Hotels vying for fame revealed

Daisy Melwani

We’ve got the full list of “world class” finalists in the running for the upcoming NSW Awards for Excellence.

The state’s most worthy accommodation providers will be honoured at the industry’s premiere award night – the Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence next month.

This year a record 281 nominations from 67 top accommodation venues in NSW were recieved across more than 30 award categories, ranging from outstanding community service to best redeveloped hotel of the year.

TAA NSW chair Nigel Greenaway said all finalists were “world class.”

“These venues really do showcase the best the NSW hotel industry has to offer – they quite simply are second to none and that is shown in the high quality of all the finalists,” he said.

The gala awards night will be held at The Westin, Sydney on Wednesday 29 July 2015. 

The full list of finalists include: 



Redeveloped Hotel of the Year

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Central Station Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

The Hydro Majestic Hotel

The Langham, Sydney

Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year

Fraser Suites Sydney

Meriton Serviced Apartments, Campbell Street

Meriton Serviced Apartments, World Tower


Mid-Range Hotel of the Year

Atura Albury

Atura Blacktown

Courtyard by Marriott Sydney North Ryde

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Holiday Inn Potts Point

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Rydges Bankstown

Rydges Camperdown


Sydney Superior Hotel of the Year

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Mercure Hotel Sydney

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Rydges Campbelltown

Rydges Sydney Airport

Rydges Sydney Central

Rydges World Square

The Grace Hotel


Regional Superior Hotel of the Year

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges

Rydges Mount Panorama

The Carrington Hotel


Sydney Deluxe Hotel of the Year

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

QT Sydney

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

The Darling, The Star

The Langham, Sydney

Regional Deluxe Hotel of the Year

Chateau Elan at The Vintage

Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains


Health Club & Spa Facilities of the Year

CHI, The Spa Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Parklands Day Spa Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges

Spa Chateau Elan at The Vintage

SpaQ QT Sydney

The Darling Spa The Star

The Day Spa The Langham, Sydney

The Spa Park Hyatt Sydney


Regional Restaurant of the Year

Chicane Bar & Grill Rydges Mount Panorama

Darleys Restaurant Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Echoes Restaurant Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Elements Restaurant Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

Redsalt Restaurant Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Seasalt Restaurant Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Wintergarden The Hydro Majestic Hotel


Metro Restaurant of the Year (Deluxe Hotels)

Balla The Star

BLACK The Star

Gowings Bar & Grill QT Sydney

Jonah’s Restaurant Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

Kent Street Kitchen The Langham, Sydney

Momofuku Seiobo The Star

Mosaic The Westin Sydney

Pei Modern Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Sokyo The Star

The Dining Room Park Hyatt Sydney

The Gantry Restaurant Pier One Sydney Harbour


Metro Restaurant of the Year (Mid-Range – Superior Hotels)

ABODE Bistro PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Blackwattle Grill Rydges Sydney Airport

Infusion Restaurant Rydges Campbelltown

Sphere Restaurant Rydges World Square

Steeds Club Grill & Bar Rydges Parramatta


Brasserie/Café of the Year

Café Opera InterContinental Sydney

Parlour Lane QT Sydney

Roadhouse Bar & Grill Atura Albury

Roadhouse Bar & Grill Atura Blacktown

The Old City Bank Brasserie The Carrington Hotel


Bar of the Year Metropolitan Hotels

BLACK The Star

Blu Bar Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Gilt Lounge QT Sydney

Grain Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Momofuku Seiobo Bar The Star

Oceans Dining & Drinks Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Palm Court The Langham, Sydney

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar Pier One Sydney Harbour

Sokyo Bar The Star

Stillery InterContinental Sydney Double Bay


Bar of the Year Regional Hotels

Florida Beach Bar Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Lord Ashley Lounge Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Roadhouse Bar Atura Albury

The Lovedale Bar Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


Outstanding Achievement in Training

Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

InterContinental Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel


Outstanding Community Service & Achievement

Courtyard by Marriott Sydney North Ryde

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Mercure Hotel Sydney

PARKROYAL Parramatta

Rydges Parramatta

The Sydney Boulevard Hotel

The Westin Sydney


Best Environmental Practices Metropolitan Hotels

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Mercure Hotel Sydney

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

The Star

The Westin Sydney


Best Environmental Practices Regional Hotels

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

The Novotel Newcastle Beach


Workplace Health & Safety Hotel of the Year

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

InterContinental Sydney

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

The Westin Sydney


Function Venue of the Year

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

The Hydro Majestic Hotel

The Star – Event Centre
Conference Hotel of the Year Metropolitan Hotels

Atura Blacktown

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

InterContinental Sydney

Rydges Sydney Airport

Sheraton on The Park

The Westin Sydney


Conference Hotel of the Year Regional Hotels

Chateau Elan at The Vintage

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens



Engineer of the Year

Andy Goonesekera InterContinental Sydney

Anura Yapa Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Chris Winter QT Sydney

