WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 7, 2018 Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the nominee finalists for the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the nation and from around the world.

The 2018 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7 pm. The final award winners will be announced before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Nominee finalists are selected from nominations received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated and after careful consideration selected the following 2018 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

  • Antrim 1844 Taneytown, Maryland
  • The Stagecoach Inn (1852) Salado, Texas
  • The Lodge at the Presidio (1895) San Francisco, California
  • The Bellevue Hotel (1904) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Hotel Skyler Syracuse, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (1921) Syracuse, New York
  • The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

  • Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania
  • Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee 
  • The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York
  • Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Pennsylvania
  • The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Sustainability Champion

  • Airlie (1892) Warrenton, Virginia
  • Hotel Congress (1919) Tucson, Arizona
  • La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Omni San Francisco Hotel (1926) San Francisco, California
  • The Inn at Death Valley (1927) Death Valley, California
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1965) Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

  • El Convento Hotel (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Glasbern (1787) Fogelsville, Pennsylvania
  • Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York
  • Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California
  • The Berkeley City Club (1930) Berkeley, California
  • Williamsburg Inn (1937) Williamsburg, Virginia

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

  • Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York
  • Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection (1900) Nashville, Tennessee 
  • Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Pennsylvania
  • La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • The Cavalier (1927) Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (1935) St. Simons Island, Georgia

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

  • The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818)
  • Capital Hotel (1873) Little Rock, Arkansas
  • The Pfister (1893) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Hotel Viking (1926) Newport, Rhode Island
  • The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

  • Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901) Honolulu, Hawaii
  • The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907) California
  • The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection (1925) Washington, DC
  • Hilton Chicago (1927) Chicago, Illinois
  • Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) Baltimore, Maryland
  • Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

  • Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois
  • The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia
  • The Bellevue Hotel (1904) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica (1912) Utica, New York
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC (1930)
  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1931) Kansas City, Missouri

Best Historic Resort

  • The Buccaneer (1653) St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York
  • Hotel del Coronado (1887) Coronado, California
  • The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona
  • The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Historian of the Year

  • Susan Wilson at Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Massachusetts
  • Larry Johnson at The Seelbach Hilton (1905) Louisville, Kentucky
  • Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 
  • Sarah Gill at The Berkeley City Club (1930) Berkeley, California
  • Patrick Denis Murphy at Morris Inn at Notre Dame (1952) South Bend, Indiana
  • Brian Kelleher at Capital Hilton (1943) Washington, DC

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel

  • TÈ at The Inn at Leola Village, Est. 1867 Leola, Pennsylvania
  • Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
  • Grand Dining Room at Jekyll Island Club Resort (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Murray Circle at Cavallo Point (1901) Sausalito, California
  • Immigrant Restaurant at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

  • The Belz family at The Peabody Memphis (1869) Memphis, Tennessee
  • The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont
  • The Monteleone family at Hotel Monteleone (1886) New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Boughton family at The Colony Hotel (1872) Kennebunkport, Maine
  • The Kohler family at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • The Oseran family Hotel Congress (1919) Tucson, Arizona

Historic Hotelier of the Year

  • Jack Moyer at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Linn Lesesne at Wentworth Mansion (1886) Charleston, South Carolina
  • Kenneth Hayward at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Patty Henning at Jekyll Island Club Resort (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine
  • Susan Anselona at Radisson Martinique on Broadway (1896) New York, New York

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

  • Andrew Todd at Xanterra Travel Collection
  • Oliver Carr at The Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC (1818)
  • John Murtha at Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Massachusetts
  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin
  • Gary Melius at OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York
  • Birney and Marie Dempcy at Mayflower Park Hotel (1927) Seattle, Washington 

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe

  • La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton (11th Century) Siena, Italy
  • Kinnitty Castle Hotel (1209) Birr, Ireland
  • Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece
  • Hilton Molino Stucky Venice (1884) Venice, Italy
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo (1910) Lake Como, Italy
  • Fairmont Le Montreux Palace (1906) Montreux, Switzerland

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific

  • Alsisar Mahal (18th Century) Rajasthan, India
  • Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (1780) Bataan, Philippines
  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam
  • The Fullerton Hotel (1928) Singapore
  • Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor  (1932) Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Hotel New Grand (1927) Yokohama, Japan

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas

  • Quinta Real Oaxaca (1576) Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Hacienda de los Santos (1600s) Sonora, Mexico
  • Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum (1673) Yucatan, Mexico
  • Alfiz Hotel (17th Century) Cartagena, Colombia
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (1893) Québec City, Canada
  • The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada
  • Alvear Palace Hotel (1932) Buenos Aires, Argentina

“It is an honor to congratulate all the 2018 award nominees,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The nominee finalists exemplify the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from the across the United States and from around the world. The historic hotels nominated include small historic inns, boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels, and resorts. They represent small towns to large cities to UNESCO World Heritage destinations. We applaud the dedication and passion of the thousands of individuals working at these iconic and legendary hotels that keep the stories alive from the past and make staying or celebrating special occasions at these historic hotels memorable experiences.”

