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Refinements to the judging process introduced for 2016/17

The HOTEL judging process and judges

The judging process has been transformed to ensure we have the most authoritative process possible, with these key stages:

  • Research Judges must be selected from former general managers and top travel journalists and:

    • June to November each property selects the categories in which they wish to be judged; and Round 1 takes place when The Research Judge DBB visit is undertaken

    • December 14: Round 1 Judging recommendations reviewed by the National Judging Panel

  • Regional Winners must be judged by category specialists who visit the top scoring shortlist

    • January: Regional Winners announced in 29 categories at 9 regional presentations

    • Mid-January to mid-March: Round 2: Specialist Judges visit the Regional Winners

  • Regional Winners must also be judged by peer judges, who visit the category top scorers

    • Mid-January to mid-March: Round 3: Peer Judges visit the Regional Winners

  • Specialist & Peer Judge recommendations presented to Judging Panel to select National Winners

    • 23 March: The National Judging Panel meets to review the Specialist and Peer Judge conclusions to select National Winners in each of 29 categories, with the Hotel of the Year selected from the 29 National Winners. They also select the Grand Award winners during this judging day.

    • April 23, 2017; Awards Presentation Dinner at which the 29 National Winners are presented

 

The PEOPLE judging process and judges

The people awards now have their own dedicated judging process:

  • August and November: each property may nominate up to 5 staff from 20 categories

  • September and December: People of Excellence certificates issued to nominated staff

  • December 14: Round 1 Judging recommendations reviewed by the National Judging Panel

  • January: Regional Winners are announced in 20 categories at 9 regional presentations

  • Mid-January to mid-March:

    • Questionnaires issued to all properties with regional winner People of Excellence

    • Questionnaires issued to all properties with shortlisted Gold Laurels, Hotel Manager (Small), Hotel Manager (Large), Independent Hotelier

  • 23 March: The National Judging Panel meets to review the questionnaires and to select National Winners and Grand Award winners.

  • April 23, 2017; Awards Presentation Dinner

 

Establishment Awards

Properties may be nominated by guests, judges or properties themselves by 1 December. In the first week of January judges finalise in which categories each property will be judged. All judging visits are then mystery, and at the end of March the Regional Winners in each category are announced as the shortlist.

 

There are 29 Establishment categories:

Airport
B & B / Guest House
Bar
Boutique
Brand
Breakfast
Business
Castle
City
Conference
Country House
Country Sports
Events
Family
Golf
Inn
Island
Luxury
Bar Dining
Fine Dining Restaurant
Informal Restaurant
Pet Friendly
Romantic
Serviced Apartments
Small Country
Spa
Style
Town
Wedding

Each with up to 9 Regional Winners:

Argyll & Lomond
Borders
Central & Fife
Edinburgh & The Lothians
Glasgow & Clyde
Highland
Islands
North East
South West

From these winners the judges select the National Winner in each category, and then from these National Winners the top award of Hotel of the Year is selected.

 

 

People of Excellence Awards

The People Awards are selected from the People of Excellence finalists awarded throughout the year, along with those identified during the judging process, whose shortlist is announced from 17 to 20 January at regional presentations throughout Scotland.

Scottish Hotel Awards People of Excellence Categories

Business & Management Awards

Brand Ambassador
Deputy Manager
Marketing Manager
Revenue Manager

 

Service Awards

Concierge
Front of House Team
Housekeeper
Receptionist

 

Chef Awards

Executive Chef
Banqueting Chef
Chef
Sous-Chef

 

Events & Spa Awards

Banqueting Team or Individual
Events Team or Individual
Spa Team or Therapist
Wedding Team or Planner

 

Food & Beverage

Restaurant Manager
Bar Manager
Food & Beverage Team or Individual
Food & Beverage Manager

 

 

Grand Awards

These awards are selected by the senior judging panel and are not subject to an entry process.

Fellowship for Contribution to Industry

Gold Laurels

Hotel Manager (Large)  NEW for 2017

Hotel Group  NEW for 2017

Hotel Management Company  NEW for 2017

Hotel Manager (Small)  NEW for 2017

Hotel of the Year

Independent Hotelier

Rising Stars