2018 Stella Award Winners: Best Decor/Design

Nothing ups the wow factor more than a resort's striking design elements.

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Nothing ups the wow factor more than a resort's striking design elements, elevating a meetings property from ordinary to extraordinary. Stunning guest rooms, lobbies, meeting spaces and dining outlets capture the spirit of the destination and offer unique configurations as well as highly personalized guest experiences. Created with some of the world's most celebrated architects and interior designers at the helm, these Stella Award-winning hotels comprise modern beachside hideaways, chic urban retreats and spa-like sanctuaries that offer an immersive aesthetic experience like no other. 

Best Decor / Design

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Gold Winner, Northeast

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A National Historic Landmark and once the General Post Office, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, DC sports a bold, elegant design in its 184 rooms, suites, restaurant and 22,000 square feet of impressive event space. Vivid green walls and Murano glass chandeliers dot the hotel's living room complemented with eclectic art and burnt orange, silver and dark blue hues. Luxe rooms and suites don five-foot lion head medallions and warm, regal tones of plum, champagne and royal blue. The hotel's event space incorporates stunning architectural details, including decorative gold leaf and original cast iron ceilings.

InterContinental Washington D.C.
Silver Winner, Northeast

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InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf features 278 luxury guest rooms with 33 suites, uniquely inspired by the surrounding neighborhood to showcase a distinctive blend of contemporary style, classic sophistication and sustainable design. With a state-of-the art fitness center, a rooftop pool to take in the D.C. skyline, as well as a 4,250-square-foot spa, guests have myriad of ways to revel in relaxation. Find inspiration with an abundance of natural light and waterfront views, in addition to all of the impeccable hospitality that people have come to expect.


W Fort Lauderdale
Gold Winner, Southeast

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With a bold new design by Meyer Davis Studio, W Fort Lauderdale offers travelers a chic escape. With the beach as its muse, this 517-room property captures the breeze and beauty of Fort Lauderdale Beach with its iconic sail design and subtle homages to the sand and sea throughout. Guests can steal the scene at one of the hotel's rooftop WET Deck pools and live it up with vibrant nightly programming in the 4th floor Living Room bar and lounge. Every room has views of either the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies to take in the view.

The Guest House at Graceland
Silver Winner, Southeast

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From its Southern Colonial exterior to 20 specialty suites with designs supervised by Priscilla Presley, the design and décor at The Guest House at Graceland is inspired by Elvis Presley's personal style and his iconic Memphis mansion. The 450-room, world-class hotel offers luxury accommodations with truly Southern hospitality and service. The AAA Four Diamond property is conveniently located three miles from Memphis International Airport, but is worlds away from ordinary.

Rosen Single Creek Hotel Orlando
Bronze Winner, Southeast

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Uniquely set on historic Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Florida Everglades, Rosen Shingle Creek's modern Spanish Revival design rejects the beauty of the area's natural ambiance and the rich history of Florida's early settlers. Contemporary accommodations and luxurious amenities are bathed in a natural sunshine palette tinged with rich blues and neutrals. Dramatic sweeping windows are featured in all 1,501 guest rooms and suites as well as the lobby—designed to bring the outside in for the ultimate Orlando experience.


Marriott Marquis Chicago
Gold Winner, Midwest

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Marriott Marquis Chicago has 1,205 beautiful guest rooms and more than 93,000 square feet of meeting space for business and social events, conventions and galas. Walls are covered with art from 30-plus Chicago artists who participated in the hotel's art program, enhancing the destination's chic, modern aesthetic. Unrivaled views, high-tech accommodations and connectivity to McCormick Place make it perfect for business gatherings or trips.

MotorCity Casino Hotel
Silver Winner, Midwest

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Detroit's MotorCity Casino Hotel offers everything planners need to make their event a truly memorable one. From cutting-edge presentations to banquets, the hotel has the facilities to make the extraordinary happen: sophisticated boardrooms, flexible banquet and meeting space and the state-of-the-art Sound Board theater. There's also luxury accommodations with complimentary valet parking, 24-hour business and fitness centers, aspa, AAA Four-Diamond dining and live entertainment to ensure unforgettable surroundings.

The Pfister Hotel
Bronze Winner, Midwest

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As Milwaukee's premier luxury hotel, The Pfister Hotel has brought a celebration of arts and exceptional hospitality to locals and visitors alike for 125 years. Its ornate lobby, with astonishing painted ceilings, are unlike any other in the region. It boasts a world-renowned Victorian art collection and Artist-in-Residence program, continuing a longstanding legacy of arts appreciation, which it exudes throughout the design of the hotel. The Pfister Hotel is "the" place to stay for the most artistic and elegant experience in Milwaukee.


Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Gold Winner, Southwest

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa boasts a desert modern design aesthetic, evoking the masters of the Midcentury era with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. A spirit of connection is evident throughout the resort, where clusters of low-slung bungalows house just over 200 guest rooms and suites, each with its own front terrace, many with Mangaris wood-accented private patios, modern exterior furniture and outdoor showers. Colorfully cushioned banco seating and teak tables are just right for enjoying morning coffee or an evening cocktail al fresco.

The ART, A Hotel
Silver Winner, Southwest

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The ART, a hotel, is a place where art and culture intertwine. Nestled in the heart of Denver's Golden Triangle District, the hotel is surrounded by public art pieces and houses its own collection of over 50 pieces of contemporary art, selected by Denver Art Museum curator, Dianne Vanderlip. The ART is marked by sharp lines and sleek angles, making the building itself a unique architectural masterpiece. Inside, guests are welcomed by Leo Villareal's undulating 22,000-light installation, and the ART's 4,000 square feet of meeting space is adorned with inspiring artwork.

The Broadmoor

Bronze Winner, Southwest

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The Broadmoor — the "Grande Dame of the Rockies" — has redefined luxury with a series of improvements that showcase its rich legacy while adding a look that speaks directly to today's guest. The hotel's 100-year-old main lobby has been expanded, providing a grand entry experience while maintaining and honoring all the historic elements guests expect. Remaining true to its timeless aesthetic, the resort's Broadmoor Main rooms and suites have also been refreshed. At The Broadmoor, the spirit of the West provides endless opportunities to explore the picturesque mountains, streams and canyons that have inspired generations.


The Venetian and The Palazzo
Gold Winner, Far West

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The newest design statements of The Venetian and The Palazzo — the sophisticated Dorsey, the romantic Rosina and the inventive ElectraCocktail Club — were designed with the networking of meeting attendees in mind. These three venues, known as The Venetian Cocktail Collective, represent the evolution of nightlife in Las Vegas. The resort itself is the equivalent of a small city, offering millions of square feet of meeting space, thousands of guest suites, dozens of restaurants and lounges, over a million square feet of shops, multiple entertainment options and a world-class spa.

The Ranch 4.0 Westlake Village
Silver Winner, Far West

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Regarded as one of the top wellness retreats in the world, The Ranch has emerged as a leader in the growing trend of corporate wellness programming. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village near Los Angeles, The Ranch 4.0 offers endless possibilities for groups of 10 to 250. Corporate groups have the capabilities of a full-service hotel and access to multiple meeting rooms, including a tranquil greenhouse where meals are served, while also receiving the health benefits of the unique wellness program.

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
Bronze Winner, Far West

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Located slopeside to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa offers access to the resort's world-class terrain. A luxurious choice for those seeking rustic elegance of a grand mountain lodge combined with modern décor, the hotel offers authentic Western hospitality and full amenities with spa, on-site restaurant and over 2,600 square feet of meeting space. The AAA Four Diamond hotel's location in the heart of Teton Village offers easy access to area recreation on the Snake River and Wildlife Safaris in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.


Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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Built as the first "Urban Resort" in Hong Kong, the new Kerry Hotel Hong Kong makes the most of its idyllic waterfront location, showcasing unobstructed views and abundant meeting and event space. The hotel's distinct design experience is characterized by its strong interplay with the outdoor landscape and fluid architecture. The hotel features Hong Kong's largest pillarless ballroom, which can host over 1,000 guests for a banquet dinner. All 546 guest rooms were designed with today's modern traveler in mind.

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Silver Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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The stunning Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa comprises two hotel wings: Al Bandar Hotel (The Town) and the family-oriented Al Waha Hotel (The Oasis). All 460 rooms and suites overlook the Sea of Oman. Throughout the resort, guests can find a mix of gorgeous cultural elements like paintings and art pieces curated by Omani artists, as well as elegantly styled linens and furniture. Highlights include the Barr Al Jissah Ballroom chandelier with 46,656 Swarovski crystals, the unique arabesque carpet designs and the thoughtfully maintained Turtle Beach, where endangered turtles lay their eggs.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Bronze Winner, International 

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Former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is a 19th-century architectural gem, now the epitome of French art de vivre and listed with French Historical Monuments. Designated Palace Status in 2014, the hotel pays homage to the Bonaparte family in all 100 guest rooms, event spaces, restaurants and leisure areas. Authenticity and residential comfort are the guiding forces behind Pierre-Yves Rochon's design throughout the hotel. Apart from the Signature Suites, all guest rooms are decorated in blue, white and ecru with European Empire and Asian aesthetics.