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IHMRS Reveals 34th Annual Gold Key Award Winners

NEW YORK—The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IHMRS) has posted the winners for the 34th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.

A record number of entries of more than 280 international projects were considered by a team of nine judges for these awards, which recognize outstanding hospitality design worldwide for properties completed or renovated from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. 

Winners of the Gold Key Awards were revealed at the annual gala on Nov. 10 at New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The awards coincided with the 99th annual IHMRS, which was held Nov. 8 through Nov 11, and the fifth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair, which was held Nov. 9 through Nov. 10. Both events were held at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The winning designers and projects are:

Best Lobby Luxury
concrete (Amsterdam): Hotel W Verbier, Switzerland

Best Lobby Upscale
(tie) dash design (New York): The Lexington Hotel, New York
(tie) nemaworkshop (New York): W Mexico City

Best Lobby Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Universal Design Studio (London): Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Best Spa
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Best Guestroom Luxury
HDC Interior Architecture + Design (Los Angeles): St. Regis New York, New York

Best Guestroom Upscale
CBT (Boston): Hotel George, Washington, DC

Best Guestroom Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Bill Rooney Studio, Inc. (New York): Residence Inn by Marriott Manhattan/Central Park, New York

Best Suite
HOK (New York): The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz, The New York Palace, New York

Best Restaurant Fine Dining
Meyer Davis Studio (New York): St. Cecilia, Atlanta

Best Restaurant Casual Dining
Schoos Design (West Hollywood, CA): Puesto, San Diego,

Best Nightclub/Lounge
Jeffrey Beers International (New York): Moon Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Judges’ “So Cool” Award
JOI-Design Interior Architects (Hamburg): Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, Oberschleißheim, Germany; Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): The Nomad Hotel Rooftop Event Spaces, New York; Marriott Global Design Strategies (Bethesda, MD): Marriott Hotels Design Strategy, Marriott International, Bethesda, MD

Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership
Indidesign (Los Angeles): Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Honolulu

Best Resort
YANG/Yangbangsheng & Associates Group (Shenzhen, China): Haitang Bay No. 9 Resort, Sanya, Hainan, China

Best Eco or Socially Conscious Hotel
COMMUNE (Los Angeles): American Trade Hotel & Hall, Casco Viejo, Panama

Best Hotel Budget/Focused Service
Ester Bruzkus Architekten (Berlin) with DesignAgency (Toronto) and WAF Architects (Berlin): Generator Berlin Mitte

Best Hotel Midscale
Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): NYLO New York City

Best Hotel Upscale
G A Design International (London): Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Istanbul

Best Hotel Luxury
HOK (New York): Rosewood Abu Dhabi