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Conde Nast Readers Have Spoken

October 23, 2007 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again when Conde Nast Traveler unveils its Readers Choice awards.

Topping the list for the best U.S. city was San Francisco who has won this distinction for 17 of the past 18 years. Whoa. Good thing San Francisco has a ton of hotels for all of its happy visitors.

As far as hotels go, not many US hotels made any top spots. The Four Seasons Maui nabbed the #15 spot and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago placed 25, followed closely by the Peninsula Chicago at 26.

The highest-ranked New York hotel on the list is the Four Seasons New York at #39 and that's tied with the Hotel Bel-Air.

So who was #1? The Hotel La Scalinatella, Capri, Italy. If there's anyone who wants to take us there so we can experience this place for ourselves, we will gladly accept.

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· Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards 2007 [Conde Nast]

Archived Comments:

Re: Conde Nast Readers Have Spoken

I sniff more than a little ballot stuffing and idiot voting when I look at those lists. Otherwise, why would there be hotels like Secrets Capri in Cancun and Dreams Puerto Vallarta on there? Give me a break! They aren't even among the 10 best in their own markets, much less the overall region or the world.

Plus I can't help but notice Botswana safari camps popping on and off the top-100 each year, like readers are oh-so-qualified to guess which ones are the best. Who has ever stayed at a range of Botswana safari camps? Plus the biggest ones only have a dozen to 14 rooms, so how many readers period have ever stayed in even one of them? I'm convinced people just vote for places they're read about or seen an ad for, or they give something a perfect score because it's the only hotel they stayed in on their one vacation last year.

Re: Conde Nast Readers Have Spoken

I have to agree with you Tim regarding idiot-voting because more than just a few hotels have little to do on the list...

I am puzzled by the fact that the 1st mainland US hotel is ONLY #25. Don't American Conde Nast Readers like their own hotels?!

It's a fact US citizens may travel abroad a lot more than back home. And it's definitely more exotic and original to vote for a small italian albergho out of nowhere than the Four Seasons NYC.

But what's also funny is that some American travellers seem to consider that everything is so much better in the hotel industry back home, at least when they ARE abroad.

Well in that case, maybe they would want the whole world to know about it, but I guess that kind of people is not the typical Conde Nast Reader (that magazine, by the way, is a lot of useless ads in my opinion anyway).