AHEAD reveals 2017 European award winners

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
21 November 2017 | Updated 21 November 2017

UK: The Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design has announced this year’s top concepts

The Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD), has unveiled its winners in a ceremony at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.

The awards aim to honour design in hospitality settings, including the guest experience created by innovative design projects.

To determine this year's winners, a panel of judges comprising industry leading hoteliers, architects and interior designers, assessed entries on their aesthetic excellence, guest experience and commercial viability.

The Ned, London won the coveted accolade of AHEAD Europe Hotel of the Year. The Ned by Soho House Design was recognised for its holistic approach in successfully transforming a challenging historic building. The hotel was described as an incredible achievement from vision to implementation to operation.

Amongst the other winners were The Living Room at Huus, Gstaad-Saanen, Switzerland, which won best bar, club or lounge. The space was commended for its thoughtful design, creating a relaxed, luxurious bar with a dynamic and youthful vibe. The Ned, London won best event spaces. The Ned's design team were praised for allowing the grandeur of the original building to speak, and for creating a unique setting for meetings and events.

At Six, Stockholm, Sweden won best guest rooms; the work of Universal Design Studio, judges commended the rooms for their clever use of space, functional layout and considered materials. Pulitzer Amsterdam won for best hotel renovation. Located in Amsterdam's UNESCO World Heritage canal district, Pulitzer was commended for the way that Jacu Strauss repositioned 25 interlinked Golden Age canal houses to combine old architectural splendour with modern style.

Ekies All Senses Resort, Vourvourou, Greece won for its landscape and outdoor spaces. The judges felt Fytron Landscapes beautifully executed the design of the outdoor spaces, delivering an environment of intimacy and privacy. Roomers Baden-Baden, Germany, won for best public spaces.

São Lourenço do Barrocal, Monsaraz, Portugal won best resort hotel, whilst Millie's Lounge at The Ned, London was named best restaurant. Millie's Lounge at The Ned was applauded for its use of the venue's original banking counters and columns in the ground floor of the former bank headquarters.

The regional heats will culminate in a Global Biennale in 2019, which will pit regional winners against one another to decide a worldwide winner in each category.

Further information and a full list of winners is available here.

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