Douglas John Smith Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Wayne Adamson Rydges Campbelltown


Finance Officer of the Year

Kit Chia PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Michael Gunasekera Rydges Parramatta

Sarah McFarland Rydges Sydney Central

Victoria Benevolenskaya Sheraton on The Park


Revenue/Yield Manager of the Year

Andrea Blair PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Biljana Gavranovic Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf

David Clifford Rydges Parramatta

Dennis Mehling Rydges Sydney Central

Hiroko McVey Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Jennifer Jago Sheraton on The Park

Krista Wright Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

Lynn McNicol The Grace Hotel

Nikita Beresnev PARKROYAL Parramatta

Sven Weissenborn Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


Food & Beverage Employee of the Year

Alex Foord Rydges Sydney Central

Ashley Howard Kerr Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Ashwin Chetty Holiday Inn Potts Point

Filippo L’Episcopo Park Hyatt Sydney

Mathew Stevenson Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

Michael Brislane Mercure Hotel Sydney

Scott Bayne The Star

Steven Krasicki Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Tom Woods InterContinental Sydney


Meeting & Events Employee of the Year

Annabel Mendelson InterContinental Sydney

Breanne Maike PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Danielle Small Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Eun Ko Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Felicity Evans Atura Blacktown

Fiona Bruce Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Jessica Johnson Rydges World Square

Kan Huang Rydges Sydney Central


Public Relations, Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year

Aimee Myles Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

Daniela Aravena Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Hansni Bhagani Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Helen Radic Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

Jenny Tennick Rydges Sydney Central

Lachlan Harris Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Lauren Brown The Langham, Sydney

Mandy Chan InterContinental Sydney

Nadia Dambrosi PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Saorabh Saakhalkar Pier One Sydney Harbour


Human Resources Employee of the Year

Abbie Williams Radisson Hotel & Suites

Ainslie Quilty Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Andrew Hecker Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

Jennifer Scott Mercure Hotel Sydney

Justine Whalan Park Hyatt Sydney


Front of House Employee of the Year

Amy Wisemantel QT Sydney

Bree Corderoy Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Erin Ellis PARKROYAL Parramatta

Kareem Mostafa Meriton Serviced Apartments Kent Street

Losalini Manono Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Meagan Iervasi Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Michelle Paul Atura Blacktown

Nancy Wu Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Sanzita Goodridge The Sebel Residence Chatswood

Shawn Kim Meriton Serviced Apartments Zetland


Employee Excellence in Service

Andrea Donaghy Atura Blacktown

Brooke Hamwood QT Sydney

Cullen Haynes Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

David Thompson Rydges Sydney Central

Eugene Chang Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

Khaled Badis Meriton Serviced Apartments Pitt Street

Natasha Gudaitis Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Samuel Hatten Park Hyatt Sydney

Servio Guimaraes Meriton Serviced Apartments Kent Street

Susan Baker Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Sydney


Concierge of the Year

Adnane Mouradi Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Colin Toomey Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Ian Frenkel Rydges Sydney Central

Jonathan Fambart Park Hyatt Sydney

Phoebe White The Langham, Sydney


Housekeeper of the Year

Aurelia Jalaideen Rydges Sydney Central

Cherie Pasfield Chifley Wollongong

Christina Maca Meriton Serviced Apartments Kent Street

Gudrun Smith Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour

Maureen Jolowicz Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

Mila Szumska The Star

Renata Wyludek Atura Blacktown

Rosa Pitt Quay West Suites Sydney

Stacey Mitchell Chateau Elan at The Vintage

Tanya Morris Meriton Serviced Apartments North Ryde


Chef of the Year

Anna Polyviou Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Chase Kojima The Star

Dana Chantler Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Gabriele Taddeucci The Star

John Slaughter Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Lee Kwiez Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Martin Weise The Westin Sydney

Mate Herceg The Hydro Majestic Hotel

Matt Germanchis Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Mohammad Bashir Taheri Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Ryan Hong PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Tamas Pamer InterContinental Sydney


Hotel Industry Rising Star

Alexis Cunningham Mercure Hotel Sydney

Ana Pereira The Westin Sydney

Ashleigh Salmon The Sebel Residence Chatswood

Casey Chesterfield Fraser Suites Sydney

Chantelle Bills Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

Jennifer Bochmann Sheraton on The Park

Jennifer Roy Meriton Serviced Apartments World Tower

Kyle Poole Park Hyatt Sydney

Libby Jaeger InterContinental Sydney

Natalie Moore Rydges Cronulla

Patricia Dominic Dacayo Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Tegan Pratt Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley




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