Market Pavilion Hotel Ranks No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards list of Top Small City Hotels in the Continental U.S.

18th Annual Reader's Survey Results Reveal the World's Best Places to Stay

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CHARLESTON, S.C., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel + Leisure readers have voted Market Pavilion Hotel the Top Small City Hotel in the Continental U.S. in its 18th annual World's Best Awards survey. The Charleston, SC, hotel's No.1 ranking distinguishes it among a list of the world's most renowned luxury properties.

The hotels and resorts in the survey were rated by Travel + Leisure readers in five categories: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value. Full results are now available at www.TravelandLeisure.com and will be included in the August issue of the magazine.

"We're so proud to have our service, attention to detail and property recognized by such a sophisticated and well-traveled audience," said Nick Palassis, (Managing Director). "Our team continually strives to create and enhance the ultimate luxury experience for each guest, and it's an honor to have our organization's dedication acknowledged by the people we serve."

Market Pavilion Hotel was recognized previously by the World's Best Awards Survey and this is its first year with the top rank. Charleston, SC, is a member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame, a distinction achieved by its decade-long presence on the magazine's annual readers' survey list of Top Ten Cities in the United States and Canada.

The Palassis family, owners of Palas Hospitality, has been central to Charleston's hospitality industry for four generations. Nick Palassis' father, Jim Palassis, built the Market Pavilion Hotel. Mother Cookie Palassis led the interior design and sister Elaina Palassis England heads up sales and marketing. Cousin Demetre Castanas is executive chef of the hotel's award-winning steakhouse Grill 225.

"Our vision for the Market Pavilion Hotel was to build the premier luxury boutique hotel for the city that our family has called home for nearly 100 years," said Nick Palassis. "An award like this means so much to us."

Market Pavilion Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is home to the award-winning steakhouse, Grill 225, a member of the Great Steak Houses of North America and the Pavilion Bar. Locally owned by Palas Hospitality, it offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel, plus the amenities and service found at global luxury properties.

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