Stella Awards 2020: Best Hotel/Resort

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Gold: Boston Park Plaza

For more than 90 years, Boston Park Plaza has been one of Boston's most highly sought-after venues for special events and meetings.  And, following a more than $100 million renovation to all of the meeting space, guest rooms and all public areas, the hotel shines more brightly than ever before. 

Originally built in 1927 as the Statler Hotel, EM Statler's original vision for the hotel as a city within a city is realized today with the addition of a number of world-class amenities. The wide variety of services and amenities includes Lynx Fitness, a 20,000-square-foot health club; a new event space called Avenue 34; and other amenities, including STRIP by Strega, Leica Gallery Boston, Starbucks and the hotel's Off the Common lobby lounge. This landmark hotel boasts an enviable address within steps to countless restaurants, the theatre district, world-class shopping and the city's many sites and attractions, including Boston Common. 

Silver: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Located in Baltimore's picturesque Harbor East neighborhood, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront offers first-class amenities, a signature restaurant, a pool and fitness center, views of the Inner Harbor and access to top attractions like the Baltimore Aquarium, Science Center and Camden Yards. The hotel's F&B, Events and A/V staff develop creative menus and a unique ambiance, overseeing every detail for each group's individual needs.

Bronze: Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn is one of Cape Cod's most revered destinations for corporate retreats. The full-service resort offers 217 individually decorated rooms and suites, lots of recreational options, exceptional dining, an exclusive spa and an eight-acre farm. With turn-of-the-century charm and breezy, seaside ambience, the hotel is located on its own quarter-mile private beach just a short stroll from Chatham, one of the most historic and picturesque villages on the Cape.

Finalist: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Set with the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City boasts world-class gaming, more than 20 first-class restaurants and lounges and world-class entertainment, including Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, the beachside Sound Waves and Howie Mandel's Comedy Club. 


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Gold: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

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Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is located steps away from America's No. 1 beach. The resort offers 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms with views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, the tranquil Pallavi Spa, and three onsite dining options including waterfront dining at the resort's signature restaurant Ocean Hai. 

With the largest ballroom in Pinellas County and more than 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Wyndham Grand Beach Resort Clearwater Beach is a world-class event destination for all corporate retreats.

Silver: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a destination resort and entertainment complex situated on the famed Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in sunny South Florida. With a unique, 'no worries,' tropical vibe, the AAA Four Diamond-rated, 369-room, 17-story oceanfront resort provides guests and locals the perfect excuse to escape to 'Destination Paradise.'

Bronze: Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Playa Largo Resort & Spa is situated on 14 secluded beachfront acres in Key Largo, Florida, offering 178 guest rooms and suites including 10 private bungalows and a three-bedroom Beach House, as well as upscale waterfront amenities like an oceanfront pool, private beach, private 15-slip marina, dockside restaurants, sea-to-table cuisine and in-water dining.


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Gold: Big Cedar Lodge

Located in the heart of Missouri's Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is one of America's premier wilderness resorts. The 4,600-acre lakeside retreat connects guests to the outdoors with a variety of nature-based experiences including fishing, boating, hiking, spa and wellness offerings. Signature attractions include Top of the Rock, home to world-class golf, dining and entertainment; a 10,000-acre nonprofit wildlife preserve; and a world-class golf portfolio. 

Planners can choose from several adaptable meeting rooms to accommodate up to 1,000 people, including the stunning Grandview Conference Center. The professional staff of technicians and conference experts have a complete inventory of modern audio and visual technology to suit a group's needs. 

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. Offering 400 luxurious rooms, including 33 spacious suites, guests 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: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Situated on 1,300 acres in the woodlands of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning AAA Four-Diamond all-season resort. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired property features 355 guest rooms and 29 upscale villas. The resort also boasts a state-of-the-art WELL Spa + Salon; The Mountain Top, a ski and snowboarding hill; and 62,000 square feet of functional conference space designed to accommodate any event, 

Finalist: AC Hotel Columbus Dublin

Two-year-old AC Hotel Columbus Dublin showcases European-influenced design and service. Located in exciting Bridge Park, Ohio, adjacent to The Exchange event center, shops and restaurants, this modern hotel offers the area's premier accommodations. 

Finalist: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel

A legendary location since 1929, InterContinental Chicago Hotel maintains the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties with historic touchpoints around every corner. As a destination property, each of the hotel's 792 lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites blends the spirit of the city with the worldliness of an urban resort. 


