Third time's a charm

Charleston named Top City by Condé Nast Traveler readers

For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named the #1 U.S. City with an overall score of 83.2 from the Culture, Friendliness, Atmosphere, Restaurants, Lodging, and Shopping categories. 

“We have been tickled pink and on top of the world,” says Frank Fredericks, Managing Director of Wild Dunes Resort and Chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Board of Governors of the earlier top city wins. “Now, Charleston is completely charmed to have received such an honor for the third year in a row.”

Leading the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are three Charleston area properties recognized among the Top 100 highest-scoring winners from around the globe: The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island and Wentworth Mansion (tied at #75) as well as the John Rutledge House Inn (#99). Ranking #3 on the list of Top 10 Islands in the U.S. is Kiawah Island.


The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Best Hotels in Charleston list includes:

1. Wentworth Mansion   6. Restoration on King  
2. John Rutledge House
 7. Market Pavilion Hotel 
3. French Quarter Inn 
 8. Charleston Place
4. Planters Inn   9. Elliott House Inn 
5. HarbourView Inn  10. Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 

In addition to top ranked Charleston hotels, the three Charleston area resorts are recognized on the Top 20 Resorts in the South list: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (#4), Wild Dunes Resort (#16), and Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (#20).

Top City in the US - Three in a Row