The Porter House Hotel Sydney - MGallery was awarded the 2023 Paul Davis Award for the Australasia-Pacific Hotel of the Year

New-build hotels, impressive conversion projects and stellar refurbishments from across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific will be recognised at the 2024 Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards.

Entries are now open for the 2024 awards, which recognise exceptional projects – completed and opened in 2023 – that demonstrate design innovation, a commitment to sustainability design practices and deliver exceptional guest experience.

Winners across four categories – for new-build properties, conversions, refurbishments and an overall winner, the Paul Davis Award – will be announced at leading hotel architecture and interior design conference, Design Inn, which returns to SkyCity Adelaide on Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Don’t miss out on Early Bird tickets to Design Inn – offer ends Friday March 15.

Who can enter the 2024 Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards?

The Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards celebrate design-focused hospitality projects from across Australasia and the Pacific that demonstrate innovation and provide exceptional guest experiences.

While designers, hotel representatives, and owners may enter a project, the designer’s input is required to ensure judges have all of the necessary information about a project.

Enter your hotel project.

The awards are open to all market segments in the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific (including Hawaii) hotel industry. Properties of all sizes, and in any location in the region, can be entered.

New-build hotels and conversions must have opened in 2023 and refurbishment projects completed in 2023 to qualify.

How are projects assessed?

A panel of judges, made up of top designers and HM editors, will consider design concept, function, impact on guest experience, innovation, community collaboration/engagement and sustainable outcomes.

Full details on submission guidelines and FAQs can be viewed here.

Who won last year?

In the 2023 Australasia Pacific Hotel Design Awards, The Porterhouse Hotel, Sydney took home the award for New Build Hotel of the Year, as well as the overall 2023 Paul Davis Award for the Australasia-Pacific Hotel of the Year.

Osborn House designer Alan McMahon of Mac Studio accepted the award for Hotel of the Year – Refurbishment, presented by judge Juliet Ashworth

Judges said: “This hotel in Sydney is a wonderfully contrasting and layered design that bridges the contemporary and the historical without being disingenuous to either.

“The new-build architecture captures the spirit of the neighbourhood by effortlessly slotting this volume into the cityscape, comfortably creating a familiar architectonic that doesn’t scream for attention.

“Passing through the public spaces evokes delight in the discovery, with the considered layering of the design providing moments for each visitor that resonates with dexterity.”

The Hotel of the Year – Conversion award went to recently-opened budget accommodation concept Lylo Auckland; and the Hotel of the Year – Refurbishment was awarded to NSW Southern Highlands’ property Osborn House. QT Newcastle was recognised with a Highly Commended award for its creative design.

Submission deadline

Submissions close Friday April 12, 2024, with the winners announced and awards bestowed at Design Inn, SkyCity, Adelaide on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

For more, visit Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards – Design Inn Symposium