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About the Hotel Design Award  

The prestigious industry award “Hotel Design Award” targets hotels that were completed and opened in Europe within the last one and a half years before the 196+ forum Milan. The prize goes to a hotel which stands out from among its competitors in terms of architecture, design and innovation, no matter whether it is a luxury or a budget hotel, a chain hotel or privately managed, short or long stay, city hotel or holiday resort. 196+ forum Milan regards a homogeneous combination of all the individual aspects to form a winning hotel concept.

Hotel Design Award 2023 

The winner of the Hotel Design Award 2023 is the cōmodo in Austria. This year marks the third time that the prize has been awarded during the 196+ forum Milan on 17 April 2023.

Andreas Martin, jury chairman: "This year's winner, the cōmodo in Bad Gastein, convinced the jury by combining a preserved, vacant existing building with locally influenced contemporary interior design, complemented by modern art with a connection to the location as well as materials and furnishing objects that create a link to different, past decades and thus the history of the house. The existing property was optimized by the addition of a sun terrace with an unobstructed view of the valley and a new room wing with a mountain view designed in a different color scheme. The interior designers succeeded in interpreting locally anchored design in a modern way, thus allowing a glimpse into the history of design eras and the future of the hotel at the same time."

From the 21 hotel applications from nine European countries, the interdisciplinary twelve-member jury had selected thirteen nominees. Of these nominees, the following three hotels were selected as finalists (in alphabetical order):

Click below to see the finalists' videos.

Hôtel des Horlogers (Le Brassus, Switzerland)

the cōmodo (Bad Gastein, Austria)

Wilmina (Berlin, Germany)

Sven Rensinghoff, member of the management board at Bette and sponsor of the Hotel Design Awards: "With their unique architectural and design concepts and the use of innovative materials and technologies, the three finalists of the "Hotel Design Award 2023" have shown that the future of the hotel industry can be not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. The architectural quality of the buildings as well as their sustainability and the overall guest experience are other factors that played a role in the selection of the finalists. The cōmodo, the Hôtel des Horlogers and the Wilmina impressed in all these areas and thus proved to be worthy finalists."

The criteria for the award included the originality of the architectural and design concept, the associated architectural quality of the building and facade, and the design of the interior. The focus of the competition is the design approach for a convincing hotel concept.

We would like to thank the jury:

HDA 2023 jury members


Meet the sponsor of the Hotel Design Award:

Bette is known for its continuous innovation in creative and functional design.
Today, successful product design goes beyond the product itself and has to be seen in context of the entire design concept of a project.
Therefore, it is important for Bette to seek a close exchange with designers, developers and operators and to support them in the further development of design concepts.
A competition like the Hotel Design Award offers a good opportunity to do this and to promote forward-looking concepts.


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