14 Oct CLIVEDEN – AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Cliveden, the iconic 17th century stately home, and now one of the world’s finest luxury hotels, has scooped the top hotel award in England becoming ‘AA Hotel of the Year 2015-16’; the announcement was made on Monday 5th October at a glittering awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London.
The AA Hospitality Awards are the highlight in the industry’s calendar, a night to remember as world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers’, restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media gather to celebrate the ultimate accolades for hotels in the UK that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Stembridge, Managing Director of Cliveden and its sister property, Chewton Glen said: “This fabulous achievement is testament to the vision and generosity of our owners, together with the energy and enthusiasm of General Manager, Sue Williams and the whole team. Cliveden has been reborn again. Historically Cliveden was probably the most renowned hotel outside London and to be crowned AA Hotel of the Year is symbolic of the fact that Cliveden is well and truly back on the map”.
Today Cliveden provides a decadent ‘home from home’ for guests from all around the globe who appreciate the fact that they are always made to feel more ‘house guest’ than ‘hotel client’. The recent multi-million pound refurbishment has added to the rich layers of history that make Cliveden completely unique in the hotel world.
General Manager, Sue Williams was thrilled with this fabulous news, she commented: “I would like to thank the AA for all their support and steerage since we took over Cliveden House three years ago. It has been quite a journey and a real highlight of my career to have the opportunity to help bring Cliveden back to its former glory. Above all, we hope our guests are enjoying this new era for the house and will enjoy the exciting times we have ahead.
“The AA award comes at an important time as the house celebrates 350 years of making history with the completion of a meticulous restoration programme within the main house and the final phase, the redevelopment of the Club Room Courtyard and Spa, due to get underway in January 2016.”
This fabulous achievement follows closely the endorsement made by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, who awarded Cliveden 6th position in their poll of the UK’s Top 10 Holiday Hotels; as a new entry into this category, that was also a stellar achievement for the hotel.
The eponymous André Garrett Restaurant has also garnered a small trophy cabinet of awards recently, being named as one of the top 20 UK Restaurants in ‘The Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016’ and, being placed in the top 10 UK Restaurants in the highly regarded ‘Square Meal Guide’.