Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

Point Clear, Alabama, United States

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Historic Hotels of America 2022 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced
2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence Winners Announced


Point Clear, Alabama --- November 17, 2022 --- Historic Hotels of America® is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the United States of America and around the world.

Recipients were honored at a special evening Ceremony and Gala at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Point Clear, Alabama, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) has been known as The Queen of Southern Resorts for 175 years and is set on 550 acres next to Mobile Bay. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the world’s finest historic hotels.

Eighteen Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence were given in multiple categories ranging from Historic Hotels of America Historic Hotelier of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and others. Winners were selected from nominations by historic hotels, preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels from across the United States of America. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. From over 350 nominations, the awards committee evaluated the nominee finalists and, after careful consideration, selected the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence award winners:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

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

The Andrus Hotel (1917)
Dillon, Montana


Historic Hotels of America Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

This award is presented to a hotel that actively engages consumers by sharing the best of its history through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with interesting facts, photos, and contests.

La Fonda on the Plaza™ (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico


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.

Presidio Lodging: The Lodge at the Presidio (1894) and Inn at the Presidio (1903)
San Francisco, California



Historic Hotels of America 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.

Antrim 1844 (1844)
Taneytown, Maryland


Historic Hotels of America 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.

Historic Inns of Annapolis (1772)
Annapolis, Maryland


Historic Hotels of America 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.

Chatham Bars Inn (1914)
Chatham, Massachusetts


Historic Hotels of America Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

This award is presented to a hotel over 400 guestrooms that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service.

The Omni Homestead Resort (1766)
Hot Springs, Virginia


Historic Hotels of America 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.

The Virginian Lynchburg, Curio Collection by Hilton (1913)
Lynchburg, Virginia


Historic Hotels of America Best Historic Resort

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

The Wigwam (1929)
Litchfield Park, Arizona


Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year

This award is presented to a 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.

Susan Stein at
Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847)
Point Clear, Alabama


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.

The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel (1929)
Charlotte, North Carolina


Historic Hotels of America Ambassador of the Year (Celebrating 20+ Years of Service)

This award is presented to an individual who has dedicated his or her career to a historic hotel for at least twenty years and has shown exemplary hospitality and service to the hotel and its guests.

Sam Sealy at Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847)
Point Clear, Alabama


Historic Hotels of America Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

This award is presented 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 participation in Historic Hotels of America.

The Hraba Family at The Lodge at the Presidio (1894) and Inn at the Presidio (1903)
San Francisco, California

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.

Patty Henning at Jekyll Island Club Resort (1886)
Jekyll Island, Georgia


Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to individuals whose lifelong passion has resulted in the preservation and celebration of the history and stories of a legendary historic hotel.

Elise Roenigk at 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886)
Eureka Springs, Arkansas


Legacy of Innovation and Inspiration Award

This award recognizes the extensive accomplishments of Peter Strebel in pioneering innovative concepts for achieving uncommon success, for being a thought leader on exceptional service, a legend and inspiring leader in the hotel world, and whose teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries.

Peter Strebel

Historian of the Year

This award is presented to an individual for making a unique contribution in the research and presentation of history, and whose work has encouraged a wide, if not provocative, discussion and greater understanding of the history of our nation.

 


Greg MacGillivray


“It is an honor to congratulate all of the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence winners,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “The winners are the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from the across the United States. The historic hotels nominated include small historic inns, boutique hotels, lifestyle hotels, and resorts. They represent small towns to large cities to UNESCO World Heritage destinations. We applaud the dedication and passion of the thousands of individuals working at these iconic and legendary hotels that keep the stories alive from the past and make staying or celebrating special occasions at these historic hotels memorable experiences. The hotels on this list represent the very best spirit of perseverance and preservation of Historic Hotels. Through the many chapters these buildings have seen, it is the care of their staff, owners, and operators and the support of travelers that allow these stories to continue.” To be nominated for the Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence, the hotel must be a member of Historic Hotels of America, demonstrate how the hotel increased the recognition and celebration of the hotel’s history, heritage, historic preservation, and its membership as well as how the hotel (through its ownership, leadership, and employees) contributes significantly as an industry leader in the designated award category.

About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the finest historic hotels in the United States of America. To be nominated and selected for membership in this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historical significance. Of the more than 300 historic hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, all historic hotels faithfully preserve their sense of authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org/US. .

MEDIA CONTACT:   Katherine Orr
Historic Hotels of America │ Historic Hotels Worldwide
Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1-202-772-8337
korr@historichotels.org

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