37TH ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM HONORS BEST-IN-CLASS HOSPITALITY PROJECTS IN 21 CATEGORIES.

Finalists have been announced for HX: The Hotel Experience’s 37th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program, which is sponsored by Boutique Design magazine.

Photo above: Finalists in the 2017 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design include the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Courtesy of 1 Hotels

Winners in 21 categories will be announced at the Gold Key Awards Gala, to be held Nov. 13 at Gotham Hall, New York. The Designer of the Year will also be honored during this special evening. The gala is presented in conjunction with co-located trade fairs Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS), Nov. 12-13, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Finalists for the 2017 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design include:

BEST ECO CONSCIOUS OR SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS HOTEL

INC Architecture & Design, New York; Marvel Architects, New York; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Client: SH Group, New York

Soneva, Bangkok; Habita Architects, Bangkok; Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Client: Soneva, Bangkok

BEST LOBBY BUDGET/FOCUSED SERVICE

DesignAgency, Toronto; Generator Rome
Client: Generator Hostels, London

Dialogue 38, Toronto; Walper Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Client: Perimeter Development Corp., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Burlington, Vermont; Mountain Modern Motel, Jackson, Wyoming
Clients: Crystal Creek Capital, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (owner); Yarrow Group (operator), Jackson Hotel, Wyoming

Spacedge Designs, Singapore; Hotel Mono, Singapore
Client: Eighteen M Pte Ltd., Singapore

BEST LOBBY MIDSCALE

Anda Andrei Design LLC, New York; Bonetti Kozerski Studio, New York; Stonehill & Taylor, New York; The Asbury Hotel, New Jersey
Clients: iStar, New York (owner); Salt Hotels LLC, Asbury Park (operator)

Arcsine, Oakland, California; Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, California
Clients: Ensemble Real Estate Solutions and Investments, Long Beach, California (owner); Woodside Hotels, Menlo Park, California (operator)

Stonehill & Taylor, New York; MOXY New Orleans
Client: Noble Investment Group, Atlanta (owner)

Travis Walton Architecture, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia; Tribe Hotel- Perth, West Perth, Australia
Client: Tribe Hotel Group, Perth, Australia

BEST LOBBY UPSCALE

Beleco, Los Angeles; Gensler, Morristown, New Jersey; Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
Clients: KHP Capital Partners, San Francisco (owner); Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (operator)

Bill Rooney Studio, Inc., New York; St. Gregory Hotel, Independent Collection, Washington, D.C.
Client: Hersha Hospitality Trust, Philadelphia

JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, Denver; The Perry Key West, Florida
Clients: SIMV Hotel 1, LLC. (owner), Coral Gables, Florida; Hostmark Hospitality (operator), Schaumburg, Illinois

Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago; Detroit Foundation Hotel
Client: Aparium Hotel Group, Chicago

BEST LOBBY LUXURY

Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Pte Ltd., Singapore; Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Client: Berjaya Land Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, New York; The Beekman, New York
Clients: GFI Development Co., New York (owner); Thompson Hotels, New York (operator)

Wilson Associates, Dallas; Fairmont Quasar Istanbul
Client: Fairmont ​Hotels & Resorts, Toronto

BEST GUEST ROOM BUDGET/FOCUSED SERVICE

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto; Jill Greaves Design Inc.; Walper Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Client: Perimeter Development Corp., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Burlington, Vermont; Mountain Modern Motel, Jackson, Wyoming
Clients: Crystal Creek Capital, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (owner); Yarrow Group (operator), Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Spacedge Designs, Singapore; Hotel Mono, Singapore
Client: Eighteen M Pte Ltd., Singapore

BEST GUEST ROOM MIDSCALE

Anda Andrei Design LLC, New York; Bonetti Kozerski Studio, New York; Stonehill & Taylor, New York; The Asbury Hotel, New Jersey
Clients: iStar, New York (owner); Salt Hotels LLC, Asbury Park (operator)

JN+A/HVS Design, Rockville, Maryland; Hotel Zero Degrees Danbury, Connecticut
Clients: RMS Companies, Stamford, Connecticut (owner/operator); Greenwich Hospitality Group, Greenwich, Connecticut (operator)

Travis Walton Architecture, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia; Tribe Hotel- Perth, West Perth, Australia
Client: Tribe Hotel Group, Perth, Australia

BEST GUEST ROOM UPSCALE

DESIGN360unlimited, Santa Monica, California; Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Client: The Chartres Lodging Group/Kokua Hospitality, San Francisco, California

Michaelis Boyd Associates, London; The Principal Manchester, England
Client: Starwood Capital Group, Greenwich, Connecticut (owner); Principal Hotel Company, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (operator)

