Chicago voted the #5 best U.S. city to visit

The Peninsula Chicago Ranked #1 Hotel in the U.S.
Over 32,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers participated in the 2008 Readers' Choice Survey, and the complete award results will appear in the November issue (on newsstands Oct. 21) and on the magazine's website at Coming out on top was San Francisco (1) followed by Charleston (2), New York City (3), Santa Fe (4) and Chicago (5).

Chicago was home to three of the top ten hotels in the United States this year, including the #1 ranked The Peninsula Chicago. The Peninsula Chicago took top honors in the U.S. Hotels category with an outstanding rating of 95.4 out of 100. Ritz-Carlton Chicago and Four Seasons Chicago also placed in the top 10 U.S. hotels category.

"These awards celebrate the destinations, lodgings, and modes of transportation that manage to exceed our expectations," said Condé Nast Traveler Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska. "The Readers' Choice Awards, with over 32,000 readers voting, are a credit to the worldly expertise of Conde Nast Traveler readers-passionate travelers for whom no island is too remote, no city too challenging, and no hotel too untested."

Select results from the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards include:

Top 10 Cities in United States:

1. San Francisco
2. Charleston, SC
3. New York City
4. Santa Fe
5. Chicago
6. Carmel
7. Honolulu
8. Savannah
9. San Diego
10. Sedona

Top 10 Hotels in United States:

1. The Peninsula, Chicago
2. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island
3. Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach
4. Four Seasons, New York
5. Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
6. The Peninsula, Beverly Hills
7. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley
8. Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida
9. Four Seasons, Chicago
10. Ritz-Carlton, Central Park, New York

The full list of winners is on

The Readers Choice Awards gala took place on Wednesday, October 15th in New York City at the New York Public Library. Select photos and video from the event available upon request.

Methodology: Every year since 1988, a select sample of Conde Nast Traveler readers have taken the Readers' Choice Survey. In 2008, the questionnaire was available to all readers through a secure Web site. The final tabulations of 32,633 responses were done by Mediamark Research, Inc., of New York City. Poll categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.), and the criteria for each appear at the bottom of the first page in every category. Questionnaires contained lists of candidates (individual cities, hotels, etc.), and write-ins were allowed. Only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award. Each candidate was rated, criterion by criterion, on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, poor. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the final score-e.g., in the category of Islands, Maui's 89.5 is the average of its scores for Activities, Atmosphere/Ambience, Beaches, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Scenery.

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