2019 Gold Key Awards Finalists Revealed

Finalists have been announced for the 39th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program for hospitality interiors, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. The 2019 Gold Key judges selected these standout projects from a highly competitive field of more than 430 submissions from design firms around the world.

Winners in 23 categories, as well as the Judges’ So Cool award winner and the Designer of the Year, will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Gala to be held Nov. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in Manhattan. The gala is presented in conjunction with co-located trade fairs Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience, Nov. 10-11, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Both winners and finalists will be profiled in the December issue of Boutique Design.

The Gold Key Awards program recognizes the most influential and innovative design work in the international hospitality industry. To be eligible, new construction, conversion or renovation projects must have been completed from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. Finalists and winners are determined by a jury of industry leaders from the operations, development and investment sectors of hospitality.

Judges for the 39th Gold Key Awards include:

Andrew Alford, founder and chief creative officer, Andrew Alford Creative
Mary Beth Cutshall, senior vice president and chief business development officer, Hospitality Ventures Management Group; managing partner, Amara Capital
Gary Dollens, global head design/product & brand development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Michael Doneff, chief marketing officer, ThinkFoodGroup
Verena Haller, chief design officer, The Standard Hotels
Carl Hren, senior vice president of development, Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Aliya Khan, vice president, global design strategies, Marriott International
Damon Lawrence, cofounder, Homage Hospitality
Michael Medzigian, chairman and managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC
Mitch Patel, president and chief executive officer, Vision Hospitality Group
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners, LLC
Scott Rosenberg, president, JN+A/HVS Design
Jay Stein, chief executive officer, Dream Hotel Group
Larry Traxler, senior vice president global design, Hilton
Simon Turner, managing member, Alpha Lodging Partners, LLC
Gary Womack, managing principal, Acumen Development Partners

Finalists for the 2019 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design include:

BEST ECO OR SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS HOTEL

Design Firm: AvroKO, New York
Project: Eaton Hong Kong
Client: The Great Eagle Group, Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: The Great Eagle Group, Hong Kong

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Clients: SC Capital, Singapore; Architect: SCSY Studio, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Cairncross Martin Co. Ltd., Bangkok

Design Firm: Looney & Associates, Dallas
Project: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Clients: State of Alabama and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by and through the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Architect: Lake Flato, San Antonio, Texas (design architect); Rabun Architects, Atlanta (architect of record); Purchasing Firm: Bray Whaler International, Centennial, Colorado

BEST LOBBY FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firm: Chinese BDD Interior Design Firm, Chengdu, China
Project: Berncy Hotel, Chengdu, China
Client: Chinese LiMeiYunXi Hotel Management Co., Ltd., Chengdu, China; Architect: Chinese Chongqing Boding Building Design Co., Ltd., Chongqing, China; Purchasing Firm: Chinese LiMeiYunXi Hotel Management Co., Ltd., Chengdu, China

Design Firms: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: Sheedy/DeLaRosa Interiors, Chicago
Project: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House East Moline/Quad Cities, East Moline, Illinois
Client: The Bend LLC, East Moline, Illinois; Architect: Legat Architects, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: CVC Hospitality Inc., Winter Garden, Florida

Design Firm: The Society, Seattle
Project: Moxy San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter, California
Client: J Street Hospitality, San Diego, California; Architect: Delawie Architecture, San Diego, California; Purchasing Firm: J Street Hospitality, San Diego, California

Design Firms:  Rockwell Group, New York; Yabu Pushelberg, New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST LOBBY MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firm: Graduate Hotels In-house Design Team, Chicago
Project: Graduate Eugene, Oregon
Client: Graduate Eugene, Chicago; Architect: Johnson Braund, Tukwila, Washington; Purchasing Firms: AJ Capital Partners, Chicago; Graduate Hotels, Chicago

Design Firms: HVS Design, Rockville, Maryland
Project: The Blake Hotel, New Haven, Connecticut
Client: RMS Companies, Stamford, Connecticut; Architect: JN+A, Rockville, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Dimensions LLC, Somers, Connecticut

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: The Eliza Jane, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: HCI Construction, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville Colorado

BEST LOBBY UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firms: The Hickson Design Partnership, London; InterContinental Hotels Group Interior Design Department, London
Project: Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena, Italy
Client: HNH Hospitality; Venice, Italy; Architect: Studio Giallombardo, Venice, Italy; Purchasing Firm: HNH Hospitality, Venice, Italy

