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Hotel Property Award

Do you stand out with your hotel property from your competitors through a successful overall approach consisting of architecture, design and innovation? Then take part in one of the most important competitions of the hotel real estate industry!

Hotel Property Award

Whether you are running a luxury or budget hotel, whether it is privately owned or managed by a hotel chain, or a city hotel or holiday resort, hotelforum regards a homogeneous combination of all the individual aspects to form a winning, and ultimately economically-successful, hotel concept as crucial.

The decision of the jury will be primarily influenced by a number of different, non-exclusive, criteria:  

  • the originality of the accommodation concept,
  • architectural quality (building and façade),
  • integration into the project’s surroundings,
  • design (interior fittings),
  • innovation (planning and construction, design, operation and technology, as well as related processes, environment/sustainability), as well as
  • profitability. 

All hotels completed and opened in Europe between January of the previous year and July (2020) of the present year are eligible to take part in the competition.

Any company involved in the planning and operation of the hotel may take part, e.g. the project developer, hotel owner, hotel operator, investor, architect or interior designer.

The Hotel Property Award is one of the most popular prizes in the industry. Since 2002 the prize has been awarded annually at the end oft he Expo Real in Munich. The growing number of applicants over the last years is a confirmation of the increasing significance of this industry award.

The award stands for quality. Regardless of whether you are the winner, finalist or among all nominated hotels - use this quality seal for your PR and marketing purposes as an investor, owner, operator, project developer, architect or interior designer.



Short overview for 2020:

Online submission for the Hotel Property Award 2020 is closed.

Eligible projects

Up to two hotels may be submitted per year by each company applying. The hotels must be located in Europe and have been constructed and opened between January 2019 and July 2020. Submission deadline for the application is 31 July 2020 at the latest. Participation in the competition is free of charge.

The application process for the Hotel Property Award 

Any company involved in the planning and operation of the hotel may take part, e.g. the project developer, hotel owner, hotel operator, investor, architect or interior designer.

Each hotel can only take part in the competition once, and no hotel can apply two years in a row.

The nomination by the hotelforum jury

An independent jury will nominate and present up to ten hotels from among the applications received, as well as shortlisting three finalists when it meets at the beginning of September of the respective competition year.

The award ceremony

The finalists and the winner of the Hotel Property Award 2020 will be presented on 7 October 2020 at hotelforum, the hotel development conference at the end of the trade fair Expo Real. All nominated hotels will also receive an award during the event, and will be showcased within the exhibition area.

The hotelforum media partners AHGZ (Matthaes Verlag beim Deutschen Fachverlag) and hotelbau (Forum Zeitschriften und Spezialmedien) support the competition through editorial coverage.

Previous Hotel Property Awards have been presented to:
Schgaguler Hotel, Castelrotto (2019), QO Amsterdam (2018), Bretterbude, Heiligenhafen (2017), Hotel Reichshof Hamburg CURIO Collection by Hilton (2016), Hotel Zoo Berlin (2015), Holzhotel Forsthofalm, Leogang(2014), Radisson Blu, Nantes (2013), Topazz, Vienna (2012), 25hours HafenCity, Hamburg (2011), Roomers, Frankfurt am Main (2010), Lindner Hotel Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg (2009), 25 hours by Levis, Frankfurt am Main (2008), Schlosshotel Elmau, Elmau (2007), Daniel, Graz (2006), Colosseo, Europapark Rust (2004), Hotel Amigo Brussels&Accor Suite Hotel Hamburg (2003), as well as Hilton Cologne (2002).


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