Kate Levin of London's Capital hotel was named Independent Hotelier of the Year, while the Laslett, also in the capital, won the Outstanding New Hotel award at the Independent Hotel Show last night.
Levin's success comes seven years after she was appointed general manager of the five-red-AA-star, 49-bedroom Capital hotel in Knightsbridge, founded by her father David Levin in 1971.
"It is truly overwhelming to have won," she said. "I was up against some amazing people and it's brilliant of everyone to support me in this way".
Levin beat opposition from fellow hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor of the Abbey hotel and Villa Magdala, Bath; Paul Milsom of Milsom Hotels & Restaurants; Richard Ball of Calcot Hotels; Edmund and Charles Inkin of Eat Drink Sleep; and Andrew Wildsmith of Forest Side, Hipping Hall and Ryebeck, Cumbria.
"We are beyond delighted to have won this award," said Lowy. "It is dedicated to all the people involved in the journey we have experienced to get here, including the local companies and independent and small partners we worked with to convert a listed building into what is the Laslett today."
Contenders for the Outstanding New Hotel award included Penally Abbey, Tenby, Pembrokeshire; Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew, Oxfordshire; the Pig at Combe, near Honiton, Devon; Padstow Townhouse, Padstow, Cornwall; and the Royal Oak, Swallowcliffe, near Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The winners of both awards were selected from 3,900 online votes cast by attendees to the Independent Hotel Show.
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