Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards today with Santa Fe placing second in the category of “Top 10 Small Cities in the U.S.” In addition to the destination accolade, Ten Thousand Waves was recognized on the “Top 20 Spa Resorts in USA” list and multiple hotels and resorts throughout The City Different were also ranked within the “Top 20 Hotels in USA/West” category.

An internationally beloved travel destination, Santa Fe has finished as the #2 city in the “Top 10 Small Cities in the U.S.” category for the past three years and has been in the top 5 on the list since 2014, making it one of the most awarded cities. To determine results, more than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe submitted an incredible number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how people travel today.

Additional honors for Santa Fe area properties include:

Top 20 Hotels in USA/West
3 – Inn on the Alameda
7 – Hotel Santa Fe, Hacienda & Spa
11 – The Inn of the Five Graces
14 – Las Palomas Hotel
19 – Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Top 20 Spa Resorts in USA
18 – Ten Thousand Waves

“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. Editor of Condé Nast Traveler. “The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The full list of winners can be found here.

“We appreciate the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for continuing to love and support Santa Fe and the incredibly special hotels and spas that enrich the visitor’s experience,” said Randy Randall, executive director of TOURISM Santa Fe. “As domestic travel continues to be the most accessible for Americans, we hope this accolade reminds prospective travelers to visit our distinctive city, we are ready to safely welcome them. Our destination and local partners have proven to be extremely innovative and resilient over the last few months and this recognition is exceptionally exciting and well-deserved. Now more than ever, our city continues to provide travelers with new ways to experience Santa Fe.”

The 2020 Readers' Choice Awards published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and will be celebrated in the forthcoming November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.


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