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    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3530 reviewsTripAdvisor (3530)
    Free WiFi

    Previous lodgers rave about this North Michigan Avenue hotel's refinement and unbeatable location. Sitting just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is central to all of the city's best restaurants, shops and nightlife. After you've sufficiently tested the limits of your credit card, retreat to one of the hotel's soundproofed spa treatment rooms to enjoy a relaxing massage or skin renewal treatment. Before you call it a night, previous guests highly recommend sitting down to dinner in the Allium's dining room, where diners are treated to fresh, farm-to-table Midwest cuisine. When it's time to bed down, this Four Seasons hotel's well-appointed accommodations provide a comfortable escape. Previous guests love the elegant decor, which combines contemporary fittings (like flat-screen TVs and iHome stereos) with 20th century-inspired design accents and spacious marble bathrooms. Recent visitors recommend splurging on the lake view accomodations, rather than the rooms with the city skyline vistas.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3530 reviewsTripAdvisor (3530)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
    Orlando, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2233 reviewsTripAdvisor (2233)
    Free WiFi

    The first Four Seasons property to open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, this resort – which sits about 5 miles southeast of the Magic Kingdom – aims to fill the park's luxury lodging void. And judging by its amenities, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort appears to be succeeding. With its own 18-hole golf course, 13,000-square-foot spa and rooftop steakhouse, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is well-suited for travelers who want easy access to the theme parks without the over-the-top kitsch associated with Disney-owned properties. That's not to say that the resort doesn't cater to little ones: The hotel also boasts a 242-foot-long waterslide, an 11,008-square-foot lazy river and the complimentary Kids For All Seasons kids camp. Plus, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers its own Disney character breakfasts, complimentary park shuttle service and a Disney Planning Center – a separate concierge desk designed for mapping out your park itinerary and purchasing tickets. Aside from its amenities, this Four Seasons excels in its accommodations, according to recent guests. Rooms are outfitted with large soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, contemporary decor and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Recent travelers also appreciated the customer service team here, but were not as pleased with the pricey nightly rates.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2233 reviewsTripAdvisor (2233)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs, CO
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1475 reviewsTripAdvisor (1475)
    Free WiFi

    Home to tennis courts, a spa and two championship golf courses, this massive resort features just about everything you could need for an exciting Colorado Springs vacation. Located on the southwestern edge of town, The Broadmoor earns praise from travelers for its large rooms, which are outfitted in classic, Old World-style decor. Recent guests also had high praise for the friendly and accommodating staff. If you have kids in tow, let them burn off some energy on the waterslides or participate in special activities through the children' program. When it's time for dinner, sit down at one of multiple on-site eateries. The cuisine at La Taverne was a big a hit for recent guests, as were drinks at the Pool Café: Visitors loved sipping their cocktails poolside while enjoying views of the Rockies and Cheyenne Lake.

    Colorado Springs, CO
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1475 reviewsTripAdvisor (1475)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Blackberry Farm
    Walland, TN
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 543 reviewsTripAdvisor (543)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    One of the most celebrated hotels in all of Tennessee, Blackberry Farm has mastered Southern hospitality and impresses couples, groups and families alike. A working farm, Blackberry earns plenty of praise for its fresh cuisine and expansive wine list at the on-site dining venues, The Barn and The Dogwood. Recent guests are also bowled over with the considerate front desk staff, and the renovated spa is a standout thanks to its relaxing treatments. Accommodations range from historic rooms to multi-bedroom houses. Book a spot in one of the Hill Cottages to be treated to some indoor-outdoor fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. And because Blackberry Farm is a member of the Relais & Châteaux brand, Club 5C members can enjoy free perks by choosing to bed down here. You'll find this hotel in Walland, Tennessee, within view of the majestic Smoky Mountains and about 200 miles east of Nashville and 30 miles south of Knoxville.

    Walland, TN
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 543 reviewsTripAdvisor (543)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Umstead Hotel and Spa
    Cary, NC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 912 reviewsTripAdvisor (912)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just off Interstate 40 about 9 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Umstead Hotel and Spa strives to provide guests with a sense of tranquility. The hotel's designers had a keen eye for detail: The Umstead's ornamentations are reflective of its natural surroundings, with plants and statues of animals adorning the lobby and other common areas. Guest rooms also feature muted green tones. Accommodations are equipped with Keurig coffee makers, free Wi-Fi access and beds with pillow-top mattresses. Travelers rave about The Umstead's appearance as well as its services and amenities, including the soothing treatments at the Umstead Spa, the seasonal outdoor pool and the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Herons restaurant. But above all, guests credit the hotel employees for their positive experience; many note that the concierge and front desk staff make a point to learn your name. Though self-parking at this hotel is fee, you'll need a car to access the region's other major attractions. 

