25 best hotels for weekend escapes

Our editors scouted hundreds of hotels over the past year to find the 25 best-in-class for a special weekend getaway. Although they might feel a million miles away, almost every place is within an hour's drive of a major airport. Service, design, food, and rooms were all scored (out of 100), plus those details that make a hotel Sunset-special: Are those fresh herbs in the cocktails? Does the landscape look native to the area? Can you see the Golden Gate Bridge? But value was paramount. If an expensive property made the list, it earned it with extra services and amenities or by being best in class. So dive in. Your perfect weekend awaits.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
We could go on and on about the stunning setting on a bluff above the glimmering Pacific; the restaurant with its killer wine list; the croquet lawn; the turndown chocolate. One of the most beautiful hotels anywhere. SCORE: 98
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Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs

"Transportive," "magic," and "totally glorious," says our sleuth. Not only does the price feel like an error in translation, but the atmosphere-Mediterranean meets Moroccan-almost shouts "across-the-pond escape." Korakia's devotion to its guests is what truly sets it apart, though. SCORE: 92
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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

Old Hollywood at its finest. The iconic design and genuinely warm staff make it feel "like Eloise would live there." Other things to rave about: pool cabanas for rent, gorgeous palm trees, free car service, and a movers-and-shakers scene that's seen everyone from Liz and Dick on down. SCORE: 89
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Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, B.C.

The Fairmont's attention to detail is in a class of its own, even for a luxury hotel. You'll spend the first 15 minutes in your room wondering, "How did they know I liked this song? Where did they get this tea? Wait, the bathroom mirror is also a television?" It doesn't stop there. SCORE: 88
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Inn of the Spanish Garden, Santa Barbara

Spacious, Spanish mission-style rooms with Juliet balconies and graceful ironwork are the reason to book here, and even without a full kitchen, the inn serves a lovely breakfast, room service, and local wines in the evening. SCORE: 87.5
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The Inn at Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

Every single room has a gorgeous ocean view and private balcony-no one is stuck over the parking lot. Plus, the wood fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, chef's herb garden, and symphony of local ingredients at the restaurant make this one of the most quintessentially Northwest hotels around. SCORE: 87
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Hotel deLuxe, Portland
It's utterly carless, has a buzzy bar, and the service rises above the snap-to-attention business hotel m.o. to be warm and personal ("we weren't greeted by name after check-in, but our greyhound, Mini, was"). SCORE: 87
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The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

All the conventional casino-resort wisdom gets turned on its head at the new Cosmopolitan, which is why we love it. Craft cocktails are king at the hotel's three main bars. Plus, the rooms have a million perfect little details: "black-and-white Fornasetti wallpaper gazing at you from the back of your closet, colored pencils instead of pens and fat stacks of art books." SCORE: 86
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Hotel Ändra, Seattle

When it comes to style, Hotel Ändra in Seattle's shoppy Belltown neighborhood trumps anything within a wide radius. Add in a staff who "bend over backward" and the "personal living room" vibes in the book-filled lobby, and you have the ultimate city escape. SCORE: 86
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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
The hotel is a "crazy-expensive, one-of-a-kind experience," says our sleuth, but works hard for your money so you never feel nickeled-and-dimed. Ocean-facing rooms have an "edge-of-the-world quality" that no other Western hotel quite matches, and the sense of privacy is thrilling with a great yet "mostly invisible" staff and 25 buildings that melt into the hillside. SCORE: 85
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Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley

Solage manages to have "the best pool in Napa, period," says our reviewer, a window-walled gym, and the requisite Michelin star-without costing $700 a night. Comfy, barn-chic studios with a spiffy pair of loaner bikes and shaded patios create a sanctuary feel, and the spa is one of the best. SCORE: 85
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Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO

The luxe-yet-cozy 6,000-acre ranch has all the bells and whistles-sweeping mountain views, a great spa, and every outdoor activity you can imagine. But what sets it apart from other beloved Rockies resorts is that you really can get away here for a weekend: It's only an hour and a half from Denver. SCORE: 84
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