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Announcing the 2012 Award Winners

September 14, 2012 – BLLA Announces the winners of it’s 2012 Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards.


The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach, FL – 2012 Boutique Hotel of the Year WINNER

The Hotel Sorella, Houston, TX – 2012 Lifestyle Hotel of the Year WINNER

Jonathan Plutzik, Principal owner and Chairman, The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach – 2012 Hotelier of the Year WINNER


We’re in Miami! The Top Boutique Hotels will be announced on Wednesday!

Produced By The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, The Awards Are Setting The Universal Benchmark For Recognition Of Quality In The Boutique Hospitality Sector – Event to Also Feature Hospitality CEOs In A “State Of The Industry” Panel

Miami Beach, Florida — Hospitality leaders and design luminaries from cutting-edge architecture, interior design, purchasing, consulting firms, and from across industry segments including restaurants, hotels, spas and more, will gather together at a special awards luncheon on September 14, 2011 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. during the second and final day of the Hospitality Design Boutique Exposition, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Categories for the awards include: Design & Architecture; Sustainability; Food & Beverage; Customer Service; Marketing & Sales; and Occupancy & RevPAR. The Awards will celebrate, for the second year, top performing boutique and lifestyle independent properties that have raised the bar.

Produced by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA), the awards are becoming the universal benchmark for recognition of quality among the boutique and lifestyle lodging industry and, is the only one among many hospitality awards worldwide, that is dedicated exclusively to both the boutique and lifestyle hospitality industry sector. The Awards present opportunities for properties to be recognized for achieving overall success within a number of important and equally weighted categories.

The Luncheon Awards event includes a CEO Panel moderated by Jean-Michel Cousteau, famed Filmmaker and Ocean Explorer, on the subject of the ‘State of the Industry for Boutique & Lifestyle properties with a twist on environmental issues in hospitality’. The esteemed panelists include: Brooke Barrett, Co-CEO Denihan Hospitality, Dan Flannery, COO Morgans Hotel Group, Ingrid Summerfield, President and COO Joie de Vivre, and Raul Leal, President and COO Virgin Hotels.

The finalists that have excelled in the three categories and are being considered for the top awards are:

2011 Boutique Hotel of the Year:

  • The Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, NM
  • The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
  • The Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR
  • Hotel Renew, Honolulu, HI


Lifestyle Hotel of the Year:

  • The Good Hotel, San Francisco, CA
  • The Surrey, New York, NY
  • W Hollywood Residences, Hollywood, CA
  • The Westlake Village Inn, Westlake Village, CA


Boutique & Lifestyle Hotelier of the Year:

  • Andrea De Trinidad, Mount View Hotel & Spa
  • Joe Kurth, GM, The Pfister Hotel
  • Richard Kessler, Owner/CEO, The Kessler Collection
  • Tim Dixon, Owner, The Iron Horse Hotel


The BLLA Pavilion where relationships are built and new products are discovered, showcasing for the 1st time at the HD Boutique Exposition and Conference that will take place on September 13th and 14th at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is paving the way for suppliers to show their support and interest in the boutique and lifestyle sector. Participating exhibitors in the BLLA Pavilion which is the largest footprint on the tradeshow floor, includes the following companies: Apaiser Bathware, Cobsa-USA, Elektra, Jean-Michel Cousteau by Maricoid, Concept Amenities, Iberia Tiles, Smarter Shows / Club + Venue Design Expo 2012, Central Lock & Hardware and the T-Y Group. Planned activities inside the Pavilion include a variety of entertainment, a flamingo exhibit, prize drawings each day and gift bags full of sample products from BLLA suppliers.

The luncheon features additional Sponsors including Swarovski who has custom designed the BLLA Award icon, Hospitality Design Magazine who is collaborating on the luncheon, Gilchrist & Soames, Getaway Packages, NIS Print, Rottet Studio, TripTV, the Scene Marketing Group, Principia, Fabric Innovations, TCHO Chocolate, Beanitos, Biscoff Cookies, Food Should Taste Good, Tyler’s Coffees, Goody Good Stuff and Fischer & Wieser. Most of these sponsors also contributed to the gift bags being given to each luncheon attendee, a BLLA tradition.

To attend the event with a single ticket or a table of 8, please go to www.tinyurl.com/bllaluncheon.


About The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)
The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association is the first and only association dedicated to uniting the world’s boutique and lifestyle properties. Created to be the unifying voice of this distinctive subset within the hospitality industry, its goal is to unite the world’s collection of boutique & lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them, offering them the opportunity to successfully compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies, as well as market themselves to meet the ever-increasing demand from discerning boutique-seeking clients. For more information, or to become a member, visit: www.blla.org. Book a stay at www.realboutiquehotels.com. Read about unique destinations at www.boutiquelodgingmagazine.com.


Jean-Michel Cousteau, Filmmaker, Environmental Educator & Hotelier to Keynote at BLLA Event


BLLA just now received word that Jean-Michel Cousteau, Filmmaker, Environmental Educator and Hotelier, has agreed to Keynote the BLLA Hospitality Awards Luncheon
at the Hospitality Design Boutique Show in Miami, Sept. 13-14.. His new company, to be announced, will also be launching a new product line INSIDE THE BLLA PAVILION. So we are thrilled!

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Swarovski Designs Top Boutique Hotel Award

Deadline to Enter the Awards Extended to August 16th

The 2011 Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards for are well underway and properties from around the world are entering the competition. And the winning property will receive the BLLA Icon Award which is being custom designed by Swarovski Lighting Business, with its two prominent brands Swarovski and SCHONBEK®.

Here’s a sneak peek at this stunning award:

The Awards are celebrated and winners announced at a special luncheon event held during the Hospitality Design Boutique Show in Miami at the Miami Beach Convention Center, September 13-14, 2011. New this year is 40×80 foot BLLA Pavilion on the tradeshow floor.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be the WINNER of the 2011 Award or a FINALIST. Benefits of winning include showcasing the official 2011 Award Icon on your website and in all promotional materials for one year. Additionally, there will be extensive press coverage, images and video of the winners.Additionally, one individual will be honored as Boutique & Lifestyle Hotelier of the Year for outstanding achievement in owning, managing or marketing a property or small brand with this hospitality sector.Winning entries will be honored at the Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards Luncheon, a gourmet networking extravaganza that will be held September 14, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and will be showcased online in the Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards 2011 Winners Gallery on the BLLA website, Hospitality Design website, and editorial coverage in Hospitality Design Magazine.To learn more or enter the awards, click here.