Washington, DC – November 1, 2018, Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at The Broadmoor (1918) in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, November 1. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

Each year, these Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2018:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

The Statler (1956) Dallas, Texas

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Otesaga Hotel and Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York 

Sustainability Champion

La Fonda (1922) Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms)

Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn (1766) Rhinebeck, New York

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms)

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms)

Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, Alaska

Best City Center Historic Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel (1895) Richmond, Virginia

Best Historic Resort

The Hotel Hershey® (1933) Hershey, Pennsylvania

Best Historic Restaurant

Woods Restaurant at Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan


Hotel Historian of the Year

Teresa Porter at Benbow Inn (1926) Garberville, California 

Ambassador of the Year (Quarter Century of Service)

Ann Alba at The Broadmoor (1918) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Europe

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel (1608) Chania, Greece

Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Asia/Pacific

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (1901) Hanoi, Vietnam

 Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas

The Omni King Edward Hotel (1903) Toronto, Canada

2018 Historian of the Year

Luke Barr

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Ritz & Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef & the Rise of the Leisure Class; and Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste

Steward of History and Historic Preservation

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. at The American Club (1918) Kohler, Wisconsin

Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year

The Beach family at Basin Harbor Club (1886) Vergennes, Vermont

Historic Hotelier of the Year

David Tamulevich at Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (1895) Portland, Maine

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Price, at Palmer House®, a Hilton Hotel (1871) Chicago, Illinois

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence.  These 2018 winners represent more than 400 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We are delighted to recognize these magnificent historic hotels and their historic hoteliers for their dedication, passion, stewardship, and leadership in preserving these treasures and their stories for future generations of travelers.”

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories. 


DENVER (October 30, 2018)RLH Corporation(NYSE:RLH) announced today the debut of its integrated Apple TV solution at Hotel RL, creating a central hub for hotel guests. Moving beyond just providing cable television, the new solution provides enhanced digital experiences such as: ordering from the hotel restaurant, streaming content, interacting with concierge services, and finding locally-curated recommendations. The Apple TV solution connects Hotel RL guests to the hotel and the city they are visiting.

RLH Corporation paired Apple TV hardware with programming, software, and services from Jamf and Monscierge to create a cutting-edge solution empowering a fully integrated and personalized hotel service experience for travelers. When a guest checks in and the Apple TV is powered on, all configurations, settings and apps deploy automatically without the need for any manual configuration. Guests don’t have to go through all the setup screens and can enjoy its benefits instantaneously. 

“Hotel RL guests expect a unique, yet personalized guest experience when staying at our hotels,” said RLH Corporation Chief Information Officer John Edwards. “With Monscierge and Jamf’s support, we are able to create a solution that allows our hotels to connect directly with our guests through our mobile application, provide customized streaming services through Apple TV, and improve guest services by enabling digital staff communication.”

The integrated Apple TV solution is currently available at Hotel RL Baltimore and is planned to be rolled out to other Hotel RL locations beginning early next year.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our guests’ experience at our hotels,” continued Edwards. “By combining the power of Moncierge and Jamf with Apple TV we are now able to offer our guests a digital entertainment experience similar to what they might have at home, while adding unique solutions that keep our guests connected with our hotels and explore the local culture of the city they are visiting.”

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LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, Canada - Sharc International Systems Inc.  (CSE: SHRC) (FSE: IWIA) (OTCQB: INTWF) ("SHARC" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that Lake Louise Inn (the “Inn”), managed by Atlific Hotels, is furthering its commitment to sustainability and maintaining the integrity of Alberta’s resources by being the first hotel property in the world to employ a SHARC™ Energy System’s Piranha T10 system.

The technology has been used for other domestic environmental initiatives, but this is the first time the waste water heat recovery system has been used to improve energy consumption in a hotel.  Waste water is an inexhaustible energy source that is widely unused and has a high thermal potential. 

The Piranha system’s self-contained heat pump uses a proprietary direct expansion heat exchanger to extract thermal energy. In this application, it will collect hot water from the Lake Louise Inn’s laundry machines. Rather than draining into a sewer as is the currently accepted waste water practice, the heat energy in this water will be recovered. The water will act as a source for the heat pump, which will then be used to heat incoming cold water for future loads, drastically reducing energy requirements.

“This wonderful opportunity to put environmental stewardship to work in a practical way aids our conservation efforts with meaningful results,” said Gordon Johnson, Vice President Operations, Atlific Hotels.  “The serious reduction in water and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will be of benefit to everyone who appreciates the importance of preserving Lake Louise’s natural resources, and certainly makes sense from a business perspective. It’s a win-win for all. “

 “When we first discussed this technology with Atlific Hotels, they knew instinctively that it would be a game-changer” said Lynn Mueller, CEO, SHARC Energy Systems. “The management team at Lake Louise Inn embraced the idea and is seeing immediate benefit. They are pioneers in reclaiming hotel laundry waste water, and we hope many other hotels will follow suit.” 

