What are 5 star hotels?

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A 5 star hotel is the highest rating a hotel can get. It means the hotel offers excellent and luxurious accommodations, services, amenities and experiences.

5 star hotels go above and beyond to make sure their guests’ needs are met and they provide personalized high-quality service.

What are 5 star hotels?

Some features of 5 star hotels may include:

  • Spacious and well-appointed guest rooms with high quality linens and furnishings
  • Marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and rain showers
  • Fine dining restaurants and 24-hour room service
  • Concierge services to arrange activities, transportation and fulfill requests
  • Luxurious spas, fitness centers and pools
  • Impeccable grounds and architecture

How many 5 star hotels are there in the US?

According to recent data, there are approximately 50 five-star hotels in the United States. This makes up only about 0.25% of all hotels in the country.

The majority of five-star hotels in the US are concentrated in major metropolitan areas like New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Hawaii.

These destinations are known for luxury travel and attract affluent domestic and international travelers who desire high-end accommodations.

Breakdown by Major City Destinations

New York City

With its reputation as an upscale global destination, New York City claims the most five star hotels out of any US city. NYC is home to over 10 five-star hotels, largely clustered in Manhattan.

Top examples include:

  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
  • Park Hyatt New York
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York
  • Mandarin Oriental New York

Los Angeles

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood has helped Los Angeles establish itself as a luxury travel locale. LA offers nearly 10 five-star hotels, many positioned along the coastal areas of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

Some top LA five-star hotels are:

  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills
  • Montage Beverly Hills
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel
  • Shutters on the Beach (Santa Monica)

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its over-the-top hotels and experiences, so it’s no surprise it boasts many top-tier five-star resorts primarily located along The Strip. These combine Vegas’ signature flair with lavish amenities suited for the most discerning travelers.

Notable five-star options in Las Vegas include:

  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
  • The Palazzo at The Venetian
  • Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas


With its tropical climate and vibrant culture, Miami attracts luxury travelers year-round. It offers around 5 five-star hotels largely found along famous South Beach.

Leading Miami five-star hotels are:

  • Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
  • Four Seasons Hotel Miami
  • Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach


Although better known as a business travel destination, Chicago still delivers on luxury with close to 5 five-star hotels largely concentrated in downtown.

Top Chicago five-star picks are:

  • The Langham Chicago
  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • The Peninsula Chicago


Hawaii is one of the world’s most popular locales for upscale vacations and honeymoons thanks to its pristine beaches and stunning natural scenery. Hawaii offers nearly 10 five-star hotels spread across its various islands.

Standout Hawaii five-star resorts include:

  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
  • St. Regis Princeville Resort (Kauai)

Other Notable Five Star Hotels

Beyond the major metropolitan and resort destinations above, there are a handful of additional five-star hotels scattered across other US cities.

Some other examples include:

  • The Jefferson (Washington DC)
  • The American Club Resort (Kohler, Wisconsin)
  • Twin Farms (Barnard, Vermont)
  • The Williamsburg Inn (Williamsburg, Virginia)

So in summary, while five-star hotels make up only a tiny fraction of the hotel inventory in America, most major travel destinations will have at least a few that offer superb luxury accommodations and service.

For the most five-star options, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Hawaii represent the top luxury hotel destinations in the US.

Jennifer Tuffen
Jennifer Tuffen

I'm Jennifer Tuffen, a travel enthusiast and storyteller, six years and 10+ countries deep into a journey of discovery and cultural immersion.