    Cary, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 912 reviewsTripAdvisor (912)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Bellagio Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12946 reviewsTripAdvisor (12946)
    Free WiFi

    With an upscale casino reminiscent of those found in Monaco, the Bellagio Las Vegas is a favorite home base for high rollers. The Chihuly glass-decorated lobby is a sight in and of itself and the more than 15 dining options provide visitors with ample places to grab a bite. Guest rooms feature understated design touches inspired by the Italy's Lake Como, as well as luxurious perks like marble foyers and automatic curtain controls. Bear in mind that this MGM Resorts property is big, so you will be doing a lot of walking. But when you need a breather, stop in at the Bellagio Spa for a massage, a soothing soak or a seaweed wrap, or chill out by one of the pools. Also be sure to make some time for the spectacular Fountains of Bellagio show. You'll find the Bellagio in the middle of the Strip, across the street from Paris Las Vegas. Keep in mind, the Bellagio Tower Suites are part of the Leading Hotels of the World, so Leaders Club members can earn extra perks here.

    Las Vegas, NV
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12946 reviewsTripAdvisor (12946)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Lake Placid Lodge
    Lake Placid, NY
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 468 reviewsTripAdvisor (468)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This rustic lodge set on the shore of Lake Placid in the Adirondacks is stunning inside and out, according to recent guests. Typical of most Relais & Châteaux properties, accommodations are exquisitely designed with rustic objets d'art, custom-made beds crafted from tree limbs and the occasional private balcony overlooking the waterfront. And then there are the hotel's romantic cabins, which offer couples a more secluded (but still lavish) retreat. Travelers love dining at Artisans Restaurant and Maggie's Pub but are split on service. Some said the hotel staff members go above and beyond to provide first-rate service, while others encountered slow dinner service and less-than-impressive wait staff during recent stays. Keep in mind that if you frequent Relais & Châteaux and are part of the hotel's exclusive Club 5C, you are eligible to receive extra perks, such as complimentary room upgrades, for choosing to stay here.

    Lake Placid, NY
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 468 reviewsTripAdvisor (468)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
    Orlando, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3144 reviewsTripAdvisor (3144)
    Free WiFi

    As is the norm with Ritz-Carlton properties, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes pleases guests with its well-appointed rooms and fantastic customer service. Each of its 582 guest rooms and suites feature private balconies, marble bathrooms (with two sinks) and LCD flat-screen TVs. This immense property also boasts an 18-hole golf course, two pools and access to a massive lazy river at the neighboring JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes (the two resorts share grounds and activities). Craving more quiet relaxation than the kid-congested river can offer? Head to The Ritz's 40,000-square-foot spa, which boasts 40 treatment rooms and citrus-inspired treatments. And when it's time to refuel, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando features a plethora of on-site dining options, offering everything from casual alfresco eats to formal dining restaurants. If you're having trouble booking a room at the ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive Ritz, consider giving the JW Marriott a try.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3144 reviewsTripAdvisor (3144)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 588 reviewsTripAdvisor (588)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is recognized by guests as one of the city's best luxury hotels for families. Children are not only supplied with child-sized bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, but can also take part in select treatments at the spa alongside their parents. Additionally, families can take a dip in the indoor pool or take advantage of the hotel's primo location along The Magnificent Mile. Other amenities include the tasty Torali restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center and wellness classes like rooftop yoga and Pilates. Guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago boast shades of cream, blue and gray and amenities like flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and marble bathrooms. Previous visitors recommend a room on a higher floor so you can get more enjoyment from the large picture windows. Keep in mind that members of the Marriott Rewards program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 588 reviewsTripAdvisor (588)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Alfond Inn
    Winter Park, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 968 reviewsTripAdvisor (968)
    Free WiFi

    Owned by the neighboring Rollins College, The Alfond Inn offers modern accommodations about 20 miles northeast of Orlando's major theme parks. The boutique hotel boasts an art collection, a large sunk-in pool and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Recent guests loved the location close to restaurants and attractions in artsy Winter Park, and said the staff was friendly and helpful. Guests also say the clean rooms don't disappoint. The guest rooms are decorated with homey touches like coffee makers and minifridges, and the marble bathrooms feature glass-enclosed showers. The hotel is also a popular choice for weddings and business conferences because of its unique indoor and outdoor venues, like the glass ceiling conservatory overlooking the enclosed courtyard and verdant gardens. Plus, this property is a member of the Preferred LVX hotel family, meaning members of the iPrefer loyalty program can earn or redeem points here.

