Wentworth Mansion Ranked #1 "Top Small City Hotel" and #12 "Best Hotel in the World" In Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2012 World's Best Awards

Photo of the Wentworth Mansion in Charleston SC The Wentworth Mansion® in Charleston has received top honors from the world’s number 1 travel magazine, Travel + Leisure (T+L). Results of the seventeenth annual T+L World’s Best Awards readers’ survey were announced today, revealing a definitive list of the top hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines and more around the globe, and the Wentworth Mansion® has been named “Top Small City Hotel in the Continental U.S.” In addition, the Wentworth Mansion® ranks No. 12 on the T+L 2012 World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels overall. The results of the 17th annual T+L World’s Best Awards readers’ survey are listed online at TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest. It will also be the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 20. Up-to-date news on all of the winners can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #tlworldsbest. 2012 has proven an exceptional year for national accolades for the Wentworth Mansion®, who was named in January as one of the “Top 25 Hotels in the U.S." as part of the T+L "Top 500 Hotels in the World" list. The hotel also recently received a “Top 25 Hotels in the U.S.” distinction by the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. For more information about the Wentworth Mansion®, visit www.wentworthmansion.com or call (888) 466-1886. About Wentworth Mansion® Wentworth Mansion®, located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, is a 21-room, award-winning luxury hotel that offers guests a true taste of Southern hospitality in an unsurpassed setting. Built in 1886, the Wentworth Mansion® is the former home of a wealthy cotton merchant. Current owners Richard Widman and Linn Lesesne carefully restored the building in 1998, converting it into a luxurious hotel that maintains many of the original and distinctive architectural features. Each room and suite features gas-lit fireplaces with original marble mantels, king-size sleigh beds with European linens, inlaid design floors, whirlpool tubs and double glass-walled, walk-in showers. In the evening, guests may gather for a complimentary wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres in the parlor, or they may enjoy watching the sunset from the hotel's rooftop cupola, a special spot a 360-degree vista of the historic city and harbor. For fine, innovative Southern cuisine, guests may walk across the lawn for dinner at Circa 1886. The hotel also features The Spa at Wentworth Mansion®, housed in the Mansion's former stables, which were restored to combine the original elements of the building with more modern features for a one-of-a-kind ambiance. Wentworth Mansion® was named to Travel + Leisure's 2012 "Top 500 Hotels in the World" list and awarded the" Top 25 Hotels in the U.S." for the 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. For more information about the Wentworth Mansion®, visit www.wentworthmansion.com or call (888) INN-1886. ### Media Contact: Annie Byrd Hamnett, ByrdHouse Public Relations, LLC 843.853.9120 | annie@byrdhousepr.com | www.byrdhousepr.com

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