A prerequisite for a Gold List property is a high standard of service, luxury, and beauty. Yet what earned each winner a spot on the list was the unforgettable special touches that bring a hotel's ethos to life. The housekeeper at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani who delivers a message to the tooth fairy after hearing a young guest has lost her tooth, the scent of lavender in the air at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, or the feeling of picking a mango from your balcony at Strawberry Hill in Jamaica. "The result," says Editor in Chief Pilar Guzman, "is a group-written love letter to the properties that inspire memories that linger long after we've left them. Like travel itself, the best hotel experiences often can't be measured by a point system—they're as ineffable as memory itself." The U.S. hotels on the 2015 Gold List are: California - Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur - The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay - Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles - Shutters on the Beach, Los Angeles - Sunset Tower Hotel, Los Angeles - Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai - Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego - Hotel Vitale, San Francisco Florida - Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach Hawaii - Halekulani, Oahu - Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island - The Royal Hawaiian (A Luxury Collection Resort), Honolulu Maine - Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport Missouri - Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis New York - ACE Hotel New York - Lafayette House, NYC - The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, NYC - The Mark, NYC - Trump SoHo, NYC Rhode Island - Watch Hill Inn Utah - Montage Deer Valley, Park City Washington - Four Seasons Hotel Seattle The 2015 Gold List is published in the January issue of Conde Nast Traveler, on newsstands December 23, 2014, and online at www.CNTraveler.com/reports/gold-list-2015