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;