Stella Awards 2020: Best Boutique Property

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Gold: Inns of Aurora

Situated in the storybook Village of Aurora in the picturesque Finger Lakes Region of New York, The Inns of Aurora is a lakeside boutique resort with five luxury inns, two award-winning restaurants, a demonstration kitchen and a wellness center. Resident innkeepers provide 24/7 service, and many guest rooms feature fireplaces, balconies and unmatched lake views. 

Diverse activities include yoga, meditation, culinary classes, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, birdwatching, painting, biking, garlic farming and tasting local food and wine. The “Director of Serenity” leads mental, physical and spiritual wellness programs in The Schoolhouse.

Silver: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Palomar Philadelphia has a sleek design with Art Deco touches thanks to its former life as the 1929-original AIA Building. Its 6,000 square feet of light-drenched meeting and event space was recently redesigned. Original features, like the 25th floor AIA Library, were carefully preserved.

Bronze: Foxfire

Foxfire, a unique private estate in Maryland’s historic horse Harford County house country, allows guests to escape the traditional hotel conference room and reconnect with nature for a one-of -a-kind experience. Foxfire staff collaborate with corporate groups to create custom programming, tailored to meet specific needs and further tapping into the local heritage and beautiful natural surroundings.

Finalist: Hotel Viking

The award-winning Hotel Viking, situated atop Newport, Rhode Island's Historic Hill neighborhood, encompasses breathtaking views of Bellevue Avenue. The property features guest rooms and luxury suites along with a sense of history and a friendly ambiance.


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The DAYTONA is a new Marriott Autograph Collection hotel located directly across from the famed Daytona International Speedway. Features of the 144-room property include a racing-inspired design with touches like a NASCAR memorabilia trophy case, vintage show cars on display in the second-floor lobby, a full-service restaurant and bar, and an outdoor swimming pool with a fire pit and cabanas. 

More than 12,000 square feet of flexible event space is on site. Unique experiences abound, like learning to drive a NASCAR vehicle around the famous track. The hotel’s Meeting and Event Specialists work closely with the team at Daytona International Speedway help orchestrate memorable and exciting events.

Silver: The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach

A fully remodeled historic boutique hotel, The Brazilian Court is situated in the heart of Palm Beach, tucked between multimillion-dollar residences and just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. An ideal setting for meetings and gatherings, the property boasts 3,500 square feet of flexible event space and an exclusive set of on-site amenities

Bronze: Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel is a boutique Art Deco oceanfront hotel located in Miami’s South Beach. Unique to this 186-room hotel’s meeting experience is its DAYLIFE program, which provides delegates thoughtfully curated activities like teambuilding games, guided meditation yoga and more.

Finalists: Fairlane Hotel; The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

Located in downtown Nashville, The Fairlane features 81 guest rooms, three dining outlets and a 4,000 square-foot Penthouse reminiscent of a 1970’s crash pad. The Big Business Room and The Business Room are both state-of-the-art meeting spaces, yet stay true to the mid-century design of the hotel.

A newly renovated property with an unmatched location on Key West’s only natural-sand beach, The Reach is inspired by the island’s culture, history, local artists and cuisine. With over 4,000 square feet of indoor event space and 150 rooms, the ocean serves as the backdrop to each meeting venue.


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Gold: Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection is a one-of-a-kind Chicago property that celebrates the convergence of art and science through its design, cuisine and guest experience. The visually stunning hotel showcases this unique concept at every turn, including its two robot concierges, Cleo and Leo. 

The property (part of Marriott’s Bonvoy’s collection of hotels) is also home to the Albert, a contemporary restaurant that serves seasonal, globally inspired dishes which focus on a classic yet bold approach to create trendy and tasty menu items.

Silver: MotorCity Casino Hotel

Detroit’s only locally owned and operated casino hotel, MotorCity Casino Hotel was designed with input from renowned automotive designer Chip Foose. It is a soaring icon on the city’s skyline. Guests here will find elegance coupled with the latest technology and amenities, including 67,500 square feet of event space, a luxurious spa, live entertainment, incredible dining and 24-hour business and fitness centers.

