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Historic Hotels of Europe announce the Award Winners 2017


At the idyllic setting of the Aigialos Hotel in Santorini the members of the Historic Hotels of Europe were united once again on the 23rd of October 2016 for the Historic Hotels of Europe Award Ceremony.


After an exquisite dinner at the Selene Restaurant, attended by many guests, including representatives from the media, industry leaders and representatives from the finest Historic Hotels, the awards were given to the winners in recognition of their contribution to the highest standards of cultural and historical hotel keeping and hospitality in Europe.


In an inspiring speech, the Chairman of the Historic hotels of Europe, Mrs. Barbara Avdis, said “Today the winners have been honored by their many guests whose emotive experiences in Historic Hotels from Norway to Greece have prompted them to vote for their favorite places with historical significance.

The exceptional number of votes received from the guests of over 500 historic hotels throughout Europe demonstrated the outstanding success and loyalty to the Historic Hotels of Europe brand.”


The winning hotels of the 5th year of the prestigious Historic Hotels of Europe Awards were:


1.    Historic Hotel Castle Award

Winner: Romantik Hotel Castle Rheinfels

Country: Germany

Member of: Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser


2.    Historic Hotel Countryside Award

Winner: Kurhaus Bergün

Country: Switzerland

Member of: Swiss Historic Hotels


3.    City Historic Hotel Award

Winner: Hotel Krafft Basel

Country: Switzerland

Member of: Swiss Historic Hotels


4.    Historic Hotel Gourmet Award

Winners: Villa Sjötorp

Country: Sweden

Member of: Countryside Hotels


5.    Historic Hotel Host of the Year

Winner: Hotel Hviezdoslav

Country: Slovakia

Member of: Historic Hotels of Slovakia


6.    Historic Hotel New Member Award

Winner: Château Gbeľany

Country: Slovakia

Member of: Historic Hotels of Slovakia


7.    Historic Hotel Spa Award

Winner: Solstrand Hotel & Bad

Country: Norway

Member of: De Historiske


8.    Historic Hotel Wedding Experience

Winner:  Rathsallagh House

Country: Ireland

Member of: Ireland’s Blue Book


9.    Historic Hotel with “A Story to Tell”

Winner: Apponyi Hotel

Country: Hungary

Member of: Hungarian Castle Hotels Association


10. Most Romantic Historic Hotel

Winner: Kryimai Hotel

Country: Greece

Member of: Yades Greek Historic Hotels


Award winners can be viewed here: http://www.historichotelsofeurope.com/award.html


This year Historic Hotels Award Ceremony was hosted by Yades Greek Historic Hotels and their 2 member hotels in Santorini: the Aigialos hotel in Fira and the Esperas hotel in Oia. The Ceremony events included a guided visit by distinguished Prof. Dumas at the Akrotiri Archaeological site and Santorinian wine testings supported by Boutari Wines, Santo Wines, Sigalas Wines, Tselepos Wines and ElaGold. All events were under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization.


About Historic Hotels of Europe


Historic Hotels of Europe is a membership organisation representing unique places to stay in Europe. Encompassing castles, chateaus, palaces monasteries, convents and more, they have more than 500 members, spanning 18 countries. Each property within the association has been handpicked for their historical architecture and the unique stories they tell.


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Email: cb@historichotelsofeurope.com