North America Accommodation

Best luxury hotels in North America

Since the first pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, people have been flocking to North America and with good reason. With 50 US states and ten Canadian provinces to choose from - multicultural vibrant cities and open plains, mountains and deserts, natural landscapes, unique wildlife, the ultramodern and the historical - a North American journey really does offer it all.

In the USA, many B&Bs are high-end romantic retreats in restored historic homes that are run by personable, independent innkeepers who serve gourmet breakfasts. These B&Bs often take pains to evoke a theme – Victorian, rustic, Cape Cod and so on – and amenities range from merely comfortable to indulgent. Hotels in all categories typically include in-room phones, cable TV, private bathrooms, wi-fi and a simple continental breakfast. Many midrange properties provide minibars, microwaves, hairdryers, internet access, air-conditioning and/or heating, swimming pools and writing desks, while top-end hotels add concierge services, fitness and business centres, spas, restaurants, bars and higher-end furnishings.

In popular destinations, such as Ottawa, Banff and Jasper, it pays to book ahead in the height of the summer, especially during major festivals, and for ski season. In Canada, B&Bs (gîtes in French) are essentially converted or purpose-built private homes whose owners live on-site. Standards vary widely, sometimes even within a single B&B. The cheapest rooms tend to be small, with few amenities and a shared bathroom. Nicer ones have added features such as a balcony, a fireplace and an en suite bathroom. Most hotels are part of international chains, and the newer ones are designed for either the luxury market or businesspeople, with in-room cable TV and wi-fi. Many also have swimming pools and fitness and business centers. Rooms with two double or queen-sized beds sleep up to four people, although there is usually a small surcharge for the third and fourth people.

Mexican B&Bs are usually small, comfortable, midrange or top-end guesthouses, often beautifully designed and offering friendly, personal attention. Many of them are effectively boutique hotels. In some resort towns you can find tourist apartments with fully equipped kitchens. They're good value for three or four people, especially if you’re staying more than a few days.

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