Design Firm: Studio 11 Design, Dallas
Project: CANVAS Hotel, Dallas
Client: INTRIGUE Hotels & Resorts by Interstate, Arlington, Virginia/New York; Architect: 5G Studios, Dallas; Purchasing Firm: Matthews Southwest, Lewisville, Texas

Design Firm: Atwater Inc. Studio, Los Angeles, California
Project: Holiday Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Client: Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee; Architect: Bounds Gillespie Killebrew Tushek Architects, PLLC, Memphis, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Atwater Inc. Studio, Los Angeles, California

BEST LOBBY UPSCALE

Design Firm: Baranowitz + Kronenberg, Tel Aviv
Project: Sir Victor Barcelona, Spain
Client: Europe Hotels Private Collection, Amsterdam; Architect: Baranowitz + Kronenberg, Tel Aviv; Purchasing Firm: ARR&D Interiors Srl, Milan

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis; Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Project: Dream Nashville, Tennessee
Client: 4Pant LLC, Franklin, Tennessee; Architect: ESa (Earl Swensson Associates), Nashville, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firm: Studio Robert McKinley, New York
Project: Hotel Joaquin, Laguna Beach, California
Client:  Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California; Architect: Enter-Arc Inc., Santa Ana, California; Purchasing Firm: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California

BEST LOBBY LUXURY

Design Firm: AB Concept, Taipei
Project: W Xi’an, China
Client: Vangzhong Real Estate, Xi’an, China; Architect: A&S Architectural Design, Beijing; Purchasing Firm: Vangzhong Real Estate, Xi’an, China

Design Firms: AFSO, Hong Kong; AvroKO, New York
Project: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Client: Magnolia Finest Corporation Ltd., Bangkok; Architects: Gensler Bangkok; Beaumont Partnership, Bangkok; Purchasing Firm: Parker International, Dubai

Design Firm: Varrodesign, Budapest
Project: Mystery Hotel Budapest
Client: Mystery Hotel Budapest; Architect: PhoenArchitekt, Budapest; Purchasing Firm: Mystery Hotel Budapest

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

BEST GUESTROOM FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firm: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: Eat.Drink.Sleep In-house Design Team, San Diego, California
Project: The Rambler Motel, Chula Vista, California
Client: Bay7/Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California; Architect: Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California; Purchasing Firm: Eat.Drink.Sleep, San Diego, California

Design Firm: Yabu Pushelberg, Toronto/New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST GUESTROOM MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Avenir Creative, Chicago
Project: The Cyrus Hotel, Topeka, Kansas
Client: AIM Strategies, Topeka, Kansas; Architect: Architect One, Topeka, Kansas; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firms: HVS Design, Rockville, Maryland
Project: The Blake Hotel, New Haven, Connecticut
Client: RMS Companies, Stamford, Connecticut; Architect: JN+A, Rockville, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Dimensions LLC, Somers, Connecticut

BEST GUESTROOM UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firms: OFFICEUNTITLED, Culver City, California; Smith Hanes Studios, Atlanta; Oculus, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Project: Woodlark Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Client: NBP Capital, Portland, Oregon; Architect: OFFICEUNTITLED, Culver City, California; Absolute Procurement LLC, Portland, Oregon

Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Project: St. Jane Hotel, Chicago
Client: Becker Ventures, Chicago; Architect: Booth Hansen, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: TWA Hotel, Jamaica, New York
Client: MCR and MORSE Development, New York; Architects: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, Brooklyn, New York; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, New York (architect of record); Purchasing Firm: The Parker Company, Miami

BEST GUESTROOM UPSCALE

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis; Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Project: Dream Nashville, Tennessee
Client: 4Pant LLC, Franklin, Tennessee; Architect: ESa (Earl Swensson Associates), Nashville, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firm: Studio Robert McKinley, New York
Project: Hotel Joaquin, Laguna Beach, California
Client: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California; Architect: Enter-Arc Inc., Santa Ana, California; Purchasing Firm: Auric Road, Laguna Beach, California

BEST GUESTROOM LUXURY

Design Firm: Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles
Project: Santa Monica Proper, Santa Monica, California
Clients: Proper Hospitality, Santa Monica, California (operator); Kor Real Estate Partners, Santa Monica, California (owner); Architect: Howard Laks Architects, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Robert Angell Design International, London
Project: One Aldwych, London
Client: One Aldwych, London; Architect: Jestico + Whiles, London; Purchasing Firm: Keytask, London

