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Hotel Property Award 2013

This year, the award "Hotel Property of the Year 2013" is attributed to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes, France. The price will be awarded within the hotelforum gala evening on 9th October. On the same evening the winners of the "Blue Hotel Award" and the "Hospitality Innovation Award" will be honored.

Andreas Martin, hotelforum jury chairman: "The Radisson Blu Hotel in Nantes is the result of a bold and successful partnership between developers, investors, architects and the hotel group CarlsonRezidor. The challenging transformation from the land at a former courthouse into a hotel use was mastered by the architects as well as the combination of the classic architecture and modern design while incorporating the latest building technology. Finally, the hotel occupies a qualitative gap in the hotel's upper segment of Nantes and implements this with passion".

Of the 26 hotel applications submitted this year (second highest number of applicants so far), the 16 member jury casted the majority of votes for the following three finalists:

Bergheim 41 Hotel im Alten Hallenbad (Heidelberg, Germany),

Radisson Blu Hotel (Nantes, France) and
Scandic Hamburg Emporio (Hamburg, Germany).

Addressed in the announcement of the prize were developers and hotel-owners as well as operators. Hotels which opened their doors between January 2012 and June 2013 applied for the "Hotel Property of the Year and stood out through a successful concept offarchitecture, design and innovation from the competition. A crucial aspect for hotelforum, was the successful and homogeneous compilation of the individual aspects to a successful and also economically successful hotel concept.

"Hotel Property of the Year 2013", Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes:
Location: Nantes, Frankreich
Owner: Axa Real Estate Investment Managers
Operator: Rezidor Hotels ApS Danmark
Project developers: Altarea Cogedim
Architect: Jacques Cholet
Interior designer: Jean Philippe Nuel
Category: 4
Construction: 29 months
Room number: 142

Next two finalists of the 2013 hotelforum in alphabetical order

Bergheim 41 Hotel in Alten Hallenbad
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Owner: Kraus Immobilien
Operator: B+N Hotelbetriebs GmbH
Project developers: SSV Architecten
Architect: Klaus Ziegler
Interior designer: Bachhuber/Appia + Stilbruch
Category: 3
Construction: 20 months
Room number: 32

Scandic Hamburg Emporio
Location: Hamburg, Deutschland
Owner: Union Investment (UIR)
Operator: Scandic Hotels Deutschland GmbH
Project developers: Union Investment Real Estate
Architect: MRLV
Interior designer: Koncept Stockholm
Category: not classified, corresponds to four-star standard
Construction: 48 months
Room number: 325

The preceding winners:
Hotel Topazz Vienna (2012), 25hours HafenCity Hamburg (2011), roomers Frankfurt (2010), Lindner Park-Hotel Hagenbeck (2009), 25hours Frankfurt (2008), Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway (2007) Hotel Daniel Graz (2006), experience Colosseo Hotel Rust (2004), Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo Brussels and Accor Suite Hotel Hamburg (2003), Hilton Cologne (2002).

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