If you’re looking for a place to spend the night you stay in a hotel, but if you’re looking for somewhere where you can spend a few days living in the lap of luxury and experiencing the best the South has to offer when it comes to hotels/resorts, then look no further.
7 MOST BEAUTIFUL AND LUXURIOUS HOTELS IN THE SOUTH:
1. The Lodge at Sea Island // Sea Island, Georgia
This charming English-style manor offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. It offers the perfect combination of Southern charm and 5-star luxury with moss-draped oaks, picturesque ocean views, and the beautiful and enchanting stately manor.
2. The Jefferson Hotel // Richmond, Virginia
This opulent and luxurious hotel in the heart of downtown Richmond first opened in 1895. It’s absolutely stunning architecture, extraordinary dining, and beautiful exterior and interior have been drawing guests for more than century.
3. The Inn on Biltmore Estate // Asheville, North Carolina
The Inn on Biltmore Estate is a perfect blend of Biltmore opulence, Southern charm, and modern luxury. It also offers stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding 8,000-acre estate with its winery, beautiful gardens, and hiking trails. Since you can’t stay in the actual Biltmore House, the Inn is the next best thing.
4. Jekyll Island Club Resort // Jekyll Island, Georgia
This historic resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is more like a European castle than a hotel with, complete with manicured lawns and landscaped gardens. The Jekyll Island Club Resort was once a favorite vacation spot for families with names such as Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Morgan, and Pulitzer who enjoyed the island’s pristine beaches, natural beauty, and the Great Dunes Golf Course, which was designed in 1926. Today’s guests enjoy all the same amenities plus many more, albeit with the extra touch of modern comfort from renovations over the past 30 years.
5. Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables // Miami, Florida
Built from 1924 to 1925, the historic Biltmore Hotel featured classic Mediterranean architecture with hand painted frescos on barrel vaulted ceilings, travertine floors, fine marble columns, and carved mahogany furnishings. During the Jazz Age, it was the go-to-place for elaborate weddings, world-class golf tournaments, and fancy galas. During the ’40s and ’60s, it served as an Air Force Hospital but was eventually bought and renovated by Seaway Hotels Corporation for $40 million in the ’90s and was restored to its former glory.
6. The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel // New Orleans, Louisiana
This 504-room hotel opened in December 1893, just in time for the 1894 New Orleans Mardi Gras Season. The hotel changed hands several times over the years, but was eventually purchased for $17 million and added to the Waldorf Astoria Collection chain and renovated for $100 million, renewing it to its original beauty and luxuriousness.
7. The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa // Mobile, Alabama
The first Battle House hotel was built in 1852 on the site of a former military headquarters set up by Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. The original hotel burned down and was rebuilt and redesigned in 1908. The hotel changed hands several times, underwent more renovations eventually becoming a Historic Hotel of America known for its hotel lobby with the domed skylight, dating back to 1908. The ceiling and walls are painted with portraits of Louis XIV of France, George III of the United Kingdom, Ferdinand V of Castile, and George Washington.