Comfort Inn & Suites Kings Cross St Pancras, Quality Hotel St. Albans and Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus named best UK properties. Clarion Collection Hotel Cromwell Stevenage named best newcomer.
Choice Hotels Europe, the company behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands in Europe and part of Choice Hotels International, announced that it has awarded Comfort Inn & Suites Kings Cross St Pancras, “UK Comfort Hotel of the Year”, Quality Hotel St. Albans “UK Quality Hotel of the Year” and Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus “UK Clarion Hotel of the Year.”
The three hotels were judged to be the best out of the Clarion, Quality and Comfort hotels operating throughout the UK in 2013. The winners were selected by reviewing each franchised property’s guest satisfaction and cleanliness scores and by demonstrating consistent brand performance. The Quality Hotel St. Albans was also recognised last year as the 2012 “UK Quality Hotel of the Year”.
Duncan Berry, UK CEO, Choice Hotels Europe, commented, “Congratulations to the owners of these three hotels and their staff on this great accomplishment. They are excellent showcases for our franchised hotel network in the UK and the rest of Europe.”
Clarion Collection Hotel Cromwell Stevenage was awarded “Newcomer Hotel of the Year”, judged to be the hotel that has most enhanced the portfolio. Dating back to the 17th century and once home to Oliver Cromwell’s secretary, John Thurloe, the four star hotel is located in the centre of Stevenage and extremely well placed for major business and tourist destinations in Hertfordshire, East Anglia and the Midlands.
Ceri Evans, General Manager, Clarion Collection Hotel Cromwell Stevenage said, “We are delighted to be recognised as the best newcomer to the Choice portfolio of hotels.”
Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town was awarded European Clarion Hotel of the Year, Quality Spa & Resort Stromstad in Stromstad Sweden the European Quality Hotel of the Year, Comfort Hotel Garden Lille Tourcoing – Bondues, France the European Comfort Hotel of the Year, and The Gibson Hotel, a new Ascend Hotel Collection member in Dublin, Ireland as the European Newcomer Hotel of the Year.
Choice Hotels Europe has also awarded “European General Manager of the Year” to Annie Shafi-St Hilaire of Comfort Inn St Pancras-Kings Cross and “Team Member of the Year” to Sarah Johnston of Quality Hotel Leeds Selby Fork. General Manager and Team member award winners were selected from nominations by their direct supervisors and owners at the franchised hotels, in response to specific questions relating to their work and collaboration with the Choice Hotels team and brands.
Berry added, “Congratulations to Annie and Sarah who are recognised because of their outstanding commitment to upholding brand standards and willingness to share best practices with other Choice brand hotels.”
The Choice Hotels Europe portfolio of franchised hotels offers business and leisure travellers a full spectrum from premium economy to luxury hotels. Choice Hotels Europe franchises nearly 500 hotels across Europe alone. Brands franchised by Choice Hotels Europe include Clarion, described as four-star, Quality, which sits in the three-star bracket and provides a mid-scale full service offering and Comfort, the largest Choice Hotels International brand worldwide, known for value and reliability.
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