As a result, the installation of the Piranha system will provide the following benefits to the Inn:

Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road

  • Will reduce emissions by over 80 tonnes of CO2 each year, taking the equivalent of 17 cars off the road
  • Will reduce the laundry’s energy use by 85%
  • The savings from each 100 loads of laundry can provide energy for an additional 8 days

It is estimated that it will produce on average 17,000 L (4,500 gal) of hot water on a daily basis. As the Piranha runs on electricity, it will offset approximately 57,000 L (15,000 gal) of propane annually, significantly reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint.

“This system represents an impressive intersection of innovation, conservation and cost savings and makes good sense. I can’t think of a better place than in Banff National Park to implement this forward thinking, ecofriendly technology,” said Nuwan Eparatchy, General Manager, Lake Louise Inn. “I applaud the SHARC team for its genuine commitment to creating a greener tomorrow for all of us.” 

 The Piranha wastewater heat recovery system from SHARC Energy Systems Inc. is the first of its kind in the HVAC market and has redefined green building innovation.

Lake Louise Inn is one of Alberta’s most treasured Rocky Mountain resorts. This four-season property nestled amongst the soaring pines of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers spectacular mountain views amongst the ancient glaciers, deep valleys and meandering trails.


TORONTO (October 18, 2018)Atlific Hotels is delighted to name Gordon Johnson as its new Vice President Operations. Johnson who officially joined the team in his new role on September 10, 2018 will oversee all operational aspects of Atlific managed hotels across British Columbia and Alberta.  He will also work with the Atlific executive team to aid in the success of the company’s objectives and vision. 

“Gordon’s exemplary career in hospitality is the ideal match for Atlific’s commitment to excellent customer service and driving results for its owners,” said Robert Chartrand, Chief Executive Officer, Atlific Hotels. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the team.” 

Johnson brings with him over 30 years of management experience within the hospitality industry. While serving as Regional Vice President for Delta Vancouver Airport, he worked to earn his Bachelor in Hospitality Management from Vancouver Community College which he completed in 2009. Following completion of his degree, he became Regional Vice President and General Manager at Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre where he was responsible for eight managed Delta Hotels in British Columbia. Most recently, Johnson held the position of Vice President Operations for Revera Retirement, where he oversaw a portfolio of 47 residences operating across half a dozen health authorities in Western Canada, from Brampton, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, Gordon has been a Chair on the boards of numerous associations, such as Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Calgary, Tourism Burnaby and Vancouver Hotel GM Association.  


October 18, 2018

Mangala Resort & Spa, Kuantan, Malaysia

65 rooms from USD$289 per night

Mangala Resort & Spa is the result of a 15-year journey of rejuvenation, which transformed an abandoned barren mining land into a tropical oasis of palm plantation, organic gardens, rehabilitated lakes and undisturbed wetlands. From the private villas built on stilts over the lake, to those beside lily-dotted wetlands, every inch of this eco award-winning luxury resort built with eco-conscious materials brings guests closer to nature, which is within the vicinity of Gambang Water Park and Bukit Gambang Safari Park – Wild Savannah. Wherever you are, melodic bird calls fill the air, adding to the sense of natural tranquillity and eco luxury.

SLH Insider Tip: Take a nature walk guided by the resident naturalist to discover the resort’s rich biodiversity which is home to over 100 species of birds and flora and fauna including rare migratory birds, or take a horseback-riding excursion around the plantation.

The Fish Hotel, Broadway, United Kingdom

63 rooms from USD$255 per night

Surrounded by the rolling hills and honey-stone villages of the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, The Fish is a country hotel with a stylish twist. Designed as a village-style collection of houses, huts and hideaways, The Fish can be any kind of luxury break you desire. Enjoy a romantic weekend in a stylish suite or secluded hillside hut with its own private hot tub. Plan a family getaway in a contemporary treehouse in the woods. Or book out a whole farmhouse for an adventure with friends and four legged companions, complete with group activities spanning archery to Segway safaris. Families with young children will find plenty of fun and games to keep them busy, including a woodland playground. Then as evening falls, follow your nose to Hook, which serves up market-fresh seafood, including Cornish mussels and lobster.

SLH Insider Tip: For more relaxing (or rainy) days, cosy up beside the striking 360º central fireplace in the bar, play a game of pool in the lounge or while away an hour or two over afternoon tea.

Palazzo Vecchietti, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

14 Rooms from USD$430 per night

Immerse yourself in Florence’s golden age at Palazzo Vecchietti, a 16th-century palace among the grandeur of the historic centre. Original 16th-century features and artworks are woven into the contemporary-classic interiors by renowned Florentine interior designer Michele Bonan throughout this intimate luxury residence. Within an easy 10-minute stroll from the hotel’s central location are some of Florence’s best cultural sights and retail offerings – the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Bargello museum, Palazzo Vecchio and prime-shopping street Via Tornabuoni are just round the corner. Pets are also very much welcomed here too, pampered with ‘pet sets’ of treats and toys.

