|LONDON (Nov. 4, 1999) – Johansens, a leading publisher of guides to
recommended luxury accommodations, has announced the winners of its annual
Awards for Excellence for the year 2000.
These prestigious awards are based on evaluations by Johansens’ team
of inspectors combined with satisfaction surveys of visitors to member
hotels and inns in its guides. Members are not invited for Inclusion
in Johansens’ various guides unless they have passed a rigorous quality
inspection by the organization’s inspectors.
The North American hotels recognized at a recent gala held at the Dorchester,
Park Lane, London included:
Nob Hill Lambourne, San Francisco – Hotel of the Year. “This is a
hidden treasure in the heart of San Francisco, offering superb surroundings,
service and value for the money,” Johansens inspectors said in making the
Antrim 1844, Taneytown, Md. – Inn of the Year. Inspectors termed
this a “romantic hideaway in the heart of Maryland, providing the best
in fine dining, hospitality and comfort.”
The Swag Country Inn, Waynesville, N.C. – Special Award for Excellence.
Inspectors quoted a guest in citing the inn: “As you climb steadily
higher into the Smokey Mountains, you feel as if you are heading for heaven.
When you reach the Swag, you know you’ve arrived!”
The Swag Country Inn...Nestled
in the Heart of the Smokies
Establishments in Great Britain and Ireland receiving awards included:
Lucknam Park at Colerne, near Bath – Country Hotel of the Year. Built
in 1720, this Palladian mansion was called “a near perfect example of the
English country house.”
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin – City Hotel of the Year. This is the first
time an Irish hotel has won this category. The hotel was created
by linking four meticulously restored Georgian terrace houses, and adding
an elegant Garden Wing.
Cliveden Town House, London – Best London Hotel. This establishment
is a luxurious hideaway located in the center of town and offering all
the exclusive comforts of a grand private residence.
Pool House Hotel, Ester Ross, Scotland – Best Traditional Inn. Inspectors
term this a “gem in marvelous scenery.”
Ashelford, North Devon – Country House of the Year. “This is a wonderful
place to unwind and regain peace of mind,” according to inspectors.
The Vineyard at Stock Cross, Newbury – Restaurant of the Year.
42 The Calls and proprietor Jonathan Wix – Knight Frank Award for Excellence
and Innovation. The Calls is a unique hotel created from an old riverside
corn mill in Leeds with a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Lucknam Park, Colerne
A Palladian mansion, set in 500 acres of parkland, Lucknam
Park has elegant day rooms and dates back to 1720. There are many private
suites and standards of comfort are high. Leisure facilities include a
notable equestrian centre.
Among the awards announced for European hotels:
Hotel Claris, Barcelona – Best European City Hotel. Inspectors and
readers termed this establishment “an avant garde, five-star gran luxe
hotel in the heart of Barcelona’s business and cultural center.”
Hotel Relais La Suvera, near Siena, Italy – Best European Country Hotel.
This is an historic home in the Tuscan countryside that’s a favorite of
connoisseurs of fine food and wine.
Hotel Du Palais, Biarritz, France – Best Waterside Resort Hotel.
A true palace of the Belle Eopque, it has spectacular seaside views and
a Michelin-starred restaurant.
||Established in 1982, Johansens travel guides recommend 1,400 properties
in over 40 countries worldwide and print a total of 200,000 copies.
Johansens is making inroads into the North American travel market with
its “Recommended Hotels & Inns of North America, Bermuda and the Caribbean,”
first published in 1998 and now in its third edition.