Whether you want to relax and rejuvenate or you simply need a wonderful place to rest and recover after a long day on the road, the South has fantastic inns and hotels. From renovated historical properties on the water to environmentally-conscious hotels downtown, here the Southern Living editors share their picks for the South’s Best Hotels 2016. For a rustic retreat, enjoy are Clarksdale’s renovated sharecroppers’ shacks, the Shack Up Inn. If you’d prefer to relax in the lap of luxury, some of the South’s best hotels include the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, and The Driskell in Austin. For more unexpected pleasures, sleep in the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s restored railroad cars, or see the ducks at The Peabody Hotel. Wherever you travel throughout the region in 2016 you will be able to enjoy the South’s best hotels.
The South is replete with fabulous hotels and inns, so coming up with the best is no small feat. For starters, bed-and-breakfasts are not included—comparing a huge resort hotel to a small inn is difficult enough. Our focus is on independent establishments. But some of the South’s great old hotels have come under corporate ownership in recent years, and you will still find them here.