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December 3, 2018

 

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has announced Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece, as Hotel of the Year at the SLH Awards 2018.  A blissful blend of island tradition and architectural inspiration, the hotel has been described as ‘very nearly perfect’ and is one of seventeen hotels in SLH’s 500+ strong portfolio of independently minded hotels that were honoured with top distinctions this year. The awards highlight excellence in everything from dreamy designs and breathtaking suites, embracing social media, the environment and the local community.

Three new accolades were introduced to the SLH Awards 2018 including Dreamiest Design Hotel which was won by Liostasi Hotel & Suites in Greece, Most Independently Minded Experience which was awarded to Orania.Berlin and Best Family-Friendly Hotel which was discerned to Gaya Island Resort in Malaysia.

Many of the categories were voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents. These included The Sukhothai Shanghai (City Hotel of the Year), Blanket Bay in New Zealand (Country House Hotel of the Year) and Canaves Oia Suites (Resort Hotel of the Year), which was then put forward for the ultimate recognition by SLH’s panel of experts – Hotel of the Year.

Meanwhile, Cap Rocat in Mallorca, The Tokyo Station Hotel in Japan and Porto Zante Villas & Spa in Greece were all deemed by SLH guests and agents to have the best spa, restaurant and suites respectively, and Casa Angelina Lifestyle on the Amalfi Coast was voted Most Romantic Retreat.

Member hotels were also invited to submit entries to applaud their own innovation and high levels of service, judged by SLH’s panel of experts:

  • Ka’ana Resort in Belize received the Caring Luxury Award based on its outstanding green credentials, its use of local amenities and its contribution to the local community through the creation of scholarship funds, bathroom rehabilitation projects and an environmental program
  • Alvaro Herrera Gomez, Front Office Manager at Hacidenda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa in Spain was    awarded the Hotel Hero Award, thanks for demonstrating bravery and dedication to guests during difficult times
  • Olive Boutique Hotelin Puerto Rico received the Most Instagrammable award based on its beautiful Instagram (@theoliveexperience) shots featuring accentuating blue hues and neutral colours that perfectly communicate the luxury feel of the hotel
  • Canaves Oia Hotelin Greece was awarded Best Hotel Video for “Canaves Oia —Where Time Stops” showcasing a unique cinematic style and engaging narrative that depicts the hotel as a timeless holiday retreat.

SLH’s Mystery Inspectors also had their say based on their experiences whilst staying at each and every one of SLH hotels over the last twelve months, with Hotel Villa Carlotta in Sicily coming out top based on a combination of guest reviews, inspection scores and overall quality rating.

And finally, the annual award to recognise a significant newcomer to the SLH family this year was designated to Domaine Misincu in Corsica. Since opening in July 2017, the hotel has received an unprecedented level of interest, press coverage and reservations.

Jean-Francois Ferret, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ said: “As curators of the most individual, intimate and intense hotel experiences around the world, we are delighted to celebrate these exceptional hotels that showcase our independently minded ethos in such a variety of creative, classy and culturally-relevant ways.”

The full list of winners and shortlisted finalists is as follows:

  • Hotel of the Year – Canaves Oia Suites (Greece)
  • City Hotel of the Year – The Sukhothai Shanghai (China)

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa (France); Nimb Hotel (Denmark)

  • Resort Hotel of the Year – Canaves Oia Suites (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Stein Eriksen Residences (USA); ABBA Resorts Izu (Japan)

  • Country House Hotel of the Year – Blanket Bay (New Zealand)

Shortlisted Finalists – Les Sources de Caudalie (France); The Fish (UK)

 

  • Best Newcomer Hotel Award – Domaine Misincu (France)

Shortlisted Finalists – Cape Fahn (Thailand); The Trident Hotel (Jamaica)

 

  • Mystery Inspectors’ Excellence Award – Hotel Villa Carlotta (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences (Dominican Republic); Hotel Villa Ducale (Italy)

 

  • Dreamiest Design Award – Liostasi Hotel & Suites (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Hotel Lilla Roberts (Finland); TwentySeven Hotel (Netherlands)

 

  • Hotel Hero Award – Alvaro Herrera Gomez, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – Marc Dobbels, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa (St Barthélemy)

 

  • Caring Luxury Award – Ka’ana Resort (Belize)

Shortlisted Finalists – DasPosthotel (Austria); Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok (Thailand)

 

  • Best Gourmet Experience Award – The Tokyo Station Hotel (Japan)

Shortlisted Finalists – Pädaste Manor (Estonia); The Dylan Amsterdam (Netherlands)

 

  • Best Hotel Video – Canaves Oia Hotel (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Keemala (Thailand); Carpe Diem Santorini (Greece)

 

  • Most Instagrammable – Olive Boutique Hotel (Puerto Rico)

Shortlisted Finalists – Canaves Oia Hotel (Greece); Keemala (Thailand)

 

  • Most A-List Suite Experience – Porto Zante Villas & Spa (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok (Thailand); Villa Spalletti Trivelli (Italy) 

 

  • Most Sensational Spa – Cap Rocat (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda (Italy); Esperanza Resort & Spa (Lithuania)

 

  • Most Independently Minded Experience – Orania.Berlin (Germany)

Shortlisted Finalist – Minos Beach Art Hotel (Greece)

 

  • Most Romantic Retreat – Casa Angelina Lifestyle (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa (France); Baros Maldives (Maldives)

 

  • Most Family-Friendly Hotel – Gaya Island Resort (Malaysia)

Shortlisted Finalist – Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)

 

For more information or to make a booking visit www.slh.com or call 1-877-234-7033.

