soaking tubs and separate living rooms. Recent guests appreciated the size of the rooms, but were most impressed with the views: The hotel sits on a hillside about 8 miles northwest of Austin. You can also admire the views from the outdoor heated saltwater pool or the Veranda cafe and bar. Aside from the hotel's tranquil location, reviewers also raved about the on-site Italian restaurant, Visconti Ristorante & Bar. If you're looking for a more casual atmosphere, grab a bite at the poolside grill and bar. When it's time to relax, you can indulge in spa services or enlist the concierge to arrange a golf outing at a nearby course. This hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. 

    Austin, TX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 458 reviewsTripAdvisor (458)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Casa del Mar
    Santa Monica, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1218 reviewsTripAdvisor (1218)

    According to recent guests, Casa del Mar meshes a little art deco flair with Mediterranean styling – a mélange that has a beautiful effect. And compared to its sister property, the Cape Cod-esque Shutters on the Beach, this hotel affords a more upscale aesthetic. Count the Italian marble featured in the lobby and guest room bathrooms as proof. And the cool blue decor, intricately carved furniture, in-suite iPads and complimentary in-room movies only add to the experience. One of the southernmost hotels along Santa Monica's pricey beachfront strip, the Casa del Mar has 129 rooms and suites to choose from, as well as the tasty restaurant, Catch, and the gorgeous Sea Wellness Spa.

    Santa Monica, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1218 reviewsTripAdvisor (1218)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating