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2018 Roca Awards to the Hotel Initiaitve

The Awards celebrate their 25th Anniversary

The hotel and tourism industry gathered at the Roca Madrid Gallery for the award ceremony of the Roca Awards to the Hotel Initiative, which are organized by the magazine Gran Hotel Turismo and celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. The presentation of the stone column by the sculptor Domènec Fita was the highlight of a night that pays tribute to the quality of chains and hotels and to all those professionals who work in them.

The 12th edition of the Roca Awards to the Hotel Initiative gathered around 250 guests, among them authorities, representatives of the hotel, tourism and gastronomic sector and members of the press. Enrique Curt, founding president of Curt Ediciones; Laura Curt, director of the 12th edition of the Roca Awards to the Hotel Initiative and editor of Curt Ediciones and Xavier Torras, brand & communication director at Roca participated in the event, which was presented by the journalist Esther Vicente. They all praised the quality of Spanish and international hotels, such as the ones in Portugal, Russia and China, which were the guest countries this time.

Organized for the first time in 1993 by Gran Hotel Turismo, the Awards to the Hotel Initiative stand out for paying a deserved homage to hotels and hoteliers for their contribution to a fast-moving industry, which constantly renovates itself and surprises. Therefore, obtaining one of these awards entails an enormous prestige for those who work to improve the tourism industry, which is the main driver of the Spanish economy.

Once the jury, which was made up of renowned professionals of the hotel and tourism sector, had decided the names of the winners in an intense deliberation day at the Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid, everything was kept in complete secrecy until the envelope was opened to pronounce the winner of each category: Architecture, Renovation, Seaside Holiday Hotel, Mountain Holiday Hotel, Cuisine-Hotel Restaurant, Cuisine-Bar and Cocktail Service, Conference and Convention, Wellness, Singular, Urban, Sustainable-We Are Water Foundation Award, Hotel Chain, Hotel Innovation in Portugal, Hotel Innovation in Russia and Recognition to the Hotel Drive in China.

In addition, the jury decided that same morning to grant two special awards: Special Category Grand Jury Prize to the Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Madrid (Hotel Business Association of Madrid), which was received by its president Gabriel García Alonso, and Honour Award in Recognition to the Hotel and Tourism Personality to José Luis Santos Tejedor, president and CEO of Hoteles Santos.

After the awards were presented, the attendees were able to enjoy a delicious cocktail dinner, served by Paradores, which included Iberian ham on toast with tomato; Campo Real cheeses in different textures; steak tartar in a cornet with emulsified soft mustard; homemade pie filled with cod and raisins; octopus brochette with garlic sauce; macarons stuffed with creamy salmon and pickled pineapple; Bloody Mary watermelon bonbon with Bluefin tuna tataki; shrimp roasted in the crust of wasabi pankoy yoghurt; mini kebab of rooster and red curry sauce; quiche with semi-dried tomatoes and black olives; mini burgers with soft mustard sauce; prepared fruit skewer, mini Swiss rolls and chocolate brownie. Moreover, the guests were also able to taste different desserts, pizzas, pies and breads from the company Vandemoortele; ham from Extrem Puro Extremadura; vermouth from El Ingenioso, and gin-tonics and rum from Central Hisúmer.

The Roca Awards to the Hotel Initiative are sponsored by Roca in collaboration with Alvic Contract Experience, Central Hisúmer,Extrem Puro Extremadura, Orac Decor, Rational, Tattoo Contract,Vandemoortele, Vermut El Ingenioso and Viajes El Corte Inglés.

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Members of the jury

  • Enrique Curt, founding president of Curt Ediciones
  • Laura Curt, director of the 11th edition of the Roca Awards to Initiative and editor of Curt Ediciones
  • Xavier Torras, Roca Brand & Communication Director
  • Miguel Ángel Almodóvar, food critic
  • David Alayeto, founder of Estudio IN
  • Álvaro Carrillo de Albornoz, general director of the Hotel Technological Institute
  • Aurelio Morales, chef of the Cebo restaurant at the Hotel Urban
  • José Ángel Preciados, general director of Ilunion Hotels
  • Vicente Romero, president of CIDH Circulo Internacional de Directores de Hotel (International Association of Hotel Directors)
  • Fernando Tomás Ginés, director of Communication and Promotion at Viajes El Corte Inglés
  • Antoni Zaragoza, director of InteriHotel

Jury Grand Award

Hotel Business Association of Madrid

The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to the Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Madrid (Hotel Business Association of Madrid) and was received by its president, Gabriel García Alonso. This Association, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, represents approximately 300 establishments located in the Region of Madrid, in all categories and dimensions. This institution represents this sector before the multiple public administrations, institutions, business organizations and trade unions, and the Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, it provides services to its members, such as advising them in different areas, informing them about new regulatory developments, offering them training and promoting Madrid as a tourist destination.

