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Contemporary hotel design "about authenticity" say AHEAD Global awards judges

Posted on 18 January, 2019 by Kinsley
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The best hotels around the world offer guests an authentic local experience, say AHEAD Global awards jury members in this movie Dezeen produced for the awards programme.

The winners of the AHEAD Global awards were announced in January at simultaneous ceremonies at Ham Yard Hotel in London and Crosby Street Hotel in New York, linked by a live video feed.

The event represented the finale of a programme of eight regional events held over two years in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. The winners of those previous events were pitted against each other to determine the best recently opened hotels.

"This isn't about big-box hotels anymore, it's about authenticity and being relevant to the local," said Aliya Khan, jury member and vice president of design strategies at Marriott International.

"The Faena Hotel is a great example of a hotel that can entertain locals and guests alike," he said. "Those hotels that really stand out have this community sense, they create a culture, things that go beyond creating the architecture and design."

Surveying the winners from the AHEAD Global awards, Kutucu concluded that hotels need to match the increasing demand from guests for memorable and authentic experiences.

"Hotels need to create experiences for their guests that go beyond the regular standards," he said. "People are looking for experiences that can be mind-changing or educational, and certainly should leave a memory with you after you check out."

The winners of the AHEAD Global awards were announced in January
AHEAD judges praised Faena Forum for entertaining Miami locals and visitors alike. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

This movie was produced by Dezeen for AHEAD. It was filmed at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. Images are courtesy of AHEAD unless stated otherwise.

The AHEAD Asia 2019 awards ceremony will take place at the Andaz Singapore today, March 7, at 9pm Singapore time.

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