When it comes to top luxury hotels in the U.S., the West seems to be a favorite with the TripAdvisor crowd. More than half of the top 25 U.S. luxury hotels in the Travelers' Choice 2013 picks are located in Hawaii, California, Arizona and other western states.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island was the big winner as No. 1 as the best luxury hotel and the top hotel in the U.S. and the world.
In the luxury hotel category, it's followed by the private residence-turned-hotel Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., at No. 2. Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where eight wine-tasting rooms in the Napa Valley are within walking distance of the hotel, came in No. 3. Other luxury hotels in the West include:
— Four Seasons Seattle at No. 4;
— The Grand Del Mar in San Diego at No. 5;
— Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii, at No. 7;
— Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur at No. 8;
— Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., at No. 9;
Among hotels in the United States, the Hotel California in Palm Springs was named best hotel for service, the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., as the top small hotel; the Point Clear Cottages in Fairhope, Ala., as the best B&B; and SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., as best bargain hotel. The Alpine Gardens Hotel in Palm Springs (No. 12) and the Dolphin Motel in San Diego (No. 18) also ranked among the top 25 bargain hotels in the country.
In Southern California, Peninsula Beverly Hills made the top hotel and luxury hotel lists; Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island made the best hotel service list; and Casa Laguna Inn & Spa in Laguna Beach made the top small hotel list.
The rankings are based on TripAdvisor reviews and opinions made by the travel website's users over the past year. Here's the complete Travelers' Choice hotel lists announced Monday.