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Historic Hotels of Europe names winners of its 2016 awards, celebrating excellence in luxury hospitality

Castles, a convent, elegant country houses and a former tobacco store. These are  among the ten luxury hotels that have beaten off competition from 500 competitors to be named the winners in the Historic Hotels of Europe awards.
Guests voted for their favourite hotels in ten wide-ranging categories, encompassing romance, legend, fine dining, spa facilities and more.


Historic Hotels of Europe (HHE) chairman Barbara Avdis said: ‘These awards are an opportunity to reward the outstanding effort that the staff at our member hotels put in to ensure their guests are happy.
 


‘It’s also a celebration of the commitment our members make to maintain the incredibly rich heritage and stories encapsulated in these buildings - and to recognise their constant striving to provide an excellent service for their guests.’
 


HHE is a not-for-profit umbrella company championing more than 500 of Europe’s most historically-significant hotels.
 
Each member hotel is unique and each is wrapped inextricably into the history of their location - and of Europe beyond. That’s why the organisation selected ten separate categories for the judging.

As Barbara Avdis commented: ‘The HHE members are so diverse in location, history and type, so having one common measure would be unfair to all.’
 


The winners of this, the fourth HHE awards, were announced on Monday 16 November at a gala dinner at Château de l’Epinay in Saint-Georges-sur-Loire, France.
 




Another winner was Aigialos Hotel, in Santorini, Greece. The 16 renovated neoclassical houses that make up the hotel were originally the homes of the island’s noble captain families. Named best historic hotel with a story to tell, the Aigialos charms visitors with its cobbled walkways, overlooking deep blue seas and the island’s volcano.
 


Winner of the most romantic hotel was Vadstena Convent Hotel, in Sweden. The property has a remarkable history: originally a royal palace, in the 1300s it was the scene of lavish parties thrown by King Magnus Eriksson and his wife Blanche. But the place underwent an abrupt change of fortune when it was transformed into a monastery and convent so austere that log fires, even in a Swedish winter, were strictly forbidden. Vadstena has even been a nursing home for wounded soldiers during wartime - but today it’s a luxury hotel packed with historic charm.
 


As Ms Avidis commented, “Our historic hotels are eclectic and authentic, and we aim to take our guests on a journey of inspiring experiences beyond the expected.”

The full list of winners are:
 

1. Best Castle Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Castle Hotel Sonnenburg

Country: Italy

Member of: Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuse

2. Best Countryside Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Hotel See-Villa

Country: Austria

Member of: Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser

3. Best Customer Care Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Chesa Salis

Country: Switzerland

Member of: Swiss Historic Hotels

4. Best Historic Hotel Spa Award 2016

Winner: Szidónia Manor House

Country: Hungary

Member of: Hungarian Castle Hotels Association
 


5. Best City Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Hotel Elizabeth

Country: Slovakia

Member of: Historic Hotels of Slovakia
 


6. Best Historic Hotel New Member Award 2016

Winner: Hotel Marpessa

Country: Greece

Member of: Yades Greek Historic Hotels
 


7. Best Historic Hotel with “A Story to Tell” 2016

Winner: Aigialos Hotel Santorini

Country: Greece

Member of: Yades Greek Historic Hotels
 


8. Best Adventure and Activities Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Knutholmen

Country: Norway

Member of: De Historiske
 


9. Historic Hotel Best Restaurant 2016

Winner: Marlfield House

Country: Ireland

Member of: Ireland’s Blue Book
 


10. Most Romantic Historic Hotel 2016

Winner: Vadstena Convent Hotel

Country: Sweden

Member of: Countryside Hotels Sweden

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