Condé Nast Travels to NYPL for Reader’s Choice Awards

Economy shmoshonomy. People like to travel, and they like to do it in style. A bit of luxury in the face of the marginalized American dollar is still essential, as far as we can surmise from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These savvy consumers voted on 11 categories, including best hotel, airline, and city to visit. They also revealed the top 100 best of everything, according to the Gridskipper. The highest hotel honors went to Six Senses Hideaway in Samui, Thailand, and The Chedi in Muscat, Oman. New Zealand, the Maldives, and India were chosen as the best destinations=. If your budget keeps you stateside, New York City gets a shout-out as a favored destination at number 16, as does the The Bellagio in Las Vegas, New York’s Carlyle, and The Setai in Miami.

The only traveling I’ve been monetarily inspired to do was the steep pilgrimage to the top of the New York Public Library’s steps to help all those readers celebrate their choices last night. The elegant atmosphere made me forget my financial woes, as I sipped Grey Goose and nibbled Asian delicacies. The Lord from Gossip Girl (okay, actor Patrick Heusinger), Ugly Betty’s Eric Mabius, Jane Krawkowski, Andrew McCarthy, and Mario Cantone topped my own list. But the real winners of the evening were the delightful Olympic silver-medalist fencers Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers, who were happy to give out pointers on their sport, sans sword of course. When asked about their traveling preferences, Morehouse divulged that carrying around the medal has been key in getting free flight and hotel upgrades — a traveling tip not too many of us will be able to take advantage of.

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