Design Firm: Rottet Studio, New York
Project: Belmond Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Client: Belmond, London; Architect: HKS, Coral Gables, Florida; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tuscon, Arizona

Design Firm: Varrodesign, Budapest
Project: Mystery Hotel Budapest
Client: Mystery Hotel Budapest; Architect: PhoenArchitekt, Budapest; Purchasing Firm: Mystery Hotel Budapest

BEST SUITE

Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Project: Kingpin Suite, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
Client: Station Casinos, Las Vegas; Architect: Rockwell Group; Purchasing Firm: Station Casinos, Las Vegas

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

Design Firm: Kelly Wearstler, Los Angeles
Project: Santa Monica Proper, Santa Monica, California
Clients: Proper Hospitality, Santa Monica, California (operator); Kor Real Estate Partners, Santa Monica, California (owner); Architect: Howard Laks Architects, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Whitespace Interiors, Chicago
Project: Congressional Suite at Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, Texas
Client: Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Chicago; Architect: Beck Architecture, Austin, Texas; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

BEST EMERGING CONCEPT

Hotelier: Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Phoenix
Concept: Aiden by Best Western
Design Firm for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul): EWAI Co., Ltd. Seoul; Architect for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul): Ver-Tex Design, Seoul; Purchasing Firm for inaugural property (Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul); BGH Korea Inc, Seoul

Hotelier: Bode, Nashvillle
Concept: Bode
Design for inaugural property (Bode Nashville): DAAD, Nashville; Architect for inaugural property (Bode Nashville): DAAD – PTA, Nashville; Purchasing Firm for inaugural property: (Bode Nashville): Morgan + Schoen Hospitality, Nashville

Hotelier: Homage Hospitality, Oakland, California
Hotel Concept: Homage Hospitality
Design for inaugural property: (The Moor, New Orleans, Louisiana): Homage Hospitality, Oakland, California; Purchasing firm for inaugural property (The Moor, New Orleans, Louisiana): Cowry Moon, Los Angeles

BEST SPECIALTY DESIGN

Design Firm: BG Studio International, New York
Project: Celebrity Flora, Miami
Client: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands; Architect: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands; Purchasing Firm: Royal Caribbean, Miami; De Hoop Shipyard, Lobith – Tolkamer, The Netherlands

Design Firms: Capella Garcia Arquitectura, Barcelona; ICRAVE, New York; Anthony Mrkic Architect,Fort Lee, New York
Project: Mercado Little Spain, New York
Clients: ThinkFoodGroup, Washington, DC and The Related Companies, New York; Architect: Anthony Mrkic Architect, Fort Lee, New York; Purchasing Firm: The Carroll Adams Group, Orlando

Design Firm: One Plus Partnership Limited, Hong Kong
Project: Shenzhen Cine Sky Cinema, China
Client: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong; Architect: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: CINEMAPRO Ltd., Hong Kong

Design Firm: SilverFox Studios pte ltd, Singapore
Project: Spa at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
Client: Wasl LLC, Dubai; Architect: Design & ARchitecture bureau (DAR), Dubai; Purchasing Firm: Wasl LLC, Dubai

Design Firm: JOI-Design, Hamburg
Project: Der Öschberghof, Donaueschingen, Germany
Client: Aldi Süd Germany; Architect: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, Munich; Purchasing Firm: K&P Planungsbüro GmbH, Düsseldorf

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Alley 50 Ultra Lounge, Ho Chi Minh City
Client: Lavenue Investment Corporation, Ho Chi Minh City; Purchasing Firm: Vplus Interiors, Ho Chi Minh City

Design Firm: Studio Paolo Ferrari, Toronto
Project: The Secret Room at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Client: Five Holdings, Dubai; Architect: Five Holdings, Dubai; Purchasing Firm: Five Holdings, Dubai

Design Firm: Yabu Pushelberg, New York
Project: Paradise Club at The Times Square EDITION, New York
Client: Ian Schrager Company, New York; Architect: AAI Architects, New York; Purchasing Firm: Purchasing Associates, Inc. Peekskill, New York

BEST RESTAURANT CASUAL DINING

Design Firm: CetraRuddy Architecture, New York
Project: queensyard, New York
Client: D&D London; Architect: CetraRuddy Architecture, New York; Purchasing Firm: Dorothy Vogt Consulting, New York

