Best hotels and hotel amenities in the country for 2019

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A quick glance at travel expenses from your last trip will likely reveal that one of the biggest line items is accommodation. A hotel is typically a travel necessity, but it’s also a whole lot more than just a place to stow your bags, take a shower and catch some ZZZs.

Hotels around the country are competing for travel dollars by offering a variety of amenities and creature comforts to make time spent in the hotel an enjoyable and relaxing part of your vacation or business trip. Some have even become destinations in their own right.

We asked 10Best readers to vote for their favorite hotels and hotel amenities, and the results are in. Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:

Best All-Inclusive Resort: Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Mich.

Winning resort is home to the world's longest porchWinning resort is home to the world’s longest porch — Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves on rocking chairs on the world’s longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to cater to summer vacationers from Chicago, Montreal and Detroit. Room rates are inclusive of three daily meals.

Full list of winners: Best All-Inclusive Resort »

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand: Red Roof Inn

This is the second win for Red Roof InnThis is the second win for Red Roof Inn — Photo courtesy of Red Roof Inn

Red Roof Inn is proud to be a leader in the game of economy hotels and motels. Spacious standard rooms feature free Wi-Fi, desk workspace and extra outlets for charging devices. Their upgraded Red Roof Plus rooms are outfitted with Serta mattresses, wood-like flooring and sleek furnishings. Upgraded linens and towels make all the difference as do the extra inches on the flat screen TV.

Full list of winners: Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand »

Best Destination Resort: C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colo.

Winning resort offers four seasons of outdoor adventureWinning resort offers four seasons of outdoor adventure — Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch

The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury guest ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four seasons property can go horseback riding, practice cattle pushing, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski or go snowshoeing between hearty, family-style meals.

Full list of winners: Best Destination Resort »

Best Eco-Friendly Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is a repeat winner in this categoryThe Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is a repeat winner in this category — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a LEED Gold certified property, offers luxury and sophistication with sustainability laced throughout. The hotel opened in 2009 and became the first Ritz-Carlton in the world to attain Gold status. Back-of-the-house conservation efforts mean the hotel uses about 30 percent less energy than comparable conventional hotels.

Full list of winners: Best Eco-Friendly Hotel »

Best Family Resort: Woodloch Resort in Hawley, Pa.

This Poconos hotel wins with kid-friendly amenitiesThis Poconos hotel wins with kid-friendly amenities — Photo courtesy of Woodloch Resort

The Woodloch Resort welcomes families to the Poconos with accommodations ranging from single rooms to two-bedroom suites. Meals are served family-style, and guests enjoy access to a range of activities daily, with amenities like a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, go karts, bumper cars and boats, kayaks, and in the winter, snow tubing.

Full list of winners: Best Family Resort »

Best Historic Hotel: The Peabody Memphis

This is the second straight win for The Peabody HotelThis is the second straight win for The Peabody Hotel — Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a treat for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate and the famed ducks entertain both adults and children at this hotel dating back to 1869 (it’s been at its current location since 1925). The old time-y pool area is a throwback to the glamour days of indoor hotel pools.

Full list of winners: Best Historic Hotel »

Best Hotel Bar: The Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans

Winning bar gets its name from one of the first mixed drinksWinning bar gets its name from one of the first mixed drinks — Photo courtesy of © 2019 Hilton

Named after the world’s first mixed drink (according to some), The Sazerac Bar has been quenching New Orleans‘s thirst for decades. Located within The Roosevelt New Orleans, this classic space features an African walnut bar and murals by Paul Ninas; it was once a popular haunt of politician Huey P. Long.

Full list of winners: Best Hotel Bar »

Best Hotel Pool: Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu

This is the second win for the Sheraton Waikiki pool — Photo courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu offers a family-friendly activity pool with all the bells and whistles: a water slide, two large whirlpools and an interactive fountain area. But the real star at this Hawaiian resort is the heated oceanfront infinity pool – one of the longest in the U.S. – with its stunning views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

Full list of winners: Best Hotel Pool »

Best Hotel Restaurant: Jack Rose at Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans

Winning restaurant gives European fare a  Louisiana twistWinning restaurant gives European fare a Louisiana twist — Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Jack Rose

Jack Rose, situated within the historic Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District, celebrates NOLA’s love of food with a menu of Italian, French and Spanish dishes with a Louisiana twist. Standouts include duck and andouille gumbo, crawfish bisque with bay leaf cream, housemade pimento cheese and roast duck with grits, black kale and hunter’s sauce.

Full list of winners: Best Hotel Restaurant »

Best Hotel Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Charlotte

This winning spa is also one of the country's most environmentally friendlyThis winning spa is also one of the country’s most environmentally friendly — Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte is a LEED-certified eco-friendly facility. This green hotel removes stress with their Vitality Lounges, including a pink Himalayan salt room, a dry sauna and experience showers. Also not to be missed, the Zen-inducing Aqua Lounge, which includes a pool, whirlpool and refreshments.

Full list of winners: Best Hotel Spa »

Best Luxury Hotel Brand: Auberge Resorts Collection

This is the second win for Auberge Resorts CollectionThis is the second win for Auberge Resorts Collection — Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts

The Auberge Resorts Collection of hotels includes luxury boutique gems throughout the world, including properties in the U.S. like the Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley and Hotel Jerome in Aspen. No matter the location, guests at Auberge resorts can expect an authentic sense of place, menus featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients, indulgent spas and specially crafted experiences.

Full list of winners: Best Luxury Hotel Brand »

Best Romantic Hotel: Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah

Winning hotel puts couples in the heart of Savannah's Historic DistrictWinning hotel puts couples in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District — Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Turner Inn

This romantic inn in the already romantic city of Savannah sits just off Lafayette Square in the heart of the historic district. A former private home built in the French Empire style, the hotel offers daily breakfast, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening and a cozy fireplace for a nightcap.

Full list of winners: Best Romantic Hotel »

Best Waterfront Hotel: Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

Guests of this luxury hotel enjoy beach access and three poolsGuests of this luxury hotel enjoy beach access and three pools — Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Spa

Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort‘s setting resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to the rooms, a marine biology-based children’s program and heavenly spa access. Lavish accommodations boast stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.

Full list of winners: Best Waterfront Hotel »

Best Wellness Retreat / Resort: Hilton Head Health in Hilton Head, S.C.

This is the second win for the South Carolina resortThis is the second win for the South Carolina resort — Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Health

Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the leading health and weight loss resort. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, S.C., H3’s comprehensive program provides a holistic weight loss approach that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness and wellness education. Guests enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining at True and unwind between activities at The Indigo Spa. H3 guests leave with the strategies and knowledge to continue their weight loss journey at home.

Full list of winners: Best Wellness Retreat / Resort »

Congratulations to all these winning hotels and resorts. Keep this list handy for future travel planning, and remember to vote in more Readers’ Choice contests daily on 10Best.

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