Michelin Guides New Key System: 2024 US Hotels List – Live and Let’s Fly

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The US Michelin Guide introduces a new hotel ranking system with keys, offering trusted evaluations of exceptional accommodations across states like California, New York, Colorado and Washington DC.


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Introduction to Michelin Guide’s New Hotel Ranking System

The Michelin Guide, long revered for its meticulous restaurant ratings, has introduced a pioneering hotel ranking system in the United States for 2024, employing “keys” as symbols of hospitality excellence. This system awards hotels one, two, or three key emblems to denote the quality of architecture, service, and overall guest experience, paralleling the famed Michelin star system for restaurants. The introduction of keys aims to offer travelers a reliable guide to identifying exceptional accommodations across the US, ensuring a memorable and premium stay.

The inception of this system signifies Michelin’s commitment to extending its influence within the hospitality sector, promoting transparency and excellence. By adopting a similar approach to its restaurant ratings, Michelin provides a familiar framework for discerning travelers seeking luxury and unparalleled service. In a future post, I will cover Tablet Hotels also part of a partnership from Michelin Guides.

a bedroom with a large glass wall and a large bed

By considering a comprehensive set of criteria, Michelin Guide Hotels offer a detailed evaluation of hotels distinguishing those that provide exceptional hospitality. This holistic approach ensures that only the most deserving hotels are recognized, helping travelers make informed decisions when selecting their accommodations.

a building with many balconies and palm treesMichelin Key Award Winners for 2024

In 2024, a total of 124 US properties were distinguished with Michelin Keys, with 11 hotels achieving the highest rating of Three Keys for providing an “extraordinary stay”. Notable among these are Aman New York and Casa Cipriani in New York City, which are celebrated for their extraordinary comfort, service, style, and elegance. California emerged as a hotspot for Michelin Key hotels, boasting prestigious properties such as Post Ranch Inn and The Georgian in Santa Monica, showcasing the state’s commitment to outstanding hospitality. Another standout is 1 Hotels which is highly regarded in the industry and owner of a best-selling scent that fills the hotel.

Here’s the entire list with links for hotels we have reviewed (source: Afar):

Michelin’s three-key U.S. hotels

  1. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection, California
  2. Post Ranch Inn, California
  3. SingleThread Inn, California
  4. Hotel Bel-Air, Dorchester Collection, California
  5. Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Resorts Collection, California
  6. Meadowood Napa Valley, California
  7. Canyon Ranch Woodside, California
  8. Crosby Street Hotel, Firmdale Hotels, New York
  9. The Whitby Hotel, Firmdale Hotels, New York
  10. Aman New York, New York
  11. Casa Cipriani New York, New York

Michelin’s two-key U.S. hotels

  1. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, California
  2. The Maybourne Beverly Hills, California
  3. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California
  4. Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, California
  5. Bernardus Lodge & Spa, California
  6. The Stavrand, California
  7. Montage Healdsburg, California
  8. The Madrona, California
  9. Montage Laguna Beach, California
  10. Rosewood Miramar Beach, California
  11. Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, California
  12. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero, California
  13. The Battery, California
  14. Cavallo Point Lodge, California
  15. Pendry West Hollywood, California
  16. Chateau Marmont, California
  17. North Block, California
  18. Bardessono, California
  19. Rosewood Washington, D.C.
  20. The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.
  21. Mayfair House Hotel & Garden, Florida
  22. The Setai Miami Beach, Florida
  23. Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
  24. Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Florida
  25. Pendry Chicago, Illinois
  26. The Langham, Chicago, Illinois
  27. The Peninsula Chicago, Illinois
  28. The Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York
  29. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, New York
  30. The Mark Hotel, New York
  31. Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s New York, New York
  32. Nine Orchard, New York
  33. Pendry Manhattan West, New York

