The 19 Most Romantic Hotels in the Continental U.S.
Staying close to home for your honeymoon? We're here to help you plan a stateside vacation you'll never forget. In partnership with Jetsetter, we asked our readers and followers to fill us in on their favorite destinations in seven regions across the globe—nearly 9,000 of you responded. In the U.S., Napa Valley earned top honors. We love it for its farm-fresh food, the live music scene, geothermal pools, and wine (of course!). But Napa wasn't the only place that topped our list of locations. Miami and Charleston stuck out in the South, while Palm Springs and Las Vegas reigned out West. If you're looking to book in one of these top-five spots, read on for our favorite hotels in each. Then, get ready for an incredible trip—no passport necessary.
Napa Valley: Las Alcobas Napa Valley
Make yourself at home at this cozy new resort in the heart of wine country. Each of the 68 rooms features a private balcony where you can linger over your (included!) cooked-to-order breakfast and epic sunsets. Ready to leave your room? Relax in the Atrio spa or by the saltwater pool, and sample varietals from the attached winery. At the Acacia House restaurant run by Chris Cosentino, original stained-glass windows set the mood for hyper-seasonal dishes.
Napa Valley: Meadowood Napa Valley
This 250-acre Napa Valley icon emerged from a $60 million re-do in 2016, the highlight of which was a new standalone spa, where guests can take advantage of a vinotherapy-heavy menu and sample light bites like beets with Santa Rosa plum, purple carrots, and arugula. There's also a three-Michelin-starred restaurant and beautiful interiors decorated with Tibetan silk rugs, global antiques, and locally made ceramics.
Napa Valley: Carneros Resort and Spa
Among the area's bucolic vineyard resorts, Carneros Resort and Spa stands out from the pack. After a 2016 renovation, its 86 cottages on 28 rolling acres are more minimalist than before—and come complete with heated slate bathroom floors and outdoor showers. Make sure to take a dip in the adults-only pool, set just 10 feet from the vines. And fireside butler is on call should you want to relax by your fire pit at night.
Miami: Faena Hotel Miami Beach
For his first Miami hotel, Argentine real estate developer Alan Faena worked with film director Baz Luhrman and his wife, award-winning costume designer Catherine Martin. The results are—no surprise here—dramatic. Inside the renovated 1940s oceanfront property, you'll find cinematic interiors with over-sized surrealist murals, intricate floral wallpaper, columns covered in seashells, and sculptures by Damien Hirst (including a gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth encased in glass)—plus restaurants from cooking-with-fire master Francis Mallmann and Austin's Paul Qui.
Miami: 1 Hotel South Beach
Like the 1 Hotels in New York City, this new-ish oceanfront spot is rustic and luxurious all at once, designed with reclaimed wood, organic white cotton, marble, and other natural materials. The result? A soothing, breezy atmosphere that makes it easy to relax. The brand is known for its eco- friendly practices, like hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses, triple-filtered tap water, and Tesla electric cars to transport guests around Miami Beach.
Miami: The Confidante, Miami Beach
The former Thompson Miami Beach has been relaunched as this minimalist yet colorful hotel that honors Miami's Art Deco legacy. Its 363 rooms are furnished with wooden platform beds, seafoam-green credenzas, and graphic rugs. Spend your afternoons at the energetic outdoor area, called The Backyard, which has two heated pools, brightly striped cabanas, a tropical garden, and direct access to a stretch of private beach.
Miami: The Betsy South Beach
Set on the quieter end of Ocean Drive, the Betsy has a Georgian facade and a large front porch that would fit in better in Charleston than Miami. Inside, it's looking better than ever thanks to a recent two-year renovation project. Its new Art Deco wing (the former Carlton Hotel) adds 70 additional rooms (30 with balconies), a library, rooftop pool, espresso and wine bar, and an art gallery with rotating exhibits. Guest rooms are flooded with light, and have hardwood floors and subtle pops of color.
Charleston: Zero George
Five buildings dating back to the 19th century have been lovingly restored at this charming and elegant boutique hotel. There are 16 studios and suites, a sprawling porch (ideal for enjoying some wine and cheese), and a restaurant with an open-air kitchen. The plush beds and robes will have you tempted to stay in, but the complimentary breakfast (try the housemade granola) is worth getting up for. You're within walking distance to just about everything, but why not take in the sights by bicycle by borrowing from their stash of cruiser bikes? And if you want to take to the water, consider the hotel's sailing package, which the concierge will facilitate.
Charleston: The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
Set on a harbor just minutes from Downtown, this Mount Pleasant escape offers the best of the big city life and a beach escape. Tropical landscaping, two Instagram-worthy pools, and waterfront rooms provide a peaceful respite, while Charleston's Historic District is just a 10-minute ride across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. (Take the trolley or opt for the scenic route via the Charleston Water Taxi—both transportation options are available at the resort and depart on a regular basis.) For dinner, book a table at the resort's Charleston Harbor Fish House, which is one of the only waterfront restaurants in the city. (Be sure to order the Local She Crab Bisque, a destination staple.)
