Best Small Luxury Hotels of the World in the USA

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Each year, more than 1,000 independent boutique hotels apply to become a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. However, only 5 percent are invited to join the brand, meaning travelers can expect quality amenities, inviting atmospheres and impeccable accommodations when staying at an SLH-affiliated hotel. What's more, mystery inspectors visit the brand's 500-plus properties annually to ensure that guests are experiencing the highest standards of service and value. This brand markets itself as a champion of hidden treasures, so no two Small Luxury Hotels are alike. However, one consistent perk of the SLH brand is the free-to-join INVITED program. This three-tiered benefits system includes rewards like room upgrades and free breakfast. Most importantly, this brand gives customers options: Its portfolio includes everything from family-friendly historical inns to adults-only resorts with Michelin-starred restaurants. Keep in mind, most of the brand's hotels are located outside of the United States, with numerous outposts in Europe and Asia. You can explore several Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties on our Best Hotels rankings.

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    Wentworth Mansion
    Charleston, SC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 973 reviewsTripAdvisor (973)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests rave about Wentworth Mansion, applauding its long-standing commitment to the building's history and its ability to deliver on contemporary luxury. Constructed in the late 1800s, the Wentworth Mansion exudes old-world charm, meaning it's also the perfect Charleston home base for history buffs. Lodgers particularly praise the elegant decor, fantastic customer service, on-site spa, evening brandies and sherries, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Rooms include spacious bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces or outside porches and, in some suites, sunrooms. Though guests say the rooms and overall atmosphere are relaxing, they note that the luxury doesn't come cheap. However, its location is another feather in its cap; The Battery is nearby, as is the South Carolina Aquarium. Also, keep in mind that this hotel is a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which means that members of the INVITED rewards program can earn and redeem points here.

    Charleston, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 973 reviewsTripAdvisor (973)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Betsy South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    Free WiFi

    Miami Beach travelers appreciate that the beautiful Betsy isn't like the other hotels along Ocean Drive. As opposed to poolside parties and a lobby that doubles as a runway, this boutique hotel is decidedly quieter and more laid-back than its competition. And the 130 rooms and suites (some of which were recently added in late 2016) definitely aim for substance rather than style – though that isn't lacking either. In the accommodations, you'll find Thassos marble bathrooms with Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms and suites feature the basics, such as high-speed internet access, plus over the top perks like TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras, including fresh orchids in all accommodations. Despite some complaints of high room rates, recent guests claim to have thoroughly enjoyed their stay here, chalking their good experiences up to the excellent customer service. The Betsy's rooftop bar and in-house restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, also garner praise, while previous guests said that lounging in The Wellness Garden & Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Refinery Hotel New York
    New York, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4907 reviewsTripAdvisor (4907)
    Free WiFi

    Manhattan's Fashion District is the perfect home for this stylish boutique hotel, where vintage furniture sits alongside original artwork that nods to the hotel's millinery factory past. Guest rooms complete the industrial aesthetic with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, antique bronze hinges and door handles and desks that resemble sewing machines from the earliest years of the 20th century. Recent visitors rave about the property's hip, spacious digs, highly accommodating staff and accessible midtown Manhattan location. Another popular draw is the Refinery Rooftop Bar and Lounge, which offers tasty cocktails and sweeping views of downtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Inside, the hotel's drinking and dining options include nostalgia-inspired seasonal cuisine at the Parker & Quinn Restaurant and prohibition era drinks at Winnie's Jazz Lounge.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4907 reviewsTripAdvisor (4907)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    WestHouse Hotel New York
    New York, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2365 reviewsTripAdvisor (2365)
    Free WiFi

