Stella Awards 2021: Best Hotel/Resort


Stellas 2021 Best Hotel Resort

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Resorts Casino Hotel (A Mohegan Sun Property)

The storied Resorts Casino Hotel brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978, which also made it the first American casino outside of Nevada. Today, this landmark property provides fully renovated accommodations — 942 guest rooms and suites in two hotel towers connected by 80,000 square feet of world-class casino action. Speaking of which, a bevy of table games and more than 1,500 slots await, not to mention headline entertainment. Foodies will love on-site favorites like the Zagat rated Capriccio and more casual fare at Breadsticks Café & Grill, Eastwind, Margaritaville and the LandShark Bar & Grill.

A total 64,000 flexible square feet of meeting space includes 24 meeting and function rooms with ocean views and a 13,000 square-foot ballroom. A high technology conference center devoted to group meetings was added in 2015, boosting Resorts’ meeting capabilities to an even par with the most contemporary facilities in the country.

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The Hotel at the University of Maryland

In College Park, Md., where Maryland borders Washington, D.C., the 297-room Hotel at the University of Maryland is a refined, stylish and upscale property. Luxury accommodations and an array of full-service amenities (including an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness facility, multiple restaurants and a luxury spa) create a welcome refuge for guests. The hotel has 43,000 square feet of meeting space across 18 meeting rooms, including 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor space.

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Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 263-room Trump International Hotel began life as the Old Post Office in 1899, its ornate Romanesque Revival style retained in much of the property via wide guest corridors with marble walls and transom windows. Guest rooms have glittering crystal sconces, richly polished wood furnishings and high windows that channel plenty of natural light. For meetings and events, 38,000 square feet of space includes the 13,200-square-foot Presidential Ballroom, which can accommodate receptions for up to 1,335 people.

Finalist: Hilton Boston Back Bay

In one of Bostons most vibrant neighborhoods, the 26-story Hilton Boston Back Bay offers 390 guest rooms with sophisticated décor, custom-designed beds and free WiFi. Dining options include the informal Forty Dalton, serving modern American comfort food, plus the Lobby Café & Bar. There's also an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub and a fitness center, plus a 24/7 convenience store. The hotel is right next to the Hynes Convention Center but has 15,156 square feet of its own meeting space over 16 rooms, the largest measuring 3,816 square feet. Guests are a 5-minute walk from the prudential Center and three blocks from Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.


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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Serving as the Jimmy Buffet-inspired brand's flagship resort out of 40+ properties and growing, the 369-room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort sits jauntily along South Florida’s Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Four on-site venues present live entertainment, and an 11,000-square-foot spa helps work the kinks out, while eight unique dining experiences include the top-rated JWB Prime Steak and Seafood and, directly on the Boardwalk, the Margaritaville Restaurant, ideal for private group dining.

The resort has 30,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space; indoor areas have sweeping floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, while outdoor gathering spots include the 11th-floor outdoor terrace. The resort’s F&B operation includes an expansive banquets menu and custom food options.

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Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the 311-room Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, packs a lot into its slate of offerings. On the southern edge of the key, the property overlooks more than 1,100 feet of beach reserved for guests. Flagler’s Ballroom serves breakfast, with indoor and patio seating, while lunch and dinner are on tap at the Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill, an open-air pavilion. Water sports, bike and scooter rentals, island jet-ski tours and more are readily available. The resort also has 11,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, plus an array of outdoor terraces and beach options that can be combined to a planner’s specifications.

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Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Part of the prestigious Wyndham Grand collection and located within the gates of Walt Disney World Orlando, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek has 400 guest rooms and suites, five F&B outlets, a zero-entry pool, an 18-hole championship golf course and the Blue Harmony spa. The property’s 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space, including a variety of private or semiprivate banquet rooms, is overseen by a catering staff expert in both pre-planned and customized dining.

Finalist: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

With property-wide décor Inspired by the sugar-white sand beaches and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the 343-room Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach in Florida makes the most of its waterside perch with easy access to jet-skiing, parasailing, stand-up paddle boarding and other wet and wild activities. On-site is the Pallavi spa and the signature Asian-fusion Ocean Hai restaurant, serving fresh-caught seafood and farm-fresh ingredients. The hotel has 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including 12 meeting rooms with custom configurations and the Dunes Ballroom with over 10,000 square feet of event space accommodating up to 720 guests.


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Grand Hotel

A local landmark since 1887, the 397-room Grand Hotel on picturesque Mackinac Island, Mich., retains its Old World ambience, from traditional afternoon tea in the parlor to its tastefully preserved Colonial Revival-style architecture. Highlights include a three-story front porch, the Grand Hotel Stable, a swimming pool and a main dining room where formal attire helps keep things classy. For casual dining, guests can stroll over to the Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, overlooking the first tee of the Jewel, the hotel’s beautifully manicured 18-hole golf course.

