The Bristol Hotel in Bristol, Virginia, has been voted No.8 in USA Today's Best New Hotels list in its Readers' Choice Travel Awards. Industry experts selected hotels to go on an initial list that then went to a popular vote to find the Top Ten.
There used to be a grand Hotel Bristol in the city, which has not survived.
The new boutique hotel inhabits an office block built in 1925 by a nephew of the tobacco company chairman R.J. Reynolds and later used as executive offices for business leaders. The hotel opened in September in time for Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The 65-room boutique hotel has a rooftop bar with views of the Appalachian Mountains, street-front dining and an historic ballroom.
The overall winner was not far away in the Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg in neighbouring Tennessee