AIKEN, S.C. — The hits just keep coming!
Conde Nast Traveler just named The Willcox hotel in Aiken, S.C., as #14 among the Top 20 Best Business Travel Hotels in the World!
As reported by Bloomberg News, Conde Nast Traveler wrote of The Willcox on September 20:
14. The Willcox – Aiken, South Carolina
Business Facilities Score: 94.3
“Surrounded by azaleas right in the middle of town,” the 22-room Willcox—nestled in South Carolina’s “premiere horse country”—is “a favorite of both visitors and locals.” One guest says, “Staying at the Wilcox is like stepping into the luxury and history of the South.” The hotel is an “incredible experience” for anyone who loves “the South, golf, horses and history not at the expense of luxury.”
“This is as gratifying as it was unexpected,” said Geoff Ellis, who with his wife Shannon is co-owner of The Willcox, in responding to a question about the ranking. “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!”
“As much as this is an award for The Willcox and our great staff,” Ellis said, “what it really signifies is the international stature that the City of Aiken is acquiring as an international destination. Aiken has long been known among the ritzy class from the Northeast, but this, and other recent recognition of The Willcox, verifies that people from around the world are coming to our little city for business and pleasure, and we are so pleased to know that when they get here, so many of them choose to stay with us. Apparently, after their stay at The Willcox and in Aiken, they tell people how much they enjoyed it!”
“It’s about Aiken and bringing people to Aiken and how welcoming the community is to visitors,” said Geoff. “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.”
“We are all very proud to be a part of the history of The Willcox and we are incredibly grateful to the community that has supported us and made Aiken one of the top travel destinations in the world,” he said.
Recognized Around the World!
Since the Ellises purchased The Willcox in Dec. 2009, the hotel has been the recipient of numerous local, state, regional, national and international awards. Even a partial listing of recent recognition of The Willcox is very impressive. They include:
- In July, 2013, The Willcox was named the #3 Inn and Small Lodge in the U.S. – According to Travel + Leisure’s global travel experts. That designation made The Willcox #5 in the World for hotels of all sizes with a room rate of $250 or less per night.
-In 2011, Travel + Leisure rated The Willcox as # 32 among its Top 50 Hotels in the World!
-In the fall of 2011, The Willcox was named to the Top 50 Small Hotels in the United States by Conde Nast magazine.
- Good Earth Keeping Award 2012 — South Carolina Hospitality Association
-2012 South Carolina Smart Business Recycling Program — South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Commerce
-2012 Exemplary Patriotism in Displaying the American Flag — Sons of the American
Revolution, Henry Laurens Chapter
- 2012 Stewardship Award for Outstanding Upkeep of a Key Historic Property —
Historic Aiken Foundation
- 2011 Three Palmetto Certification for The Willcox and The Restaurant at The Willcox — South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance (still the highest rated facility in South Carolina)
- 2010 Certificate of Appreciation — Aiken Young Professionals and Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
“It is just so much fun every time we get another call that another authority has singled out The Willcox for excellence!” says Shannon Ellis.