Tickets for The Historic Hotels 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner are available. The Awards Ceremony and Dinner will take place at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 1, 2018 at 7 pm. Tickets for the 2018 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are $350 for one seat and $2,800 per table (for 8 seats). To register for the ceremony and gala, please contact Stephanie Calhoun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 202 772 8336. 


Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2018) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) kicked off their two-day 2018 Legislative Action Summit (LAS) on September 12 as nearly 400 hoteliers from across the country gather to meet with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. During the summit, hoteliers will discuss the strength of the lodging industry, issues affecting it, and its significant impact on communities around the country. This is the fourth year AHLA and AAHOA are partnering to highlight the lodging industry’s strength and unity.

Supporting nearly 8 million American jobs, putting $600 billion into the U.S. economy each year, and contributing $170 billion in federal, state and local taxes, the hotel industry’s impact is undeniable. As AHLA and AAHOA members meet with elected officials and congressional staff, they will advocate to make permanent the tax cuts in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, policies that encourage international travel and tourism to the United States, and new protections for consumers from online hotel booking scams.

“The hotel industry is one where the American Dream is alive and well, and we are excited to bring that story of opportunity and success to Capitol Hill this week,” said AHLA president and CEO Katherine Lugar. “As part of an industry that supports 8 million jobs across the U.S., hoteliers are focused on providing the training and support to help our employees move up the ladder of opportunity, and build a strong workforce to sustain our industry. Hotels are an integral part of the communities of every congressional district across the country, and we look forward to working together with our nation’s lawmakers so that they understand what makes us unique as an industry, and the policies that will help us continue to grow and thrive.”

AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers said, “As Congress confronts the many challenges facing our country, hoteliers are united in advocating for our employees, our businesses and our industry. AAHOA is pleased to once again join with AHLA for our Legislative Action Summit. Advocating for hoteliers in our nation’s capital is essential with all the important issues being addressed by Congress. This week, we’ll be talking to lawmakers about tax reform, stopping online booking scams, increasing international travel to the United States, and enhancing the hospitality workforce.”

LAS participants will hear from key leaders in Washington who will offer their insights on the political climate and congressional landscape, including U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta; Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD); Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Scott Peters (D-CA); Phil Lovas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, National Travel and Tourism Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce; and David Wasserman, U.S. Editor and Senior Election Analyst, Cook Political Report.

The lodging industry continues to focus on growth and the nation’s economic resurgence while improving the employment landscape. The lodging industry has seen 102 straight months of economic growth, and each day, nearly 5 million people check into a hotel, spending nearly $500 billion at local businesses during their trips. The hotel industry creates competitive, good-paying jobs with clear pathways for professional development and advancement.


Calgary, Alberta (September 4th, 2018) – The Calgary-based leader in hotel and resort management has announced it will be adding Kelowna’s The Royal Private Residences Club to its ever-expanding portfolio of iconic western Canadian resorts. 

As of September 29th, 2018 Bellstar, will be overseeing the management of the 70-unit hotel currently managed by Marriott International’s Delta Hotels brand.  This premier hotel is located on the Kelowna waterfront within the downtown business district and features a roof top pool, fitness area in addition to a variety of luxury suite layouts ranging in size from 730 sq. ft to up to 2900 sq. ft.

“We are excited to see more resort owners converting branded properties to managed independents,” says Robin Cumine, Vice President of Operations & Corporate Development for Bellstar Hotels & Resorts. “Bellstar has a long tradition of offering owners and developers’ excellent returns while delivering exceptional experiences.  Our goal for The Royal Private Residence Club is to soon become a market leader within the Okanagan region.”

To ensure a smooth management transition, Bellstar has recruited Ingrid Jarrett of IJ Management Consulting to take on the role of General Manager for The Royal Private Residences Club.  Jarrett is a long-time travel and hospitality veteran who has spent more than two decades driving tourism in the Okanagan region and was most recently named 2017 Hotelier of the Year for BC while she continues her role as General Manager and Vice President of Corporate Development for the Watermark Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia.

“I am thrilled to have the Royal Private Residence Club, and a partnership with Bellstar Hotels and Resorts added to my IJ Management Consulting portfolio. Living and working in my hometown has been one of my goals for my business, I am excited to be focusing on the luxury market in the heart of Kelowna. “says Ingrid Jarret.

Bellstar manages destination resorts across Western Canada, with locations in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and in BC at Kicking Horse Mountain, Vancouver Island and now the Okanagan Region.


