Michelin Key Hotels in the US: Fora's Picks

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    a luxe indoor pool in a room with towering windows and sleek wooden paneling

    Image courtesy of Aman New York

    Earlier this year, the famed tire company Michelin unveiled its latest rating system: the Michelin Key. Think Michelin Star, but for hotels. 

    Naturally, the company first awarded its coveted Keys to hotels in France. (See some of Fora’s favorite Michelin Key hotels in the company’s mother country.) And now, the Michelin Key has arrived in the United States. 

    Hotels in California, New York, Florida and Colorado — as well as Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC — were eligible. Of the 124 Michelin Key hotels in the US, Fora gets perks at 98. (And even if a Michelin Key hotel is not part of a larger preferred partner program, your Fora Advisor can still book and level up your stay. Michelin is part of Tablet, after all, and Fora’s exclusive integration with Tablet unlocks VIP rates and perks at their one-of-a-kind properties worldwide.)

    Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite Michelin Key hotels — from three-Key stunners to one-Key gems. Following the highlights, we’ve listed all of the hotels included in each Key category (we were spoiled for choice regarding which ones to spotlight!).

    When you’re ready to book your Michelin-approved stay, connect with Fora to plan, book and get the most out of your trip. 

    Three-Key hotels

    So far, Michelin’s 11 three-Key hotels in the US are located exclusively in California and New York. These hotels exhibit the best of the best in terms of design and luxury. Add these to your travel bucket list.

    Firmdale’s Crosby Street Hotel & Whitby Hotel

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    Images courtesy of the Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby

    Kit Kemp is behind Firmdale’s signature chic, eclectic and vibrant decor. Most of the brand’s hotels are in London, but New York City is lucky enough to house these boutique delights (plus a newcomer: the one-Key Warren Street Hotel, in TriBeCa). 

    The Crosby Street Hotel is the place to be in Manhattan’s bustling SoHo neighborhood, while the Whitby is ideal for a Midtown stay steps from Central Park and other notable NYC landmarks. At both, expect bold patterns, pops of color, specially commissioned artwork and legendary afternoon tea. 

    Fora Perks:

    • $100 food / beverage credit, a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Related Article: Fora’s Guide to Firmdale Hotels, London Edition

    Post Ranch Inn

    a wooden building perched on a cliffside overlooks the ocean

    Image courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

    For the ultimate nature retreat, head to the adults-only Post Ranch Inn, perched on a seaside cliff in Big Sur. You’ll stay in spacious suites and homes, all with ample windows framing the stunning natural landscape. There are no TVs, or alarm clocks. Instead, you’re encouraged to truly unwind — and reconnect with nature. Take a guided nature walk or garden tour. Try a yoga class or sound journey meditation. Forest bathe. 

    “Post Ranch Inn is an iconic wellness destination for when you want to love on yourself and stay somewhere that also loves our planet,” said Fora Advisor Karen Hart, who has both stayed at and booked the property.

    The spa offers holistic treatments as well as spiritual sessions and more esoteric forms of healing (astrology, energy work). Savor farm-to-table, sustainably minded cuisine, best complemented by a bottle of wine from the hotel’s vast cellar. 

    Fora Perks:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Aman New York

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    Image courtesy of Aman New York

    Aman is a study in exceptional hospitality. The hotel brand is known for their sleekly restrained, understated approach to luxury — most often in remote natural locales. Aman New York, in Manhattan’s Midtown, is a rare example of an urban Aman retreat. (See more of our favorite Aman hotels.) But once you’re inside, you’ll feel as though you are somewhere far away from the ever-frenetic New York City.

    The hotel is housed in the regal Crown Building, a 1920s landmark. Inside, Aman’s signature decor reigns: muted hues, monochromatic cohesion, smooth, natural materials. The sprawling spa marries ancient healing modalities with modern technology. There’s a hammam, marble steam room and sauna — as well as a cryotherapy chamber, reformer-equipped Pilates studio and Infrared Zone. 

