AHEAD Americas winners revealed

AHEAD, the Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design, has revealed its winners in a ceremony at Faena Forum.

Celebrating the most ambitious and innovative hotels across the Americas, winners include an environmentally driven urban resort in Brooklyn, a retro-chic retreat in Napa Valley, and a carefully curated boutique resort in Nicaragua.

In a nod to the host venue’s South American origins, the ceremony took on an Argentinian twist with a theme of Tango in the Night, including a Latino-inspired soundtrack courtesy of Music Concierge and an Amphitheatre After Party with music curated by Design Hotels.

The night was hosted by Sleeper’s Editor-at-Large Guy Dittrich, with Awards Director Matt Turner opening proceedings.

Projects were assessed on the excellence of their aesthetics, guest experience and commercial viability by an esteemed panel of hoteliers, architects, interior designers and industry experts.

The winners are:

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

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

Guestrooms – Made Hotel, New York, USA

Hotel Renovation & Restoration – Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, Calistoga, USA

Landscape & Outdoor Spaces – Meson Nadi Boutique Hotel, Tola, Nicaragua

Lobby & Public Spaces – Public Hotel, New York, USA

Resort Hotel – Meson Nadi Boutique Hotel, Tola, Nicaragua

Restaurant – Le Sirenuse at Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club, Miami, USA

Spa & Wellness – MoonAcre Spa & Baths at Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, Calistoga, USA

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

Urban HotelConversion – NoMad Los Angeles, USA

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

Outstanding Contribution – Andrew Zobler, CEO – Sydell Group

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

New Concept of the Year – Habitas, Various locations

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

Winners took home bespoke trophies in hand-blown glass designed and manufactured by Lasvit, while headline sponsor Grohe – along with a host of other supporters – helped victors celebrate into the evening.

The four regional heats – Americas, Asia, Europe and MEA – will culminate in a Global Biennale in January 2019, which will see the winners compete head-to-head to decide a worldwide winner in each category.