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Stella Awards 2020: Best Decor / Design

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NORTHEAST

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GOLD: Conrad Washington, DC

Designed by award-winning architectural design firm, Herzog & de Meuron, this elegant venue is filled with contemporary spaces. The property boasts 32,000 square feet of function space, all equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer natural lighting, and a chandelier-lit ballroom. 

The light and airy meeting rooms have linen glass walls and natural wood. The pre-function space in the hotel — known as an “urban oasis — features local work from DC-based artists and a lighting installation called Falling Flowers. The luxury hotel is also home to a rooftop event terrace that offers views of the U.S. Capitol, the Potomac and the Washington Monument. 

A notable design element is the property’s contemporary atrium lobby, which houses a 10,000-pound polished stainless steel mesh curtain extending from its 11th floor. Even the hotel’s eatery, Estuary, matches the vibe of the property, with sweeping views of downtown D.C.

SILVER: The Notary Hotel

The Notary Hotel is truly where history meets modern luxury. The 1926 building used to be the former City Hall Annex and is featured on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The property has maintained the original charm — marble floors with brass moldings and classic grandeur vibe — while also elevating it to have a modern flare.  The newly renovated event spaces include 12 meeting rooms, the Juniper Ballroom, the William Penn Boardroom, and 10,500 square feet of meeting space.

BRONZE: Inns of Aurora

Inns of Aurora, designated as a National Historic District, sits in the storybook Village of Aurora, tucked in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. The premier resort is home to 5 inns, 54 guest rooms, 4 dining options, a 20,000 square-foot farm-inspired spa coming in spring 2021, and an array of fun event spaces for breakouts and cocktails: boathouses and docks, lakeside porches, sprawling lawns, parlors and libraries, private dining rooms, bluestone patio, an executive boardroom, and a 1,000 square foot private lakeside event space.

SOUTHEAST

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GOLD: Margaritaville Hotel Nashville

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville is one of the first urban hotels in the Margaritaville franchise. The property brings casual luxury to the Music City — an elevated design with a laid-back metropolitan attitude. 

The 12-story property, located half a block from the Music City Center, features 52 Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham suites and 166 guestrooms. Each room is designed to create a sense of escapism, with crisp white bedding and teak finishing, playful colors, and tasteful tropical decor. 

The hotel offers an entertainment area with an outdoor pool and nearly 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor customizable event space. The property’s public and guest suites were designed by Trisha Poole of Design Poole.

SILVER: W Fort Lauderdale

W Fort Lauderdale has a reputation for being playful and glamorous. Inspired by Fort Lauderdale Beach, the 517-room property manages to perfectly capture the breeze and beauty of the area with its understated nautical design and subtle homages to the sand and sea. The porte-cochere features an overhead wind sail, guest rooms are equipped with ombre curtains inspired by the ocean’s seafloor, and the on-site spa showcases a vibrant design.

BRONZE: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater is a top destination with chic accommodations and meeting space. The property is home to 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including 12 meeting rooms and the Dunes Ballroom with over 10,000 square feet of event space accommodating up to 720 guests. The hotel has 343 guest rooms, inspired by the sugar-white sand beaches and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offer modern décor and spectacular waterfront or marina views.

FINALISTS: The DAYTONA; The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

MIDWEST

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GOLD: Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection

Named after Albert Einstein’s famous equation that established the theory of relativity, Hotel EMC2 brings together science and art. The 195-room Chicago hotel was designed by New York-based Rockwell Group inside a 21-story building designed by Koo & Associates.

The property has two event spaces: Emmy Noether and Symmetry. The 988-square-foot Symmetry Room has an attached outdoor terrace that is perfect for a private event. The 821-square-foot Emmy Noether Room is the property’s second-floor event space that overlooks the in-house restaurant, the Albert. 

SILVER: theWit Hotel

This AAA Four Diamond Hotel is stylish, luxurious, and offers views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Chicago’s famed architecture. The 310 guest suites feature a spa-inspired bathroom. With more than 14,000 square feet of recently renovated event spaces, the multisensory hotel features a 5,000 square foot indoor/outdoor rooftop, a second-floor event space with immersive video walls, two sleek executive boardrooms and over 7,000 square feet of flexible event spaces.

