The Inn at Palmetto Bluff shared honors for the best hotel and resort in the U.S. in the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, and Hilton Head Island was ranked among the top 10 island getaway destinations in the United States.
The magazine on Tuesday released the results of its 26th annual awards, determined by reader voting and ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world, according to a news release.
Readers gave the Inn at Palmetto Bluff high marks for its "superb Southern-style service" that comes from staff "who make you feel like you are the first-ever guests."
"This will be the best inn you've ever stayed at ... you can do everything ... or nothing, and be blissfully happy either way," according to one reader's response.
A nine-story hotel in Cincinnati, 21C Museum Hotel, tied the inn for the publication's top readers' choice prize.
The inn in Bluffton also finished as the top hotel and resort in the South and the 11th-best hotel and resort in the world, according to Conde Nast readers.
Hilton Head was ranked the ninth-best island in the United States.
"You breathe deeper -- the sound of the ocean instantly makes you feel at ease," said one reader.
Readers also trumpeted the island's "pristine beaches," "shopping to satisfy everyone" and "fabulous restaurants to suit every taste."
Kiawah Island near Charleston finished third, and Charleston finished as the No. 1 U.S. city to visit for the third consecutive year, according to Conde Nast readers.
To view the complete 2013 Conde Nast Traveler readers' choice awards, go to cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards.