Split into two categories – Independent Hotelier of the Year and Outstanding Hotel of the Year – the awards are currently collecting votes to crown the two winners for 2014.
The Independent Hotelier of the Year category recognises hoteliers’ contribution to the independent luxury and boutique hotel sector.
2014 nominees are:
- Craig Bancroft and Nigel Haworth – Northcote Manor
- Kit and Tim Kemp – Firmdale Hotels
- Mark Sainsbury, Michael Benyan and Jason Catifeoglou – The Zetter and Zetter Townhouse
- Ian Schrager - Ian Schrager Company
- David Levin - The Capital Hotel
- Tim Hart - Hambleton Hall and Harts
Nominees were selected for their ‘pioneering spirit’ and ‘commitment to pushing boundaries’, as well as for their ability to develop their teams and invest in their establishments as well as the industry.
Last year’s winners were Terence and Vicki Conran and Peter Prescott from East London’s Boundary Hotel.
The Outstanding Hotel of the Year category rewards new entrants to the market that have shown a commitment to dynamism and innovation over the last three years.
2014 nominees are:
- Chiltern Firehouse, London
- The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, County Durham
- Ham Yard Hotel, London
- No 131, Cheltenham
- The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset
- The Wild Rabbit, Oxfordshire
They were shortlisted for their level of service and guest experiences, personality and style, as well as for achieving significant success in a relatively short time.
Last year’s winner was The Pig in Brockenhurst.
The nominees were selected by a panel including Telegraph travel writer Fiona Duncan; chief executive of Pride of Britain Hotels Peter Hancock; managing director of Ace Hotel Chris Penn; chief executive of The Ellerman Group Ciaran Fahy; owner of The Arch London Rafi Bejerano; owner of Concept Venues Mark Fuller; CEO of Nadler Hotels Robert Nadler; CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith James Lohan; general manager of The Ampersand Roberto Pajares; and Tim Etchells, managing director of the Independent Hotel Show.
“The Independent Hotel Show Awards continues to be a highlight of the show, celebrating the innovation and diversity that is the lifeblood of the industry,” Etchells said.
Votes can be cast here and the winners will be announced on 21 October.