The European Hotel Design Awards announced its 2016 winners

The European Hotel Design Awards, which celebrate exceptional hotel design and architecture and honour the work of industry-leading architects, interior designers and operators, has revealed its roll call of winners. Announced at a glittering ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, attended by over 900 guests from across Europe, they are:

Architecture: Adaptive Re-Use

JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Venice

Matteo Thun & Partners

Mirco Toffolo

Architecture: Newbuild

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Mecanoo Architecten

Architecture: Renovation & Restoration

Vila Monte Farm House, Algarve

Vera Iachia Atelier

Interior Design: Restaurant

Kollazs Brasserie & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest


Interior Design: Event Spaces

Marriott Heathrow Conference, Banquet & Event Spaces at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel

EPR Architects

Interior Design: Bar

Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors

Interior Design: Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Zoku, Amsterdam


Interior Design: Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas

Zoku, Amsterdam


Interior Design: Spa & Wellness

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors

Interior Design: Suite

La Maisonette at JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Venice

Matteo Thun & Partners

Mirco Toffolo

The final hotel award – The European Hotel Design of The Year – was selected by the judging panel from the nominated hotels in the Architecture and Interior Design categories. Meanwhile, the prestigious Outstanding Contribution accolade was awarded to Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group.

Barry Sternlicht Shot by Weston Wells

Commenting on this year’s awards, Matt Turner, Awards Director and Editor-in-Chief of Sleeper said: “This was truly a vintage year for the European Hotel Design Awards, with decisions in several categories amongst the most closely contested, and hotly debated, that I have seen in my years on the judging panel. From farmhouse renovations to urban innovations, branded hotels to independent boutiques, there was a great variety of properties represented across the winning entries. All those who were shortlisted can be proud of their achievement.”

Closing the ceremony, Turner also announced future expansion plans for the awards platform: “We look forward to building on the success of the European Hotel Design Awards over the past fifteen years as these awards become part of our new platform AHEAD – the awards for hospitality experience and design – from 2017 and beyond.”

The 2016 European Hotel Design Awards dinner was held on Monday 21 November at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The European Hotel Design of The Year

JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Venice

Matteo Thun & Partners

Described by judges as a genuinely unique destination, the JW Marriott Resort & Spa provides ‘great sensitivity to a heritage site, and a real labour of love, responding elegantly to a technically challenging site’. The project was selected as it best combined architecture and design as a cohesive whole.

Outstanding Contribution

Barry Sternlicht – CEO Starwood Capital

Barry Sternlicht is the founder and visionary behind many of the industry’s innovative hotel brands. From founding Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to creating the W Hotels brand, to building St. Regis Hotels, and founding SH Group – owner and manager of Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels brands – Sternlicht has also recently launched The Principal Hotel Company. A new urban lifestyle brand comprising city centre hotels based in landmark buildings across the UK, the first Principal has recently opened in Manchester’s former Palace Hotel.

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