    Where 1920s glamour meets modern art deco design, the WestHouse New York is adorned with crystal chandeliers, eucalyptus wood accents and detailed handrails. This midtown Manhattan hotel is located at the corner of West 55th Street and Seventh Avenue. And the hotel offers guests a major perk for navigating the high-action neighborhood: Luxury concierge service WestHouse Attaché will design your New York itinerary, taking day-to-day activity planning off your hands. All that extra time should give you a chance to focus on enjoying the personal trainers, butlers, in-room spa treatments and overnight shoe shines all available upon request (and for a fee). Or simply fall into the Sferra luxury linens inside each of the 172 guest rooms and suites, where you can customize the temperature and music in your room with your Intelity Bedside Touchscreen Controls, or peruse the internet. Though keep in mind, there's a $45 per adult per night "residents fee;" this includes breakfast, afternoon treats and hors d'oeuvres, drinks on the terrace and the high-speed Wi-Fi. While some guests appreciated those extra offerings, guests who couldn't take advantage were not pleased they still had to pay the fee. Another point of contention among recent travelers was inconsistencies with the staff.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2365 reviewsTripAdvisor (2365)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
    Lake Placid, NY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1323 reviewsTripAdvisor (1323)
    Free Parking

    Overlooking Lake Placid's main street from a hilltop perch, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has been an Adirondack mainstay since 1883. The resort is filled with exposed wooden beams and cozy fireplaces reminiscent of the lodges of yesteryear, but Mirror Lake is still catching up to the times. Accommodations are outfitted with wooden furniture, vaulted ceilings and expansive windows that offer views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding mountains – and recent visitors say the panoramas are stunning. However, those looking to stay connected to the world bemoaned having to pay extra for Wi-Fi access. When it's time for some R&R outside your digs, head to the spa for a massage or body scrub, or take a dip in the hot tub. Aside from its location and ample on-site amenities, travelers also praise the delectable culinary offerings available at The View, Taste Bistro & Bar and The Cottage.

    Lake Placid, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1323 reviewsTripAdvisor (1323)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    The Iroquois New York
    New York, NY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4274 reviewsTripAdvisor (4274)
    Free WiFi

    The Iroquois New York, a trendy midtown Manhattan boutique hotel located near Bryant Park and Grand Central Station, beckons to travelers looking to stay in the heart of the action, but a bit removed from the noise and lights surrounding Times Square. The accommodations boast upscale amenities like Frette robes, complimentary Wi-Fi access and soundproofed windows. And in addition to having some of the city's most cherished attractions at your fingertips, here you'll also find a 24-hour fitness center fitted with a Finnish sauna, complimentary newspapers and an on-site eatery at your service. Although some recent visitors bemoan the standard rooms being on the small side, the majority have only positive things to say about the hotel's prime location and friendly staff members.

    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4274 reviewsTripAdvisor (4274)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Adelphi Hotel
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 79 reviewsTripAdvisor (79)
    Free WiFi
    The Adelphi Hotel is a 4 star hotel located at 365 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 79 reviews.
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 79 reviewsTripAdvisor (79)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa
    Jackson, WY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 840 reviewsTripAdvisor (840)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting on the northwest edge of Jackson, Wyoming, The Rusty Parrot Lodge creates a mountain-lodge atmosphere with its cozy leather furniture, crackling stone fireplaces and animal motifs throughout. And if you don't mind paying a bit more for your room, you can enjoy a crackling stone fireplace in your room in addition to standard amenities such as 400 Italian thread count linens, fleece bathrobes and oversized tubs. Recent guests also say that The Rusty Parrot's intimate size of just 32 rooms enhances the resort's homey feel and allows customer service staff to attend to individual needs. Meanwhile, the mountain-inspired cuisine served at the award-winning Wild Sage restaurant and the soothing body treatments offered at the Body Sage Spa add an additional boost of luxury to this already popular hotel.

    Jackson, WY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 840 reviewsTripAdvisor (840)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Soniat House
    New Orleans, LA
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 357 reviewsTripAdvisor (357)
    Free WiFi

    Soniat House is an idyllic choice for couples — the decor practically screams "rendezvous," with its four-poster beds (only available in some rooms), its French and Italian antique furniture and its candlelit courtyards. Each of the 31 rooms and suites have Frette linens and Molton Brown toiletries; the free afternoon cocktails are pure class, and the breakfast served each morning (not free) is tasty. Plus, this hotel on Chartres Street is somewhat removed from the Big Easy hoopla. Travelers give kudos to the warm staff, but they also warn that if you're expecting convenient luxury, this may not be the NOLA home base for you. Recent guests say they flocked to the Soniat House knowing it would be more like an escape into the city's bygone era and therefore tolerated some of its flaws (no in-room coffee makers and a small, slow elevator) for the charming experience.

