Best Design
Dramatic surroundings, spacious, cutting-edge, detailed furnishings, sleek, intimate, simple, elegant. Submit your designs to IRHA that show the judges the unforgettable décor and ambiance at your hotel. This coveted award recognizes the hotel, architect, designer or firm that demonstrates extraordinary talent, energy and vision in the hospitality design industry. The stunning concepts for hotels and restaurants innovate the industry and entice deisng savvy travelers from all over the world.

Breathtaking Views
Enchanting, dramatic views can turn a traditional hotel stay into a magical vacation. A miraculous view of a glistening lake or a charming window overlooking a bustling square can immerse guests into a culture and setting of a distant land. Show IRHA your breathtaking views that have guests coming back for more.

Green Award
Hotels showing significant efforts to use smart design and inventive energy efficient building are qualified to submit to the the Green Award category. IRHA commends all hotels for participating in the conservation movement and inspiring change. Show IRHA your establishment's development plans and implementations that show a significant move towards sustainablitiy and consideration for the future of our planet.

FAMILY FRIENDLY
From special children’s areas, room layouts, activities catered to families, holiday events, supervised activities to childcare services. Does your hotel stimulate all members of the family clan? IRHA wants to know why families on vacation should not miss out on the unique opportunities at your hotel.

best suite
Hotel suites offer additional space, amenities, furnishings and services. The serenity of a suite stay involves comfort and ease. Show IRHA how your upgraded rooms draw customers and keep the hotel life "suite".

best bed & breakfast
Bed & Breakfasts mix unique designs and communal lodging to provide a personalized stay for travelers. Show IRHA the scrumptious breakfasts you provide to kick off a full day of exploration and what your B&B does to personalize the travel experience.

best lobby
Is it the original structures, contemporary furnishings, exclusive original art or simple, distinct design? A Glamorous lobby with garnishes adorning every wall, or an intimate and comfortable space to relax tired traveling feet? IRHA wants to see how your hotel has designed and decorated the entryway to create an unforgettable first impression.

Best Water Feature (Pool, Beach or Jacuzzi)
From innovative designs and special events, to scantly clad bodies. If your pool, beach or jacuzzi entices guests to relax, get wet, and take full advantage of recreational facilities, submit your hotel pool, beach or jacuzzi for consideration.

Best hotel bar
The IRHA Best Hotel Bar award recognizes hotels that feature an exciting nightlife for travelers. Show IRHA how the design of your hotel bar and lounge area has created a welcoming environment for locals and globe-trotters to eat, drink and socialize. Provide a link to your bar menu and elaborate on any happy hour specials, events, live acts, DJs and singers, special nights and the crowd that frequentsyour hot spot.

Best spa
Peaceful, relaxed, pure bliss. State-of-the-art spas include an exceptional selection of body treatments, massages and beauty/grooming therapies. Patrons feel pampered with zero tension in a tranquil environment and leave feeling rejuvenated. IRHA wants to know how your spa leaves a distinct natural and healthy affect on the senses of your guests.

Best hotel restaurant
Hotels known for fine dining establishments attract traveling foodies from all over the globe. Submit your hotel if it has the hottest new restaurant in the city, hosts a world-renowned chef, award-winning cuisine or breathtaking decor. The Best Hotel Restaurant award goes to the hotel/restaurant that has created the ultimate one-stop destination for travelers and foodies.

Best new hotel of the year
Ambitious and fresh new hotels are redefining the rules every year with never-before-seen designs, rooms, landscapes and restaurants. If the buzz is big and the A-listers have reservations, then tell IRHA why your noteworthy newcomer hotel deserves the prestigious title of Best New Hotel of the Year. Hotels open for business as of November 2007 qualify for the 2009 Best New Hotel of the Year Award..

international hotel of the year
All hotels submitted to the International Hotel of the Year categories are considered to receive the coveted Grand Award titles in the rate brackets of Value, Moderate and Luxury. All first place submissions in each restaurant category are also considered for the International Restaurant of the Year Awards.

IRHA Grand Award hotels receive the coveted title of International Hotel of the Year, an IRHA statue, certificate of achievement and maximum exposure to the hospitality industry and public for one year on the IRHA website, in promotional marketing and through IRHA media partners and sponsors.



HOTEL CATEGORIES ARE SEPARATED UNDER THREE MAIN RATE BRACKETS
(Rates based on average price for a standard room for one night)

VALUE HOTELS ($189 or less)

Best Design
Breathtaking Views
Green Award (Eco Building)
Family Friendly
Best Bed & Breakfast
Best Lobby
Best Water Feature (Pool, Beach or Jacuzzi)
Best Spa
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Hotel Bar
Best New Hotel of the Year
International Value Hotel of the Year


MODERATE HOTELS ($190-$374)

Best Design
Breathtaking Views
Green Award (Eco Building)
Family Friendly
Best Bed & Breakfast
Best Lobby
Best Water Feature (Pool, Beach or Jacuzzi)
Best Spa
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Hotel Bar
Best New Hotel of the Year
International Moderate Hotel of the Year



LUXURY HOTELS ($375 or more)

Best Design
Breathtaking Views
Green Award (Eco Building)
Family Friendly
Best Bed & Breakfast
Best Lobby
Best Water Feature (Pool, Beach or Jacuzzi)
Best Spa
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Hotel Bar
Best New Hotel of the Year
International Luxury Hotel of the Year


*You may submit your business in as many subcategories as you wish but IRHA judges will not switch your submission into a different category for you. You can only select ONE RATE BRACKET to submit under (Value, Moderate or Luxury).

**All 2008 hotels were listed in the Traveler's Directory and were considered for citywide, regional, countrywide & worldwide recognition.

 

(Please Note: The 2009 IRHAS awards presentation date and location have yet to be determined. Establishments that submit in 2009 will be judged and recipients will receive certificates of achievement and exposure online. Grand Award Recipients will receive statues and the coveted titles of International Restaurant of the Year and International Hotel of the Year. IRHA will hold an awards presentation to announce the recipients of the 2009 awards season. The awards presentation date and location will be announced online. Video footage from the 2009 awards presentation will be available online.
*At this time a gala will not be held.)

(*Subject to change)



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