The first-ever Blue Badge Awards took place this week and gave praise to 11 hospitality establishments who have gone above and beyond in designing facilities for guests with disabilities, with three top boutique hotels recognised among the winners.
Held in London in Lutyens, Fleet Street, the ceremony handed out ‘As Recommended by Blue Badge Style’ ticks to all those nominated, while winners received trophies to display.
Among the 11 category winners was Dakota in Glasgow, which scooped the award for Best Boutique Hotel for having an accessible bedroom on each of floors.
The award for Best High End Hotel went to South Place Hotel in London, the only hotel in the D&D portfolio, described by the judges as ‘stylish and exceptionally accessible’.
The Beaumont took home the award for Best Listed Building for ‘maintaining the style of the Grade-II listed art deco building and making the whole place accessible’.
Other prizes were also awarded for the Best High End Restaurant and Best Loo, both of which went to German Gymnasium also under the D&D name, Best Budget Bar awarded to No1. Duke Street, and the Award for Going Above and Beyond, which was won by the Bank of England.
Each award was judged by Fiona Jarvis, founder of Blue Badge Style, Tina Norden, project director at Conran and Partners, Christos Passas, design director at ZHA (Architects) and journalist, Alex Taylor.
Blue Badge Style founder, Fiona Jarvis says, “Too often people with disabilities don’t go out because they don’t know what to expect when they get there. Places like the German Gymnasium make it easy and elegant. They won the Best Loo award for having all the right facilities, but getting away from the clinical style of most disabled toilets. The design of their loo is as stylish as the rest of the restaurant and even has cool music and wallpaper!”
For a full list of winners, click here