Tripadvisor’s 25 Most Saved Hotels of 2020
Where are travelers dreaming about going in the United States as soon as it's safe to travel again? The answers may surprise you.
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If you’ve been dreaming about traveling the world while staying safe at home, you’re not alone. Many Americans have been following the CDC’s travel recommendations and mitigating their risks of contracting and spreading coronavirus by staying local, but they’re letting their minds wander. According to Tripadvisor, users have been virtually exploring the country on the site and saving their favorite hotels for when they can hit the road again.
So, what are travelers looking for? The top 25 choices for the most saved properties all fall into just four categories. The hustle and bustle of New York City, especially in the heart of Times Square, tops the list with eight hotels. Next up: The sun and fun of Florida, especially Orlando, with seven hotels. The nonstop entertainment of the Las Vegas Strip is another top choice on the travel wish list with five hotels. And finally, tropical dreams are awaiting in Hawaii with five properties on Tripadvisor’s list. Check out the results to see if the same spots are calling your name for future travels, and then take a look at the most popular virtual tour in every state for even more inspiration.
For a suite stay: The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
Italian charm straight from the watery wonders of Venice infuses this Vegas hotel, from the gondolas on the canals that traverse the property to the replica of St. Mark’s Square in the shopping area. Other highlights include a Canyon Ranch Spa, nearly three dozen dining options, and four pools spread across two acres. At the end of a fun-filled day, relax in style—and luxury. Rooms here are all spacious suites, and even the smallest is twice the size of most regular rooms elsewhere. The Venetian is also one of the most popular hotels on Instagram.
For a bite of the Big Apple: Park Central Hotel New York
This Art Deco gem infuses 1920s style into a contemporary design for a super stylish and comfortable stay. But as they say in New York, it’s all about location, location, location. The hotel is in a prime midtown spot that’s within easy walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Here’s the scoop on New York City’s hidden gems that most locals don’t know about.
For French style in Sin City: Paris Las Vegas
Boulangerie, brasserie, creperies, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Blink and you may think you’ve landed in the City of Lights instead of Nevada, which is exactly why the Paris Las Vegas is on so many travelers’ wish lists. You’ll get an immersive Parisian style and romance without having to break out your passport—or break the bank. For the ultimate date night, head to the top of the tower for a gourmet French dinner while taking in expansive views of the Vegas strip. These other U.S. destinations will also make you feel like you’ve traveled abroad.
For Broadway buzz: Stewart Hotel, New York
If you’re looking for live entertainment in New York City, head to the Stewart Hotel, which offers a prime perch right across from Madison Square Garden and just a few blocks south of the Great White Way. The affordably priced boutique property offers regular rooms, as well as studios and suites with kitchens. Wondering where to go now? Consider the best U.S. hotels and resorts for social distancing.
For neon lights: Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
You can’t get any closer to the Big Apple’s action than at this hotel in the middle of Times Square. Step out the door and you’ll be surrounded by the beating heart of the city, neon lights, restaurants, and entertainment. Remember the Ferris Wheel in Times Square? Check out its amazing makeover.
For big style on a budget: Pod 51 Hotel, New York
As you can probably tell by this point, Tripadvisor’s readers are missing the hustle and bustle of New York City, and they really want to be right in the middle of it all when they can finally visit again. Pod 51 is a budget option with a great location near Grand Central Terminal and modern and functional small rooms, a rooftop lounge, and public spaces infused with hip art. Bet you didn’t know these famous words and phrases came from New York City.
For a Roman holiday close to home: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
This iconic Strip property is a love letter to the opulence of the Roman Empire. Expect lots of gold, gild, and marble, as well as a larger-than-life, animated tribute to Caesar himself. The upscale shopping area is the Forum, the massive concert venue is the Colosseum, and the 50,000-square-foot spa even sports a trio of Roman baths. Check out these must-see Las Vegas attractions that don’t involve casinos.
For beachside bliss: The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami
This dreamy property is tucked away in Miami Beach—close enough to enjoy the entertainment of bustling South Beach, but off-the-beaten-path enough to enjoy secluded beach bliss. The resort has a focus on nature and wellness, and you’ll find tropical gardens filled with colorful plants and birds, a secluded stretch of shoreline, and a palm-shaded pool to soak up the warm Florida sun. Find out the best Florida beaches locals want to keep secret.
For Honolulu views: Prince Waikiki, Oahu
Located in the heart of Honolulu’s most vibrant neighborhood just around the corner from the shopping and dining of Ala Moana Center, the Prince Waikiki is the number one hotel in Honolulu on Tripadvisor, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to its central location, the views here are some of the best on the island. Plus, all rooms have ocean views, and the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor can’t be beat. Can’t make it to Hawaii? Try these beautiful seaside towns a little closer to home.
For a remote getaway without leaving the USA: Southernmost Beach Resort, Key West
You’ll feel like you hopped a plane and landed on a remote island in the Caribbean when you arrive at this palm-shaded luxury hotel that sits at the southernmost point in the continental United States. In addition to a private beach, the resort offers three pools across six oceanfront acres. Here are some hotel booking secrets to remember the next time you’re planning a trip.
For a Disney stay that doesn’t break the bank: Holiday Inn Resort Orlando–Lake Buena Vista
An official Disney Good Neighbor hotel—meaning it passes Disney’s rigorous standards for comfort, quality, and service, and provides transportation to the parks and Guest Services help—is fresh from a multimillion-dollar makeover, making it perfect for your visit to the Disney World area. Because of its spacious rooms that come with a microwave and mini-fridge, as well as a large outdoor pool area, this Holiday Inn Resort is a budget favorite for families. Check out these other must-see places around America you’ll want to take your kids.
