On Monday 19th March 2012, the Canberra Australian Hospitality Association hosted the AHA Hospitality Awards at the Hotel Realm, Canberra. The Awards recognise standards of excellence in the ACT hotels and hospitality industry. Members of the ACT and Federal Parliament, including ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Andrew Barr and Opposition Leader, Zed Seselja, also attended the Awards.
The Hotel Realm was awarded the AHA Best Deluxe Accommodation beating the Hyatt Hotel for the 5 Star Hotel category. This award is a testament to the Hotel Realm’s dedication to providing guests with exceptional and memorable stays. The Hotel Realm places great precedence in being at the forefront of luxury and technology, and in delivering tailor-made guest experiences with a focus on customer service.
The Hotel Realm also won the AHA Best Meetings and Events venue. This award recognises the world-class facilities housed within Hotel Realm. The hotel banqueting team is dedicated to providing exceptional service with complete professionalism within a comfortable, understated, luxurious environment. The hotel is dedicated to continually evolving within the function market and as a result an upgrade of the conference floor will take place in 2012. The refurbishment will see a new look foyer, ballroom and breakout rooms, along with new meeting rooms.
Hotel Realm’s sister property the Burbury Hotel won the AHA Best New Venue within the Accommodation Division. In keeping with the exceptional standard of architecture and design of the Hotel Realm, the new 4.5 Star Burbury Hotel offers 73 exquisite hotel rooms, 15 one-bedroom suites, 6 two-bedroom suites and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Guests of the Burbury Hotel have full access to all amenities afforded by the Hotel Realm including all restaurants, day spa, health club and hair salon. Since opening in September 2011, the Burbury Hotel has been recognised for its design and technology. The Burbury Hotel was the first hotel in Australia to house the Apple Mac Mini IPTV system. The in-room IPTV provides guests with full Mac computer functionality, iPod, iPad and iPhone-docking, high definition TV, Foxtel®, play-your-own CDs/DVDs, pay-per-view movies, a digital on screen guest directories, hotel services and local attractions guide. It’s a home-away-from-home entertainment and office system.
Hotel Realm and Burbury Hotel General Manager Emil Kovacik acknowledged the recognition of both hotels as “a true testament to the dedication of the Doma Group for developing yet another superior product in the Burbury Hotel. The groups vision for the Realm Precinct is so strong and it’s reflected in the vibrancy of the evolving entertainment hub”.
Doma Hotels won the AHA Member of the Year Award for their commitment to injecting new life into the ACT sector. The General Manager of the AHA, Gwyn Rees, commended the Doma Group “Doma Hotels has played a key role in improving support locally for hotel development. It has shown that construction of accommodation venues can be a good business decision and led the way for future clever, multi-use development”.
The AHA awards have a rigorous judging process, whereby nominations are put forward to a panel of industry notables, who decide the finalists and winners.
Images of the evening can be viewed here