SLH Insider Tip: Ask for one of the two rooms with a beautiful terrace overlooking the Florentine rooftops.

The Academy, London, United Kingdom

Opened Summer 2018

50 rooms from USD$377 per night

Tucked away in the heart of Bloomsbury in London’s bustling West End, the Grade-II listed Academy Hotel comprises a collection of five Georgian townhouses combined into one charming luxury hotel, owned by YTL Hotels. Following an extensive refurbishment, headed up by New York-based Champalimaud Design, all bedrooms and suites have been elegantly revamped with stylish furnishings, marble en-suite shower rooms and vintage pieces to create a contemporary take on townhouse living. Downstairs, The intimate Alchemy Bar is the perfect retreat for bespoke cocktails, specialty gins or a refreshing glass of wine or champagne. Quintessentially British, the hotel offers a range of traditional pastimes including afternoon tea served in the private courtyard garden and exclusive access to the hotel’s library which houses a curated collection of classic and contemporary novels, paying homage to the famous Bloomsbury Set. Just moments away from the British Museum, fine-dining restaurants and designer shops, The Academy is perfectly positioned for those travelling for business or pleasure.

SLH Insider Tip: Make sure you order The Alchemy Bar’s new “Rejuvenating Tincture” cocktail made with Alkkemist Gin and homemade rosemary syrup

And in other news...

ABBA Resorts Izu, Izu, Japan

ABBA Resorts Izu has introduced two new super luxury Split Level Villa Suites, set amongst a serene forest. The spacious villas are comprised of a living room, a dining room with a kitchen on the first floor. Guests can enjoy their breakfast and dinner served in the privacy of their villa. The bedroom is located on the second floor, overlooking the Sagami Bay.  A private heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor bath on the terrace will give guests a moment to unwind, feeling the breeze and sunlight filtering through trees.  Nightly rates start from: JPY120,000 per weekday night/JPY150,000 per weekend night, inclusive of breakfast, dinner and roundtrip transfer from train station.

Ka’ana Resort, San Ignacio, Belize

Tradition and culture are huge aspects of traveling to Ka'ana - the property has launched a new wellness offering – an energy cleansing ceremony led by a Shaman of Maya descent. This is great for travelers seeking a fresh start or beginning a new phase in their life (honeymoons, bachelor(ette) parties, babymoons, starting a new job or even getting over a breakup). For a heightened experience, guests can participate in the ceremony on ancient Maya ruins.

TwentySeven Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eric van Beek, head-bartender of TwentySeven Hotel’s bar is the first Dutchman to win the renowned Global Bacardi Legacy 2018 competition. His cocktail 'Cariño' - the Spanish word for love and endearment - was the undivided winner for the jury during the final in Mexico. The Cariño cocktail offers the sweetness of rum and vanilla blended together with the freshness of lemon and yogurt. Head over to Bar TwentySeven to have a taste of the award-winning cocktail for yourself.

Relais San Lorenzo, Bergamo, Italy

The Relais San Lorenzo, the only five star luxury hotel in the heart of Bergamo Alta, will offer a series of dinners at Hostaria restaurant with Chef Antonio Cuomo and special Michelin starred guest chefs:  

November 20, 2018 - Edwin Vinke (two Michelin stars), The Netherlands –

Edwin Vinke is one of the best representatives of the Zeeland cuisine, the most Western region of The Netherlands, where dishes often speak the language of the North Sea, with oysters, seafood and shellfish.

January 29, 2019 - Eric Vildgaard (one Michelin star), Denmark

Eric Vildgaard is a significant example of the path taken in these times by Nordic cuisine, increasingly influenced by global products and ideas, while continuing to maintain a strong link with their roots, and therefore with the Scandinavian nature.

March 5, 2019- Henrique Sa Pessoa (one Michelin star), Portugal –

A media chef and star in Portugal, including cook-books and participations in television programs, in recent years Henrique Sa Pessoa has been able to reinvent the world of Portuguese haute cuisine.

HGU New York, USA

HGU New York has partnered with luxury wellness center Modrn Sanctuary to provide wellness offerings to hotel guests, which include Somadome Meditation Pod, Sensory Seven Crystal & Energy Healing, a Himalayan Salt Room, and a new 'Salty Suite' package with in-room Himalayan salt amenities such as an air-purifying salt lamp, nightlight, salt shot glasses, and Himalayan salt soaks. Guests are encouraged to take the shot glasses and nightlight home with them, extending their salty experience even more. The 'Salty Suite' in-room package is available for USD100.


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