Tradition won over innovation with the Royal Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, London, being named as the inaugural winner of the Design Award at Hotelympia.
The opulent and quintessentially English suite was chosen ahead of two other finalists, the Royal Suite at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, and Pavilion Number One at Lime Wood hotel, New Forest, Hampshire.
Head judge and editor of GS Magazine, Stirling Johnstone, said that in the case of each finalist, the judges - including television fixer Alex Polizzi and her mother Olga, director of design for the Rocco Forte Collection, and Robert Cook, chief executive of De Vere Village - recognised that the designers had enhanced the space they had inherited, adding quality, beauty and high end products without impacting on functionality.
"Good design is innate to each of our judges and they were unanimous that the Mandarin Oriental was to be our eventual winner; put simply, the level of aesthetic beauty and quality allowed the space to speak for itself."
Jan Wilson from interior designers RPW was presented with the award by Jenny Gibb, founder and principal of KLC School of Design, on Hotelympia's stage at London ExCel.
By Janet Harmer
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