Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers' Choice Awards yesterday. As they do every year, this year's results introduce new categories, new hotels and re-ordered lists of the world's best destinations. Budapest came in second place, "Everything about Budapest was entrancing." It seems most of the reviewers agreed with this feedback about this beautiful European city.
The magazine said this year's list was the most comprehensive ever, with 1.3 million votes cast for a whopping 16,000 properties around the world.
The "Top 25 Cities in the World" list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings -- Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.
Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year's favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).
Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.
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