Working for Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, I get to see a lot of hotels. During a recent trip to New York, a friend of mine pointed out the cute little toy robots displayed in the moody hall of The Smyth, a TriBeCa boutique hotel. I loved them – and lo and behold, they were placed there by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, two of the world’s preeminent interior designers who also happen to be Canadians. I was ashamed to admit that I didn’t know they had designed the property where I was staying.
That’s how the idea of the enRoute Hotel Design Awards was born. We wanted to let Canadian travelers know how our country’s architects and interior designers are working on stunning hotels around the world. To celebrate the success of our homegrown talent, we asked a panel of prestigious international experts – Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy and Canadian architects Todd Saunders and Jean Pelland – to choose the winners in each of our 10 competition categories.
So here’s our first crop of winners:
Best Suite, <150 Rooms
The Royal Suite, the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, India
Jeffrey A. Wilkes
DesignWilkes Sdn Bhd
Best Suite, 150+ Rooms
Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc
Congratulations to all!