Auberge Resorts hotels have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the very best in the North America, the magazine announced today. Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, Hotel Jerome, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff and Esperanza all received top rankings in the 2014 Best Hotels Awards. Rankings are available online at http://travel.usnews.com/.

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Esperanza Resort

The 2014 Best Hotels Awards recognize hotels that were ranked based on an unbiased methodology that includes the collective opinion of travel experts and guests, expressed through online reviews and ratings.

“We are delighted that independently surveyed travelers and experts in the travel industry rated our resorts among the very best in their respective destinations,” said Mark Harmon, Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts. “Our goal is to deliver the best guest experience possible. It’s gratifying to see our properties once again rated the best in North America.”

“The 2014 Best Hotels were selected because they meet the highest standards of travel experts and guests alike,” said Miriam Weiner, travel editor for U.S. News. “These properties are renowned in the travel industry for their luxury amenities and quality customer service.”

To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. In total, 1,693 U.S. hotels, 271 Caribbean hotels, 342 Mexican hotels and 223 Canadian hotels were evaluated for the 2014 rankings.

Hotels named “Best” in their destination are typically the properties that have ranked the top 30 percent of U.S. News-evaluated properties in that region. A smaller, more selective group of hotels that are ranked in the top 10 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada received a “Best Hotels in the USA,” “Best Hotels in the Caribbean,” “Best Hotels in Mexico” or “Best Hotels in Canada” award, depending on their location.

The full hotel rankings methodology may be found online at: http://travel.usnews.com/methodology/.