Top of the Class: Hotels in North America with the Highest Grades

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

As schools dole out final grades, we thought it fitting to call out Kiwi Collection’s top rated properties. Like a Harvard of hotels, we’re always grading, and the requirements are stiff. Herewith, this year’s honor students of hospitality sorted by region. First, the seven smartest in North America.

Wynn Las Vegas
Although a city brimming with hospitality students, you may not expect the highest grades to come from Sin City. But perhaps it’s all the competition that keeps Wynn sharp. He excels in sports too.
Percentage grade: 94
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms, Food & Beverage, Spa & Fitness, Attention to Detail, Architecture & Design, and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Super-size rooms with remote-controlled drapes, 18-hole golf course, nine high-caliber restaurants, a number of nightclubs and shows (including aquatic spectacle Le Rêve – The Dream) and, of course, the casino.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn’s twin is, no surprise, just as smart as her sibling. They both excel in economics (rooms start at $179 US), without sacrificing luxury.
Percentage grade: 94
Best subjects: Because they share DNA, all the same as Wynn.
Aptitudes: In particular, the palatial Salon Suite—2,261 sq. ft. of opulent design with its own wet bar, powder room and massage room.

Post Ranch Inn
A star pupil in Big Sur with diverse interests, those being ecology, architecture and romantic literature. She’s an active member of the Collection’s prestigious Eco-Friendly club.
Percentage grade: 93
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design, Location, and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: “Location, location, location,” as it clings to a cliff overlooking the ocean. Complementing the view is a sculptural building of wood, stone and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
For 17 consecutive years, the only hotel in Southern California to earn the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star rating, but not one to brag, her confidence is quiet and consistent.
Percentage grade: 91
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Spa & Fitness, Attention to Detail, and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Marble bathrooms, a regal rooftop garden, descendant dining options, and 24-hour check-in service.

The Grand Del Mar
This highly-decorated hotel (by that we mean both decor and accolades) in San Diego is an expert in old-world and new-world hospitality.
Percentage grade: 91
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Food & Beverage, Attention to Detail, and Architecture & Design.
Aptitudes: Addison Mizner-inspired Mediterranean architecture, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, lovely landscaping, cozy courtyards, and 2,500-bottle wine room.

Capella Pedregal
Two Kiwi Experts, Brian and Michelle, awarded this Cabo San Lucas property a place on their list of five favorites, because she’s a wiz in a range of subjects.
Percentage grade: 91
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Spa & Fitness and Attention to Detail.
Aptitudes: A grand entrance (100 ft. torchlit tunnel), astounding ocean views from rooms and restaurants and a standout spa experience.

Montage Deer Valley
This one aces Wilderness Survival. She thrives in all seasons, but shines brightest on a blue bird day after a thick layering of fresh powder on the mountains of Park City’s Deer Valley Resort the night before.
Percentage grade: 91
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Spa & Fitness, Attention to Detail, and Location.
Aptitudes: World-class skiing on 2,026 acres, world-class comfort within 154 rooms and suites, and hotel staff that will buckle and unbuckle guests’ ski boots.

Honorable Mentions:
Montage Laguna Beach
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Attention to Detail and Location.
Aptitudes: Private ocean-view balcony or deck in every room, manicured gardens, relaxing spa, proximity to peaceful seaside strolls.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Attention to Detail, Architecture & Design, and Location.
Aptitudes: Spectacular views, environmental excursions, surf close at hand.

Hotel Bel-Air
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms and Architecture & Design.
Aptitudes: Spanish colonial architecture dressed up in French Deco design, one-of-a-kind specialty suites with surprises, swans.

Glenmere Mansion
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms and Spa & Fitness.
Aptitudes: Gilded Age good looks, 150-acres of rolling countryside, spacious rooms (and only 18 of them).

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