The life of a hotelier is a busy one. You know better than anyone how it is. You’re constantly working to keep track of bookings, perhaps set the tables and even lend a hand serving breakfast. And all the while, you’re seeing to the little details: the finishing touch that will make your guest’s stay extra special; the cookies you’re baking to stock the cookie jar at reception.

It’s time to show the world of travelers just how much your hard work has paid off.

So, the moment that we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: the announcement of the national winners of the trivago Awards 2017.

In this blog post we’ll reveal the 10 award-winning hotels in the United States for each of the categories most important to American travelers:

  • Alternative Accommodations
  • 3-Star Hotels
  • 4-Star Hotels
  • 5-Star Hotels

Introducing the trivago Awards 2017

trivago is empowering hoteliers to take control of the online visibility of their hotel profile, be more competitive online, and drive direct bookings. We aspire to be the number-one marketing channel for hoteliers by reinventing the way they connect with millions of travelers—via trivago Hotel Manager, our free metasearch marketing platform exclusively for hoteliers.

The trivago Awards 2017 gives hoteliers the chance to uniquely highlight and publicize their achievements to a world of travelers, both on and offline.

In discussing the Awards, Johannes Thomas, Managing Director at trivago, said: “We aggregate and analyze more than 175 million hotel reviews from websites all over the world. This gives us strong insights into what hotels are particularly good at.” He added: “Our trivago awards recognize those hoteliers who deliver an exceptional experience to their guests, and we are proud and delighted to award those achievements.”

What’s in it for the hotels?

Prestige, of course.

The trivago Awards are highly esteemed by guests and hoteliers alike. Travelers recognize the quality of award-winning hotels and search for them specifically on our website.

All winning hotels receive a series of exclusive award-indicators that will increase their visibility and guest appeal and further set them apart—certificates to display in their hotels; widgets to place on homepages and social media accounts; and more. And the single top hotel in each category also gets to take home a coveted trivago Awards trophy along with a winner’s badge for their hotel profile.

So without further ado, let’s find out who the winners are.

Top 10 Alternative Accommodations

An evening photo of Stonehurst Place.

This year, the best alternative accommodation in the United States is Stonehurst Place.

Known for its rich history steeped in the American southeast textile business, Barb Shadomy fell in love with the home and purchased it in 2007. Soon after, she achieved her design goals by working with historic preservation and landscape architects to meticulously restore the home to its former glory.

Nowadays, Stonehurst Place isn’t just known for its good looks and charm, but for its sensational innkeepers, Lori and Paul Worrell. This dynamic duo is appreciated among guests first and foremost for the top notch service they deliver to all guests. Unlike most accommodations, this inn can be rented out in its entirety, with a full roster of services included. Not to mention, we hear that the breakfast might just be the best in the land.

The inn owner had this to say about providing great service and being an award-winning accommodation:

“We are thrilled to have come in first place for the Alternative Accommodation category in these awards from trivago, the hotel metasearch our guests know and trust. At Stonehurst Place we are dedicated to delivering complete satisfaction every day, and to ensuring our treasured guests feel pampered in our serene city surroundings and are able to enjoy a true, local Atlanta experience.”

Here’s a look at all the top-10 picks for the trivago Awards 2017 in the category of Alternative Accommodations in the United States.

Rank Hotel Name Location
1 Stonehurst Place Atlanta, GA
2 Black Dolphin Inn New Smyrna Beach, FL
3 Adobe Grand Villas Sedona, AZ
4 Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona Sedona, AZ
5 Admiral’s Landing Provincetown, MA
6 China Clipper Inn Ouray, CO
7 The Almondy Bed & Breakfast Inn Newport, RI
8 Benchmark Inn Provincetown, MA
9 Eight Gables Inn Gatlinburg, TN
10 Cuthbert House Beaufort, SC

Top 10 3-Star Hotels

hampton inn and suites st louis south i-55 wins the trivago Awards 2017 best 3 star hotel

This year, the number-one 3-star hotel in the United States is the Hampton Inn & Suites – St. Louis – South – I-55.

Known for their midwest hospitality, Hampton Inn & Suites-St.Louis-South-I-55 has got guests talking almost non-stop, about the delicious breakfast and super-friendly staff. Business travelers are particularly delighted by the hotel’s breakfast to-go provisions for especially rushed mornings. No wonder then that this hotel ranks number-one when it comes to the trivago Awards 2017 winner of best 3-star hotel in America. 

