AHEAD Europe awards shortlist 2020

Shortlist unveiled for AHEAD Europe 2020 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a guest villa in rural Mallorca and a log-clad hotel near the Arctic circle are some of the hospitality projects to be shortlisted in this year's AHEAD Europe awards.

The AHEAD Europe awards celebrate outstanding hospitality projects that have launched, opened or reopened across the continent between June 2019 and May of this year.

The Standard hotel in London by Shawn Hausman Design
Top image: The exterior of The Standard in London, which is on the awards shortlist. Above: one of The Standard's colourful guest rooms

Submissions were first arranged into 15 categories, which recognise everything from a project's guest rooms to its lobby and public spaces.

A shortlist was then put together by a judging panel made up of hotel industry experts. As well as assessing a project's aesthetic appeal, they also consider factors like use of budget, how well it has met the client brief and whether it captures the "theatre of hotel life".

Among the panel this year is Signe Bindslev Heniksen, co-founder of studio Space Copenhagen, and Ana Ortega-Miranda, director of interior design for Marriott International.

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A freezing river surrounds Arctic Bath, another one of the projects on the awards shortlist

One of the projects to have made it to the shortlist is The Standard in London, which occupies a brutalist building opposite one of the city's major train stations, King's Cross.

Guest rooms and communal areas throughout the hotel are decked out with bold colours like cherry red and cobalt blue, playfully contrasting the hotel's heavy concrete facade.

Also on the shortlist is a log-clad spa hotel called Arctic Bath, which floats on the icy waters of a Swedish river just 50 kilometres south of the Arctic circle.

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La Maison d'Estournel in France has also made the shortlist

Some of the projects on the shortlist are situated in much warmer climes.

This includes La Maison d'Estournel, a centuries-old boutique hotel in France that's set amongst a 12-acre vineyard, and Casa Palerm, a guest villa in Mallorca that has cinematic views of the Spanish countryside.

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Casa Palerm in rural Mallorca is also competing for an award

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the last round of judging was executed over a series of video calls between 14 and 15 October.

Winners will be announced on 16 November via a digital ceremony that will be broadcast on both AHEAD and Dezeen's websites.

See the full shortlist below:


Bar, Club or Lounge

40 Elephants at Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London, England
Double Standard at The Standard, London, England
Sibin at Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London, England
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, London, England
The Malt Lounge at The Prince Akatoki, London, England

Guestrooms

Apfelhotel, Saltusio, Italy
Birch, Cheshunt, England
Boho Club, Marbella, Spain
Domes Zeen Chania, Greece
Hotel Arlberg Lech, Austria

Hotel Conversion

AMERON Frankfurt Neckarvillen Boutique, Germany
Casa Popeea, Brăila, Romania
Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London, England
Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester, England
The Standard, London, England

Hotel Newbuild

Dakota Manchester, England
Hart Shoreditch Hotel, London, England
Lindley Lindenberg, Frankfurt, Germany
Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland
nhow Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands

Hotel Restoration & Renovation

Boho Club, Marbella, Spain
Château de Vignée, Villers-sur-Lesse, Belgium
La Maison d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe, France
Treehouse Hotel London, England
Villa Arnica, Lana, Italy

Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces

Apfelhotel, Saltusio, Italy
Arua Private Spa Villas, Merano, Italy
Domes Zeen Chania, Greece
Ekies All Senses Resort, Vourvourou, Greece
The Newt in Somerset, England

Lobby & Public Spaces

Cretan Malia Park, Crete, Greece
Locke at Broken Wharf, London, England
Parīlio, Naousa, Greece
Rooms Hotel Kokhta, Bakuriani, Georgia
The Lobby Lounge at The Standard, London, England

Lodges, Cabins & Tented Camps

57 Nord, Ardelve, Scotland
Arctic Bath, Harads, Sweden
Camp Hox, Oxfordshire, England
Casa Palerm, Mallorca
Treehouses at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, England

Resort

Cretan Malia Park, Crete, Greece
Domes Zeen Chania, Greece
Lefay Resort and Spa, Dolomites, Italy
Parīlio, Naousa, Greece
Quinta da Comporta, Portugal

Restaurant

Decimo at The Standard, London, England
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London, England
Helios at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, Greece
Memories Sven Wassmer at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Mouries at Cretan Malia Park, Crete, Greece

Spa & Wellness

Apfelhotel, Saltusio, Italy
Arctic Bath, Harads, Sweden
Hotel Arlberg Lech, Austria
Lefay Resort and Spa, Dolomites, Italy
The Newt in Somerset, England

Suite

Arua Private Spa Villas, Merano, Italy
Ekies All Senses Resort, Vourvourou, Greece
Lincoln House at Rosewood London, England
Nobel Suite at Grand Hotel Oslo, Norway
Nobu Hotel Barcelona, Spain

Visual Identity

Birch, Cheshunt, England
Boho Club, Marbella, Spain
Château de Vignée, Villers-sur-Lesse, Belgium
Hotel Arlberg Lech, Austria
Villa Arnica, Lana, Italy