European Hospitality Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

Gerald Lawless

Gerald Lawless is one of the biggest reasons for the Middle East’s prime position in the hospitality market today. He first spent 23 years with Forte Hotels before joining Jumeirah Group in 1997. The Irish hotel executive grew the group from just two Dubai properties to become an international brand spanning 23 hotels over 12 destinations, as well as 100 restaurants throughout the UAE. His tenure saw the launch two of Dubai’s ground-breaking properties: Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the iconic Burj Al Arab.

In 2016, Lawless stepped aside as president and CEO to take on the role of tourism and leisure adviser, and chairman at Dubai Holding, the parent company of Jumeirah Group. He is also chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council.


Best Boutique

Sponsored by Spear’s

  • ­Casa Cook Rhodes, Kolymbia, Greece
  • Jannah Place Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Lalit London, London, UK
  • NH Collection Doelen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Green Hotel of the Year

  • Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece
  • MEININGER Hotel Brussels City Center, Brussels, Belgium
  • La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Granada, Spain

Opening of the Year – New Build

Sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel

  • ­citizenM, London, UK
  • ­Park Hyatt Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain
  • ­Pulitzer Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ­Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • St. Regis Vommuli Island, Maldives

Best Future Hospitality Building

Sponsored by DB Schenker

  • ­Birds’ Nest Boutique Hotel, Anji, China
  • ­Casa Cook Kos, Marmari, Greece
  • ­ME Dubai, Dubai, UAE
  • ­Movenpick Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimai, UAE
  • ­Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ­Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, Tenerife, Spain

Best Hotel Suite

  • Presidential Suite, Gran Meliá Fénix, Madrid, Spain
  • ­Royal Suite, Lotte Hotel Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • ­Split Level Suite, Casa Cook Rhodes, Kolymbia, Greece
  • ­The Marylebone Suite, The Marylebone, London, UK
  • ­The Vale Garden Residence, The William Vale, Brooklyn, US

Best Use of Technology

  • CHC Hotels, Heraklion- Crete, Greece
  • ­Movenpick, Switzerland
  • ­Sol House Social Hub, Spain

Hotelier of the Year

Sponsored by École Hôtelière de Lausanne

  • ­Antonio Bignone, Barcelona, Spain
  • ­Niko Suyasa, Bali, Indonesia
  • ­Steven Cowie, London, UK

Hotel Spa of the Year

  • St. Regis Vommuli Island, Maldives
  • ESPA at The Europe, Killarney, Ireland
  • Mandalay Spa, Dolce CampoReal Lisboa, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Masseria San Domenico, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy
  • Spa & Thalasso, Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel, Cannes, France

Innovation in Service of the Year

  • ­Grace Cafayate, Salta Province, Argentina
  • ­Sol House Ibiza mixed by Ibiza Rocks, Balearic Islands, Spain

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • Alevante (Meliá Sancti Petri), Cadiz, Spain
  • ­Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan, Italy
  • ­Kitchen Club, Casa Cook Rhodes, Kolymbia, Greece
  • ­ Dos Cielos Madrid, Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques, Madrid, Spain
  • ­Due Camini Ristorante, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy
  • ­OVO by Carlo Cracco, Moscow, Russia
  • ­The Bank Brasserie & Bar, Vienna, Austria
  • ­The Terrace Restaurant, The Montagu Arms Hotel, Hampshire, UK
  • ­Leuca, The William Vale, Brooklyn, US

Beach Resort of the Year

Sponsored by Elite Traveler

  • ­Baraza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
  • St. Regis Vommuli Island, Maldives

Best Hotel Bar

  • 363 Champagne Lounge, Grace Santorini, Santorini, Greece
  • Epicurean, G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jimmy's Bar, Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Marc, Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai, China
  • Radio ME Madrid Rooftop Bar, Madrid, Spain
  • Radio Rooftop ME London, London, UK
  • Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London, London, UK
  • Westlight, The William Vale, Brooklyn, US