Alex Calderwood, the late founder of Ace Hotel, will be honoured this month with the Outstanding Contribution accolade at the European Hotel Design Awards.
Calderwood founded Ace Hotel Group in 1999 with the launch of Ace Hotel Seattle, followed by properties in Portland, Palm Springs, New York, Los Angeles, London and most recently Panama City.
He will be posthumously acknowledged for his Outstanding Contribution to the hotel industry, for being an energetic entrepreneur and a true visionary.
Ace, with Alex at the helm, re-envisioned the traditional hotel model, through an innovative, collaborative and locally-inspired approach to design and programming.
His creation of Ace has had a huge impact on the boutique hotel industry, as the brand continues to go from strength to strength.
On November 14th 2013, Alex Calderwood was found dead in a room at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, just weeks after opening the brand’s European debut.
The European Hotel Design Awards will take place on November 25th at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, and will see Brad Wilson, president of Ace Hotel Group collect the award on Calderwood’s behalf.