For fun in the sun: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Talk about heaven on Earth. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is situated on 40 tropically landscaped oceanfront acres along a three-mile stretch of the famed white sands of Ka’anapali Beach. It also boasts an elaborate water playground with tropical streams and waterfalls, cultural experiences such as hula dancing and lei making, wildlife experiences with penguins and birds, tennis courts, SCUBA, assorted water sports, and shopping. Need more reasons why Maui is the best Hawaiian island? We’ve got 20 of them!
For a gorgeous, secluded beach: Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu
Oahu may be best known for the bustling beaches of Waikiki, but head to the quiet north shore of the island and you’ll find this secluded spot, one of Hawaii’s most unique destinations. This luxury resort offers golf, horseback riding, tennis, a spa, and walking/biking/running trails, but visitors particularly love its five miles of pristine coastline, where surfers from around the world come to ride the waves.
For early Wizarding access: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando
Cool, retro-style rooms and suites at this Universal property brilliantly combine fun with affordability. You’ll find plenty of sun and splash surrounded by a classic Florida beach resort design from the 1950s and ’60s as you enjoy the two massive pools or the winding river. There’s even a bowling alley on-site. It’s all within walking distance of Universal’s Volcano Bay, and there are also free shuttles to the Universal parks and hotels. Extra bonus: By staying at Universal property, you’ll get to breeze into the Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests, meaning you can check out all the hidden spots in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the crowds descend.
For celebrity style: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
This Hollywood-themed hotel does everything it can to make you feel like a celebrity. We’re talking star-worthy suites and accommodations, nonstop parties around the pools, the nightclub atmosphere in the casino, and headline-grabbing entertainers like Kelly Clarkson, Chris Angel, and Pitbull.
For an escape from the theme parks: The Grove Resort & Waterpark Orlando
This gem offers a relaxing sanctuary away from the constant action of Orlando’s theme parks. Explore the lakes and quiet downtown of the Winter Park neighborhood for a charming glimpse of real Florida, or stay on the property to enjoy the family-friendly Surfari Water Park and other fun activities such as glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. When you’re done for the day, there’s plenty of space to spread out in residential-style suites that include full kitchens, washers and dryers, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Looking for something even more secluded? These are 20 of the most remote places on Earth.
For nonstop nightlife: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection
Partygoers seek out the sizzling nightlife at this stylish casino on the Las Vegas Strip known for its dazzling bars and nightclubs. Note that this isn’t the place for family fun, but if you’re looking for a “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” sexy and sophisticated atmosphere, this should be your top choice.
For a room with a view: Novotel New York Times Square
You’ll get a birds-eye view of the neon lights of Times Square from the Supernova Lounge and spacious sky-high rooms at this midtown hotel in the heart of all the action. Novotel prides itself on being family-friendly, offering spacious rooms, free breakfast for kids, and a fun game room, too. If you’ve got kids, you’ll also want to consider these 45 mini family vacations that won’t break the bank.
For an action-packed vacation: Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
Kick back in the oversized, contemporary-styled guest rooms at this comfy hotel with Broadway theaters, Restaurant Row, TKTS, and all the excitement of 42nd Street right outside its door. The well-priced property is also within easy walking distance to Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Carnegie Hall. The classic New York City answer to “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” Practice, practice, practice! Here are another 101 short jokes anyone can remember.
For a magical stay: Holiday Inn Orlando–Disney Springs Area
Right on the doorstep of Disney Springs—the Mouse’s immensely popular shopping, dining, and entertainment complex—you’ll find this official Disney property. That means as a guest, you’ll have access to Extra Magic Hours (early and late admission to the Disney theme parks), as well as early access to make Fast Pass+ ride reservations. There’s a large pool on the property, activities for kids, and a free shuttle to the Disney parks. Want to travel sooner rather than later? Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning a Disney trip right now.
For aloha vibes: Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui
Affordable and family-friendly, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel—known as Hawaii’s “most Hawaiian hotel” for its rich cultural offerings—occupies a prime piece of golden beachfront facing the sparkling waters in Maui. There’s an ocean’s worth of complementary programs for guests here, including Hawaiian language classes, lei making, ukulele instruction, and hula lessons.
For hipster city vibes: Arlo Nomad, New York
Nomad, the neighborhood just “no”rth of “Mad”ison Square Park, is the hippest neighborhood in midtown, with great restaurants, cool shops, and some seriously hip hotels, including the stylish Arlo. Rooms with views of the Empire State Building are a highlight here, and there are great views from the rooftop lounge, too. If you never leave home without your dog, take a look at our list of the 30 best pet-friendly hotels in America.
For ship-to-shore style: B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale
Shaped like an ocean liner, this mid-century modern masterpiece looks like it might just sail into the Atlantic. Bright airy rooms, two swimming pools, a private beach, and tropical cocktails at the venerable Wreck Bar are all draws as well. If you love this idea, check out these other strange and unique hotels around the world.
For design fans: Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
Funky furnishings, original artwork, and the subway-tile bathrooms stocked with designer beauty products make the Hotel 50 Bowery a popular pick for design fans. The location on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side gives you access to some of the trendiest bars, dining spots, and boutiques in the entire city, but the views from the rooftop bar may make it hard to pull yourself away from the hotel.
For tropical bliss: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, Oahu
With direct access to Honolulu’s famed Diamond Head Beach, the Outrigger is a sure bet for beach fans and anyone looking for a quiet patch of sand to call their own. Steps away from the beach, the hotel offers a pool for swimming, cultural activities, beachfront dining, and spacious rooms with balconies. Next, find the best beach in your state—and every other.
- Tripadvisor: “The 25 Most-Saved Hotels in the United States”