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For the fourth consecutive year, Charleston has been voted #1 Best U.S. City by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards!

Editor-in-Chief Pilar Guzmán appeared on CBS This Morning to announce this year’s winners.

“It’s a very exciting time for Charleston,” said Mrs. Guzmán. “The little city that could… A jewel box—a huge food scene happening in addition to its historic charms. It is one of the most beloved cities.”

“The people of Charleston are honored to once again be named Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice #1 Top U.S. City,” says Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. “To be recognized for the fourth consecutive year is truly a testament to Charleston’s vibrant culture, genuine hospitality and wonderful people, who make it such a special place to both live and visit.”

Charleston first appeared on the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Top U.S. Cities in 1993 with a sixth place ranking. It achieved the #1 ranking in 2011 and has hung onto the top slot for four years running.

In addition to Charleston’s #1 Top City ranking, the magazine’s readers ranked nearby Kiawah Island ranked#1 Top Island in the U.S. and the #2 Top Island in the World. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked #17 among the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S., while the Wentworth Mansion in downtown Charleston ranked #25 on the list of Top 25 Hotels in the U.S.

“In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest’s experience,”say Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “Many islands have nice amenities. What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors. Guests truly feel welcome.”

Other Charleston hotels recognized for excellence include French Quarter Inn, Planters Inn, Belmond Charleston Place, John Rutledge House Inn, Market Pavilion Hotel, Restoration on King, HarbourView Inn, and The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.

The 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards appear in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

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