If you randomly asked people about the most important quality in a hotel, you would get different answers.  Some would say a top-notch restaurant, others would say a kid-friendly space, while others would say a world-class spa.

With so many options and so many hotels in the U.S., how can you possibly determine the "best of" list?  Well, each year, TripAdvisor does just that.

Using criteria based on real people and real reviews, the company releases a top list of virtually everything you need to know about travel.  Some of the most intriguing are places to stay.

These are divided into categories like Pets Included, Luxury, Kid-Friendly, Bed & Breakfast, and overall Top Hotels as part of the methodology.

Of the top 25 hotels in America, two of these outstanding places are in Massachusetts.

Whitney Hotel Boston via Facebook/Nantucket Hotel & Resort via Facebook
Whitney Hotel Boston via Facebook/Nantucket Hotel & Resort via Facebook

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort on Nantucket, Massachusetts, is casual luxury with so many extras for the children and furry friends.  Many reviewers consider the hotel the ultimate in relaxation. After all, you are on an island. There's a kid's pool, kid activities, and is within walking distance of the beaches and downtown Nantucket.

Also in the top 25 list was The Whitney Hotel Boston, with a fitness center, business center, and top-rated restaurant, plus walking distance to anything else you might need during your stay in the Hub city. They're totally pet friendly too.

There's a bar and lounge on-site, which always wins points with visitors. Located near the Charles River, there are plenty of places to walk and sightsee near this historic city.

So relax and enjoy your vacation, New England-style.

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