Introducing the Gold List: Unveiling our top picks for accommodations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean in 2024.

Have you ever wondered where our editors would recommend staying? The Gold List is our response to the most frequently asked question we receive. This 30th edition captures a year’s worth of meticulous research, exploration, and passionate discussions by our editorial team spread across seven global cities. Beyond being a collection of exceptional lodgings, it mirrors our enduring love for these establishments, often serving as our gateways to entire destinations. Join us on a journey through our carefully curated list, inspiring your next adventure in the domestic, Canadian, or Caribbean landscapes.

1. 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay – Kauai, Hawaii

Nestled in Kauai’s enchanting landscape, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay offers the perfect ingredients for an extraordinary Hawaiian getaway. With a swimmable beach, a legendary surf break, stunning pools, and top-notch wellness amenities, this property stands out as a holistic destination. The guest rooms embody a neutral palette, reflecting the island’s tranquility, while the Bamford Wellness Spa provides transcendent treatments incorporating native Hawaiian medicinal plants.

2. The Arizona Biltmore

Once you step into The Arizona Biltmore, the need to venture outside diminishes. Set against the desert backdrop with Piestewa Peak in view, this grand resort with over 700 rooms maintains a classic luxury feel. Plush beds, desert-inspired artwork, and exceptional dining options, such as Renata’s Hearth, contribute to an indulgent stay. The spa, embracing astrology and crystals, offers unique massages and body treatments, and families appreciate the range of activities, including waterslides for all to enjoy.

3. The Breakers Palm Beach

For nearly a century, The Breakers has been an icon of luxurious oceanfront living in Palm Beach. Emulating 15th-century Italian villas, the resort presents itself as a palace, with gilded ceilings and contemporary additions like HMF, a lively lounge. The beachside area boasts four sparkling pools, a private beach, and a plethora of palm trees, creating a Floridian paradise. Guest rooms, adorned in neutral tones, provide comfort and sophistication, complementing the resort’s grandeur.

4. Casa Cipriani – New York City

A Cipriani property in New York City, Casa Cipriani epitomizes luxury with Italian flair. Presidential suites featuring cashmere-covered walls, Art Deco light fixtures, and private terraces redefine opulence. The hotel’s interior, adorned with jazz melodies and chic design, creates an enchanting ambiance. With dining options like the Club restaurant, Jazz Café, and the Promenade Bar, Casa Cipriani offers a sophisticated retreat in the heart of the city.

5. The Charleston Place – South Carolina

Since its establishment in 1986, The Charleston Place has been celebrated for its architectural brilliance. Concealed behind 19th-century storefronts, this 434-room hotel maintains an intimate scale, preserving the charm of the city. The grand central lobby, lined with boutiques, leads to excellent dining options like the Charleston Grill. Undergoing a meticulous restoration by owner Ben Navarro, this locally owned gem stands out as an iconic Charleston landmark.

6. Chateau Marmont – Los Angeles

Designed to make guests feel like VIPs, Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles is a legendary establishment. With its 1920s-inspired design, lush palm-shrouded pool, and an air of exclusivity (no photos in public spaces), the hotel exudes Hollywood glamour. The rooms, featuring Deco-era bathrooms and unique touches, provide an intimate yet upscale experience. Chateau Marmont invites guests to immerse themselves in a world where every moment feels iconic.

7. Eden Rock St Barths

In St. Barts, Eden Rock stands out as a flawless blend of chic and glamorous. Surrounded by azure waters, this hotel offers an unmatched setting for a sun-kissed escape. The rooms, elegant and bright with Carib-meets-nautical vibes, create a comfortable haven. Helmed by rockstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the restaurant ensures a culinary journey, while the expansive breakfast spread is a testament to indulgence. Eden Rock is a rare gem where every element, from setting to service, is unequivocally special.

8. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Canada

Known as the “Castle in the City,” Fairmont Hotel Vancouver exudes grandeur and royal history. Initially visited by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, this downtown Vancouver landmark underwent a $75 million renovation. The addition of Fairmont Gold, a hotel within a hotel, enhances the experience with private check-in and exclusive lounge access. The Art Deco-influenced aesthetic, combined with modern amenities like Le Labo bath products and an indoor pool, creates an immersive and luxurious stay.

9. Farmhouse Inn – Sonoma

In the heart of Sonoma, Farmhouse Inn captures the essence of laid-back elegance. Amidst the California wine country’s vibrant landscape, this 25-room property offers a charming and intimate retreat. With a recently refreshed spa, a delightful swimming pool, and beautiful gardens, Farmhouse Inn embraces a natural sophistication. The rooms, with their country-chic aesthetic, reflect a perfect blend of comfort and style. The Farmhouse Restaurant, set in an elegant farmhouse dining room, presents a chef’s tasting menu highlighting hyper-local ingredients and a stellar regional wine list.

Embark on your next journey inspired by our Gold List, featuring a selection of the finest accommodations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean for 2024.


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