On our personal list of "Things That Make [Us] Go 'Hmm'" are the Hawaii rankings, in which Four Seasons resorts trounced competitors to sweep the category. You'd think that no other hotels existed on its islands, and we're especially puzzled as to how the Maui location snagged the Number One spot, seeing as how it is often overrun by families and lacks a private beach.
Meanwhile, our polite neighbors to the North—along with frequent travelers to Canada—ranked the Fairmont Vancouver Airport as the second-best hotel in maple leaf nation. That's right, an airport hotel. Even we wouldn't joke about such a seemingly unusual choice. But, lo and behold, its TripAdvisor ratings are rock steady in the "Excellent" range, earning raves for its convenient location (obviously) in addition to mountain views and good service.
And, with its two-way mirrors and "exhibitionist fetish features" in its restrooms, the quirky and slightly creepy 21C earned the coveted title of Top U.S. Hotel. When you consider 21C's haute ambiance and contemporary art slant, the choice doesn't seem any crazier than the urinals-with-a-view (shudder). However, we're still surprised that the bizarre accommodations—in Louisville, rather than a larger metropole like New York or Chicago—finished first. Strange, but true.
For the full list of Readers Choice Awards winners, voted on by 25,008 people, pick up the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler on newsstands tomorrow, or view them online.