NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 25: A man bikes through town on April 25, 2020 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The local government is discouraging visitors and seasonal residents from coming to the island due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Nantucket Cottage Hospital has just 14 beds, and has tested 10 positive cases on the island so far. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

New England’s best hotels have risen to the top of a new ranking. Let’s take a look and see who gets bragging rights this time.


I’m sharing this hot on the heels of another travel-related piece. Just yesterday, I was looking at vacations through the lens of sports. Sports vacations are certainly a thing. And no, I don’t mean when your kid is playing travel hockey and you turn a weekend tournament into a family vacation. I’m talking about when you travel to a city for the sports scene. Turns out Boston is a Top 5 destination.


But what about when you’re not traveling for sports? What about when you’re choosing your destination based mainly on accommodations? Maybe you want to stay in a nice hotel for a few days. And maybe you don’t want to travel far: you want to stay right here in New England. Well, read on my travelling friend.


New England’s Best Hotels: We Have 5 of the Top 100

I first caught wind of this in this piece from, so props to my old Globe colleague Kristi Palma. She does a great job of covering culture, travel, and leisure, so if that’s your cup of tea, definitely give her a follow. In the piece, Kristi breaks down Travel + Leisure‘s 100 Favorite Hotels in the World for 2023. And, as stated above, 5 New England spots landed on the list.


This is all part of Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards, which are recommended and chosen by the publication’s vast readership. So this isn’t just one travel writer’s opinion. This is a consensus situation, so, in my opinion, it holds a little more weight. If you want to dive into the full list of 100, you can do that here. Otherwise, take a look below to see the New England’s celebrated accommodations.

  • 86) Pickering House Inn

    Located in Wolfeboro, NH, the Pickering House Inn puts you right in the Lakes Region. Yes, they were #86 in the world, but they landed at #12 in the U.S. and #4 in New England.

    Summer! Summer! Summer! The Best!

    Posted by Pickering House Inn on Tuesday, July 25, 2023
  • 75) Candleberry Inn

    Brewster’s Candleberry Inn describes itself as “an elegant Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast.” They’ve scored a #1 TripAdvisor ranking, too.

    We're honored and humbled to be ranked within Travel + Leisure Readers' 100 Favorite Hotels in the World for 2023! We...

    Posted by Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod on Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • 72) The Wauwinet

    You knew Nantucket was going to show up on this list. The Wauwinet bills itself as “the quintessential Nantucket experience,” and that certainly looks to be an accurate billing.

    The perfect place to celebrate #InternationalSelfCareDay! During your stay at The Wauwinet, you'll notice time slows down, and your worries drift away. Book your island getaway:

    Posted by The Wauwinet on Monday, July 24, 2023
  • 52) The Newbury

    An iconic Back Bay landmark, The Newbury is one of Boston’s most sought-after luxury hotels. Readers clearly love its mix of the modern and the traditional.

    A cool and welcoming atmosphere, drawing on a classic Bostonian aesthetic. It's a design you have to see for yourself....

    Posted by The Newbury Boston on Tuesday, July 25, 2023
  • 22) Quisisana Resort

    On the shores of Kezar Lake in Center Lovell, ME, Quisisana Resort was the highest-rated of any New England hotel. Maybe you’ll spot Stephen King in the area…

    In memory of many, in honor of all. #memorialday

    Posted by Quisisana Resort on Monday, May 29, 2023


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