BRONZE: The Rose Hotel Chicago O'Hare

Located just five minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 10 minutes from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the 165-room Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare is conveniently located for events. The modern, design-forward property houses 6,000 square feet of flexible space accommodating up to 210 guests, including eight naturally-lit meeting rooms and two ballrooms with breakout spaces.

SOUTHWEST

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Gold: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa offers a luxurious year-round escape in Colorado’s Vail Valley, with sweeping views from the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. The ski-in/ski-out location features an array of winter activities (skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing) and summer activities (fly fishing, river rafting, and 4x4 rides). 

Tucked in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, the property offers over 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space. The state-of-the-art conference center features resort lodge décor and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the mountains outside.

SILVER: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

On the edge of Colorado’s Front Range sits the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The Aurora property, located conveniently 8.5 miles from the Denver International Airport, is home to 69 event rooms. The rustic, yet contemporary, aesthetic of the property extends from its lobby to the guest suits.

BRONZE: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center stands on the shores of Lake Grapevine with 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, 10 restaurants, an on-site spa, and a seasonal resort pool and indoor lap pool. The property houses over 490,000 square feet of event space, 87 event rooms, and 1,814 stylish guest rooms. Of notable mention is the Glass Cactus — Corporate meetings take on a decisively new vibe at Glass Cactus.

FAR WEST

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GOLD: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas was built with meetings in mind, designed to fulfill the needs of every attendee in one location. It is home to spacious guest suites, the Grand Canal Shoppes, the world-class Canyon Ranch spa and fitness center, and 40+ restaurants and lounges located just steps away from the Congress Center.  The 7,000 suites, ranging in size from 650 to 720 square feet, seamlessly blend opulence with earth-friendly nods. Meeting spaces are conveniently located a mere three to four-minute walk away from the guest suites. 

Meeting rooms and exhibit areas are organized vertically and connected by escalators, making it easy for attendees of larger events to quickly move from room to room. The resort offers many non-traditional space options such as private dining rooms, hospitality suites, poolside patios, lounges, and theaters. These unique spaces give both smaller and larger groups interesting alternatives for networking and entertaining clients.

The Venetian is home to three award-winning cocktail bars (The Dorsey, Rosina and Electra) and restaurants (Mott 32, Majordomo, and Matteo’s Ristorante) that were designed with attendee networking in mind. The property’s non-traditional spaces create unforgettable experiences for attendees. 

SILVER: The Ranch 4.0

The Ranch 4.0, located at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, sits in acres of gardens in the Los Angeles, Malibu and Santa Barbara area. The luxury resort is a warm blend of Southern California elegance. 

BRONZE: 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Having undergone a recent redesign to its meeting spaces, this Honolulu hotel captures the beauty of the Islands, with natural elements and finishings that bring a relaxed, refreshing feel to events. The property offers over 20,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space, state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, and virtual floor plans so you can confidently plan remotely. The sixth-floor ‘Alohilani Ballroom can be divided into two spaces offering 5,600 and 6,300 square feet or combined into an expansive space that holds 1,100 people in a theater-style setting.

INTERNATIONAL & U.S. TERRITORY

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GOLD: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson pays tribute to Malaysia’s national flower, the hibiscus, through the property’s design: The oceanfront resort blooms into the turquoise waters. Offering refined luxury living and modern design, the property houses 522 villas and 643 pools. 

The Hibiscus Grand Ballroom is the only banquet hall in Port Dickson with a 20-foot high ceiling. The ballroom’s purples and rich browns reflect the spacious and modern ambience, which can accommodate up to 45 tables or 450 guests.

SILVER: Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is London’s first elevated luxury hotel. It sits in The Shard, a Renzo Piano-designed building, occupying floors 34 through 52. The luxury property houses 202 rooms and suites, three dining and drinking venues, river-facing event rooms, and an infinity pool. The hotel’s designers have used a contemporary design with East Asian motifs in the property’s common spaces. The three private venues feature floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city and the Thames River. Collectively, the property houses 4,306 square feet of event space between the three venues and the spacious Sky Lounge.

BRONZE: Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

China’s Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen, which features modern Chinese architecture, is a destination to remember. The property has 258 hotel rooms with 49 suites and two Rock Star Suites. It’s also home to the world’s largest golf course, Mission Hills.