    Don’t miss the Jazz Club, which hosts jazz musicians in addition to other artists and DJs, nor the hotel’s exclusive restaurants. Try Arva for rustic, elegant Italian, and Nama for refined Japanese.

    Fora Perks:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    Related Article: Aman Japan: Fora's Guide to Traveling to Japan — the Aman Way

    More three-Key hotels to love

    Fora Advisors can unlock perks at the majority of these properties. Reach out to learn more. 

    The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection

    SingleThread Inn

    Hotel Bel-Air, Dorchester Collection

    Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Resorts Collection

    Meadowood Napa Valley

    Canyon Ranch Woodside

    Casa Cipriani New York

    Two-Key hotels

    Michelin honored 33 hotels in California, Florida, DC, New York City and Chicago with two Keys. This honor denotes “an exceptional stay,” one with a strong sense of place and distinctive charm.

    Nine Orchard

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    Images courtesy of Nine Orchard

    The regal Jarmulowsky Bank, built in 1912, houses this newcomer to Manhattan’s bustling downtown scene. The decor masterfully pays homage to its Neo-Renaissance roots while remaining fresh and modern. Original moldings, meticulously replicated clocks, grand ceilings and expansive windows mingle with local artwork and exclusive furniture, not to mention custom Ojas speakers in every room. Fora Advisor Ronit Margolis calls it cozy and sexy, and we agree.

    The hotel is also a culinary destination in its own right. Ignaccio Mattos, the beloved chef behind NYC haunts like estela and Altro Paradiso, brings his magic to Corner Bar, a hip all-day bistro serving satisfying, well-executed classics like pommes frites and poulard rôtie. Fora Advisor Nancy Deane says the “gem of a hideaway” is perfect for after-work cocktails and leisurely get-togethers with friends.

    The neighboring Dining Room offers the best of Corner Bar, in a fancier space. The swanky Swan Room, in the old bank teller room, is best for martinis and snacks: oysters, caviar, shrimp cocktail and those addictive pommes frites once again.

    The Jefferson, Washington DC

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    Image courtesy of The Jefferson, Washington DC

    This 1920s Beaux Arts landmark was originally an apartment complex; it was converted into a hotel in 1955. Today, it maintains its stately elegance, with a satisfying, quiet luxury flair. Rooms and suites are northwestern-chic, with handsome furnishings and the well-placed ornate detail (a crystal chandelier, a wooden armoire).

    There’s a well-equipped gym complete with Peloton bikes. The University Club across the street has partnered with the hotel to offer guests additional gym space and swimming pool access. And there’s the food. Dine on fresh seafood and sophisticated gourmet fare beneath the skylight at The Greenhouse. (Don’t miss their brunch menu, either.) Quill is among the city’s best cocktail bars, and offers a curated menu (oysters, deviled eggs, crab cakes) to complement your libations.

    Fora Perks:

    • $100 food / beverage credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    The Langham, Chicago

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    Image courtesy of The Langham, Chicago

    The Langham brand is a master at sophisticated luxury with a strong sense of place and a keen eye for art. The Langham, Chicago — one of Fora’s top 10 most-booked Chicago hotels — epitomizes this ethos. It’s located right on the Chicago River, near the city’s famed Magnificent Mile and other notable attractions (including the Loop and Millennium Park). 

    Rooms and suites boast a clean, sharp aesthetic — but are still elegantly cozy, with rich textures and floor-to-ceiling windows framing stunning city views. There’s a pervasive, well-balanced mix of poise and playfulness. Don’t miss a posh afternoon tea (a Langham signature) at the refined Pavilion. (Fora Advisor Julie Middlebrook-Levin said it’s the best in the city.) 

    Stop by the delightful Ice Cream Social, an outdoor cart serving artisanal flavors (such as watermelon tajin and butter pecan cinnamon roll) with homemade cones and a whimsical topping list (cookies, sprinkles, cookie dough and more). 

