2019 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony will be held on November 7, 2019 at Pinehurst Resort (1895) in Pinehurst, North Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Awards of Excellence?
Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels across the globe annually by presenting awards in various categories ranging from Best Historic Resort, Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year, New Member of the Year, and many others.

What is the deadline for entries?
The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2019.

Who can be nominated?
To be nominated, the hotel must be a member of Historic Hotels of America or Historic Hotels Worldwide and contributes significantly and be an industry leader in the designated award category.

How are the entries judged?
A panel of experts will be judging and weighing the nominees in each category. Multiple judges score each entry. Points are then added cumulatively and an average score is determined. All tabulation is done by officials of Historic Hotels of America/Historic Hotels Worldwide and kept confidential.

How many entries can I submit?
There is no limit to the number of entries one can submit. Please note that duplicate nomination entries do not increase chances of winning.

How do I submit an entry?
All entries for the 2019 Awards of Excellence must be submitted online here. Nominees can include supporting documents for each category to Heather Taylor at htaylor@historichotels.org. Award winners may be asked to submit additional materials such as high-resolution media to be displayed at the gala.

Where will the 2019 Awards of Excellence Gala be held?
The 2019 Awards of Excellence Gala will be held at Pinehurst Resort (1895) in Pinehurst, North Carolina on November 7, 2019 at 7 pm. 

What are the entry categories?

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year
This award is presented to new member hotel that best demonstrates immediate engagement, activation, and passionate support of Historic Hotels of America.

Historic Hotelier of the Year
This award is presented to the recipient demonstrating the highest contribution to furthering the celebration of history at historic hotels as well as leadership and innovation.

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)
This award is presented to a hotel under 75 guestrooms that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)
This award is presented to a hotel with 76-200 guestrooms that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)
This award is presented to a hotel with 201-400 guestrooms that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)
This award is presented to a hotel with over 400 guestrooms that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best City Center Historic Hotel
This award is presented to a hotel located in a city center that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Resort
This award is presented to the historic resort that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Hotel Historian of the Year
This award is presented to the hotel historian who best demonstrates a passion for preserving, displaying, and interpreting the history of his or her hotel—a true ambassador of the past.

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year
This award is presented annually to a multi-generational family ownership entity or management company which has served as an exemplary role model in the operation of the historic hotels entrusted to its stewardship, as well as a demonstrated legacy of commitment to preservation and active champion for Historic Hotels of America.

Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel
This award is presented to a restaurant that is part of a historic hotel that offers the finest cuisine, historic atmosphere, and exceptional customer service. 

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
This award is given to the hotel that actively engages consumers by sharing the best of their history using the best of today’s technology through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with interesting facts, photos, and contests.

Historic Hotels of America Sustainability Champion
This award is presented to a hotel that best implements and practices innovative green initiatives and programs, demonstrating historic preservation is the ultimate green. 

Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century Service)
This award is presented to an individual who has dedicated his or her career to a historic hotel for at least a quarter of a century and has shown exemplary hospitality and service to the hotel and its guests. 

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Europe
This award is presented to a historic hotel in Europe that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in Asia/Pacific
This award is presented to a historic hotel in Asia/Pacific that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotel in the Americas
This award is presented to a historic hotel in the Americas that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service. 

Historian of the Year
This award is presented to an individual who is making a unique contribution to the research and preservation of history and whose work has encouraged a wide discussion, greater understanding, and increased enthusiasm for American History.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to individuals who are dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of legendary historic hotels over many years. 

How much does it cost to enter?
It is free to nominate a hotel. Tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are $350 for one seat and $2,800 per table (for 8 seats).