Hotel rankings: 10 top U.S. luxury lodgings

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  • Georgia hotel named No. 1 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report
  • Properties in Las Vegas, California and Washington also ranked highly

(CNN)Hotels can make or break a trip with their quality or lack thereof, so U.S. News & World Report has released rankings to help make luxury hotel choices crystal clear.

The best in the U.S.? That would be The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia.
"The Lodge at Sea Island stands out because its guests are consistently impressed and it racks up a lot of industry accolades," said Erin Shields, travel editor for U.S. News & World Report. "Visitors really appreciate the high level of service the hotel offers in addition to the many amenities available."
    Luxury amenities abound at the Sea Island resort, which boasts world-class golf, a Forbes Five-Star spa and Atlantic Ocean views.
    The rankings, released Thursday, include lists of luxury properties in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.
    U.S. News' lists look only at luxury hotels and are compiled based on a range of expert reviews as well as guest reviews provided by travel site TripAdvisor and a hotel's class or star rating.
    "To rank very highly, a hotel will have a very high rating among travelers, it will have collected several top industry awards, and it will be a higher-starred hotel," Shields said.
    Here's the full top 10 U.S. list for 2016:
    1. The Lodge at Sea Island, St. Simons Island, Georgia

    The Lodge at Sea Island, 100 Retreat Ave, Saint Simons Island, GA 31561;

    2. The Jefferson, Washington

    The Jefferson, Washington DC, 1200 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036;

    3. Aria Sky Suites, Las Vegas

    ARIA Sky Suites, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89158;

    4. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Hawaii

    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740;

    The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212;

    6. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, Bluffton, South Carolina

    Montage Palmetto Bluff, 1 Village Park Square, Bluffton, SC 29910;

    7. The Langham, Chicago

    The Langham, Chicago, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611;

    8. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

    Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109;

    Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 East Walton, Chicago, IL 60611;

    10. Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

    Auberge du Soleil, 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA 94573;

    On the Canada and Caribbean lists, Ritz-Carlton hotels snagged the No. 1 spots with properties in Montreal and Grand Cayman.
    Rosewood Mayakoba was selected as the best hotel in Mexico by U.S. News. The eco-friendly beachside hotel offers exclusive plunge pools, garden showers, 24-hour butler service and 24-hour in-room dining.