10 new five-star hotels in the United States
The five-star Forbes Travel Guide award is the pinnacle for a hotel. To earn one, the hotel is put to the ultimate test: an incognito inspector checks in for three days and two nights and sifts through up to 900 objective and rigorous standards.
FTG’s independent reviews rely heavily on service, which accounts for 75%, and the remaining 25% is based on the quality of hotel facilities. These properties that triumph with the highest distinction have a team of warm, courteous staff members who can anticipate all your needs, from the gardener to the general manager.
In the FTGs Star Awards 2022, the list of five-star hotels includes 323 properties worldwide. Here are the 10 new additions to the United States where you can experience this exceptional five-star service:
White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts CollectionKennebunkport, Maine
The history of this New England hideaway dates back over 150 years and remains a beloved institution. Its stamina might lie in the picturesque setting – waterfront cabins, a cozy inn and an 1860s barn are surrounded by pine and birch trees. Or maybe it’s the intimate inn’s 27 rooms, which feature an updated farmhouse aesthetic with spindle beds, Sister Parish patterned wallpaper, and antiques.
The five star White Barn Inn Restaurant is a destination unto itself – the rustic dining room has been showcasing local generosity since 1973.
Forget touring Newport’s Golden Age mansions – here’s your chance to stay in one. This waterfront estate was built in 1873 as a summer residence for New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, whose family hosted guests like poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Theodore Roosevelt. Today it contains 20 rooms — each sporting a unique design, from French Provincial to English Tudor — and is the only hotel on the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile scenic trail that straddles crashing waves and surrounding mansions.
Another reason to visit is caraa new five-star restaurant with tasting menus and views of the Atlantic.
While many know Lotte Palace of New York (this has been a backdrop for shows ranging from the original Gossip Girl for Succession), The Towers keeps a lower profile. A five-star hotel that occupies the top 14 floors of the 55-story palace, it offers more lavish accommodations (the expansive Champagne Suite has a two-story marble lounge, wine cellar, and rooftop terrace with a waterfall) and offers (benefits include butlers, packing/unpacking service, and entry to Rarities, an invite-only bar hidden in the Palace).
Built in 1830, this charming boutique hotel may be Cape Town’s oldest inn, but it feels modern. Its 18 rooms and suites exude tranquility with cream and ivory tones, fireplaces (in half of the units) and marble and onyx bathrooms with Bulgari products. Every stay includes a gourmet breakfast – choose from seasonal dishes like Crab Cake Benedict or Cranberry Walnut French Toast.
This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway – children under 12 are not permitted to stay here.
Opened in 2019, Encore is the largest American gaming resort outside of Las Vegas to earn a five-star honor. But its curved bronze building is home to much more, including a new five-star spa, whose 26,000 square foot facility is one of the largest in New England; a plethora of dining options, including four-star rare steakhouse, which is one of less than 10 restaurants in the country offering certified Kobe beef; and distinctive art, like the 21-foot-tall, 25-foot-wide Ferris wheel adorned with 102,000 flowers, 12,000 jewels, and 1,156 lights in the lobby.
Telluride’s only five-star winner emerged from a renovation last year with a contemporary alpine vibe in its 83 accommodations and new amenities, like Timber Room, an indoor-outdoor après-ski lounge with whiskey cocktails, a outdoor swimming pool and dining terrace with panoramic mountain views. But it’s not just a ski destination – come for the Alpine Cookout, a summertime celebration of Southwestern cuisine. The July 2 lineup of chefs includes Salt Lake City’s Viet Pham, Dallas’ Dean Fearing, Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell and Santa Fe’s Mark Kiffin.
It’s the rare California getaway that offers accommodations right on the sand. More to brag about: Rosewood has Santa Barbara’s only five-star spawhich offers innovative sleep-focused treatments and a Gua Sha Tension Release facial, and Four-Star by Carusowhich serves fine southern Italian cuisine and mesmerizing ocean views.
If you don’t sip negroni at Caruso’s, try the Manor Bar’s literature-inspired cocktails. The Invisible Man is a combination of Monkey 47 gin, clarified Campari and clear white vermouth, just like the main character in the 1897 novel by HG Wells.
Oahu’s most exclusive enclave has just nine suites, but they’re more like sprawling apartments, each taking up an entire floor. Bright and airy three-bedroom suites all have spacious balconies with hot tubs overlooking Waikiki Beach; full kitchens with five-burner stoves and dishwashers; and three bathrooms with Toto toilets as well as dry saunas and bathtubs. And each comes with a dedicated butler.
Its five stars MUGEN restaurant is equally exclusive — only 18 to 36 diners can savor chef Jason Yamaguchi’s Franco-Japanese tasting menus every night.
Boston earns another five-star addition with this 61-story gleaming glass skyscraper – the city’s third-tallest building. If you can pull yourself away from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the elegant room, dine at Zuma, Massachusetts, the first outpost of the international group of izakaya-style restaurants, or relax at the Five-Star spa. Four Seasons dedicates its seventh floor to wellness, with five treatment suites, a state-of-the-art gym designed by a celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and a stunning 64-foot curved swimming pool with an underwater sound system and poolside lounge.
Surround yourself with nature at this 3,500 acre retreat in the Wasatch Mountain Range. The Lodge at Blue Sky lets you enjoy the great outdoors with activities like natural horseback riding lessons, high mountain helicopter adventures, and wildlife tracking. Then refuel at Four-Star Yuta with mountain fare or The Refectory, the popular on-site restaurant at local High West Distillery.
Five stars Edge Spa also immerses you in nature with its cliffside setting overlooking gurgling Alexander Creek, treatments that use home-grown ingredients, and outdoor yoga and guided meditation sessions.