Heritage Hotels of Europe Awards Ceremony 2019

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Heritage Hotels of Europe Awards 2019

From the left to the right: Philipp Patzel and Peter Fetz (Presidents of “Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser”), Otto Wiesenthal representing Daniel Szelényi (Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron), Georg Winkler-Hermaden (Schloss Kapfenstein), Max Eidlhuber (Honorary President of “Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser” and Vice-President of “Heritage Hotels of Europe”), Gabriella Binkert Becchetti and Corrado Becchetti (Agriturismo L’Unicorno), Margot Winkler-Hermaden (Schloss Kapfenstein), Jürgen Gruber (Hotel Château Béla), Simone Falkner representing Michaela Gmachl (Romantik Hotel Gmachl), Tiago Viganó (Hotel Elizabeth), Wolfgang Holzner (Parkhotel Holzner)

Heritage Hotels of Europe Awards 2019


For the second time since the foundation of “Heritage Hotels of Europe”, the winners of the Heritage Hotels of Europe Awards 2019 were announced at the prestigious awards ceremony held in the reception salons of the Embassy of Hungary in Vienna. The ceremony brought together an array of heritage hotels owners, travel and lifestyle journalists along with travel-industry influencers and representatives from across Europe.


Heritage & Design
Winner: Hotel Britania, Lissabon, Portugal
2nd place: Château Gbeľany, Gbeľany, Slovakia
3rd place: Forgách Castle, Mándok, Hungary

Heritage & Wellness
Winner: Grandhotel Praha, Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
2nd place: Hotel Elizabeth, Trenčín, Slovakia
3rd place: Romantik Hotel Gmachl, Elixhausen, Austria

Heritage & Gastronomy
Winner: Hotel Restaurant See-Villa, Millstatt, Austria
2nd place: Hotel Villa Nečas, Žilina, Slovakia
3rd place: Schloss Kapfenstein, Kapfenstein, Austria

Heritage & Hospitality
Winner: Castle Hotel Szidónia, Röjtökmuzsaj, Hungary
2nd place: Monte Pacis, Kaunas, Lithuania
3rd place: Castle Hotel Mailberg, Mailberg, Austria

Heritage & Culture
Winner: Hotel Hviezdoslav, Kežmarok, Slovakia
2nd place: Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria
3rd place: Grandhotel Starý Smokovec, Starý Smokovec, Slovakia

Heritage & Romance
Winner: Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva, Halič, Slovakia
2nd place: Agriturismo L’Unicorno, Bedizzole, Italy
3rd place: Hotel Château Béla, Belá, Slovakia

Host of the Year
Winner: Parkhotel Holzner, Soprabolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
2nd place: Romantik Hotel Gmachl, Elixhausen, Austria
3rd place: Romantik Hotel Schloss Rheinfels, St. Goar, Germany

Special Award
“Heritage & Experience” Almásy Mansion, Gyula, Hungary


The Heritage Hotels of Europe Awards are dedicated to recognize the unique excellence among Heritage Hotels and to honor all the people who are the soul of these outstanding properties.


Each property nominated by the public has been evaluated by an experienced 7-persons committee, with winners selected from nearly 100 nominees in 13 different countries. The jury looked closely at all aspects of the guest experience in seven categories: Design, Wellness, Gastronomy, Hospitality, Culture, Romance as well as Host of the Year.


For the first time, an award of “Heritage Hotels of Europe” goes to Portugal: Hotel Britania, member of the local group “Lisbon Heritage Hotels”, is the perfect example how tradition and modernity may live side by side and therefore is the winner in the category “Heritage & Design”.

The exceptional and continued excellence in the field of spa & wellness has been recognized by the jury by granting the Award “Heritage & Wellness” for the second time in a row, to the Grandhotel Praha in Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia.

In 2019, the award “Heritage & Gastronomy” goes again to Austria. This year’s winner is Hotel Restaurant See-Villa in Millstatt on lake Millstätter See. The combination of regional-traditional and modern-international cuisine accompanied by carefully selected wines, with wines also from the hoteliers’ own vineyards, convinced the jury.

Castle Hotel Szidónia in Röjtökmuzsaj in Hungary has been selected by the jury for its hospitality that is dedicated with devotion to the hotel guests by the whole hotel team and all day long. The impressive castle located near lake Neusiedl has therefore been granted with the merited award “Heritage & Hospitality”.

This year’s “Heritage & Culture” award goes to Hotel Hviezdoslav (Slovakia). Situated in the historic center of the ancient royal city Kežmarok, this boutique-hotel is the ideal place to experience many different cultural moments, such as visiting various exhibitions and museums, the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Saint Cross and its Belfry, the Lyceum library, the Evangelical Church etc.

Everybody who is in love is one day searching for a very special place to spend exceptional moments together. There is a hint: this year’s winner of the “Heritage & Romance” award, fairy-tale Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva in Halič, Slovakia.

“Host of the Year 2019” is the last award of the seven categories and has been keenly awaited by the hoteliers attending the ceremony. The secret was disclosed, and the Holzner family from Parkhotel Holzner in Soprabolzano (South Tyrol, Italy), has been awarded “Host of the Year” in appreciation of their outstanding South-Tyrolean authentically sense of taking care of their guests.

Finally, the jury decided to grant exceptionally a special award in 2019 in the category “Heritage & Experience”, which goes to Almásy Mansion in Gyula (Hungary). Almásy Mansion is a museum cherishing Heritage with permanent and temporary exhibitions, function rooms for all kind of events and a perfectly integrated high quality café inviting for a delicious break.


“Heritage Hotels of Europe” is a federation of hotel associations and historic properties from several countries in Europe. They all got united to present their beautiful, one-of-a-kind and tradition-rich hotels under one flag. The portfolio of these properties features historic castles and fortresses as well as manor houses, country homes, palaces and city palais in currently 13 European countries.

For full information, photos from the awards ceremony and of the winning properties, please contact [email protected]