Michelin’s one-key U.S. hotels

  1. Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley, California
  2. Harbor House Inn, California
  3. Downtown LA Proper Hotel, California
  4. Soho Warehouse DTLA, California
  5. The Aster, California
  6. The Paramour Estate, California
  7. The Prospect Hollywood, California
  8. Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, California
  9. Pendry Newport Beach, California
  10. Dive Palm Springs, California
  11. Holiday House Palm Springs, California
  12. La Serena Villas, California
  13. Sparrows Lodge, California
  14. Rancho Caymus Inn, California
  15. 1 Hotel San Francisco, California
  16. Hotel Drisco, California
  17. Hotel San Luis Obispo, California
  18. San Luis Creek Lodge, California
  19. El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, California
  20. Casa Del Mar, California
  21. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, California
  22. Santa Monica Proper Hotel, California
  23. Shutters on the Beach, California
  24. The Georgian, California
  25. The Sea Ranch Lodge, California
  26. Chamberlain West Hollywood, California
  27. Hotel 850 SVB, California
  28. Palihouse West Hollywood, California
  29. Soho House Holloway, California
  30. Sunset Tower Hotel, California
  31. The Charlie, California
  32. Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection, Colorado
  33. The Little Nell, Colorado
  34. Mollie Aspen, Colorado
  35. Clayton Hotel & Members Club, Colorado
  36. Four Seasons Denver, Colorado
  37. The Crawford Hotel, Colorado
  38. Sonnenalp Hotel, Colorado
  39. Four Seasons Vail, Colorado
  40. Eaton DC, Washington, D.C.
  41. Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf, Washington, D.C.
  42. Riggs Washington DC, Washington, D.C.
  43. The Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, D.C.
  44. The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, D.C.
  45. Mandarin Oriental Miami, Florida
  46. Mr. C Miami – Coconut Grove, Florida
  47. 1 Hotel South Beach, Florida
  48. Esmé Miami Beach, Florida
  49. Hotel Greystone – Adults Only, Florida
  50. The Betsy – South Beach, Florida
  51. Ette Hotel, Florida
  52. Lake Nona Wave Hotel, Florida
  53. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida
  54. Palihouse Hyde Park Village, Florida
  55. The Tampa Edition, Florida
  56. Stonehurst Place Atlanta, Georgia
  57. The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Georgia
  58. Hotel Clermont, Georgia
  59. Chicago Athletic Association, Illinois
  60. Nobu Hotel Chicago, Illinois
  61. The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois
  62. Viceroy Chicago, Illinois
  63. Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Illinois
  64. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
  65. Ace Hotel Brooklyn, New York
  66. Wythe Hotel, New York
  67. 1 Hotel Central Park, New York
  68. Baccarat Hotel & Residences, New York
  69. Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, New York
  70. Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, New York
  71. The Beekman – a Thompson Hotel, New York
  72. The Bowery Hotel, New York
  73. The Greenwich Hotel, New York
  74. The Hotel Chelsea, New York
  75. The Lowell, New York
  76. The Ludlow Hotel, New York
  77. The Mercer, New York
  78. The Peninsula New York, New York
  79. The Wall Street Hotel, New York
  80. Warren Street Hotel, New York

Comparison with World’s 50 Best Hotels

Prior to Michelin’s ranking, the World’s 50 Best Hotels had recognized only two US hotels, Equinox and Aman New York, both of which now feature prominently in Michelin’s list. This comparison illustrates Michelin’s broader scope of recognition for US hotels, offering a more extensive selection of premium accommodations than the prior limited selection by World’s 50 Best. The alignment between the two lists highlights the consistent quality and excellence of these establishments on a global scale.

a pool with lounge chairs and a building with a palm treeConclusion

I’ll be looking forward to how the Michelin Guide expands into the hotel space both for rating and partner hotels. Several on the list have been targets for me in the past so I’m interested in trying some of these out as opportunities present themselves. That said, like the Michelin Guide for restaurants, the market is limited to a few big cities (exception, Colorado resorts) and I think that’s a miss.

What do you think? How many have you visited? Are there any that you’re now adding to your list?

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