Design Firm: Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago
Project: Aba, Chicago
Client: Lettuce Entertain You, Chicago; Architect: Myefski Architects, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises-In house department, Chicago

Design Firm: Preen, Inc., Los Angeles
Project: The Heroic Deli and Wine Bar, Santa Monica, California
Client: The Heroic Deli and Wine Bar, Santa Monica, California; Purchasing Firm: Preen, Inc., Los Angeles

Design Firm: PHENOMENA, Brooklyn, New York
Project: Life Alive Organic Café, Boston
Client: Life Alive Café, Boston; Architect: BKA Architects, Brockton, Massachusetts; Purchasing Firm: Cornerstone Design Build, Swansea, Massachusetts

BEST RESTAURANT FINE DINING

Design Firm: AvroKO, New York
Project: The Zodiac Room at Nieman Marcus – Hudson Yards, New York
Client: Neiman Marcus, Dallas; Architect: Janson Goldstein, New York

Design Firm: EoA Group; Coral Gables, Florida
Project: Tesoro at the JW Marriott Marco Island, Florida
Client: Barings Real Estate Advisors, Glastonbury, Connecticut; Architects: HKS, Dallas (architects of record); EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida (architecture co-designer/interior architecture); Purchasing Firms: The Parker Company, Miami

Design Firm: PARTISANS, Toronto
Project: Quetzal, Toronto
Client: Overbudget Inc., Toronto; Architect: PARTISANS, Toronto; Purchasing Firm: Overbudget Inc., Toronto

BEST RESORT

Design Firm: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
Project: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Shaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Clients: SC Capital, Singapore; Architect: SCSY Studio, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Cairncross Martin Co. Ltd., Bangkok

Design Firm: Kinney Chan and Associates, Hong Kong
Project: Angsana Zhuhai Phoenix Bay, Zhuhai, China
Client: Banyan Tree, Guangdong, China; Architect: Zhu Hai Hotel Architecture, Guangdong, China; Purchasing Firm: Banyan Tree, Guangdong, China

Design Firm: Stylt Trampoli, Gothenburg, Sweden
Project: The Hide Hotel, Flims, Switzerland
Client: Credit Suisse, Thun, Switzerland; Architect: Gross Rüegg Architekten, Flims, Switzerland; Purchasing Firm: Baulink AG, Davos Platz, Switzerland

Design Firm: Rottet Studio, New York
Project: Belmond Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay, Anguilla
Client: Belmond, London; Architect: HKS, Coral Gables, Florida; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tuscon, Arizona

BEST HOTEL FOCUSED SERVICE

Design Firms: dash design, New York; FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC
Project: Moxy Washington, DC Downtown
Client: Douglas Development Group, Washington, DC; Architect: FILLAT + Architecture, Washington, DC; Purchasing Firm: The Stroud Group, Columbia, Maryland

Design Firm: JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, Denver
Project: The Mercantile Hotel, Missoula, Montana
Client: Mercantile, LLC; Architect: JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, Denver; Purchasing Firm: Hospitality Purchasing Consultants, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Design Firm: Gettys ONE – A Gettys Group Company, Chicago
Project: Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Indianapolis Downtown
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: Ratio, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois

Design Firms: Yabu Pushelberg, New York; Rockwell Group, New York
Project: Moxy Chelsea, New York
Client: Lightstone Group, New York; Architect: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Purchasing Firm: Lightstone Group, New York

BEST HOTEL MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Curioso, Chicago
Project: The Wheelhouse Hotel, Chicago
Client: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architect: Norr, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago

Design Firms: Design Continuum., Inc., Atlanta
Project: Marriott AC Hotel/Residence Inn/Springhill Suites Nashville, Tennessee
Client: NorthPoint Hospitality Group, Atlanta; Architect: Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates, Lawrence, Georgia; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Design Firm: Graduate Hotels In-house Design Team, Chicago
Project: Graduate Seattle
Client: Graduate Hotels, Chicago; Architect: KFA, Culver City, California; Purchasing Firms: AJ Capital Partners, Chicago; Graduate Hotels, Chicago

Design Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York
Project: The Eliza Jane, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client: HRI Properties, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: HCI Construction, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville Colorado