Architecture

Winner:

GRAN HOTEL MIRAMAR

Málaga

Finalists:

  • VP Plaza España Design Madrid
  • Parador de Lleida Lleida
  • Room Mate Carla Barcelona

Refurbishment

Winner:

HOTEL SOFIA

Barcelona

Finalists:

  • Ilunion Calas de Conil Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz)
  • Alhambra Palace Granada
  • Gran Hotel Inglés Madrid

Beach Resort

Winner:

BARCELÓ SANCTI PETRI SPA RESORT

Chiclana (Cádiz)

Finalists:

  • OD Port Portals Portals Nous (Mallorca)
  • ME Sitges Terramar Sitges (Barcelona)
  • Seaside Sandy Beach Playa del Inglés (Gran Canaria)
  • TUI Family Life Islantilla Islantilla (Huelva)

Mountain Resort

Winner:

SPORT HOTEL HERMITAGE & SPA 

Soldeu (Andorra)

Finalists:

  • El Castell de la Ciutat La Seu d’Urgell (Lleida)
  • Hotel Convento Aracena & Spa Aracena (Huelva)
  • Santos Val de Neu Baqueira (Lleida)

Gastronomy

Winner:

THE RITZ CARLTON-ABAMA 

Guía de Isora (Tenerife)

 

Finalists:

- RESTAURANTE DE HOTEL
  • Hesperia Madrid Madrid
  • Hotel Wellington Madrid
  • Mercer Sevilla Sevilla
  • Ohla Barcelona-Caelis Barcelona
 

Gastronomy

Winner:

HOTEL URBAN

Madrid

 

Finalists:

- SERVICIO COCTELERÍA BAR
  • Catalonia Gran Vía Madrid
  • Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona (Málaga)
  • Monument Hotel Barcelona
  • Gran Melia Fénix Madrid

Conferences and conventions

Winner:

MELIÁ PALMA BAY

Palma de Mallorca

Finalists:

  • Hotel Maydrit Madrid
  • Sallés Pere IV Barcelona
  • Sevilla Center Sevilla

Health

Winner:

LAS CALDAS VILLA TERMAL

Oviedo

Finalists:

  • Hotel Rural & Spa Treixas Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora)
  • Villa Padierna Thermas Carratraca Carratraca (Málaga)
  • Balneario Las Arenas Valencia

Singular Hotel

Winner:

HOTEL GLÒRIA DE SANT JAUME

Plama de Mallorca

Finalists:

  • Faro Isla de Pancha Isla Pancho (Lugo)
  • Hotel del Juguete Ibis (Alicante)
  • Catalonia Ronda Ronda (Málaga)

City

Winner:

GRAN MELIÁ PALACIO DE LOS DUQUES

Madrid

Finalists:

  • The One Barcelona Barcelona
  • Indigo Madrid Madrid
  • VP Plaza España Design Madrid

Sustainable-We Are Water Award

Winner:

LA ISLA Y EL MAR 

Puerto del Carmen (Lanzarote)

Finalists:

  • Golden Tulip Barcelona Barcelona
  • OD Barcelona Barcelona
  • Olivia Balmes Barcelona

Hotel Chain

Winner:

ROOM MATE HOTELS

Finalists:

  • Ilunion Hotels
  • Meliá Hotels International
  • Costa Brava Hotels de Luxe

Hotel Innovation in Portugal

Winner:

PALÁCIO DO GOVERNADOR 

Lisboa

Finalists:

  • Carrís Porto Ribeira Oporto
  • Eurostars Cascais Cascais
  • Hotel & Spa Stroganov Oliveira do Hospital

Hotel Innovation in Rusia

Winner:

STANDART DESIGN HOTEL 

Moscú

Finalists:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Moscow-Marina Moscú
  • Lotte Hotel Moscow Moscú
  • Mercure Rostov-on-Don Center Hotel Rostov-on-Don

Recognition to Hotel drive in China

Winner:

LE MERIDIEN SHANGHAI

Minhang

Finalists:

  • Banyan Tree Tengchong
  • Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai
  • Gran Meliá Xian Xian

Honour Award in Recognition to a Hotel and Tourist Personality

WINNER:

José Luis Santos Tejedors

José Luis Santos Tejedor, president and CEO of Hoteles Santos, received the Honour Award in Recognition to the Hotel and Tourism Personality. The jury decided to grant him this award in recognition of his more than 40 years as president of Hoteles Santos. The company was founded by the brothers Jesús and José Luis Santos, uncle and father of José Luis Santos Tejedor. José Luis Santos Díez, father of the current owners, dies in 1973 and Jesús Santos continues leading the company. The company is divided in 1986 and the Santos Tejedor brothers keep three hotels: Praga and Agumar in Madrid, and Santemar in Santander. From that moment on, José Luis Santos will be the president of Hoteles Santos, whose sole owners are the Santos Tejedor brothers. Nowadays, the hotel chain owns 12 four, five and five star grand luxury hotels. During all these years no hotel of the chain has been closed, transferred, rented or handed over.

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