    Julie said her favorite aspect of The Langham is its Langham Club, available to those staying in Club rooms and suites. (You can also request an upgrade for an additional fee.) It’s an all-day foodie affair, with breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés, cocktails – the works. 

    “The kids (and many adults) can't get enough of the candy bar,” Julie said, “and the views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Chicago skyline and river are breathtaking.” 

    Fora Perks:

    • When you book Langham with a Fora Advisor, you will enjoy exclusive COUTURE by Langham preferred partner amenities. Reach out to your Fora Advisor to learn more.

    More two-Key hotels to love

    Fora Advisors can unlock perks at the majority of these properties. Reach out to learn more. 

    L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

    The Maybourne Beverly Hills

    The Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Bernardus Lodge & Spa

    Ventana Big Sur

    The Stavrand

    Montage Healdsburg

    The Madrona

    Montage Laguna Beach

    Rosewood Miramar Beach

    Milliken Creek Inn & Spa

    Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

    The Battery

    Cavallo Point Lodge

    Chateau Marmont

    Pendry West Hollywood


    North Block

    Rosewood Washington, D.C. 

    The Jefferson

    Mayfair House Hotel & Garden

    Faena Hotel Miami Beach

    Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

    The Setai Miami Beach 

    Pendry Chicago

    The Peninsula Chicago

    Hotel Barrière Fouquet's New York

    Pendry Manhattan West

    The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

    The Fifth Avenue Hotel

    The Mark Hotel

    One-Key hotels

    Michelin’s 80 one-Key hotels in the US turn up the personality and offer outstanding service and amenities, especially when compared to other hotels at a similar price point. 

    Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection

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    Image courtesy of Hotel Jerome

    Hotel Jerome, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, is a veritable Aspen icon (and Fora’s top-booked Aspen hotel). Its handsome, Western-chic aesthetic is cozy, stylish and effortlessly cool. Locals and savvy travelers alike flock to its restaurant Prospect, for its exquisite, locally sourced tasting menu, as well as to Bad Harriet, arguably Aspen’s best (and deservingly buzziest) bar. 

    The hotel sits right on Main Street, a stone’s throw away from Aspen Mountain Ski Resort. But Hotel Jerome is perfect year round. There’s skiing and other snowbound adventures in the winter, as well as kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities in the warmer months. 

    Regardless of the season, the hotel’s spa, Yarrow, beckons after a day of exploring. Treatments draw from the region’s local bounty, and incorporate modern technology for maximum effect.

    Fora Perks:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, $60 daily breakfast credit, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

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    Image courtesy of El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

    For a quintessentially breezy California escape, head to Belmond’s El Encanto, set amid seven acres of terraced gardens. Notable stars from Hollywood (including Carole Lombard and Clark Gable) loved the secluded property for its discerning privacy and understated glamor. 

    Today, its leafy environs host a sleek infinity pool as well as an intimate array of Spanish Revivalist rooms, suites and bungalows (each complete with marble bathrooms equipped with heated floors, we might add). There’s a reason El Encanto is among our top five most-booked hotels in Santa Barbara.

    It’s a “pristine property that feels like you are at a remote getaway when you are only a few minutes away from downtown Santa Barbara,” Fora Advisor Ronit Margolis said. 

    Fora Advisor Taylor Votaw, who lives right down the street from the hotel, also lauded its perfect location: State Street, the Old Mission Santa Barbara and the town’s excellent slate of restaurants are all nearby. (Taylor also noted that El Encanto’s locally sourced culinary offerings — from elegant California coastal cuisine and vegan fare to afternoon tea and happy hour — are not to be missed.)