BEST HOTEL UPPER MIDSCALE

Design Firm: Gensler, Houston
Project: Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Client: Buckingham Companies, Indianapolis; Architect: Torti Gallas & Partners, Silver Spring, Maryland; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Companies, McKinney, Texas

Design Firm: Mason Studio, Toronto
Project: Kimpton Saint George Hotel, Toronto
Client: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, San Francisco, California; Architect: IBI Group, Toronto; Purchasing Firm: Sue Dulmage & Associates Inc., Toronto

Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Project: St. Jane Hotel, Chicago
Client: Becker Ventures, Chicago, Illinois; Architect: Booth Hansen, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Neil Locke & Associates, Itasca, Illinois

Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Project: Claridge House, Chicago
Client: InterWest Capital, La Jolla, California; Architect: Hirsch, Chicago; Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

BEST HOTEL UPSCALE

Design Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis
Project: Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
Client: Sherman Associates, Minneapolis; Architect: DLR Group, Minneapolis;
Purchasing Firm: Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, Minneapolis

Design Firm: Gachot Studios, New York
Project: Shinola Hotel, Detroit
Client: Shinola Hotel, Detroit; Architect: Kraemer Design Group, Detroit; Purchasing Firm: The Parker Company, Miami

Design Firms: Studio Shamshiri, Los Angeles
Project: Maison de la Luz, New Orleans, Louisiana
Client:  The Domain Companies, New Orleans, Louisiana; Architect: EskewDumezRipple, New Orleans, Louisiana; Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville, Colorado

Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Project: The Edwin, an Autograph Collection Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Client: Vision Hospitality, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Architect: PV Design Architecture, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Purchasing Firm: Blue Pointe, Ooltewah, Tennessee

Design Firm: Wilson Associates, Singapore
Project: Renaissance Xi’an, China
Client: Xi’an Dajin Real Estate Co., Ltd., Xi’an, China; Architect: Arcplus, New York; Purchasing Firm: Wilson Associates, Singapore

BEST HOTEL LUXURY

Design Firms: AFSO, Hong Kong; AvroKO, New York
Project: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Client: Magnolia Finest Corporation Ltd., Bangkok; Architects: Gensler Bangkok; Beaumont Partnership, Bangkok; Purchasing Firm: Parker International, Dubai

Design Firm: Anouska Hempel Design, London
Project: Six Senses Duxton, Singapore
Client: Garcha Hotels, Singapore; Architect: Moya Design, Singapore; Purchasing Firm: Argenta, London

Design Firm: CCD / Cheng Chung Design (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong
Project: InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, China
Client: Shimao Group, Shanghai; Architect: Jade + QA, Hong Kong; Purchasing Firm: Shimao Group, Shanghai

Design Firm:  Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel, Paris/New York
Project: InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, France
Client: InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, France; Architect: AIA Architectes, Lyon – France; RL&A architects, Lyon – France; Purchasing Firm: MALAM FF&E Solutions, Paris

Design Firm: Virserius Studio, New York
Project: W Atlanta Midtown
Client: Gem Realty Capital Inc, Chicago; Architect: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

Design Firms: Wilson-RED, Dallas; Schutze Studio, Boulder, Colorado; Grupo Diarq, Mexico City
Project: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Client: Belmond (UK) Ltd, London; Architect: Zagar Contstrucciones SC, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Purchasing Firm: James W. Crawford Company, Tucson, Arizona

“Travelers want transformation. Hospitality owners, operators and developers want differentiation. This year’s Gold Key finalists show how creatively designers are over-delivering for both guests and clients,” says Mary Scoviak, editor in chief of Boutique Design magazine and conference director for BDNY.

Prior to the Gold Key awards ceremony, NEWH, the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, will present its annual ICON of Industry award to two leaders of New York-based hospitality textile supplier P/Kaufmann Contract: president Curtis Breedlove and Western sales manager Sandy Banks. NEWH will also present its $7,500 ICON of Industry Scholarship to Carolina Cardona, an interior architecture major at Florida International University, as well as its $10,000 Interior Design scholarship, sponsored by P/Kaufmann Contract, to Yi Hsuan Sung, who is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in textiles at Parsons School of Design at The New School.

Advance registration is required for the Nov. 11 cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony at Cipriani Midtown. Tickets are $500 per person through Nov. 1, or $525 after Nov. 1; availability is limited.

Complete details about the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design are available at bdny.com/goldkey.