    Winter Park, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 968 reviewsTripAdvisor (968)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Thompson Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2584 reviewsTripAdvisor (2584)
    Free WiFi

    The Thompson Chicago sits in the Near North Side neighborhood, one block back from Chicago's Michigan Avenue near Oak Street Beach and close to many attractions and restaurants. Recent guests loved the location of this Thompson property and all agree the decor in the lobby, including the large fireplace with its library feel, strike a nice balance between refined and homey. Past visitors said that everyone from the general manager to the doorman is congenial – and they're especially skilled at remembering names here. The Thompson Chicago's rooms offer a sleek, sophisticated design, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Michigan and The Magnificent Mile, 400-thread-count Sferra linens and bathrooms with rainfall showers. Additional conveniences include the two dining options that are popular with guests as well as locals. Nico Osteria is an Italian-inspired seafood restaurant, serving dishes like lobster spaghetti and swordfish pancetta, while the Salone Nico keeps up the European feel with an extensive wine list from Greece and Italy, although both dining options can be a bit pricey for some travelers' tastes. 

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2584 reviewsTripAdvisor (2584)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
    Greensboro, GA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1263 reviewsTripAdvisor (1263)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    If you want a relaxing getaway by excellent golf courses, consider this Ritz-Carlton in Greensboro, Georgia. The property is convenient to five golf courses, all of which were designed by renowned architects Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Bob Cupp and Tom Fazio. While you play, you'll be treated to some spectacular views of the nearby Lake Oconee. But enough about golf: The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee can also brag about its gorgeous guest rooms, suites and cottages, all outfitted cushy feather beds, marble trim bathrooms and stately wood furniture. During your stay here, you'll have your choice of five restaurants — including the extra delicious fare served at the Linger Longer Steakhouse. And of course there's a massive spa, which offers loads of treatments in addition to a traditional barbershop and nail treatment room. But though they have plenty of good things to say about the facilities at The Ritz-Carlton, travelers insist that it was the hotel's fantastic customer service that made their stays truly memorable. You'll find Greensboro about 84 miles east of Atlanta.

    Greensboro, GA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1263 reviewsTripAdvisor (1263)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Lodge at Woodloch
    Hawley, PA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1212 reviewsTripAdvisor (1212)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking Little Teedyuskung Lake in northeast Pennsylvania, the spa at The Lodge at Woodloch has been exalted as one of the world's best. And guests praise The Lodge for its cozy accommodations (most are equipped with private verandas, oversized showers and marble baths). Recent visitors can't stop raving about the warm, welcoming staff as well as the wide array of on-site activities, which include everything from yoga and tai chi to cooking demonstrations and art classes. And then there's the spa: This oasis provides pure relaxation. Indulgent travelers soak up in the Aqua Garden and then lounge on the rocking chairs that speckle the nearby terraces. And if you'd rather clear your head on the greens, the Country Club at Woodloch Springs is the spot for you. After a long day of hitting the links, savor tasty culinary delights at TREE, the Lodge at Woodloch's organic-oriented dining venue.

    Hawley, PA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1212 reviewsTripAdvisor (1212)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2543 reviewsTripAdvisor (2543)

    The Hotel Monaco Chicago lives up to many people's expectations of a Kimpton hotel, boasting bright, funky decor and an excellent location. Looking out over the Chicago River from its seat in the northeast corner of the Loop, this hotel stuns travelers with the Victorian-esque furnishings and bold patterns found throughout the hotel, including in the guest rooms. Accommodations also come with LCD televisions, honor bars and yoga mats, while kid- and pet-friendly amenities are available upon request. According to previous guests, fans of the Hotel Monaco style will enjoy a stay in the Chicago version, particularly because of the hotel's excellent customer service. IHG Rewards Club members will be able to get additional perks, like free Wi-Fi access, and can earn and redeem night credits here. But this property has a few unique characteristics worth noting. First, there are the in-room spa treatments. And let's not forget the flavorful Midwestern cuisine served at Fisk & Co., which travelers enjoy.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2543 reviewsTripAdvisor (2543)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
    Kirkland, WA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1266 reviewsTripAdvisor (1266)
    Free WiFi

    Nestled in the über-upscale suburb of Kirkland (guests here share vistas with Bill Gates' mansion), The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa feels more like an exclusive resort than a hotel. Basic amenities include complimentary "Raid the Pantry" late-night snacks, cozy in-room chenille throws, flat-screen TVs and Molton Brown toiletries. And then there's the Still Spa, which features unique and luxurious treatments inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Recent travelers were also really impressed with their dinner at the Bin on the Lake restaurant and the stellar service staff throughout the Destination Hotel. The Beach Cafe is another waterfront dining option that guests love for its fresh fish selection. However, visitors were disappointed that you had to pay an additional nightly amenity fee. You'll find The Woodmark Hotel & Spa about 10 miles northeast of Seattle on a picturesque lakefront, and guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the area on complimentary bikes or kayaks. 

    Kirkland, WA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1266 reviewsTripAdvisor (1266)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi