(Oct. 18, 2012) — 21c Museum Hotel was named the No. 1 Hotel in the South by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards featured in the November issue and on CondeNastTraveler.com.
21c tops a list of 50 hotels in the south, which also includes Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, St. Regis Atlanta and Planters Inn located in Charleston. 21c also ranked No. 22 in the world, and is one of only five U.S. hotels to appear in the Top 25, competing against brands such as Taj and Four Seasons.
This year, nearly 50,000 individuals participated in the voting, almost doubling last year’s number of 26,000 participants. Readers selected a total of 1,306 winners, prompting the magazine to break the results down by region. Rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design. 21c has earned top honors in the survey five years running.
“We are humbled that travelers from around the world continue to embrace the experience of 21c,” said Steve Wilson, Founder and CEO of 21c Museum Hotels. “We are thrilled to be included in this peer group, but I am most proud of the high standards that the team here in Louisville continues to achieve. It would have been easy to be complacent when we were chosen the number one hotel the first time, but our team continues to push themselves not only to provide the best hotel experience, but to share cutting edge contemporary art with our guests. We look forward to bringing 21c to even more travelers as we prepare to open our new hotels in Cincinnati and Bentonville.”
21c hotels are under construction in Cincinnati, which is scheduled to open during the fourth quarter of 2012, and Bentonville, Ark., which is set to open early next year. Projects in Lexington, Ky., and Durham, N.C., have been announced.