    Belmond has a knack for opening doors that would otherwise be closed. The hotel’s literary club, for instance, regularly hosts authors for a three-course lunch to enjoy with bibliophile guests. Or, perhaps you’re a cinephile. They’ll arrange an al fresco movie night on your private terrace — with popcorn, of course. There are plenty of activities to enjoy: savor a specially prepared artisanal picnic in a location of your choosing, try a custom winemaker’s tour or customize your own wellness day with spa treatments and holistic workshops. 

    Fora’s Perks:

    • $90 hotel / resort credit, welcome amenities, breakfast daily & an upgrade whenever possible.

    1 Hotel South Beach

    plush white loungers on a poolside deck overlooking the ocean

    Image courtesy of 1 Hotel South Beach

    This beachfront retreat is hip, modern and undeniably cool — it’s no surprise it’s among Fora’s top 10 most-booked hotels in the US. 

    “The zen atmosphere is the antithesis to the South Beach party vibe,” Fora Advisor Nancy Deane said. 

    At all 1 Hotel properties, sustainability is top of mind. 1 Hotel South Beach is no exception. Reclaimed wood and recycled materials feature predominantly in the architecture and decor. Artwork crafted by local artists with natural, sustainable materials (such as recovered Florida coral) decorate the sleek interiors. The National Wildlife Federation even designated the hotel’s garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat©. 

    Sustainability extends to the food. Locally sourced menus feature ultra-nourishing dishes featuring organic ingredients. Expect a delicious mix of Latin American, Mediterranean and Japanese influences, flavor-wise. In keeping with the overall wellness theme, there are ample opportunities for mindful movement: personal training, sunrise yoga, Pilates, group fitness classes. (1 Hotel South Beach also has one of the best hotel gyms.)

    Fora’s Perks:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    More one-Key hotels to love

    Fora Advisors can unlock perks at the majority of these properties. Reach out to learn more. 

    1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

    1 Hotel Central Park

    1 Hotel San Francisco

    Ace Hotel Brooklyn

    Baccarat Hotel & Residences

    Casa Del Mar

    Chamberlain West Hollywood

    Clayton Hotel & Members Club

    Dive Palm Springs

    Downtown LA Proper Hotel

    Eaton D.C.

    Ette Hotel

    Esmé Miami Beach

    Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    Four Seasons Denver

    Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley

    Four Seasons Vail

    Harbor House

    Holiday House Palm Springs

    Hotel 850 SVB

    Hotel Clermont

    Hotel Drisco

    Hotel Greystone — Adults Only

    Hotel San Luis Obispo

    La Serena Villas

    Lake Nona Wave Hotel

    Mandarin Oriental Miami

    Mollie Aspen

    Mr. C Miami — Coconut Grove

    Nobu Hotel Chicago

    Palihouse Hyde Park Village

    Palihouse West Hollywood

    Pendry Newport Beach

    Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

    Rancho Caymus Inn

    Riggs Washington DC

    Riverside Hotel

    San Luis Creek Lodge

    Santa Monica Proper Hotel

    Shutters on the Beach

    Soho House Holloway

    Soho Warehouse DTLA

    Sonnenalp Hotel

    Sparrows Lodge

    Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection

    Stonehurst Place Atlanta

    Sunset Tower Hotel

    The Aster

    The Beekman — A Thompson Hotel

    The Betsy — South Beach

    The Bowery Hotel

    The Candler Hotel Atlanta

    The Charlie

    The Crawford Hotel

    The Drisco Hotel

    The Dupont Circle Hotel

    The Georgian

    The Greenwich Hotel (we love everything about this hotel, but especially its Shibui Spa)

    The Hay-Adams Hotel

    The Hotel Chelsea

    The Little Nell

    The Lowell (the hotel’s co-owner and designer Dina De Luca Chartouni is a master of taste)

    The Ludlow Hotel

    The Mercer

    The Paramour Estate

    The Peninsula New York

    The Prospect Hollywood

    The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

    The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

    The Sea Ranch Lodge

    The Wall Street Hotel

    The Warren Street Hotel

    The Wythe Hotel

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