Rockwell Group, New York; EMC2, Autograph Collection, Chicago
Client: SMASHotels, Lincolnshire, Illinois

Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago; Detroit Foundation Hotel
Client: Aparium Hotel Group, Chicago

Wimberly Interiors, New York; Hotel 50 Bowery, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, New York
Client: Two Roads Hospitality, New York

BEST GUEST ROOM LUXURY

Champalimaud, New York; Four Seasons Jakarta
Client: Four Seasons Jakarta

Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Pte Ltd., Singapore; Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Client: Berjaya Land Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

INC Architecture & Design, New York; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Client: SH Group, New York

Universal Design Studio, London; At Six, Stockholm
Client: Nordic PM, Naska, Sweden

BEST SUITE

II BY IV DESIGN, Toronto; Crystal Mozart, Los Angeles
Client: Genting Hong Kong (owner); Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles (operator)

Busta Studio, Tappan, New York; W South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
Client: Tristar Capital, Los Angeles

Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Pte Ltd., Singapore; Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Client: Berjaya Land Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BEST NIGHTCLUB/LOUNGE

blocHaus, Chicago; Apogee Lounge at Dana Hotel & Spa, Chicago
Client: ACME Hotel Company/Rebel Hospitality, Chicago

FFD Inc., Miami, Florida; Ora Nightclub, Miami Beach, Florida
Client: Ora Hospitality, Miami

Rockwell Group, New York; Avenue at Dream Hollywood, Los Angeles
Client: Dream Hotel Group, New York

Rockwell Group, New York; Nightingale Plaza, West Hollywood, California
Client: sbe, Los Angeles

Studio Munge, Toronto; Rebel, Toronto
Client: INK Entertainment, Toronto

BEST EMERGING HOTEL CONCEPT

Quadrum Global, New York; Arlo Hotels, New York
Designer for inaugural property: AvroKO, New York

Hilton, McLean, Virginia; TRU by Hilton, McLean, Virginia
Designer for inaugural property: FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, Ohio

Tribe Hotel Group; Tribe Hotels, West Perth, Australia
Designer for inaugural property: Travis Walton Architecture, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

BEST RESORT

Paulina Morán Design, Cancún, Mexico, Jorge Borja / Grupo BV, Cancún, Mexico; Chablé, Chocholá, Mexico
Clients: Consorcio Altavista S.A. de C.V., Mexico City (owner); Hamak Hotels, Cancún (operator)

Avenue Interior Design, Los Angeles; SUBU Design Architecture, Los Angeles; La Serena Villas, Palm Springs, California
Client: Lars Viklund and Kelly Viklund, Manhattan Beach, California

EDG Interior Architecture + Design, Novato, California; Delawie, San Diego, California; Andaz Scottsdale, Arizona
Client: Chelsea Hospitality Partners LLC, San Diego, California

BEST RESTAURANT CASUAL DINING

BCV Architects, San Francisco, California; Elite Café, San Francisco, California
Client: Sidecar Hospitality, San Francisco, California

Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., Boston; Ruka Restobar at The Godfrey Hotel, Boston
Client: COJE Management Group, Corp., North Reading, Massachusetts

Conran and Partners, London; Rüya at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai
Clients: Umut Özkanca, Istanbul (owner); d.ream Group, Istanbul (operator)

EoA, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida; Bird & Bone at The Confidante Miami Beach, Florida
Clients: Geolo Capital, San Francisco, California (owner); The Confidante Miami Beach, Florida (operator)

BEST RESTAURANT FINE DINING

AvroKO, New York; SingleThread at SingleThread Farms, Healdsburg, California
Client: UPVentures LLC, New York

Dawson Design Associates, Seattle; Dirty Habit at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.
Client: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Bethesda, Maryland

Parts and Labor Design, New York; Steadfast at Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
Clients: KHP Capital Partners, San Francisco, California (owner); The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, Chicago (operator)

Rockwell Group, New York; The Albert at EMC2, Autograph Collection, Chicago
Client: SMASHotels, Lincolnshire, Illinois

Steve Hermann Design, Montecito, California; Somerset, Santa Barbara, California
Client: Somerset, Santa Barbara, California

BEST SPECIALTY DESIGN

Stonehill & Taylor, New York; Ooh-La-La!, New York
Client: HMG LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio

Studio Munge, Toronto; The Vale Garden Residence at The William Vale, New York
Client: Espresso Hospitality Group, New York

+tongtong Inc., Toronto; The Drake Commissary at The Drake Hotel, Toronto
Client: Drake Hotel Properties, Toronto

Virserius Studio, New York/Paris; The Experience Floor at Hotel BLOOM!, Brussels
Client: Pandox Hotels, Stockholm

