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Is Hawaii's Four Seasons Resort Lanai the best hotel in America?

Is Hawaii's Four Seasons Resort Lanai the best hotel in America?
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is located on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. It was renovated in 2016. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The Four Seasons Lanai, a luxury resort on the little-visited Hawaiian island owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, was selected as 2018's best hotel in America in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Ellison bought 97% of the island for $300 million in 2012, and renovated the Four Seasons inside and out. It reopened in 2016.

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Other hotels in the top 10 in the U.S. are:

3. The Langham Chicago, which was the No. 1 hotel in 2017's rankings

4. Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt.

5. Four Seasons Resort, Hualalai on Hawaii Island, which last year ranked No. 2

6. Acqualina Resort & Spa on Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

7. Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C.

8. The Beekman in New York City

10. The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills

The top 2018 hotel in Mexico is Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen followed by the Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas and Esperanza, also in Cabo San Lucas.

In Europe, Ritz Paris (at Place Vendome) ranked No. 1 followed by La Réserve & Spa, also in Paris, and Hotel Eden in Rome.

How does the magazine create the rankings? It uses opinions by travel experts and TripAdvisor reviews. AAA, which recently released its four- and five-diamond hotel selections for 2018, sends inspectors and uses other criteria to rank hotels.

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