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Gold Key Finalists Unveiled

(September 2013) posted on Tue Sep 17, 2013

Winners to be revealed in November


The finalists for the 33rd annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design have been announced by The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). A record number of entries of more than 260 international projects were considered by a team of 11 prominent judges for these coveted awards, which recognize outstanding hospitality design worldwide for properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months.

Winners will be revealed at the Gold Key Awards Gala on Nov. 10 at The New York Palace Hotel. The Gold Key Awards are sponsored by Boutique Design and HOTELS magazines, and coincide with the 98th annual IHMRS and the fourth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY).

The 33rd annual Gold Key Awards finalists are:

Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel
Bergmeyer Associates Inc. (Boston): Hostelling International Boston (Boston)
Deture Culsign (Chicago): The Resort at Isla Palenque (Boca Chica, Panama)
Minarc (Santa Monica, Calif.): Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel (Hengill, Iceland)

Best Guest Room — Luxury/Upscale
Rottet Studio (Houston): The James Royal Palm (Miami Beach)
The Gallery HBA London (London): The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)

Best Guest Room — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
White Jacket (Singapore): The Daulat (Singapore)
Stonehill & Taylor (New York): The Refinery Hotel (New York)

Best Hotel — Budget/Focused Service
The Design Agency (Toronto): Generator Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
3north (Richmond, Va.): Pan American Hotel (Wildwood, N.J.)

Best Hotel — Luxury/Upscale
Foster + Partners (London): ME London (London, Westminster, U.K.)
Ministry of Design Pte. Ltd. (Singapore): Macalister Mansion (Penang, Malaysia)
The Gallery HBA London (London): The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)
BBG-BBGM (New York): Revere Hotel Boston (Boston)

Best Hotel — Midscale
Gensler (Houston): The Alexander Hotel (Indianapolis)
SERA Architects (Portland, Ore.): Courtyard by Marriott - San Diego Downtown (San Diego)
Stonehill & Taylor (New York): The Refinery Hotel (New York)

Best Lobby — Luxury/Upscale
Rottet Studio (Houston): The James Royal Palm (Miami Beach)
TAL Studio (Las Vegas): Hotel Jerome (Aspen, Colo.)
HBA Design (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)

Best Lobby — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
HOK (Toronto): Delta Ottawa City Centre (Ottawa, Ont.)
Simeone Deary (Chicago): Hilton Dallas Park Cities (Dallas)
Simeone Deary (Chicago): Hilton Columbus Downtown (Columbus, Ohio)

Best Resort
J Banks Design (Hilton Head Island, S.C.): Hotel Castello di Casole (Casole D'elsa, Italy)
BLINK Design Group Pvt. Ltd. (Bangkok, Thailand): Regent Phuket Cape Panwa (Phuket, Thailand)
HKS (Dallas): Mukul Resort (Rivas, Nicaragua)
DPOVinteriors (Knoxville, Tenn.): Club La Pension Resort, Bluegreen Vacations (New Orleans)

Best Restaurant — Casual Dining
Rottet Studio (Houston): Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm (Miami Beach)
Kinney Chan & Associates (Hong Kong): Café Bord de Mer (Hong Kong)
Munge Leung (Toronto): Weslodge (Toronto)
GrizForm Design Architects (Washington, D.C.): Farmers Fishers Bakers (Washington, D.C.)

Best Restaurant — Fine Dining
Thomas Schoos Design (West Hollywood, Calif.): Herringbone Restaurant (La Jolla, Calif.)
CORE (Washington, D.C.): minibar (Washington, D.C.)
Thomas Schoos Design (West Hollywood, Calif.): Figue Restaurant (La Quinta, Calif.)

Best Spa
ICRAVE (New York): BASK Spa by Exhale (Atlantic City, N.J.)
HBA (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)

Best Suite
The Gallery HBA London (London): St Regis Rome (Rome)
The Gallery HBA London (London): The Alpina Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)
AvroKo (New York); HBA (Singapore): W Singapore Sentosa Cove (Singapore)
TonyChi and Associates (New York): Rosewood London | Lord Chancellor's Suite (London)

Judges' "So Cool" Award

Jeffrey Beers (New York): Toy (New York)
Josh Held Design (New York): Marquee New York Redesign (New York)
Nikolas Weinstein Studios Inc. (San Francisco): Glass Sculpture for Courtyard Hong Kong Sha Tin (Sha Tin New Territories, Hong Kong) 

Judges for the 2013 Gold Key Awards were: Caroline Baumann (director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum); Ong Chih Ching (founder and ceo, KOP Group); Carlos Couturier (managing partner and creative force, GRUPO HABITA); Ted Jacobs (vice president of global design, W | Le Méridien | St. Regis | The Luxury Collection, Starwood Hotels & Resorts); Richard Millard (chairman and ceo, Trust Hospitality); Priya Paul (chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels); Ian Schrager (founder and chairman, Ian Schrager Co.); Claus Sendlinger (founder and ceo, Design Hotels AG); Petter A. Stordalen (owner and ceo, Nordic Choice Hotels, The Thief Hotel, Home Invest, Home Capital and Home Properties); Larry Traxler (senior vice president — Global Design, Hilton Worldwide); Glenn Wilson (vice president, International Interior Design, Marriott International Inc.).

Finalists were selected based on aesthetic appeal, practicality and functionality of design.

Additional information on the awards is available at www.ihmrs.com or www.bdny.com. Tickets for the Gold Key Awards gala are available for $175 and can be purchased as part of IHMRS/BDNY trade fair registration or as an event ticket only.

The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run November 9-12 at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It is co-located with the 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), which will run November 10-11.


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