New Photo Gallery: Our Faves From the Hospitality Design Awards

This awe-inspiring, elegant lobby at Shangri-La Qufu, China, won design firm AB Concept the top award for public space


It’s that time again— the 10th annual Hospitality Design Awards (HD Awards) have been announced, and heartfelt congratulations from this editor to the winners, finalists, and students who entered this highly respected competition.  The wide range of defining styles that sold the judges this year is across the map, literally, with winning entries from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Canada, and Mexico.  There is some serious student talent out there, ushering a new generation of great ideas and the designs to back them up. These winning entries came from the classrooms (24/7 studios, rather) of Cal State Long Beach and New York’s Parsons New School of Design.

According to Hospitality Design, the awards official host, over 400 entries worldwide were received across a total of 20 design categories.  These categories ranged from the intimate, lifestyle boutique — to the luxury/upscale hotel — to the resort destination. Special design categories have once again been individually acknowledged, such as public space, guest suite, bathroom, and spa.  Designs for restaurants, bars and nightclubs are also separately awarded. We are again happy to see a category for sustainable design, just and wait ‘til you see this one!

Rather than regurgitate the entire list of the 2014 winners (for the full list, go to, we selected a few of the winning hotels that collectively made for a great photo gallery on our web site. You can check that out at as well as get to know us and our travel-related services.

Later in the year, we will similarly cover the European Hotel Design Awards. For information, go to their official partner site,

.Photo: Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu, China