The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Whether traveling for leisure or for business, hotel guests increasingly want a taste of place. This year’s Platinum Hotel picks dish up hearty helpings.  

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows has been undergoing a property-wide renovation by designer Adam Tihany to continue into 2014. The latest unveiling: the Polo Lounge, refreshed with new upholstery and better lighting illuminating the Hollywood power diners who come in for McCarthy salads (a Cobb variation, mixed tableside) and negotiations.

Perennial favorite The Broadmoor innovates anew: Its 10-cabin The Ranch at Emerald Valley will open in August in the Pike National Forest, roughly 20 minutes from the main resort. The all-inclusive sister property is poised to appeal to hikers, fishermen, horseback riders, birders, and anyone seeking a hot tub steep amid the wilderness.

In the rage for all things retro, historic hotels are making much of their past. This year San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado celebrates 125 years with a giant bow on its iconic turret.

And New York’s The Plaza trumpets its link to The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, a frequent guest, in light of the eponymous film release in May with a new art deco-themed Fitzgerald Suite, Prohibition-era cocktails, and period nibbles at the Fitzgerald Tea.

TOP 50 Mainland U.S.  

1. The Beverly Hills Hotel and  Bungalows
2. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
3. The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Florida
4. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
5. Four Seasons Hotel Boston
6. Four Seasons Hotel New York
7. The Waldorf Astoria, New York
8. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
9. The Plaza, New York
10. Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans
11. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
12. Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
13. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Arizona
14. The Peninsula Chicago
15. (tie) Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California
15. (tie) Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, Florida
17. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
18. The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia
19. Montage Beverly Hills, California
20. (tie) JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
20. (tie) The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
20. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
23. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami
24. (tie) The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.
24. (tie) Omni La Mansión del Rio, San Antonio
26. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
27. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park        
27. (tie) Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
29. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
30. (tie) The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Carefree, Arizona
30. (tie) EPIC Hotel, Miami
30. (tie) St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California
33. (tie) The Grand del Mar, San Diego
33. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
35. (tie) The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York
35. (tie) Four Seasons Resort  Jackson Hole, Wyoming
35. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California
38. (tie) The Inn at Dos Brisas, Texas
38. (tie) Mandarin Oriental, Miami
38. (tie) Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
41. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
42. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
43. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
43. (tie) St. Regis New York
45. (tie) Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, California
45. (tie) The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
45. (tie) The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado
48. Montage Laguna Beach, California
49. Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, California
50. (tie) Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
50. (tie) The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California
50. (tie) The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
50. (tie) Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C.