The Good Hotel Guide 2016 has presented 10 of its most celebrated hoteliers with César awards, with top boutiques around the country making the cut.
The unbiased guide, which praises the best of Britain’s booming hotel industry, is co-edited by Adam Raphael and Desmond Balmer and this year features 419 main entries, 16 Editor’s Choice categories plus 429 hotels in the Shortlist section.
Each year, 10 hoteliers are awarded with a top César award, based solely on merit and readers’ reports.
This year, London Hotel of the Year went to Artist Residence in Pimlico, the restored former pub in London with an eclectic mix of retro fittings and a newly-opened restaurant, Cambridge Street Cafe.
Hotel Endsleigh in Devon scooped Country House Hotel of the Year, while Newcomer of the Year went to The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire.
Eccentric Hotel of the Year was given to Zanzibar International Hotel, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, which comes with talking showers, themed bedrooms and quirky furniture.
The Pig on the Beach was named Romantic Hotel of the Year, and Welsh Hotel of the Year went to The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
The other award winners were: Scottish Hotel of the Year: Kilmichael Country House, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire; Inn of the Year: The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, County Durham; Walking Hotel of the Year: Hazel Bank, Rosthwaite, Cumbria; Family Hotel of the Year: Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
According to Good Hotel Guide co-editors Adam Raphael and Desmond Balmer: “This year’s César award winners celebrate the many strengths often associated with small, one-off establishments. All of our winners demonstrate the hospitality, personal service and attention to detail which matter to today’s paying guests.”