HB ON THE SCENE: Gold Key Awards Honor Year’s Best In Design

NEW YORK–The 30th annual Gold Key Awards were held in conjunction with the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show to honor excellence in hotel design.

Held once again at the Mandarin Oriental New York, there were more than 180 entries from 19 countries in this years competition. Among the winners were Simeone Deary Design Group in the lobby design category for the Eylsian in Chicago, IL; Rottet Studio in the suite and lounge/bar categories for The Surrey in New York; GKV Architects, PC in the guestroom category for the Park Hyatt Macka Palas in Istanbul; and GRAFT in the restaurant category for the pool deck at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. Top honors for best hotel design went to NHDRO Neri&Hu Design in the urban category for The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai and to WOHA in the resort category for the Alila Villas Ulusatu in Bali, Indonesia.

Judy Dobin, principal and executive vp of Valley Forge Fabrics was honored with the NEWH Icon of Industry Award for more than 25 years in the hospitality industry and her philanthropic efforts. Upon accepting her award, Dobin said, “I have always strived to live wisely and share my values and principals with my loved ones and the community through mentoring and leading by example. That is the way to make a positive impact and make a lasting change…The last two years have been challenging for the industry but with our current leaders I feel a renewed sense of recovery, optimism and renewal for the future.”