About the International Hotel Awards and Five Star Standard

The Awards

This global competition aims to identify the most outstanding hotels in each region for a range of general and specialist categories.

The awards are split into regions covering Asia Pacific, Arabia & Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and UK. Participants enter at their relevant national level and are judged by a highly experienced independent team of professionals who cover the whole range of hospitality disciplines. Hotels selected as winners are invited to attend a glittering awards dinner in their region and have the right to use the prestigious logo in their marketing.

Finalists at regional level are further assessed against the other regional finalists to determine the overall World’s Best hotels.

Finalists at regional level are further assessed against the other regional finalists to determine the overall World’s Best hotels.

The awards are open to hoteliers, hotel developers and builders, interior designers, architects, public relations companies, advertising agencies and web designers. Hotels under development can be entered at any stage of construction provided planning approval has been granted. Companies may submit single or multiple entries.



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    Best Large Hotel

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    Best Small Hotel (up to 50 rooms)

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    Best Convention Hotel

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    Best Airport Hotel

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    Best Resort Hotel

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    Best Spa Hotel

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    Best Sustainable Hotel

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    Best Hotel Marketing

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    Best Hotel Website

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    Best Hotel Group Website

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    Best Hotel Renovation / Refurbishment

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    Best Golf Hotel

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    Best City Hotel

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    Classic/Heritage Hotel

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    Country Hotel

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    Best Wedding Venue Hotel

History of the awards

The International Hotel Awards has evolved from the long established International Property Awards, which was founded in 1995. The International Property Awards are regarded as the definitive awards programme for the property industry and focus on both residential and commercial sectors.

The International Hotel Awards first came to fruition to award excellence in the construction and appearance of hotels. This was successful in celebrating the design of hotels but initially lacked the ability to recognise the operation and functionality of hotels.

The International Hotel Awards now commends hotels for their commitment to Five Star service and the luxury facilities they provide. Over the years, hundreds of luxury Five Star hotels and boutique hotels from all four corners of the globe have competed for accolades in a range of different categories.

In our dedication to go above and beyond the realms of celebration for hotels, we soon discovered the lack of a functional grading system for hotels across the world. With each country using different rules and regulations, it can be difficult to assess accurately which hotels are Five Star compared to their international competitors. It was in this vein that the International Five Star Standard was created.

The International Five Star Standard is a grading system that assesses the best five star hotels across the globe. It is a mark of excellence recognised around the world and guarantees exceptional levels of quality and service regardless of location.

The International Hotel Awards and The International Five Star Standard are now run in conjunction with one another. To be eligible to win an International Hotel Award, as part of the judging, the hotel would also need to achieve The International Five Star Standard.


In 2005 we launched the Daily Mail UK Property Awards, which quickly gained status as the most prestigious honour available to UK property companies.

In 2006 we started the CNBC Arabia Arabian Property Awards with a glittering gala event held at the Royal Mirage Palace Ballroom in Dubai. Just 12 months later we needed an even larger venue for the Arabian awards and selected the Jumeirah Madinat Ballroom, also in Dubai, which could accommodate up to 1400 guests.

In 2007 the International Property Awards gala event was held at the internationally renowned Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, with competing companies selected from the highest-scoring winners in each of the categories from every world region. Winners here were also showcased at the world’s largest event for real estate professionals organised by two of our sponsors – NAR and SIMA. 30,000 property professionals attended this expo in November 2007.

In 2008 the Asia Pacific, American and the European Awards were established with gala dinners in Singapore, Florida and London respectively. The International Property Awards were presented at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando, November 2008.



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We are honoured to have a panel of more than 50 well-respected experts from a range of complementary backgrounds, who volunteer their time to assist in the selection and judging process. Many represent well-established professional bodies from different countries.Over the years leading branded companies have sponsored the awards as a means of raising their profiles and making new business contacts amongst winners and their clients. Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, and Bentley Motors have been prominent headline sponsors.

Aston Martin supported the Arabian Property Awards in 2006 and Jack Barclay, the world’s largest Bentley dealership, sponsored the UK Property Awards in 2007. HSBC Arabia sponsored the Arabian awards in 2008.

More recently, major international media partners have come forward in support of the excellence and endeavour shown by participating companies such as the Daily Mail and CNBC Arabia.

Organisers Statement

Decisions on award winners are given by an expert panel of independent judges.
Sponsorship or the judges’ opinions does not imply endorsement of any of the individual award winners by the sponsors or the judges. The judges are selected by the International Property Awards organisers for their expertise in a variety of disciplines relating to the design, development and marketing of property.

The awards are given for the quality of design, construction and presentation of individual properties and property developments, interiors, architecture and marketing. The awards are not an endorsement from any sponsor or judge but are a recognition of achievement in a particular category or discipline by an expert judging panel.

The sponsors and judges take no responsibility for the activities of any award winner. As with any property purchase, if you are buying a property with or without any connection to these awards, it is imperative that you seek independent legal advice before entering into any commitment.

Information recorded by the judges on score sheets is stored for three months after the final gala presentation in each award year; it is destroyed thereafter.


The International Five Star Hotel Standard

Hotels entering the International Hotel Awards are required to be assessed for the International Five Star Hotel Standard.

Almost every country in the world has its own system for rating hotels, often based around a star classification. Travellers often rely on these ratings to help them make informed decisions on where they choose to make reservations.

However, the disparate nature of these classification systems has resulted in a
lack of consistency. What merits a high rating in one country may not match the
standards required in another.

With the systems varying from one country to another, we recognised the need for an international standard to be established: a mark of quality, recognisable across the globe and guaranteeing exceptional levels of quality and service, regardless of location. The International Five Star Hotel Standard was born.

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Judging Panel

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    Lord Thurso

    Chairman of the International Hotel Awards

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    Awais Akhter

    Designer for Cochrane Design

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    Judith Baker

    Travel writer and Editor.

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    Richard Billett

    Managing Director of Maisons Marques et Domaines

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    Li Boatwright

    Owner & Founder, Storrington PR

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