September 11, 2018

CANMORE and CALGARY, A.B. Only months away from opening Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, Clique Hotels and Resorts is a homegrown Alberta success story. Celebrating growth of more than 300 percent over 10 years* Clique has become one of Alberta’s best hospitality and accommodation businesses. It has flourished in over 20 years in operation while maintaining top TripAdvisor scores across its portfolio of properties.

Founded in 1997 by Canmore local businessman Jim Muir, Clique Hotels and Resorts (then known as Summit Resort Management Inc., changed to Clique in 2010) was created to support the Western Canada tourism industry by operating high-performance hotels and resorts and delivering unparalleled customer service and luxurious accommodation.

“As a local Canmore resident, it was important to me that the tourism industry in Canmore and Alberta was highly revered. Our beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape, culture, and history is something that deserves to be celebrated in style and comfort. I saw the opportunity for Clique Hotels and Resorts to step-up and contribute to the local community” says Jim Muir, president of Clique Hotels and Resorts.

With more than 500 staff in seven hotels and resorts, five in Canmore and two in Calgary, Clique Hotels and Resorts consistently place in Trip Advisor’s Top Ten lists. It operates five hotels in Canmore, Copperstone Resort, Stoneridge Mountain Resort, Blackstone Mountain Lodge, Falcon Crest Lodge, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek and two in Calgary, Hotel Clique and the Applause Hotel.

Considered the best hotels and resorts in Canmore, Clique Hotels has the top 1, 2, 3 and 4 hotels in Canmore, according to TripAdvisor. Its Falcon Crest Lodge is the only Alberta hotel to be named Top Hotel in Canada four years in a row by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards.

Muir created the Clique Hotels and Resorts brand to reflect the small and exclusive group of properties in its portfolio. The hospitality management group continues to increase its portfolio by helping resort properties improve their product quality and services. It is the leader in market share for Canmore and consistently sets the bar for occupancy levels.

In 2009 and 2013, Clique Hotels and Resorts took over the management of both the Copperstone Resort and Blackstone Mountain Lodge. This led to increases in owner profits by up to 400 percent and brought both resorts up to the TripAdvisor status of Top Four in Canmore, a feat not easily achieved.

“Members of the tourism and hospitality sector, while being competitive, often work together for the greater good of the destination and while we would never single out any competitor, we are proud of our success when compared to some of the big brand names in our markets,” says Muir, “Our relentless focus on customer experience and client satisfaction is working.”

According to the Canmore Business and Tourism’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the 2020 target for the tourism sector is an annual visitor spend of $400 million (up from $278 million in 2012). Tourism in Alberta accounts for 54% of all visitors to Canada, taking in $8 billion annually while supporting over 19,000 businesses and employing more than 127,000 people.

The tourism communities of Canmore, Banff, and Jasper are key destinations helping Alberta deliver on its tourism vision of increasing economic revenue to $10.3 billion by 2020. Collectively, Canmore, Banff, and Jasper host 17% of overnight visitors in Alberta.

Achieving and maintaining a top TripAdvisor rank is not easy. The rank is based on quality, quantity and how current are direct customer reviews. It is crucial that all services and elements of each hotel and resort run by Clique are operating at the highest standards at all times.

The next development to be added to the Clique portfolio is the new Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek, which plans to officially open in November 2018 but is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation. The Malcolm Hotel will be the first traditional hotel to open in Canmore in the last 20 years.

Currently, Clique is having great success with its unique ‘Clique Mystery’ getaway feature in Canmore, where guests are offered up to 50% off hotel accommodation. Guests who book Clique Mystery will not know where they are staying until three days prior to their arrival. For more on this promotion where Clique picks who you sleep with visit:


TORONTO, ON (August 23, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced change in ownership of the Motel 6 located in Red Deer, Alberta.

Effective August 16, 2018, Motel 6 - Red Deer was acquired by Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd. from the existing owners, Dimension 3 Hospitality. A first for the Company, the Motel 6 property is a great addition to the impressive portfolio, which includes eight Freedom Mobile locations and three Sandhu Computers throughout Edmonton.

“As we grow our portfolio of businesses across Western Canada, we’re excited to leverage the strength of the Motel 6 brand,” said Kawaljit Sandhu of Dream Paradise Hospitality Ltd. “Our team is eager to welcome guests and offer a modern and comfortable lodging experience that meets the needs of value-conscious travellers.”

Originally built and opened in 2006, Motel 6 - Red Deer features 77 guestrooms with comfortable and contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges. Guests can enjoy the convenience of complimentary morning coffee in the lobby and an on-site coin laundry facility.

Located at 900 - 5001 19th Street, off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway, Motel 6 - Red Deer places guests in close proximity to Red Deer College, Red Deer Golf & Country Club and a variety of nearby restaurants. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356)


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