Bronze: The Rose Hotel Chicago O'Hare

Rosemont’s first boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, offers a uniquely upscale experience complete with highly personalized service, thoughtful amenities and more. The property boasts 165 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and more.


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Gold: Sanctuary On Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Set high above Arizona’s Paradise Valley on iconic Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s 9,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space is an inspired choice for smaller and high-level corporate gatherings. With a sleek, modern design that blends into the natural surroundings, the resort environment fuels creative thinking. 

Meeting facilities accommodate 200 and are supported by an inspired food and beverage program by celebrity Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and world-class recreation: group wellness programs at the award-winning Sanctuary Spa, the region’s largest infinity-edge pool, four championship tennis courts, hiking/biking trails and privileges at top-rated golf courses.

Silver: The Hermosa Inn

Once the private, turn-of-the-century escape of painter Lon Megargee, the intimate and luxurious Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley retains all the magic that inspired Arizona’s “dean of cowboy artists.” Today, this secluded AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel offers 6,500 square feet of thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor function space.


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Gold: The Ranch 4.0

The Ranch 4.0 is one of the top wellness retreats in the world, catering to corporate groups of varying sizes, from 10 to 250. Located at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, The Ranch 4.0 offers endless possibilities for corporate groups to receive the health benefits of the unique wellness program. alongside the resources of a full-service hotel.

With fully customizable options to meet varying fitness and company needs, The Ranch’s exercise and nutrition program helps attain measurable results in a short amount of time, gaining endurance, shedding fat and detoxifying in a healthy, sustainable way. The physical nature of the program – centered around hiking, rest, strength conditioning, yoga and massage – combined with the support of a dedicated staff naturally promotes a positive environment centered on the encouragement of others. 

Silver: Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection

Solage is located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, drawing visitors as well as area vintners who come here after a day in the vineyards to relax over a glass of wine or a craft cocktail and connect. This Forbes Five Star Resort features 89 stylish guest rooms and suites, an award-winning restaurant and a full-service spa with healing geo-thermal pools.

Bronze: The Garland

Following a $20 million renovation, The Garland offers a unique urban retreat in Los Angeles. Steeped in California history, The Garland has hosted everyone from Hollywood legends to music royalty. The property is home to over 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces. Providing a seamless outdoor/indoor flow for on-site events, the property is ideally positioned to allow for the ultimate Southern California experience.

Finalists: AutoCamp; Carmel Valley Ranch; Willows Lodge

AutoCamp, a most innovative boutique concept, recently opened its third and largest property to date in Yosemite. It offers luxurious finishes and decor that reflect the surrounding natural environment, a large communal Clubhouse with dedicated meeting space and year-round heated pool. All AutoCamp locations feature custom-designed 31-foot Airstreams, as well as accessible suites and luxury tents.

Carmel Valley Ranch is a 500-acre playground with flexible and diverse indoor and outdoor settings as well as customized group activities, including teambuilding competitions, outdoor adventures such as falconry and artisan workshops that spark creativity. There’s also an award-winning golf course, an expansive spa and culinary delights from chefs who value a hand-crafted approach.

Willows Lodge is situated in the Sammamish River valley surrounded by 118 wineries. Just 30 minutes from Seattle, the "modern" lodge features 84 rooms, two acclaimed restaurants and a spa. Meeting guests will enjoy over 5,000 square feet of flexible, naturally lit indoor and outdoor space, as well as a plethora of teambuilding and culinary activities. 


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Gold: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Kimpton’s first luxury property and Caribbean hotel, Seafire is located on Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach. The design-centric property features three distinct culinary outlets and an exceptional spa with the island's first Hammam for treatments. For the ultimate in luxury and privacy, book one of the bungalows with its own plunge pools and amenities, such as private beach cabanas, COOLA sunscreen products and on-demand cracked coconuts.

The property is home to 20,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed event space that weaves seamlessly between indoor elegance and al fresco openness.Each of the 264 guest rooms and suites has its own private balcony, nearly all featuring water vistas.