Here’s a look at all the top-10 picks for the trivago Awards 2017 in the category of 3-Star Hotels in the United States.

Rank Hotel Name Location
1 Hampton Inn & Suites – St. Louis – South I-55 St. Louis, MO
2 Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin Franklin, TN
3 Inn on the Cliff St. George, UT
4 The Sewanee Inn Sewanee, TN
5 Morris Inn Notre Dame, IN
6 Almond Tree Inn Key West, FL
7 Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Wyoming Buffalo, WY
8 Hampton Inn Wheeling Wheeling, WV
9 Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas – Allen Allen, TX
10 Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown Portsmouth, NH

Top 10 4-Star Hotels

An exterior view of the French Quarter Inn with horse-drawn carriage

This year, the number-one 4-star hotel in the United States is the French Quarter Inn.

Known for going above and beyond, French Quarter Inn has travelers touting them online as the “Perfect Hotel”. The management provides valuable extras like complimentary wine and cheese at reception, and free bike rentals for leisure cycling throughout Charleston. Not to mention, the atmosphere is unrivaled as guests wind down in the evening to enjoy treats like fresh baked cookies and milk.

The hotel manager had this to say about providing great service and being an award-winning hotel:

“At the French Quarter Inn, we aim to provide guests with authentic southern hospitality embodied through a warm, approachable and anticipatory staff. Our staff is taught how to mold themselves to the needs of each guest, paying close attention to the small yet very important nuances that can truly impart a lasting impression and develop a meaningful relationship.”

Here’s a look at all the top-10 picks for the trivago Awards 2017 in the category of 4-Star Hotels in the United States.

Rank Hotel Name Location
1 French Quarter Inn Charleston, SC
2 Woolley’s Classic Suites Aurora, CO
3 Marquesa Hotel Key West, FL
4 The Restoration on King Charleston, SC
5 Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle, WA
6 The Inn at Christmas Place Pigeon Forge, TN
7 Fort Conde Inn Mobile, AL
8 The Oxford Hotel Bend, OR
9 21C Museum Bentonville Bentonville, AR
10 The Bavarian Lodge Leavenworth, WA

Top 10 5-Star Hotels

Dining room and lounge at The Langham- Chicago

This year, the number-one 5-star hotel in the United States is the Langham Hotel – Chicago.

Known for their stunning architecture, first-rate service, and sensational spa, guests can’t say enough nice things about their stay at The Langham- Chicago. Quite literally in fact. From leaving praises and 5-star reviews all in block letters, to stating frankly that “The Langham is the best”, this hotel excels in all aspects of service: right down to remembering guests by name. Oh, and apparently the club level is “worth every extra penny!”.

Upon winning trivago Awards 2017 for best 5-star hotel, Managing Director, Robert Schofield had this to say:

“We are thrilled to receive this award for being named Trivago’s #1 5-star hotel in the United States. We continually strive to provide outstanding service for our guests so they have extraordinary experiences, and it is an honor and a testament to all the hard work the team at The Langham, Chicago puts in each and every day.”

Here’s a look at all the top-10 picks for the trivago Awards 2017 in the category of 5-Star Hotels in the United States.

Rank Hotel Name Location
1 The Langham Chicago, IL
2 Bardessono Yountville, CA
3 The Grand Del Mar San Diego, CA
4 Wentworth Mansion Charleston, SC
5 Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
6 Cannery Pier Hotel Astoria, OR
7 The Peninsula Chicago Chicago, IL
8 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Wailea, HI
9 Montage Kapalua Bay Lahaina, HI
10 The Grand America Hotel Salt Lake City, UT


Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s trivago Awards! It was a lot of hard work and dedication, but it paid off in the end. You delivered exceptional experiences, and your guests took notice.

How were hotels selected for the trivago Awards 2017?

The same way we aggregate prices from all over the web: We collect the hotel reviews and ratings left by travelers on different booking and valuation sites and combine them into scores, making it easy for the traveler to compare them across varied aspects. These scores are all available on our website; we’ve simply compiled them per their ranking, and the hotel with the highest score is at the top of the list and the award winner.

All hotels that display prices on trivago can be considered for the Awards. To ensure that all ranked hotels achieved a high level of performance consistently throughout the past year, a minimum number of 20 reviews was a requisite for eligibility in the score ranking.

The result: A comprehensive list of the cream of the crop in American hospitality, and prestige and recognition for the hardworking hoteliers behind the winning hotels.

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