Charleston: The Dewberry Charleston
Back in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd damaged this building, developer John Dewberry decided to save it—transforming it into this hip 155-room hotel. The commanding brick-and-marble façade remains, but the interiors underwent a thoughtful and contemporary remodel. The lobby is home to palm-shaped chandeliers and funky sofas. The hotel's star attraction is Henrietta's, a striking black-and-white tiled brasserie that overlooks Marion Square. Make sure to reserve a table when you book your room for a chance to sample Southern twists on French classics.
Charleston: The Spectator Hotel
This 41-room spot in the historic district brims with Jazz Age spirit. Guests are welcomed with a cocktail served on monogrammed leather coasters, and will sleep easy on Southern Lady mattresses and custom Harris pillows. The hotel is close to many cultural landmarks, and there are also free cruisers on hand to explore. In the evening, get comfy on a green leather stool at the stylish Spectator Bar, known for its stellar handcrafted cocktails (try the South Side Fizz, made with local Hat Trick gin). Also of note: The hotel is the only one in town with personal butlers for guests.
Palm Springs: Holiday House
This new 28-room boutique hotel from the team behind Sparrows Lodge was originally built in 1951 and designed by Herbert W. Burns, who helped shape the Palm Springs mid-century aesthetic. The property still has that classic vibe, but with a touch of whimsy. Art by David Hockney, Roy Liechtenstein, Mr. Brainwash, and Herb Ritz decorates the walls, and the remodeled rooms feature custom textiles. You won't find televisions in the rooms, but you won't need one—you can fill your day with a game of shuffleboard and reading by the pool instead.
Palm Springs: L'Horizon
This Mid-century icon is located in a 1952 building, a former playground for Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable (not to mention several presidents). Owner and designer Steve Hermann is the man behind the recent multi-million-dollar expansion, which kept some original details while adding 24 bungalows and a stunning infinity-edge pool. Don't miss a mouth-watering feast at the alfresco SO.PA restaurant.
Palm Springs: Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs
Overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains, this 153-room hotel—which opens in November and is just a stone's throw from the Palm Springs Art Museum—combines Palm Springs minimalism with neutral décor and pops of refreshing blue. Mingle over drinks in the lobby living room, sample Mediterranean-inspired plates at Juniper Table, or take your cocktails alfresco at the 4 Saints bar, located next to Palm Spring's only rooftop pool.
Palm Springs: Korakia Pensione
A hushed Mediterranean-Moroccan escape in heart of Palm Springs, this 28-room hideaway has an illustrious history: The buildings themselves were built in the 1920s and '30s by a Scottish painter; Errol Flynn sunned himself by the pool; and Churchill practiced painting in one of its rooms. All the bungalows exude an effortless, boho vibe—beds draped in gauzy netting, Persian rugs, whitewashed walls, and beamed ceilings. Some rooms are even more romantic, with soaking tubs, fireplaces, and patios fragrant with citrus and oleander. Start each morning with a home-cooked breakfast in the courtyard, spend afternoons lounging by one of two pools, and, come evening, catch a screening of a classic Hollywood film beneath the stars.
Las Vegas: The Cosmopolitan
This hip hotel has a theatrical side—you'll find digital art-wrapped columns in the lobby, and, in the 2,995 guest rooms, blue alligator side tables and Pop Art wallpaper. Every space makes a statement, from the experimental and burlesque-style performance venue Rose.Rabbit.Lie to the three-level casino bar built inside a massive crystal chandelier. For some quiet respite, head to the serene Sahra Spa, which has 30 treatments rooms and a hammam.
Las Vegas: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Yes, it's possible to have a relaxing Vegas vacation—just book a room at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. The Asian-inspired property, known for its impeccable service, is casino-free, making it a Zen escape from Sin City chaos. Visit the spa and try the Journey into Stillness treatment, featuring a foot ritual, crystal healing, and a full-body massage. Then, spend an afternoon by the quiet pool (read: no DJ-spun tunes or parties) and sip on the hotel's signature rum-and-coconut drink. Once you're relaxed and ready to hit The Strip, head to the hotel's Sky Lobby (located on the 23rd floor) to grab a mini bottle of bubbly from the Moët & Chandon vending machine. #OnlyinVegas
Las Vegas: Aria Resort and Casino
When it debuted back in 2009 in the heart of the Strip, Aria made waves with its show-stopping curvilinear glass tower. And it's still worth checking into, now that it's the world's largest LEED Gold-certified building, complete with a plant-filled lobby and a refreshing amount of natural light in its public spaces and all 4,004 rooms. You could spend days in Vegas without leaving this huge resort, with its 16 restaurants, eight bars, and three pools.
Las Vegas: Delano Las Vegas
Located in a tower connected to Mandalay Bay, the more subdued Delano feels like a boutique property (despite its 1,117 rooms!) thanks to its distinct art-filled lobby and full-service Bathhouse spa. Oh, and there isn't a casino. The suites are among the city's largest, and have covetable views of mountains, Mandalay Beach, or the Strip. Reserve a cabana at the pool–for Delano guests only—and don't miss drinks (and the views) at the Skyfall Lounge and a meal at Alain Ducasse's Rivea.
Additional reporting by Jennifer Cress, Amanda Reed, and Shira Savada.