New England hotels bring home the gold

Exterior shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston. —globe staff/file

Five Boston hotels stand among the best of the best in the country, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report. These hotels were awarded a Gold badge for appearing in the top 10 percent of the 2018 Best Hotels in the USA list.

For eight years, U.S. News & World Report has been pointing travelers in the right direction with annual rankings of high-end hotels. The list started with the United States, and grew over time to include Mexico, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. The Caribbean wasn’t ranked this year, in light of storms that devastated the islands.

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“We saw this really big need for people wanting to plan trips and vacations and not really knowing where to turn to,’’ said Hannah Cheney, travel editor at U.S. News & World Report, about the first rankings.