Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable quality, service and value.
The awards celebrate hotel winners in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family and All-Inclusive. In addition, a new “Value for Money” hotel award category was created this year. To qualify for this award, a property must have at least four stars and four bubbles on TripAdvisor, and offer annual nightly average rates that are at least 20 percent below the city average and cost less than $300 per night based on hotel prices available on TripAdvisor.
“This year’s Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels recognize thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for value, service, amenities and overall experience from travelers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications. “Whether you’re looking for a great value hotel in a popular city, a luxurious beachfront splurge, or a romantic honeymoon getaway, millions of reviews and opinions from the TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travelers plan and book their next amazing trip.”
“I am so proud of our team – being named the #1 hotel in the world for TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers‘ Choice Award is a huge achievement for Viroth’s Hotel,” said Fabien Martial, co-owner of Viroth’s Hotel. “I hope this award will further encourage everybody here to offer the best for our guests.”
The United States featured the most unique hotel winners with 191, Spain had 176 properties recognized and Francefeatured 170 award winners. The average nightly rate of Travelers’ Choice award-winning Top Hotels on TripAdvisor is $349; Value for Money is $160; Luxury is $483; Bargain is $76; Small Hotels is $330; Best Service is $313; B&Bs and Inns is $124; Romance is $325; Family is $252 and All-Inclusive is $427.
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Hotels in the U.S.:
1. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort – Nantucket, Massachusetts – TripAdvisor average annual price of $530 per night. Most affordable months to visit: March and April ($195 per night).
This grand and historic New England island property was originally built in 1891 but was recently restored. While the exterior is classic Nantucket, the interior meets the needs of today’s travelers with ocean and harbor views and spectacular resort services. The family-owned hotel has luxurious guest rooms, and travelers can enjoy the beautiful Breeze Restaurant, signature on-site yoga and fitness classes, two heated swimming pools, shuttle transportation and children’s activities. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “We couldn’t ask for anything more. The friendly staff truly is happy to see you and to do all they can to make your visit the best it can be. They have magically combined all the comforts of a luxury resort while keeping that special feeling that only Nantucket has.”
2. Saratoga Arms – Saratoga Springs, New York – TripAdvisor average annual price of $334 per night. Most affordable month to visit: December ($253 per night).
This hotel is adored by travelers for its warmth and distinctive charm in the heart of horse-loving Saratoga Springs. Guests enjoy complimentary farm-to-table gourmet breakfasts in the morning and ending their days with a glass of wine, people watching on the wrap-around porch. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This is a wonderful place. Everyone is helpful and kind, the rooms are beautiful, the beds very comfortable, and if you need something the front desk takes care of it quickly. It’s also right downtown so if the track isn’t your thing there are still many lovely ways to spend your time.”
3. French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina – TripAdvisor average annual price of $457 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($393 per night).
Travelers can embrace the southern charm of this boutique hotel located in Charleston’s historic French Quarter with exceptional service and views. The Inn has comforting amenities and a perfect location close to many of the city’s famous shops, excellent restaurants and event sites. One TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “The service and accommodations have been unwaveringly consistently high since their inception. You are greeted warmly by the car valet and front desk staff and handed a champagne (if you want) all the while classical music is playing softly. There is ample reason why this hotel is always winning the various awards that it continues to garner. Don’t miss it.”
4. Hotel Emma – San Antonio, Texas – TripAdvisor average annual price of $454 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July ($403 per night).
A historic hotel, Hotel Emma was once Pearl’s Brewhouse in the 19th century during Prohibition. Now it’s an extraordinary riverfront hotel and the flagship for Pearl’s culinary and cultural community on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio. Upon check-in, guests are greeted in the massive library with a traditional La Babia margarita. “Hotel Emma has surpassed every other hotel experience by miles and miles. From the extraordinary staff to the wonderful authentic and unique architecture and interiors, to the unexpected and lovely guest amenities, we wanted to move in and never leave. We only wished we had more than one night to experience the charm of the fantastic staff and the luxury of the incredible experience created by the entire team,” noted one TripAdvisor reviewer.
5. Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Oregon – TripAdvisor average annual price of $497 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($408 per night).
Named after their daughter Stephanie, the hoteliers opened this popular inn in 1993 to define luxe coastal hospitality. An iconic Pacific Northwest landmark, this oceanfront property offers comfort, elegance and relaxation. With a full range of spa services, specialty experiences, and the finest local cuisine, travelers can truly retreat on the ocean. One TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The property is perfectly situated on beautiful Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock right outside your patio door. The staff caters to your every need and the clientele is fun and personable. Sleeping with the patio door open, screen pulled, fireplace ablaze … perfect!”
6. Santa Maria Suites Hotel – Key West, Florida – TripAdvisor average annual price of $588 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($418 per night).
Travelers embrace the slower pace of Key West while relaxing at the residence inspired luxury suites and courtyard pools. Just one block from the famous Duval Street, travelers can shop, savor artisan cuisine and walk to the beach. “Who wouldn’t want to drive down A1A to Key West with the most beautiful weather and have their destination be literally at the southernmost point of the U.S. and stay in the sensational resort???? A moderately sized enclave of hyper modern suites with a spa color palette surrounding two swimming lagoons of crystal blue water and tall mature palms and other tropical plantings. Every wish was fulfilled by the fabulous staff,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer.
7. Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection – New York City, New York – TripAdvisor average annual price of $414 per night. Most affordable month to visit: February ($317 per night).
This hotel embodies the gentle power, grace and beauty of giraffes, and the architecture and design is inspired by the Art Modern period of the 1920’s and 30’s. Travelers appreciate this hotel’s style, rooftop garden and evening wine and cheese reception. One TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This hotel is a true gem. I have stayed at many places in NYC and this is the only place I will stay from now on. You really do get the best of a luxury hotel at a decent price. I honestly felt like this hotel mastered the art of being modern yet with the feel of staying at a bed and breakfast because the atmosphere is so cool and the staff are so awesome.”
8. The Inn at Lost Creek – Mountain Village, Colorado – TripAdvisor average annual price of $403 per night. Most affordable month to visit: November ($188 per night).
This luxury boutique inn offers 32 suites, one of Telluride’s best restaurants, and a team that delivers highly personalized and quality service. With a prime location in this popular ski resort area, The Inn offers direct access to outdoor activities. “This is one of the nicest hotels we’ve every stayed at. I can’t say enough good things about the staff – we enjoyed talking to them about the area, hearing their suggestions about where to eat, what to do and hearing stories about the town. They really make you feel like you are special,” noted one TripAdvisor reviewer.