Good Hotel Guide 2016: Great Britain and Ireland, published today.
Run by newly married couple Justin Salisbury and Charlie Newey, Artist Residence has been named as London Hotel of the Year, one of 10 César awards presented to the guide's most celebrated hoteliers.
Artist Residence is described by the guide as "a stylishly restored former pub with an eclectic mix of retro fittings" with "a refreshingly quirky style and helpful young team". The Pimlico hotel is the third in the Artist Residence brand, joining sister hotels in Brighton and Penzance.
Newey said that she and Salisbury were "delighted and totally surprised" by the award. "I think we've probably been recognised for the originality of the hotel's style and design, our attention to detail and the friendly, efficient service we provide."
Co-edited by Adam Raphael and Desmond Balmer, the 2016 guide features 419 main entries, representing the best hotels, inns and B&Bs, all with "personality and character" across the UK and Ireland. There are also 429 hotels in the shortlist section.
The Editor's Choice section highlights the top 10 hotels in 16 categories: discoveries, value, family-friendly, seaside, country house, boutique, gourmet, gastropubs, dog-friendly, walking, weddings, gardens, spas, romantic, bed and breakfast and rooms with a view. In addition, there are five online-only hotel categories: golf, fishing, historic, green and honeymoons.
Hotels do not pay to be included in the printed guide, although they do contribute to an online listing.
Raphael and Balmer said: "This year's César award winners celebrate the many strengths often associated with small, one-off establishments. All of our winners demonstrate the hospitality, personal service and attention to detail which matter to today's paying guests."
Named after legendary hotelier César Ritz, the full list of César award winners for 2016 include:
London Hotel of the Year: Artist Residence, Pimlico
Country House Hotel of the Year: Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Devon
Inn of the Year: The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, County Durham
Newcomer of the Year: The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Walking Hotel of the Year: Hazel Bank, Rosthwaite, Cumbria
Eccentric Hotel of the Year: Zanzibar International Hotel, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex
Family Hotel of the Year: Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Romantic Hotel of the Year: The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset
Scottish Hotel of the Year: Kilmichael Country House, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire
Welsh Hotel of the Year: The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
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