Santa Fe and local hospitality businesses are basking in love this week thanks to the voters in Condé Nast Traveler’s 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on survey responses by 600,000 people, The City Different is Number 2 on the list of Best Small Cities in the U.S. (after Charleston, S.C.).
Inn of the Five Graces and La Fonda on the Plaza were Numbers 1 and 2 on the list of Best Hotels in the West, respectively. Albuquerque’s Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm was ranked fourth. El Dorado Hotel and Spa came in at Number 9 and Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi was twelfth in the same category. Inn of the Five Graces was also dubbed fourth best hotel in the country and 17th in the entire world. Major congratulations to our neighbors!
“These rankings are so important, particularly the rankings that are reader polls or scientific rankings,” says Santa Fe Executive Tourism Director Randy Randall in the Santa Fe New Mexican. “When people are talking to other people and telling them how great Santa Fe is, that is so incredible.” Santa Fe’s many charms draw 1.8 million tourists a year, with a direct economic impact of $750 million.
“There is a lot of sameness in cities around the world,” says Mayor Alan Webber. “We remain unique.”
Incidentally, SGA’s office is located on the same beautiful street as the lauded Inn of the Five Graces. Come see us—it’s a lovely place! And read about opportunities to own a business in this inspiring city here.