There are quite a few hotels in Seattle, but do you ever wonder which are the best? Or which one stands out among other hotels in the US?

Every year, U.S. News & World Report publishes an annual ranking of the 50 Best Hotels, and its newest list has been released.

The 2024 rankings marks the 14th annual ranking, and this year it highlights more than 37,000 hotels across more than 400 destinations to help travelers find the hotel that suits their needs.

“As the travel landscape evolves, there is a shift toward meeting the needs of modern travelers. The hotel industry is striving to offer culturally authentic experiences and high levels of customer service, recognizing that today’s explorers seek connections with their destinations,” says Zach Watson, senior travel editor at U.S. News.

“The 2024 Best Hotels rankings offer travelers dependable options to stay for every type of trip, balancing location, amenities and quality service to ensure an enjoyable experience.”

According to the publication, the “rankings follow a comprehensive, transparent methodology that factors in each hotel’s star rating, the aggregate opinion of published travel experts and the overall customer satisfaction expressed in online guest reviews of luxury hotels and resorts provided by TripAdvisor.”

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Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, takes the No. 1 spot in the Best Hotels in the USA ranking for the second year in a row.  And at second place is The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida.

As for third, that goes to the highly acclaimed architectural masterpiece The Langham, Chicago.

So which Seattle hotels made the list?

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle makes the list at number 42. The five-star hotel is highlighted for its “ideal location near the Seattle waterfront and top attractions.”

“Many past visitors also loved the hotel’s extra perks, such as its rooftop infinity pool and views of both the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay,” states U.S. News. “When it’s time to retreat to your digs, you’ll be greeted by plush terry bathrobes, down duvets and pillows, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access, among other luxe features.”

And coming in at number 46 is the Lotte Hotel Seattle, and it is described as a “swanky hotel with beautiful rooms.”

“Recent guests describe this hotel as ‘smart,’ ‘luxurious,’ ‘accommodating’ and ‘beautiful’,” among plenty more positive superlatives,” it adds.

If you’re wondering, here are the top five Best Hotels in the USA:

1. Acqualina Resort & Residences (Sunny Isles Beach, Florida)
2. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
3. The Langham, Chicago
4. The Peninsula Chicago
5. Montage Laguna Beach (California)

Are you surprised by who made the list this year?