Travel + Leisure Readers’ 15 Favorite Resorts in the West of 2024

The West isn’t so wild when your home base is one of the luxurious winners of the 2024 "World’s Best Awards" survey.

<p>Courtesy of Salish Lodge</p>

Courtesy of Salish Lodge

The American West may be wild, but it also has a luxurious side. After some time spent exploring the landscapes that have made the region iconic, you’ll be treated to cozy beds, warm service, and amenities that complement the day’s adventure — at least at these 2024 World’s Best Awards winners. The western U.S. resorts most touted by Travel + Leisure readers are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, with a few outliers in New Mexico, Nevada, and Alaska.

How Voting Works

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Over 186,000 T+L readers completed the 2024 survey. A total of more than 700,000 votes were cast across over 8,700 properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Hotels were classified as either resort hotel, city hotel, inn, or safari lodge based on their location and amenities, and they were specifically rated on the criteria below:

  • Rooms/facilities

  • Location

  • Service

  • Food

  • Value

For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

What Readers Loved

Readers reviewing resorts in the West couldn’t get enough of those with an added something — be it an indoor-outdoor spa with private hot springs, championship golf, or an elevated take on the casino. Oregon was the big winner, with four properties on the list — including the family-friendly Brasada Ranch (No. 3), which has its own golf course, a herd of horses, and stand-alone cabins and bungalows.

Across the border in Idaho, guests raved about Shore Lodge (No. 8) in McCall, recognizing it as “a home away from home” and a great place for a romantic lakefront getaway. Up north, in Alaska, the Alyeska Resort (No. 14) opened an outdoor Nordic spa that complements the downhill skiing that’s synonymous with the area.

“The brand-new outdoor spa is amazing and a destination unto itself. The Alyeska Resort property is gorgeous, reflecting the Japanese influence in the architecture and room styles,” said one reader. Plus, you can ski directly to the property.

The Winner

Salish Lodge & Spa: Snoqualmie, Washington

<p>Courtesy of Salish Lodge</p>

Courtesy of Salish Lodge

The setting of Salish Lodge & Spa is second to none. It’s perched directly above the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls, one of the state’s most popular attractions. Beyond its magnificent backdrop — which includes thick, green forest land and mountain peaks — the property has an award-winning spa and a restaurant with big picture windows overlooking the falls and the river below it.

The rooms — all 86 of them — are designed to be a cozy mountain retreat, with feather bedding and an in-room gas fireplace. Some are outfitted with oversized soaking tubs and patios or balconies that provide guests with a personal Snoqualmie Falls overlook.

One T+L reader called it “truly an experience and an amazing stay! Everything about the stay was wonderful from the moment you walk on to the property to when they open the doors for you, it was a mesmerizing time. I have recommended this place to everyone I know. The people who work there are amazing and everyone is so kind and polite.”

The Salish Lodge & Spa was No. 4 on the World’s Best Awards list in 2023 and No. 13 in 2022.

The Full List

1. Salish Lodge & Spa: Snoqualmie, Washington

Reader Score: 94.12

2. Edgewood Tahoe Resort: Stateline, Nevada

Reader Score: 93.26

3. Brasada Ranch: Bend, Oregon

Reader Score: 92.30

4. Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Reader Score: 92.00

5. The Allison Inn & Spa: Newberg, Oregon

Reader Score: 89.87

6. Cedarbrook Lodge: Seattle, Washington

Reader Score: 89.18

7. Green Valley Ranch, Resort Spa & Casino: Henderson, Nevada

Reader Score: 89.07

8. Shore Lodge: McCall, Idaho

Reader Score: 88.96

9. (tie) Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino: Incline Village, Nevada

Reader Score: 88.87

9. (tie) Salishan Coastal Lodge: Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Reader Score: 88.87

11. The Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Reader Score: 87.68

12. Sunriver Resort: Sunriver, Oregon

Reader Score: 87.64

13. Taos Inn: Taos, New Mexico

Reader Score: 86.00

14. Alyeska Resort: Girdwood, Alaska

Reader Score: 85.26

15. Denali Backcountry Lodge: Healy, Alaska

Reader Score: 85.07

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