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The Best Hotel Design of the Year award is a prestigious accolade that celebrates and recognises excellence in the field of hotel design and architecture. This brand-new annual award honours the most innovative, aesthetically pleasing, and functionally exceptional hotel designs from the Benelux region and Germany. It serves as a benchmark for the highest standards in the hospitality industry, encouraging architects and designers to push the boundaries of creativity and sustainability in their hotel projects.  View the 2024 shortlist below!

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2024 Shortlist 

5AM - Rosa Hotel

5AM - Rosa Hotel

Nestled in the picturesque Ostend on the Belgian seaside, 5AM’s design for Hotel Rosa boasts a rich history and authentic charm while actively prioritising sustainability and leaving a lighter footprint on the environment.

The concept breathes life into the existing location, preserving the stories of the past and cherishing its history while selectively exposing layers to reveal its true essence. Within the walls of hotel Rosa, spaces, materials, and objects find new purpose through refined reuse, creating an enchanting blend of nostalgia and modernity.  

Unafraid of the passage of time, the hotel wears its scars proudly, showcasing the marks of history, inviting every guest to read the stories engraved within its walls.

AIME Studios - The Hoxton, Brussels

AIME Studios - The Hoxton, Brussels

The Hoxton, Brussels, seamlessly combines 1970s influences with the brutalist building it occupies. Vibrant blue plasters and silky golden carpets sit alongside bold geometric apertures and brutalist motifs. The double height lobby features a stripey lacquered bar, statement lamps and retro furnishings, creating inviting spaces for work, meetings, or leisure.

The Apartment offers a bold space for events set around a central Pantry, influenced by space age design of the 70’s.

Cantina Valentina, the Peruvian-inspired restaurant, exudes traditional charm with tumbled marble mosaic on the floor and a sprawling immersive mural by local artist Madeleine Schilling.

Tope, the rooftop taqueria, is set around a raised cactus garden, and draws inspiration from Mexican Brutalist architecture.  Outside, a wraparound terrace offers killer views of the city.

The guest rooms boast a vintage aesthetic with and pink marbles, red lacquers and chequerboard floors, set against original the building’s original concrete window architraves.

Additionally, the 22-storey building hosts a branch of Working From_, a coworking brand with open desks, studios, and communal pantries on each floor, fostering professional and personal development through regular events.

The Hoxton, Brussels, epitomizes a fusion of retro aesthetics, cultural inspirations, and innovative spaces, creating a dynamic and vibrant hospitality experience.

Nidum - Casual Luxury Hotel

Nidum - Casual Luxury Hotel

The monumental Arsenaal is located in the fortified town of Grave. The national monument has a rich history and it has been a House of Inspiration since 2021, called Nidum. This 6,000 m2 location houses various shops and showrooms regarding lifestyle, design, interior and art. In addition to the inspiration center, the national monument also houses Ovum restaurant and Nidum Boetiekhotel.

Opened in summer 2023, the boutique hotel is located on the top floor of the Arsenaal. The six suites have been decorated by different Dutch interior designers and therefore, each suite has its own appearance. Although the monumental details can be seen in every room. The oldest parts of the building date from the 16th century.

All six rooms are furnished with the collections of Nidum’s partners, making them real experience rooms. This makes it clear that collaboration with Nidum partners is not an impediment to creativity; Nidum Boetiekhotel offers six luxurious suites with a unique appearance.

The on-site Ovum restaurant provides the culinary experience. Since its opening in 2021, the kitchen has already received several endorsements in both Lekker500 and the culinary Gault&Millau list. In addition, thanks to the halls and monumental chapel, the location is also a suitable location for weddings, parties, meetings and business events.

Nijboer - Hotel Eindhoven-best

Nijboer - Hotel Eindhoven-best

Discover the allure of Hotel Eindhoven-Best, where luxury meets organic forms in a stunning ambiance. With 200 rooms, including 22 exquisite suites, this hotel offers a harmonious blend of comfort and sophistication. Explore 24 event spaces, a 25-meter swimming pool, and an inviting wellness area with exclusive treatment rooms, all seamlessly integrated with organic shapes and designs.


Unwind in their state-of-the-art gym or indulge in culinary delights at the à la carte and buffet restaurants, where the fusion of flavors mirrors the hotel's commitment to a holistic experience. The panoramic views from their skybar add an extra layer of enchantment, and don't forget to discover the hidden gem – their speakeasy bar. Hotel Eindhoven-Best invites you to a world where every detail is a masterpiece, ensuring an unforgettable stay.
Paul Linse - Pillows Maurits at the park 

Paul Linse - Pillows Maurits at the park 

Nestled in Amsterdam, Pillows Maurits at the Park seamlessly blends the tranquility of the green Oosterpark with the vibrant city centre. In its inaugural year, the hotel already achieved a top 2 ranking on TripAdvisor, surpassing 400 other hotels in Amsterdam.

Architect Uri Gilad (Office Winhov) took its unique location and all the intricate features from the building’s past into account. For the new wing, the different types of windows seamlessly connect the indoor with the outdoor; the new and the old intertwine harmoniously.

Interior architect Paul Linse (Studio Linse) calls the design a “noble simplicity”. This vision runs throughout the hotel, connecting all the meticulously selected interior elements. The soft, tactile materials invite guests to feel them. The warm, earthy colour palette creates a calming harmony, away from the city buzz. It’s the perfect contradiction to the robust exteriors.

Touches of Parisian elegance are combined with Dutch sensibility, setting a relaxing tone in the sophisticated rooms and suites. Understated and with timeless design, the rooms are like high-end cocoons. The art has been made by painter Raphaël Hermans for the hotel specifically and is inspired by the park and the city. With every detail in the room thoughtfully planned for maximum comfort, guests are invited to cherish every moment spent here.