The very best luxury hotels on the east coast of the US From Maine to Key West


The east coast of the US stretches for about 1800 miles from the scenic Maine on the Canadian border to the colorful, Latino-influenced Miami, offering a range of experiences along the way. Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, there are numerous luxury hotels along this coastline on the east coast to offer it in style.

The northern states of New England offer part of America's oldest history and the fall colors are legendary. Boston has a compact historic center that can be explored by following the red line of bricks around major attractions. The Eliot Hotel, a Condé Nast Gold List candidate and one of the most stylish luxury hotels in Boston's elegant Back Bay district, is a great base for exploring the city.

The Mid-Atlantic states of New Jersey and New York attract thousands of international visitors every year to see the sights of New York City. Luxury hotels in New York City can be found on every block and they are all within walking distance of the Empire State Building, the shops of Fifth Avenue and the attractions in Central Park. De Pierre literally stands out above the rest as he looks down on Central Park and Museum Mile on Upper Eastside. Those who want to save costs, but no standards, should consider luxury hotels in New Jersey, just a short train ride from the Big Apple. The Robert Treat Hotel offers excellent luxury hotel accommodation in the art district of Newark at very attractive prices.

Further south on the east coast of the US is the capital Washington DC with its government buildings and attractions, including the White House, the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. The Four Seasons Hotel is located at the chic end of the city in Georgetown and is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for centrally located luxury hotels with good amenities in the capital.

The Carolinas, Georgia and Florida are known for their sunshine and mild winters. Popular with holiday makers, winter snow birds and retirees all year round, the sandy beaches and natural wildlife are a big attraction. Families head to the Orlando theme parks before sinking on the beaches around Canaveral or Tampa for a peaceful getaway in the sun and surfing. For those staying in Orlando, the only place to stay is the Westin Grand Bohemian, one of the few luxury hotels in Orlando that treats guests like real adults and provides service accordingly.

The last 100 miles or so are along the US1 Overseas Highway that jumps from island to island via dikes and bridges to reach Key West, the end of the line. Along the way, Little Palm Island is a great resort to stay just 20 miles west of Marathon Key. From the private powder-soft sandy beach of this luxury Florida Keys hotel, you are as close to a Caribbean island as you can get without leaving the water.