Now in its sixth year, the European Hospitality Awards is firmly established as one of the leading celebrations of the industry's achievements. Judges this year include Leading Hotels of the World president and CEO Ted Teng, EHMA president Hans Koch, citizenM COO Michael Levie, and Mark Wynne-Smith, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group's global CEO. We'll be welcoming the nominees, judges and many of our readers to London on 12 November for the gala dinner and ceremony. For more details, please visit

Lifetime achievement award: Reto Wittwer

From July 1995 to October 2014, Reto Wittwer served as president and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. Over almost 20 years at the helm, Wittwer succeeded in turning around the fortunes of the group by focusing its offering on luxury hotel management services and realising an ambitious yet highly selective expansion strategy, growing the portfolio from 21 hotels over 70, with a further 35 under construction or final development at the time of his departure.

Opening of the year (new build)

  • Raffles Istanbul, Turkey
  • Shangri-La, at The Shard, UK
  • Meliá Paris La Defense, France
  • ME Milan Il Duca, Italy
  • Gesundheitszentrum Lanserhof Kurhotel, Austria
  • Radisson Resort, Zavidovo, Russia
  • The Serras Hotel Barcelona, Spain
  • M By Montcalm Shoreditch, UK.

Green hotel of the year

  • Hotel Splendide Royal Roma, Italy
  • Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland
  • ME Ibiza
  • Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, Spain
  • Heemskerk Suites, Netherlands
  • Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge, Sweden
  • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Sweden
  • Amathus Beach Hotel, Cyprus
  • Radisson Blu Nice, France.

Hotelier of the year

  • Giuseppe Rossi, Hotel Splendide Royal
  • Norman Heemskerk, Heemskerk Suites
  • Edwin Kornmann Rudi, Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel
  • Gábor Erdos, Casati Budapest Hotel
  • Didier Le Calvez, Le Bristol Paris
  • Ian Edwards, The Celtic Manor Resort
  • Antonio Bignone, The Serras Hotel Barcelona
  • Frank Heller, The Charles Hotel
  • Axel Pfefferkorn, Hotel & Chalet Aurelio.

Opening of the year (renovation or conversion)

  • Metropolitan by COMO, UK
  • Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, Germany
  • ME Ibiza, Spain
  • Mondrian London Hotel, UK
  • Hampton Hotel by Hilton, UK
  • La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa, France
  • Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding, Spain
  • The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London, UK
  • 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Germany
  • The Red Carnation Hotel Collection – The Ashford Castle, UK.

Innovation in service of the year

  • Hotel The Toren
  • Sol Beach House Cala Blanca, Spain
  • Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora
  • Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel, the Netherlands
  • The Kensington Hotel, UK
  • Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, the Netherlands
  • Casati Budapest Hotel, Hungary
  • Pullman Timi AMA Sardegna, Italy
  • Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Sweden
  • Design&Wine Hotel, Portugal.

Best hotel suite

  • Barceló Sancti Petri Spa Resort, Spain – The Presidential Suite
  • Grandhotel Hessischer Hof – The Presidential Suite
  • Regent Porto Montenegro – Regent Residence
  • Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, France – The Presidential Suite
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy – Roof Top Suites
  • Rosewood London, UK – Garden House Suite
  • Hôtel Westminster, France – Signature Suite
  • ME Milan II Duca, Italy – Suite ME
  • The Marylebone Hotel, UK – The Marylebone Suite
  • Le Bristol Paris, France – Signature Suites
  • The Charles Hotel Munich, Germany – Monforte Royal Suite.

Hotel spa of the year

  • Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat, Czech Republic
  • Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto, Italy
  • Aqva City Spa, Sisley Treatment Center
  • Barceló Sancti Petri Spa Resort, Spain
  • Raffles Istanbul, Raffles Spa
  • Gran Melia Palacio De Isora, Spa by Clarins,
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort, Ireland, ESPA at The Europe
  • Hotel Botanico, Spain, The Oriental Spa Garden
  • Barvikha Hotel & Spa, Spain, Spa Espace Vitalité Chenot
  • Le Bristol Paris, Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel, Ireland, The Beautique Spa
  • M By Montcalm, M Spa.

Best use of technology

  • Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Spain
  • Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel
  • Rocco Forte Hotels
  • Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
  • Design&Wine Hotel
  • M By Montcalm Shoreditch, UK
  • Staybridge Suites London – Vauxhall, UK.

Best hotel restaurant

  • The Halkin by COMO, UK – Amelsa With Arzak instruction
  • Raffles Istanbul – Arola
  • Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel – The Dining Room
  • Hotel Het Arresthuis, the Netherlands – Damianz
  • Rosewood London – Holborn Dining Room
  • Hôtel Westminster – Le Céladon & Le Petit Céladon
  • The Marylebone Hotel – 108 Brasserie
  • Le Bristol Paris – Epicure
  • The Chester Grosvenor, UK – Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor
  • Hayfield Manor Hotel.

Best boutique hotel

  • Georgian House Hotel, UK
  • Hotel The Toren, the Netherlands
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
  • Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel
  • Meliá Villa Capri, Italy
  • Heemskerk Suites, the Netherlands
  • Alexanders Hotel, Greece
  • Hotel & Chalet Aurelio, Austria
  • Grace Santorini, Greece.

Best hotel bar

  • Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto – Sky Bar & Grill
  • Grandhotel Hessischer Hof – Jimmy's Bar
  • Armani Hotels & Resorts,
  • Italy – Bamboo Bar Melia Paris LA Defense – SkyBar
  • Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding – Domo Lounge & Terrace by Cabrera
  • The Trafalgar Hotel, UK – Vista
  • Villa Kennedy, Germany – JFK Bar.