The Willcox makes Conde Nast best hotel list

  • Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Staff File Photo by Rob Novit
The Willcox was named one of the Top 20 Best Business Travel Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. The Willcox has received at least nine awards since 2009.
Staff File Photo by Rob Novit The Willcox was named one of the Top 20 Best Business Travel Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. The Willcox has received at least nine awards since 2009.

The Willcox has been recognized once again for being a top-class hotel.

Conde Nast Traveler recently ranked The Willcox No. 14 on its list of Top 20 Best Business Travel Hotels in the World, according to a press release.

Conde Nast Traveler described the historic hotel as offering an “incredible experience” and is a favorite of both residents of Aiken and those visiting.

The Willcox owners Geoff and Shannon Ellis are honored by the recognition and thanked their hard-working, dedicated staff. They said making the list is another example of the City of Aiken garnering attention as an international destination.

“This is as gratifying as it was unexpected,” stated Geoff in the release. “We and our great staff try very hard to create a gracious experience for all our guests, whether they be international business travelers or people who live down the block. But this is certainly a wonderful honor – and quite a pleasant surprise.”

Geoff said people from all over the world visit Aiken for both business and pleasure. “It's about Aiken and bringing people to Aiken and how welcoming the community is to visitors,” he added in the press release. “It's about how leading figures in business, science and sport are drawn to Aiken by the world-class level of those in their fields who live here. Whether it is nuclear engineering, manufacturing, polo or Thoroughbred training, many of the best in the world work in Aiken. They create a gravity that draws others from around the world. Many British and French engineers stay with us, as do polo players from England and Argentina, horse trainers from Saratoga and Epson, and then just folks who want a special experience.”

The Ellises purchased The Willcox in 2009 and since then, it has received at least nine awards ranging from local to international recognition. Most recently, The Willcox was ranked No. 3 on Travel + Leisure's national inn and small lodge list, making it No. 5 in the world for hotels of all sizes with a nightly room rate of $250 or less.

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