The shortlist for the Independent Hotel Show’s 2015 Outstanding New Hotel and Independent Hotelier Awards has been revealed, with a number of top figures and impressive boutiques among the nominees.
The Outstanding New Hotel Award, now in its third year, recognises top independent, luxury and boutique hotels that have opened or relaunched within the last three years.
Bidding to be crowned winner this year are Artist Residence London, Dormy House Hotel and Spa, Broadway, Great Northern Hotel, London, Hotel Gotham, Manchester, The Beaumont, London and The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire.
The Independent Hotelier Award rewards an individual who has helped changed the landscape of the sector over the past year, showing commitment to the development of both their team and hotel.
The shortlist is; Robin Hutson, chairman and CEO for Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels; Tim Hart, owner, Hambleton Hall; Neil Kedward & Zoe Agar, owners, The Grove, Narberth Hotel; Robert Nadler, CEO, Nadler Hotels; Danny Pecorelli, managing director, Exclusive Hotels and Olga Polizzi, director of design, Rocco Forte Hotels and owner, Hotel Tresanton and Hotel Endsleigh.
The nominees were revealed on Twitter yesterday, with a number of high profile names interacting with the news.
Changes to this year’s nomination process saw industry figures and show partners, including Fiona Duncan at The Telegraph, Conde Nast Johansens and The AA, invited to nominate candidates for the two awards. From this, a shortlist was created.
It is now down to registrants of the show who will get the opportunity to vote and select the winners.
Voting for the awards is now live and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony immediately following the first day of the show on 20th October 2015.
The Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards will follow directly after this at Hilton Olympia, just a stone’s throw from the exhibition venue itself.
Last year’s Independent Hotelier Award went to Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, while The Pig on the Beach in Studlands, Dorset won Outstanding New Hotel.