Independent Hotel Show Awards

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The Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with

The Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky, will once again celebrate the Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel, providing the opportunity for the industry to recognise their champions. But what is an "independent hotel"?

To categorically classify an “independent hotel” is not without its challenges. We realise that just as the definition of “boutique hotel” has been stretched to the point of blurring its meaning, many properties that are in multiple ownership can sometimes be described as “independent”. This usually means they are not heavily branded or restricted by tight guidelines synonymous with a group or chain (such as Hilton, Radisson etc). And as far as the customer is concerned they are staying at a hotel where the proprietor is directly involved on a day to day basis.

Put simply, an independent hotel is owned and run as a one-off business. These operate in the style of highly individual businesses with minimal group branding.

The Independent Hotel Show defines five critical differentiating factors for today’s independent hotel: individuality, locality, freedom, personality and innovation. 

Recognising the passion of independently spirited hoteliers who drive our sector forward with their creativity and wisdom, together with new businesses; bringing true innovation and coveted ideas around guest experience and business efficiency, the Independent Hotel Show Awards champion all that make independent hotels such amazing places to stay.  We now invite you to nominate yourselves or those you believe deserve the accolade of Independent Hotelier or Outstanding New Hotel.

A committee of industry experts will select a shortlist of six nominees per award. But this is your industry; we put the vote to you! Please nominate the hotel or hotelier you believe should win by clicking below.


Independent Hotel Show Awards
Sipping Nyetimber, our official English sparkling wine partner, 2016.

Independent Hotel Show Awards
Tracy Lowy, Founder, The Laslett, Outstanding New Hotel award winner, 2016.

Independent Hotel Show Awards
Robin and Judy Hutson congratulate Kate Levin, General Manager, The Capital Hotel, Independent Hotelier award winner, 2016.

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james hallam

Commercial partners

  • chic
  • sky
  • nespresso
  • drom
  • La Via Del Te