DAYTONA BEACH- Two area hotels have been honored by U.S. News & World Report with spots on the publication's 2018 list of Best Hotels, a worldwide evaluation that includes more than 24,000 luxury hotels across the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.
Among the statewide rankings, the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores placed at No. 153 among rankings of 293 Florida hotels. On the same list, the 744 room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort was ranked at No. 239.
The Shores Resort also received a silver badge to denote its finish in the top 30 percent of ranked hotels for a particular destination. Among U.S. News city hotel lists for 2018, the Shores and the Hilton, in that order, were the only two hotels to make the list for Daytona Beach.
"It's exciting," said Rich Byrd, general manager of the 212-room Shores Resort. "Our team has worked hard for that and we have made a lot of changes to our service levels here. We're rated as a four diamond resort by AAA, but we train our staff at a five-diamond level and they work very hard to achieve that."
The U.S. News hotel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions, the company stated. The survey is exclusively focused on luxury hotels, defined as properties that consistently receive a 4-, 4.5- or 5-star "hotel class" reflected in published ratings by a number of sources. A property must offer at least 20 rooms in order to be ranked by U.S. News, which doesn't rank condos, apartments, vacation rentals or timeshares.
The Top 5 luxury resorts in the United States on the U.S. News list are the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Kailua Kona, Hawaii; the Peninsula Chicago; the Langham, Chicago; Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont; and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores is one of two area hotels to be honored among the 2018 Best Hotels as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. It placed at No. 153 among rankings of 293 Florida hotels.