This Georgia hotel ranks among the best in the nation

This Georgia hotel ranks among the best in the nation

If you’re looking for a getaway that allows you to stay at one of the best hotels in the nation, you don’t have to travel too far from metro Atlanta. 

A new report says one of the best hotels in the nation is right here in Georgia.

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The annual “50 Best Hotels in the USA” list from U.S. News & World Report ranked The Cloister at Sea Island at No. 20.

According the outlet, they considered about 4,100 hotels when compiling the list. The rankings are based on factors like the hotel’s star rating, industry accolades and guest reviews.

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To qualify, a hotel must have at least 20 or more rooms. In years past, the hotels had to be rated at least a 4-, 4.5- or 5-star property, but in 2019, the report expanded to include 3.5-star hotels that had also earned industry awards.  The full methodology can be found here.

"The hotel rankings provide a range of information on all types of accommodations, from tranquil boutique hotels on the beach to luxurious city high-rises with incredible amenities, so consumers can determine what will best fit their vacation,” Zach Watson, travel editor at U.S. News said in a release.

The Cloister has consistently been considered a 5-star property. In this year’s rankings, the author called the property “a south Georgia gem.”

The Cloister on Sea Island. Contributed by Sea Island Company
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“The Cloister offers varying accommodation types to suit the needs of every visitor,” the ranking states. “Best of all, a stay at The Cloister at Sea Island puts guests across the street from the resort's private beach.”

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The Sea Island property has been in business for more than 90 years. Since opening in 1928, it has welcomed dignified guests from around the world, including George H.W. and Barbara Bush, who visited the hotel in 1945.

The historic hotel has received other nods from lists that rank the it among the best in class, but on the U.S. News & World Report roundup, it has usually trailed its sister property, The Lodge at Sea Island.

Once coming in at No. 1 on the list, The Lodge wasn’t in the top 50 this year.

These are the top five hotels nationwide, according to the report:

1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai 

2. The Langham, Chicago 

3. The Peninsula Chicago 

4. Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach 

5. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

The full list can be found here.

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