The winners of the second Annual European Hospitality Awards (EHA) were announced on 4 November 2011 in London. EHA is a prestige prize because it celebrates hotels and hoteliers, voted from within the hoteliery industry. The live event brought the European hotel community together in London to discuss the challenges and successes of the year, and the outlook for the future.
The winners included the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, which won the Refurbishment of the Year 2011 award sponsored by Airwave. This hotel, formerly the Midland Grand Hotel, is considered the greatest Gothic masterpiece in London, designed by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1873. It is a monument to Victorian Romanticism, and its 245 bedrooms and 38 suites have many period features, lovingly enhanced by the restoration. The whole project was masterminded by property developer Harry Handelsman.
The Hotelier of the Year 2011, sponsored by EuroNews, went to Roland Fasel, General Manager of The Dorchester Park Lane, London. This hotel also exudes period glamour, but in this case, it expresses the 1930s. Its facilities include the luxurious Dorchester Spa and the three-Michelin starred restaurant Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.
In the photos: The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, ceiling detail (left); The Dorchester, London (right).