 
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MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Just eight months after it opened, the MONVILLE has already established itself as the go-to hotel in Montreal by winning four awards, including 2018 Hotelier of the Year. Located in the heart of the International District, where Old Montreal meets the downtown, the MONVILLE welcomes visitors and Montrealers in the vibrant spirit that makes the city an outstanding destination, offering unmatched service, fine dining, panoramic views and unique state-of-the art technology that make the experience even more enjoyable.

Its first season is not yet over and already the tourism industry is celebrating the innovation and savoir-faire of the team behind the MONVILLE, following the success of the Gault. This fall, in addition to the Prix Hôtelier de l'année 2018 Cogeco / Vidéotron awarded by the Association Hôtellerie Québec, the MONVILLE received the 2018 Prix Hotelia from the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal, the 2018 Prix Excellence Tourisme in the Accessible Tourism category from the Alliance de l'industrie touristique, as well as the Commercial Development Award from Destination Centre-Ville.

These various honours celebrate a number of the MONVILLE's features, including innovation, the guest experience, the design and layout, local sourcing and accessibility. Reinventing the hotel of the 21st century, the MONVILLE is 100% connected, with a smart robot that delivers orders to the rooms and a quick, easy check-in system with interactive terminals, allowing the team to devote more time to telling guests all about Montreal's many attractions.

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"We're proud and pleased with the reaction to the MONVILLE's distinctive offering, both from our customers and our partners in the tourism sector. We put in the time needed to imagine the hotel experience of the future and to develop it, drawing on local talent and know-how. Seeing our ideas come to life and our efforts rewarded encourages us in the way we approach the art of hospitality," Jean-Cédric Callies, director of sales and marketing, HÔTEL MONVILLE and HÔTEL GAULT.

 
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TORONTO, ON (November 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the location of its newest Days Inn by Wyndham franchise. Located in Saint John, the conversion property features 86 spacious guest rooms, each appointed with flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, plush bedding, mini-fridge and microwave.

Prior to opening, the hotel refreshed its look in all public spaces, guest rooms and the building’s exterior. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring, furniture and brand new hotel artwork.

“Our goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere with a first-rate level of service that will make our guests want to return,” said Ankit Amin, hotel general manager. “We’re thrilled to build upon the strength of the Days Inn by Wyndham trademark and offer exceptional value to hotel guests.”

Additional onsite amenities include complimentary Daybreak Café breakfast, an indoor pool and fitness centre, meeting space and a business centre, along with free parking.

“Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John is a great addition to the brand, helping to broaden our distribution of Days Inns across New Brunswick,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “With the opening of this hotel, we can offer travellers – both business and leisure alike – an excellent choice in accommodations.

Conveniently located at 175 City Road, reservations can be made by visiting www.daysinn.ca  or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

 
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DENVER (November 14, 2018) — RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today the company has executed 34 mid and upscale Hotel franchise agreements in 2018. The Company’s Red Lion Hotel brand alone has 18 franchise agreements so far in 2018, growing the brand by over 62 percent to 47 full-service hotels nationally, with an average room count of over 200 and a robust pipeline.

This momentum is in support of the Company’s franchise divisional profit guidance for the year of $18 to $19 million, $2 million above the Company’s original guidance. The company is tracking on guidance of 33 to 35 percent franchise divisional profit margin in 2018 and posted 39 percent for Q3, the highest thus far.

“2018 marks the continued resurgence of Red Lion Hotels as a core upper-midscale full-service brand for the Company and an unrelenting strength in all our mid and upscale hotel brands,” said RLH Corporation President of Global Development Paul Sacco. “Our mid and upscale brands now have over 100 open hotels and we continue to see solid growth across all brands.”

Most recently, Red Lion Hotel Monterey opened in California. Nestled half-way between historic downtown Monterey and charming Carmel by the Sea, the hotel features the Crazy Horse full-service restaurant, Safari Club Lounge & Bar, free high-speed WiFi and an onsite fitness center. Red Lion Hotel Monterey joins other recent coast-to-coast Red Lion Hotel openings with prime locations in Hartford, Connecticut; Albany, New York; Lake Buena Vista, Florida; and Houston, Texas.

In 2018, RLH Corporation has grown to nearly 1,500 hotels with over 90,000 rooms across 11 brands from economy to upscale. The Company has signed 138 agreements year-to-date, well on the way to the stated goal of 150 to 200.

“Halfway through Q4 2018, our pipeline shows tremendous strength and momentum as we continue our resilient focus on the Company’s franchise division,” continued Sacco. “We have seen a strong interest in our mid and upscale hotel brands across the country in prime locations with access to top local attractions, reinforcing our position as the basecamp for leisure and business travelers in North America.”

To learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visit franchise.rlhco.com. We don’t wait for the future. We create it. 

 

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