JUDGES’ SO COOL

Clodagh Design, New York; Public Restroom at EAST, Miami
Client: Swire Hotels, Hong Kong

ESG Architecture & Design, Minneapolis; Renaissance Marriott Minneapolis–The Depot, Minnesota
Client: CSM Corp., Minneapolis, Minnesota

J. Banks Design, Hilton Head, South Carolina; 4240, Denver; Lake Flato, San Antonio, Texas; Moreland Village, Bluffton, South Carolina
Client: Montage Hotels & Resorts, Laguna Beach, California

Muza Lab, London; Palacio Arquitectos, Lima, Peru; Belmond Andean Explorer, Cuzco, Peru
Client: Belmond Ltd., London

BEST HOTEL BUDGET/FOCUSED SERVICE

DesignAgency, Toronto; Generator Rome
Client: Generator Hostels, London

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto; Jill Greaves Design Inc., Toronto; Dialogue 38, Toronto; Walper Hotel, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Client: Perimeter Development Corp., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Studio HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates) Santa Monica, California; Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Santa Monica, California; AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design, Los Angeles; Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica, California
Client: OTO Development, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spacedge Designs, Singapore; Hotel Mono, Singapore
Client: Eighteen M Pte Ltd., Singapore

BEST HOTEL MIDSCALE

Bunkhouse Group, Austin; Gensler, Austin; Hotel San Cristóbal Baja, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Client: Mira Companies

concrete, Amsterdam; Sheppard Robson, London (in collaboration with concrete); citizenM Tower of London
Client: citizenM, Amsterdam

KKAD, Chester, New Jersey; Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton, Missouri
Client: Arbor Lodging Partners, Chicago

Aparium Hotel Group, Chicago; Plume, Cincinnati; Hotel Covington, Kentucky
Clients: The Salyers Group, Covington, Kentucky (owner); Aparium Hotel Group, Chicago (operator)

SERA Architects, Portland; AC Hotel Portland Downtown, Oregon
Clients: McWINNEY, Denver (owner); Sage Hospitality, Denver (owner/operator)

BEST HOTEL UPSCALE

Beleco, Los Angeles; Gensler, Morristown, New Jersey; Kimpton Gray Hotel, Chicago
Clients: KHP Capital Partners, San Francisco (owner); Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (operator)

Michaelis Boyd Associates, London; 3DReid, Manchester, England; The Principal Manchester, England
Clients: Starwood Capital Group, Greenwich, Connecticut (owner); Principal Hotel Company, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (operator)

Rockwell Group, New York; Killefer Flammang Architects, Los Angeles; Dream Hollywood, Los Angeles
Client: Dream Hotel Group, New York

Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago; McIntosh Poris Associates, Detroit; Detroit Foundation Hotel
Client: Aparium Hotel Group, Chicago

BEST HOTEL LUXURY

Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Pte Ltd., Singapore; Kume Sekkei, Hanoi/Tokyo; Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Client: Berjaya Land Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Inc., Miami; Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP, New York; Joseph Dirand, Paris; Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
Client: Fort Partners, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Patrick Sutton, Baltimore, Maryland; Beatty Harvey Coco, Baltimore, Maryland; Sagamore Pendry, Baltimore, Maryland
Client: Sagamore Development, Baltimore, Maryland
Additional project details can be found on http://www.bdny.com/goldkey .

The Gold Key Awards program recognizes the most influential and innovative design work in the hospitality industry. To be eligible, new construction, conversion or renovation work must have been completed from May 1, 2016 to July 6, 2017. Finalists and winners are determined by a jury of industry leaders from the design, operations, development and investment sectors of hospitality.

Judges for this year’s Gold Key Awards include: Maki Bara, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC; Gary Dollens, Hyatt Hotels Corp.; Timothy Griffin, The Hoxton & Ennismore; Nigel Hatcher, Marriott Intl.; Diana Kessler, Kessler Collection Design Studio; Guy Lindsey, Park Hotels & Resorts; Michael Medzigian, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC; Jonathan Nehmer, Jonathan Nehmer + Associates, Inc.; Jay Pecotte, Hard Rock Intl.; Sangeetha Ramkumar, InterContinental Hotels Group; Jeanne Lynne Starling, MGM Resorts Intl. – Design; Larry Traxler, Hilton; Thomas Trout, Dream Hotel Group, LLC.

“Each of the nearly 400 submissions entered in the 2017 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality had something unique and thought-provoking to say about what makes for a great guest experience,” said Mary Scoviak, executive editor, Boutique Design. “That led to a great discussion by this year’s expert judges about how much that’s raising the bar in all sectors of hospitality design. The best-in-class work they voted to showcase in this year’s list of finalists demonstrates that any style, any concept, and any project can be a game changer.”