MCLEAN, Va. - Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 28th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. For a third time, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago has once again taken the top spot as #1 hotel in the United States.

This distinction comes as the brand announces a thriving development pipeline of nine new properties and a slate of unparalleled experiences including Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences, Taste of Waldorf Astoria, and Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences.

"Waldorf Astoria Chicago's well deserved win both honors and enriches the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand," said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. "Recognition for our world class properties, our engaging experiences, and our ambitious development plans solidly place Waldorf Astoria at the forefront of today's luxury travel landscape."

"We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as the #1 hotel in the U.S. for the third time," said Marlene Poynder, newly appointed general manager, Waldorf Astoria Chicago. "This award shows our consistent ability to deliver guests with an unparalleled experience made possible by our staff's dedication to providing True Waldorf Service along with our premier amenities and offerings."

Located in Chicago's historic Gold Coast neighborhood near the city's most exclusive shopping, dining and nightlife, Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts an array of luxurious amenities, including expansive guest rooms and suites with gorgeous interiors, elegant fireplaces, and pristine marble bathrooms, in addition to the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club with an indoor pool, fitness center, and the newly opened DreamDry salon.

Unmatched True Waldorf Service paired with memorable experiences is an inherent part of Waldorf Astoria's mission. From an unforgettable Driving Experience that whisks drivers past Versailles in a Ferrari 458 Italia, to an opportunity to enjoy the newest Taste of Waldorf Astoria from the brand that created eggs benedict and red velvet cake, key experiences and offers elevate the guest experience in a way that is crucial to the modern luxury traveler.

From Chengdu and Bangkok to Bali and Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria is expanding into new destinations worldwide, and the brand's aggressive development pipeline will see five of the next nine properties completed within the next two years. The brand has a particular focus on Asian growth markets with three additional properties planned for China as well as three properties planned for Indonesia, a new market for Waldorf Astoria. With this robust pipeline and recent marquis openings including Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, the brand is poised for continued significant growth.

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through have access to benefits including digital check-in, choose your room, and complimentary Wi-Fi at 25 Waldorf Astoria hotels worldwide.

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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of nearly 30 iconic properties that create a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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