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The Independent Hotel Award is presented to a hotel that has made a significant contribution to the independent hotel sector. This award recognises a hotel that embodies independent spirit, excellence, and innovation in creating exceptional guest experiences whilst pushing the boundaries expected of an independent hotel. Above all, the winner is an outstanding hotel that is committed to the development of their team, the success of their establishment, and the betterment of the industry as a whole. View the 2024 shortlist below!

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2024 Shortlist

The Duke Suites

The Duke Suites

Located in a serene and forested setting, the enchanting villa of The Duke Suites welcomes you in the atmosphere of a centuries-old English manor house. Each of the 18 spacious suites, with over 70 square meters of living space and views of both the landscape and the golf course, will offer you the ultimate location to unwind. Their guests will be indulged in every detail and will enjoy the comfort of a personal butler at your service 24/7. Exclusively for the guests of their suites, you will have access to one of the top golf courses in the Netherlands, The Duke Club's 18-hole Members-only Golf Course.

Once you have completed a relaxing round of golf, their talented kitchen team is waiting to dazzle your taste buds. You will be welcomed in restaurant The Charles, awarded with 14 points by Gault & Millau, where a surprising and exceptionally high-quality culinary experience awaits you. Enjoy the dinner that has been especially designed for you with the finest and most refined ingredients. After your restaurant visit, an oasis of privacy and serenity awaits you in your suite. Auping's top-class box springs, especially composed for The Duke Suites, ensure a wonderful night's sleep.

La Butte aux  Bois

La Butte aux  Bois

In the heart of a forest in Belgium, this 5-star superior hotel is an oasis of luxury, crystals and dinosaurs. Bespoke suites with renowned decorators such as Gert Voorjans and the iconic Italian fashion brand Missoni leaving an indelible artistic touch. The Moonlight Suite offers a breathtaking experience, featuring real lunar meteorites integrated into its 9-meter high ceiling, providing guests with a celestial experience unlike any other.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the Shiseido Institute offers a serene haven where tranquility and well-being harmonize. Culinary delights await at Bistrôt Le Ciel, where French-Belgian bistro dishes with global influences tantalize the taste buds, while their 2-star Michelin restaurant, Ralf Berendsen, offers an extraordinary gastronomic journey.

The natural history-inspired hotel curates a collection of rare objects, vintage furniture, minerals, crystals, gemstones, and even real dinosaurs. Uncover the secrets of the 400 square meter lunar landscape, where a spaceship and rare meteorites from the moon and Mars await your exploration.

Education meets entertainment with their in-house storytellers, ready to bring the history of their unique collections to life.

Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled luxury and discovery at this magical hotel.

Les Cabanes d'Ostende

Les Cabanes d'Ostende

Les Cabanes d'Ostende - which opened on July 15, 2022 - is a vacation paradise with the world's most beautiful cabins in a secret garden in the middle of the city and with the beach just around the corner.

Linking a chunk of nature with the city creates something unique in the recreational landscape. Les Cabanes d'Ostende does not sell rooms, but experience and you feel that from the moment you walk through the narrow passage along the stone road into the hidden gem.

The guests, who give this hotel a unique score of 5.0 on Google Review (, praise the level of detail and taste with which the park and cabins are decorated. Also online, there are quite a few fans for this unique concept: on Instagram, Les Cabanes d'Ostende can enthuse just under thirty thousand. 

Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis Gouda 

Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis Gouda 

Sleep, eat, admire, be amazed and surprised; step into the world of boutique hotel Relais & Châteaux Weeshuis Gouda and leave everyday life behind for a while. There you will step peacefully into your own bubble of relaxation, only to leave a little later inspired and full of new dreams – ready to conquer the world.

WSHS believes in the ‘art de vivre’; celebrating life, conviviality and, above all, good food and drinks. In the Regentenkamer, comfort fine dining restaurant LIZZ* and coffee, cocktail & champagne bar COCO – all under the direction of Executive Chef Remco Kuijpers – every sense is tended to and pampered at every moment of the day. WSHS stands for traditional hospitality with a golden touch – always with an element of surprise.
Slapen in de Molen

Slapen in de Molen

Slapen in de Molen/Sleeping in a dutch windmill, is a unique experience. They have created 4 luxurious rooms inside the monumental mill, called the Jan van Arkel. Embracing the old elements and using the old colors that were found in the mill. Every room has it’s own theme, like Delfts Blue, Dutch Design or the Golden Age. The hotel is based on contactless stay, so people can check in by themself. Breakfast is delivered by their local bakery, the guests can pull the bag with breakfast up by the old flour shaft. Every Saturday the miller is working on the mill, and guests have the opportunity to see how the mill works. 

The hotel is located in the little town Arkel in the Alblasserwaard near to the old city Gorinchem. So people can explore the area, there is so much to do. Gorinchem as old fortified town has so much history, nice restaurants. The polders of the Alblasserwaard are beautiful and nice to explore by bicycle, or go down the river De Linge in a eco-boat and see the blossom route. There is enough history and nature to discover. It doesn’t get more Dutch then there.