A wide range of Australian hotel properties are celebrating today after scoring awards in the esteemed lifestyle bible’s annual Hotel Guide Awards.
The annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards has announced Jackalope – a stunning new vineyard property on the Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula – as Australia’s Hotel of the Year at a celebratory dinner at QT Melbourne.
Jackalope (above), which marries a 143-year-old homestead and prize winery with a strikingly modern 46-room hotel, was also named New Hotel of the Year and Regional Hotel of the Year in a triumphant trifecta for the $40 million development.
“I think MONA gave me the confidence that people would appreciate a daring, bold vision in this part of the world,” said Jackalope owner Louis Li, the 29-year-old Chinese-born entrepreneur. “Luxury should be defined by rarity.”
Host hotel QT Melbourne was named Large Hotel of the Year and also took home the Best Bar award for its rooftop cocktail terrace with commanding city-skyline views.
The coveted gong for Best Club Sandwich this year went to The Louise, in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, for an unconventional version featuring prime regional produce. And the Best Minibar is the treasure trove of (free) quality drinks and house-made snacks at Como The Treasury in Perth.
The awards marked the launch of the 2017 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide – published with the June edition of Gourmet Traveller (on sale 25 May).
Sarah Oakes, Gourmet Traveller’s new editor, congratulated all 50 top hotels featured in Australia’s only national hotel guide. “The boom in new hotel openings – about 120 projects on the drawing board right now – suggests the hotel industry is on a high,” she says. “And we’re very excited to showcase the achievements of such a dynamic industry that’s central to the lives of gourmet travellers.”
The 124-page handbook is produced by a team of reviewers from the country’s leading premium lifestyle magazine, who check in unannounced and pay their way. Reviewers and editors compare their experiences to choose the nation’s top 50 hotels and the best performers in 11 award categories, from best minibar to best breakfast.
Other award winners at last night’s signature event include The Johnson in Brisbane (Best Pool), Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Best Breakfast), The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney (Boutique Hotel of the Year), and Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach in northern New South Wales (Best Service). (See the full list of award winners below.)
Once again the guide has been produced with the support of Nespresso, who has been the major sponsor since the guide’s launch in 2014.
2017 GOURMET TRAVELLER AUSTRALIAN HOTEL GUIDE AWARD WINNERS
Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
Large Hotel of the Year: QT Melbourne, Vic
New Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
Boutique Hotel of the Year: The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Regional Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
Best Service: Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Best Breakfast: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Vic
Best Pool: The Johnson, Brisbane, Qld
Best Bar: QT Melbourne, Vic
Best Club Sandwich: The Louise, Barossa Valley, SA
Best Minibar: Como The Treasury, Perth, WA