WASHINGTON, D.C. — Toronto’s Omni King Edward and Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac have been nominated for 2016 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence, it was announced Aug. 30.
Overseen by Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world. The two Canadian properties earned nominations in the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas category.
The 2016 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and gala dinner will take place at the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 3.
The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels across the U.S. and, for the first time, worldwide.
Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.
As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.
From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated, and after careful consideration selected the following 2016 award nominee finalists:
Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year — Woodstock Inn & Resort (1793) Woodstock, Vt; The Inn at Diamond Cove (1890) Portland, Me.; White Stallion Ranch (1900) Tucson, Ariz.; The Redbury New York (1903) New York City; XV Beacon (1903) Boston; Hotel Warner (1930) West Chester, Pa.;
Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel — Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans; Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Mi.; The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) San Francisco; The Jefferson, Washington, DC (1923); The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Honolulu, Hawaii; Loews Don CeSar Hotel (1928) St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Sustainability Champion — Hanover Inn Dartmouth (1780) Hanover, NH; The Boar’s Head (1834) Charlottesville, Va; Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Ala; The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847); Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins (1903) Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.; Hilton Chicago (1927).
Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms) — Concord’s Colonial Inn (1716) Concord, Mass.; Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, NY; Inn at the Presidio (1776) San Francisco; Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867 (1867) Leola, Pa; The Chanler at Cliff Walk (1873) Newport, RI; The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson, Wyo.
Best Historic Hotel (75-200 Guestrooms) — The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, NY; The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tenn.; Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa; Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pa.; La Fonda on the Plaza (1922) Santa Fe, NM; Hawthorne Hotel (1925) Salem, Mass.
Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms) — The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847); The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, Calif.; The Plaza (1907) New York City;
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown (1912) Portland, Ore.; Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center (1927) Baton Rouge, La.; The Edgewater (1948) Madison, Wis.
Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms) — Palace Hotel (1875) San Francisco, Calif.; Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, La.; Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Honolulu, Hawaii; The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907); The Drake Hotel (1920) Chicago; Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931) Cincinnati, Ohio.
Best City Center Historic Hotel — The Pfister Hotel (1893) Milwaukee, Wis.; Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square (1893) San Francisco; Le Pavillon Hotel (1907) New Orleans, La.; The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) Washington, DC; Boston Park Plaza (1927) Boston; Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago.
Best Historic Resort — The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) Hot Springs, Va.; Keswick Hall (1912) Charlottesville, Va; The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Spring, Colo.; The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wis.; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923) Ojai, Calif.; The Hotel Hershey (1933) Hershey, Pa.;
Hotel Historian of the Year — Susan Wilson at the Omni Parker House, Boston (1855); Tom Vickstrom at The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tenn.; Tina Malasics at The Gasparilla Inn & Club (1913) Boca Grande, Fla.; Beth Davis at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Spring, Colo.; Teresa Porter at the Benbow Historic Inn (1926) Garberville, Calif.; Lora Gallagher at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (1955) Honolulu, Hawaii.
Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel — Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tenn.; The Spiced Pear at The Chanler at Cliff Walk (1873) Newport, RI; Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, SC; Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Mich.; Penrose Room at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colo.; The Wisconsin Room at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year — The Widman Family at Wentworth Mansion (1886) in Charleston, SC; The Monteleone Family at Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, La.; The Smiley Family at Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, NY; The Kohler Family at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wis.; The Melius Family at OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, NY; The Genzlinger Family at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park (1927) Hawley, Pa.
Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service) — Shirley St. Peter at the Hanover Inn Dartmouth (1780) Hanover, NH; Steve Blum at The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847); Doug Weatherford at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tenn.; Ken Price at The Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago; Anna Alba at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colo.; Linda Shoe at The Hotel Viking (1926) Newport, RI.
Historic Hotelier of the Year — Terry Haney at the Inn at the Presidio (1776) San Francisco; Doug Browne at The Peabody Memphis (1861) Memphis, Tenn.; Randy Howat at the Inns of Distinction, LLC (1867) Westchester, Pa.; Duane and Kelly Roberts at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, Calif. Kathy Faulk at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC (1930); Jim Waldrop at The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson, Wyo.
Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe — NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (1212) Amalfi, Italy; Bernini Palace Hotel (15th Century) Florence, Italy; Pulitzer Amsterdam (17th Century) Amsterdam, Netherlands; Antica Dimora Suites (1820) Crete, Greece; Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern (1845) Lucerne, Switzerland; Ciragan Palace Kempinski (1867) Istanbul, Turkey
Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific — Fort Seengh Sagar (1670) Rajasthan, India; Alsisar Haveli (1892) Jaipur, India; Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan; Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam; The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (1928) Singapore; Mansion Hotel (1932) Shanghai, China
Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas — Alfiz Hotel (17th Century) Cartagena, Colombia; Hacienda Xcanatún (1789) Merida, Mexico; Quinta Real Puebla (1893) Puebla, Mexico; Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (1893) Québec City; The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto; Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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