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America's Best Luxury Retreats

How to spot America's best luxury escapes

From penthouse suites to opulent grounds, from fine dining to butler service, nothing says romance like Historic Hotels of America's luxury retreats. Here’s how you can spot a true luxury escape for your next romantic getaway.

1. Healing mineral waters

Most every hotel has a spa, but unless it has a warm mineral pool, therapeutic waterfalls and underwater music nestled in a subterranean spa, you might need to re-think your definition of luxury retreats. In Asheville, North Carolina, The Omni Grove Park Inn boasts a handful of national spa accolades because of this exact setup.

2. Butler service

Attentive butler service is a true mark of luxury retreats, and you know you’re at an extremely attentive hotel if that service is offered 24 hours a day like the white-gloved service of The Plaza, a Fairmont-managed hotel in New York. From drawing your bath water to assisting with your luggage, prepare to be pampered. (It’s also worth mentioning that The Plaza is known for its penthouse suites.)

3. Views at luxury retreats

To make your stay feel like a luxury escape, seek out sweeping views that let you escape from ordinary life. The Sagamore, in Bolton Landing, New York, offers impeccable views of Lake George and stunning vistas of the Adirondacks from the hotel’s Green Island perch. At many of our historic hotels, we give new meaning to room with a view.

4. Big-screen ambiance

If you come across a hotel that has been featured on the Hollywood big screen for the luxury it exudes, then you know you’ve stumbled upon a real gem. The Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky is a Golden Era landmark that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to use the location as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding in "The Great Gatsby." Now that sets a benchmark for romance (and of course, luxury retreats).

5. Mansion, need we say more?

Sometimes the most luxurious retreats are nestled in unexpected places. Take for instance, some of America’s most historic mansions, that have been turned into one-of-a-kind hotels. Smaller than some of our historic hotels, these grand mansions provide a kind of intimacy and service that cannot be rivaled such as the Mansions on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From Gilchrist & Soames organic toiletries to Monarch Luxe robes and slippers, no detail is overlooked at hotels like these.