The hotel has 22,000 square feet of event space. A swanky cocktail reception for up to 400 people can be arranged in the Grand Pavilion, cookouts take place in the Grand Hotel Tea Garden and after-hours gatherings unfold in the Fort Mackinac Tea Room. Groups have their own personal convention manager to help them choose dining and activity options.

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Big Cedar Lodge

Tucked into the rugged landscape of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, about 10 miles south of Branson, the Grand Lodge is a remote haven of natural beauty spread out over 4,600 acres. This rustic luxury resort has 317 accommodations, including grand lodges, cozy cottages, private log cabins and inviting camp-style units. On-site are two marinas, world-class fishing, five golf courses and trails suited for walking, biking and hiking. Some 20,000 square feet of event space includes a 10,974-square-foot ballroom able to host up to 1,000 guests and the Grandview Lawn for up to 700, with a backdrop of lake and mountains.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel

In the heart of Detroit, the 400-room MotorCity Casino Hotel features top performers and exciting play in the casino via a variety of table games, more than 2,700 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room. The property has its own food court, including eateries such as the Assembly Line Buffet and the Lodge Diner. Meeting and events transpire on a hefty 67,500 square feet of space, including the sleek Amnesia and Iridescence event areas in a two-story atrium.

Finalist: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

The 356-room Grand Geneva Resort & Spa sits on 1,300 acres in the woodlands of Lake Geneva, Wis. The roster of features here is formidable: the award-winning Well Spa + Salon; a ski and snowboarding hill; tennis courts; indoor and outdoor pools; five dining outlets, including the Ristorante Brissago and the Geneva Chophouse; two championship golf courses, and 62,000 square feet of conference space, including the 13,770-square-foot pillarless Forum seating up to 1,800.


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The Broadmoor

A landmark in Colorado Springs, Colo., since opening in 1918, the 784-room Broadmoor takes advantage of its setting in the scenic Cheyenne Mountain foothills below Pikes Peak to offer guests a dizzying variety of outdoor adventures, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and ziplining, plus challenging play on two championship 18-hole golf courses. The hotel has 20 restaurants, cafes and lounges with an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.

Planners will find an impressive 315,000 square feet of event space here, both indoors and out, able to handle everything from a board meeting for 10 to a multi-day conference for 5,000 attendees. For a change of pace, groups of up to 60 can stay and meet at the the property’s Cloud Camp, where 22 well-appointed lodge rooms and cabins with panoramic views are complemented by the 1,500-square-foot Overlook, a fully equipped, A/V-ready meeting space.

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Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

Located on the historic Texas A&M campus in College Station, the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center provides 250 guest rooms, the farmer’s table restaurant Brazos – Proper Texas Kitchen and the Black T Bar & Grill. On-site conference facilities span 35,000 square feet and can accommodate banquets of anywhere from 40 to 500 people, the latter in the magnificent 8,205-square-foot Century Ballroom. College Station itself has vibrant parks, a quaint downtown and lots of shopping in decades-old family-run stores and hip new boutiques.

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Paradise Valley, Ariz., lives up to its name via the sheer beauty of the Sonoran Desert terrain, including iconic Camelback Mountain, just a mile from the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The resort features 453 guest casitas, two golf courses, the Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar, two state-of-the-art fitness centers and more than 127,000 square feet of meeting divided among 26 rooms, including the 19,968-square-foot Arizona Ballroom, which can host up to 1,540 people for a banquet. The on-site 32,000-square-foot spa and wellness facility offers a pool, a sauna, steam baths and a whirlpool.


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The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian is a standout on the wildly colorful Las Vegas Strip, with three towers: the Venetian (3,016 suites), the Palazzo (3,064 suites) and the Venezia (1,013 suites). Also on-site are the famed Grand Canal Shoppes and a world-class Canyon Ranch Spa. Among 40+ on-site dining options are Bouchon Bistro (French), Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Brera Osteria (Italian), Delmonico Steakhouse and Estiatorio Milos (Greek). The 10,000-square-foot Tao Nightclub regularly draws headliners such as Madonna, Jay-Z, Usher, Rihanna and Jamie Foxx.

The resort also has more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and event space in some 350 dedicated spaces, from intimate 300-square-foot nooks to 1,300-square-foot conference rooms, including nontraditional options such as private dining rooms, hospitality suites, poolside patios and more. Recently unveiled was the Stella Studio (no relation), an 8,000-square-foot multifunctional venue providing a neutral canvas for any type of event.