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Gold: The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

At the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting space can transform to facilitate anything from a casual brainstorm to a global symposium. Since opening its doors, the property has earned AAA's coveted Four Diamond Rating, received IACC certification — a distinction only given to the top 1 percent of conference centers in the world — and received AAA's Inspector's Best of Housekeeping Award.

On-site facilities include multiple dining outlets and bars, a fully equipped fitness center and a rooftop pool with private cabanas. Guests unwind in 250 spacious guest rooms ideally situated in College Station, Texas, just a stone's throw from A&M University's legendary Kyle Field. 

Silver: The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor welcomes guests to a legendary Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond resort with impeccable service and distinctive amenities. Whether it is zip lining or horseback riding, Colorado fly fishing or an indulgent day at the spa, golfing on championship courses or fine dining, attendees find endless activities for every age in every season. And With 315,000 square feet of flexible space, unparalleled accommodations and activities, The Broadmoor wows even before an event is underway.

Bronze: The Wigwam

The Wigwam is a 440-acre retreat with 85,000 square feet of event space consisting of 25 meeting rooms, 10 intimate outdoor spaces and teepees that offer a fun flair. The resort has 331 casita-style guest rooms, three dining outlets and is the only Arizona resort with three 18-hole championship golf courses.

Finalist: AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Located in Downtown Austin, Texas on The University of Texas campus, The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center features 297 guest rooms and suites with unparalleled views of the Texas State Capitol and The University of Texas tower. The conference center has over 85,000 square feet of event space for innovative meetings. 



Gold: 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is a cosmopolitan jewel presiding over the most famous shoreline in the world. After a $130 million redevelopment, the design pays homage to Hawaii's rich cultural heritage and its 839 guest rooms and suites offer a serene stay with private balconies looking out to the ocean, Diamond Head or city views.

The hotel features a host of incredible amenities, including more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, two restaurants by internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, rooftop tennis courts and batting cages, a 280,000-gallon Oceanarium, a 12,000-square-foot infinity pool deck with fire pits and private cabanas and the exclusive guests-only Longboard Club. 

Silver: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas can fulfill every single attendee need in one place. The resort is the equivalent of a small city, offering millions of square feet of meeting space and thousands of guest suites, dozens of restaurants and lounges, over a million square feet of shops, multiple entertainment options and a world-class spa. 

Bronze: AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay

The 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay is a new-build lifestyle property located in a growing business and entertainment destination, just minutes from the coast and Los Angeles International Airport. The design-led hotel provides a sleek design and scenic rooftop bar, state-of-the-art fitness center, tech-friendly and flexible meeting spaces and contemporary guest rooms.


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Gold: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Nestled along the Straits of Malacca, the iconic Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson resembles the national flower of Malaysia and is the largest water homes development in the world with 639 villas. It is the proud holder of not one, but two Guinness World Records for achieving "The most swimming pools in a resort at 643" and "The most overwater villas in single resort at 522." 

Each of its spacious villas are tastefully decorated and comes with its own private pool and steam room for the luxury and privacy of its guests. The hotel works closely with Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism to market Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson to MICE Planners across the globe for small meetings to mega-events for up 2,200 attendees.

Silver: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino sits on Aruba's longest stretch of beach, where guests can experience endless ocean vistas, a diverse selection of bars and restaurants and lounge by the pools. On-site amenities include watersports, a diving center, pool games, a kid's club, complimentary bikes, a beachfront eforea™ spa, and a casino. The property has over 35,000 square feet of ballroom and beachfront space.

Bronze: Hilton Bogotá Corferias

Hilton Bogotá Corferias is the largest branded hotel in the city with 170 guest rooms, the largest inventory of this room type in the city. The hotel features eight innovative meeting rooms comprising 24,000 square feet conveniently located on one floor, with double height ceilings and natural light; plus the largest terrace of the area, ideal to host outdoor events.

Finalist: Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives boasts 178 guest rooms, ranging from beach villas and family suites to one- and two-bedroom overwater villas. The property features tropical architecture alongside regionally inspired authentic music memorabilia and offers a variety of dining options with a world of contemporary flavors.

Finalist: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is a Five Star hotel, located on Tenerife's southern coast in Playa Paraiso and is comprised of 624 rooms, including 260 suites split across two towers. Facilities include three pools, a saltwater lagoon, three tiered kids clubs, as well as signature Hard Rock facilities.