AHEAD Americas announces region’s best hotels for 2018

Dezeen promotion: hotels in North and South America recognised by this year’s AHEAD awards include a converted bank in Los Angeles, a beachfront resort in Nicaragua, and a renovated motor lodge in California.

AHEAD’s annual awards programme celebrates outstanding hotel architecture and interiors projects around the globe, divided up into four regions: Americas, Asia,  Europe, and the Middle East and Africa.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa in California took three prizes at the 2018 AHEAD Americas awards

The entries are first judged by an independent panel of leading hospitality architects, designers, owners, operators, developers and commentators.

Announced at a ceremony in Miami this month, the Americas awards were given to the top designs for hospitality, including dining experience and overall design.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
New York City’s MADE Hotel was awarded for best guestroom design

The big winner was the Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa in Napa Valley by AvroKO, with branding by Brand Bureau, which won the AHEAD Americas Hotel of the Year. The renovated motel also topped three categories: Hotel Restoration and Renovation, Spa and Wellness, and Visual Identity of the Year.

Dezeen recently interviewed AHEAD judge Markus Schreyer, who noted the growing trend for motel revivalism.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
Overflowing with plants, Le Sirenuse at Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club in Miami was awarded in the Restaurant category

The Meson Nadi Boutique Hotel in Tola, Nicaragua, was recognised in two categories. It won for best Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces, and Resort Hotel.

In Los Angeles, the NoMad was awarded for Urban Hotel – Conversion, as the building was originally an bank. It now has ornate interiors with marble floors, columns and floral details designed by French architect Jacques Garcia.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
NoMad Los Angeles won for Urban Hotel – Conversion, as the building originally served as a bank

Another winner in this year’s awards was the Moxy Times Square in New York, which was awarded in the Bar, Club or Lounge category for its Magic Hour Rooftop & Bar.

Best hotel restaurant went to Le Sirenuse in Miami, Florida, which is based at Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club in Miami Beach.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, with views overlooking Manhattan’s Financial District, was recognised as best Urban Hotel – Newbuild

The PUBLIC Hotel in New York’s Lower East Side was recognised for its impressive lobby and public space design. Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron designed the building, and ISC Design Studio was behind the interiors.

Each year, AHEAD announces the best hotel designs across 12 categories, with four entries initially shortlisted in each.

AHEAD winners Americas 2018
Fairmont’s The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal was awarded in the Event Space category for its glazed rooftop venue Espace C2

The results for AHEAD Middle East and Africa will be released in November 2018, while AHEAD Asia took place in March. These winners will go on to compete in AHEAD’s Global Biennale of 2018 for international recognition.

See the full list of AHEAD Americas award winners below:

Bar, Club or Lounge
Magic Hour Rooftop & Bar at Moxy Times Square, New York, USA

Event Spaces
Espace C2 at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada

MADE Hotel, New York, USA

Hotel Renovation and Restoration
Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, California, USA

Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces
Meson Nadi Boutique Hotel, Tola, Nicaragua

Lobby and Public Spaces
PUBLIC Hotel, New York, USA

Resort Hotel
Meson Nadi Boutique Hotel, Tola, Nicaragua

Le Sirenuse at Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club, Florida, USA

Spa and Wellness
MoonAcre Spa & Baths at Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, California, USA

The Whitby Suite at The Whitby Hotel, New York, USA

Urban Hotel – Conversion
NoMad Los Angeles, California, USA

Urban Hotel – Newbuild
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA

Visual Identity of the Year
Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, Calistoga, California, USA

New Concept of the Year
Habitas, various locations

Outstanding Contribution
Andrew Zobler, CEO of Sydell Group

AHEAD Americas Hotel of the Year
Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, California, USA

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