The survey says
Five local lodgings and one destination are cited in the Travel + Leisure survey:
Top small city hotels in the continental U.S., with fewer than 100 rooms:
1. Planters Inn
2. French Quarter Inn
4. Wentworth Mansion
5. Market Pavilion Hotel
Top hotels overall worldwide:
26. Planters Inn
54. French Quarter Inn
85. Wentworth Mansion
Top islands in the continental U.S. and Canada:
5. Kiawah Island
Top resorts in the continental U.S.
29. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
The Holy City has won over a top travel magazine again.
Readers of Travel + Leisure ranked Charleston as the No. 1 city to visit in the U.S. and Canada in its 2014 World's Best Awards announced Wednesday.
Charleston landed the No. 2 slot in the publication's top 10 list of best cities in the world overall. Kyoto, Japan, took the leading spot by a fraction.
Cities are given numeric scores based on readers's ratings of sights and landmarks, culture and arts, restaurants and food, people, and value.
"We believe that Charleston encapsulates the authentic travel experience for which Travel + Leisure readers are looking," said Dan Blumenstock, director of hotel operations of Fennel Holdings and chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "That readers ranked Charleston the best city in the U.S. and Canada is a testament to Charleston's viability as a world-class destination for travelers."
The reader survey also included a ranking of hotels, islands, spas and cruises.
Four of the top five "small city" hotels in the U.S., which means they have fewer than 100 rooms, are in Charleston, with Planters Inn ranked at No. 1, followed by the French Quarter Inn.
"To be recognized by the savvy and sophisticated readers of Travel + Leisure is an honor, and we are deeply grateful and proud to be celebrating the hard work and dedication of our extraordinary team," said Hank Holliday, owner of Planters Inn.
Michael Tall, chief operating officer with Charlestowne Hotels, which manages the French Quarter Inn, shared the same sentiments.
"The French Quarter Inn has received many industry accolades over the years, but receiving this recognition from travelers who can stay anywhere in the world is truly a testament to our team's commitment to excellence," Tall said in a statement Wednesday.
Travelers also rated Kiawah Island the No. 5 best island in the U.S. and Canada.
The complete results are online and will be included in the August issue of the magazine, which will be on newsstands July 18.