    New Orleans, LA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 357 reviewsTripAdvisor (357)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Castle Hotel & Spa
    Tarrytown, NY
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This hotel's name says it all. Situated in Tarrytown, New York, this unique lodging is literally a castle perched on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Constructed in 1910, the original building echoes the Norman castles of the British Isles, with epic stone walls and turrets, as well as wood paneling said to have belonged to King James II of England. And while this hotel's exterior exudes an Old World charm, the accommodations are updated with luxurious 21st century conveniences, including Tivoli Radio & Bose Sound systems, complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, goose-down bed spreads and even fireplaces (in some rooms). The customer service, though, receives mixed reviews: Some recent guests said that they felt like royalty during their stay, while others said that staff seemed confused and could benefit from some additional training. Once you settle in, head to Equus restaurant, the hotel's intimate dining venue, which has both Zagat and recent patrons singing its praises.

    Tarrytown, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Chesterfield Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Upon arriving at this charming English-style hotel, you'll be greeted with a glass of sherry and a smile. Though some recent guests found the traditional interior to be too much of a kitschy throwback, others enjoyed the vintage atmosphere. Despite being best suited for couples, families and pet owners will find their travel needs met here: Parents have access to a selection of board games, coloring books and toys, and babysitting services can be arranged for a fee. Pets are greeted with a welcome basket filled with toys and treats; meanwhile, owners can sign up for dog-walking and grooming services, and leashes and litter boxes are available upon request. This boutique hotel seems almost tailor-made for couples, with stylish guest rooms and the Leopard Lounge & Restaurant, which provides a nice atmosphere and live entertainment for date night. You'll find The Chesterfield Palm Beach on Cocoanut Row, less than 2 miles from West Palm Beach attractions like Clematis Street and the Norton Museum of Art.

    Palm Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
    Sausalito, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1456 reviewsTripAdvisor (1456)
    Free WiFi
    Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa is a 4 star hotel located at 801 Bridgeway in San Francisco. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1456 reviews.
    Sausalito, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1456 reviewsTripAdvisor (1456)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Plymouth South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    Free WiFi

    Housed inside an art deco building that sits steps from the beach, The Bass and the Miami Beach Convention Center, The Plymouth Miami Beach offers a convenient address for both business and leisure travelers. This Miami Beach, Florida, property impresses visitors with its comfortable digs and location away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach. But the hotel doesn't skimp on providing guests with the quintessential Miami Beach experience. The Plymouth is dressed to the nines with chic yet relaxed decor and boasts amenities like an outdoor pool, beach access (with beachside service) and a bar. The on-site restaurant, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, serves delectable sushi, according to guests. However, some report encountering customer service issues during their stays and lament the hotel's pricey valet parking fee. When it's time to retire for the evening, travelers can unwind in their accommodations, which are outfitted with crisp white linens and tufted headboards, plus espresso makers, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minibars.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa
    Montchanin, DE
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)

    With just 28 rooms and suites spread throughout 11 restored cottages, the Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa is designed to feel like a step back in time, only with modern amenities. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, all of the inn's individually designed accommodations (which were built between 1799 and 1910) feature period antiques and furnishings, plus free Wi-Fi access, minifridges, European towel warmers, microwaves and coffee makers. Many also boast stone decor, hardwood floors, gas fireplaces and private terraces with gardens. Outside the rooms, guests have access to a spa with a variety of treatments, ranging from massages and facials to manicures and eyelash tinting. Additionally, there's a fitness center, several meeting and event spaces, a library and Krazy Kat's Restaurant, which was once the village's local blacksmith shop. Now, the eatery serves a mix of French and Asian cuisine. Recent guests loved the meticulous housekeeping service, kind staff and traditional decor, though some said the property was a bit too dated. Many also praised the inn's serene location in Delaware's Brandywine Valley, which is about 5 miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and roughly 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

    Montchanin, DE
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Frederick Hotel
    New York, NY
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2254 reviewsTripAdvisor (2254)
    Free WiFi

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    New York, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2254 reviewsTripAdvisor (2254)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi