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October 3rd, 2013

by Total Food Service

IHMRS Announces 33rd Annual Gold Key Awards Finalists


The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) has announced the finalists for the 33rd annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. A record number of entries of over 260 international projects were considered by a team of eleven 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 Sunday, November 10th, 2013 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, which is being held Saturday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 12th at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


The 33rd annual Gold Key Awards finalists are:

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

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

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

Best Hotel —Budget/Focused Service
The Design Agency (Toronto, ON): Generator Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
3north (Richmond, VA): Pan American Hotel (Wildwood, NJ)

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

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

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

Best Lobby — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
HOK (Toronto, ON): Delta Ottawa City Centre (Ottawa, ON)
Simeone Deary (Chicago, IL): Hilton Dallas Park Cities (Dallas, TX)
Simeone Deary (Chicago, IL): Hilton Columbus Downtown (Columbus, OH)

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

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

Best Restaurant — Fine Dining
Thomas Schoos Design (West Hollywood, CA): Herringbone Restaurant (La Jolla, CA)
CORE (Washington, DC): minibar (Washington, DC)
Thomas Schoos Design (West Hollywood, CA): Figue Restaurant (La Quinta, CA)

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

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

Judges So Cool
Nikolas Weinstein Studios, Inc. (San Francisco, CA): Glass Sculpture for Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin (Shanghai, China)
Jeffrey Beers (New York, NY): Toy (New York, NY)
Josh Held Design (New York, NY): Marquee New York Redesign (New York, NY)

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 (VP 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 Company); 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 (SVP — Global Design, Hilton Worldwide); Glenn Wilson (VP, International Interior Design, Marriott International, Inc.).

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

The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 9, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 12. The market will present nearly 700 exhibitors and attract nearly 18,000 industry professionals. It is co-located with the 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), which will run Sunday, November 10 through Monday, November 11, presenting 400 interior product manufacturers and attracting more than 5,000 hospitality designers, architects and purchasing executives. BDNY will feature two full days of expert panel presentations and interactive workshops.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG).

Additional information is available online, 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.

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