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Sahara Las Vegas

Another wonderland on the Las Vegas strip, the Sahara features 1,615 guest rooms in three towers and a nearly 60,000-squqre-foot casino. Dining at the resort is anchored by Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. The hotel also offers more than 85,000 square feet for meetings in unique indoor and outdoor settings, such as the new Azilo Ultra Pool, its deck awash in Moroccan furnishings and lush greens, all surrounded by giant LED walls that project state-of-the-art visuals and sound to envelop attendees in a beautiful desert sanctuary.

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‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Fresh from a top-down renovation inspired by local culture, the 89-room ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach stand ready to welcome attendees with an open-air lobby whose star is a two-story saltwater indoor tank called the Oceanarium, filled with a stunning variety of colorful native Hawaiian reef fish. Other highlights include a vibrant pool deck with private cabanas, a fitness club and spa, tempting Japanese cuisine at Morimoto Asia, and 22,000 square feet of flexible function space.

Finalist: Caesars Palace

A center-Strip icon, Caesars Palace puts a lot of the pizzazz in Las Vegas with 4,000 guest rooms; a casino with 185 table games and 1,324 slot machines; top entertainment in The Colosseum; 11 restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Bobby Flay’s Amalfi; a pool; spa services, and a full 300,000 square feet of meeting space comfortably set apart from the casino. Highlights include the 51,000-square-foot, pillarless Octavius and Forum Ballrooms, each of which can accommodate up to 5,555 guests and can be reconfigured into up to 25 separate breakout rooms.

Finalist: Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

The 347 guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport feature views of Lake Washington, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park or the Seattle skyline, and provide a plush bed to lay one’s head, especially after a day of hiking, kayaking, or wine tasting. The on-site Water’s Table works with local farmers, ranchers and fishermen to offer a selection of Pacific Northeast specialties like king salmon with French green beans, Cippolini onions and rhubarb compote. The hotel has more than 60,000 square feet of high-tech lakefront event space.


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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

In the Cayman Islands, the 264-room Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is an ideal site for a corporate retreats, alumni events, incentive awards and more. Groups enjoy welcoming events and final-night celebrations on the resort’s slice of sparkling Seven Mile Beach, and in between are sybaritic sessions in the Seafire Spa (with seven treatment rooms), sailing and snorkeling, pool parties, a 1,770-square-foot fitness center, Mediterranean seafood and steaks at Ave, and much more.

The resort devotes 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space to events in a variety of settings, all with a tropical backdrop. The 7,076-square-foot Aurea Ballroom holds up to 450 for a banquet, 650 for a reception; the Seabridge Lawn can host up to 250 guests, and accommodations at Seven Mile Beach South can handle sunset banquets of up to 400.

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The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Following a $100 million refresh, the 180-room Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, is even more of a jewel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. On 30 acres of cascading grounds, the resort has four restaurants, including the new Allora, which showcases Sicilian cuisine; an infinity pool remodeled to look as if it flows directly into the ocean; a 65-foot catamaran for private excursions, and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including seven outdoor function venues and two ocean-view gazebos.

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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

On the Dominican Republic’s scenic southeastern coast, the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has 250 guest rooms, 50 private villas, seven restaurants (including the new Minitas Beach Club), three world-renowned golf courses, an immaculate beach, a marina, an equestrian center and much more. The resort’s more than 24,500 square feet of event space includes the new Marina Riverside Center, set on the shore of the Chavon River, with indoor/outdoor space for up to 1,360 guests.

Finalist: Adare Manor

In Limerick, Ireland, set among 840 acres of lush parkland, the luxury Adore Manor has 104 guest rooms furnished in grand 19th-century style, with marble en-suite bathrooms and and beautiful views from every window. The property also has a full-service spa and a stunning 18-hole golf course. For meetings, 32,292 square feet of space includes a 4,800-square-foot sun-drenched grand ballroom, approached by a grand sweeping staircase and able to host up to 350 guests.

Finalist: Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

The 433-room Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers a luxurious stay on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific Coast. Features include a recently renovated infinity pool, sumptuous Japanese cuisine of Mikado, all the fun of the Champions Sports Bar, the soothing Ohtii Spa and more. Among 8,880 square feet of indoor event space are 12 newly revamped meeting rooms and the 5,812-squqare-foot Vallarta Ballroom, while outside lie 20,000 square feet of reception space with dazzling ocean views.

Finalist: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, all 115 guest rooms and suites at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal have private plunge pools and fireplaces. Executive chef Gustavo Pinet presides over an authentic Mexican kitchen at signature restaurant Don Manuel’s (specialties include bluefin tuna tartar and short-rib empanadas), and 3,556 square feet of meeting space includes a reception plaza overlooking Pedregal Mountain, just outside two meeting rooms that combine to host up to 80 people. The Casa Bella Vista overlooks the Marina of Cabo San Lucas and can host 60 for cocktails or 30 for dinner. The entire property is available for buyouts.