The Australian Hotels Association of South Australia (AHA SA) hosted its annual awards show at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night (18 October).

More than 900 guest from South Australia’s hotels industry were in attendance, which featured entertainment from the Hindley Street Country Club and The Cast, and was hosted by Mark Soderstrom.

Ian Horne, AHA SA General Manager, explained that the awards had been expanded this year.

“This year the lens was widened for the first time to honour the Best Overall Hotel in three categories – metropolitan, regional and accommodation,” Horne said.

It was a good night for the Adelaide Hills based Stirling Hotel, which picked up three awards, including the coveted major award of Best Overall Hotel – Metropolitan. The hotel also triumphed in Best Bistro Casual Dining for the Outer Metropolitan category, and Best Retail Outlet (which it shared with Marion Hotel).

In the country categories, the Loxton hotel took home the title of Best Overall Hotel – Country, as well as Best Bar Presentation, and Best Redeveloped Hotel, both also in the country category.

In the accommodation division, Eos by SkyCity was honoured with the title of Best Overall Hotel – Accomodation, also receiving the awards for awards for Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation, Best Outdoor non-enclosed Facility – Metropolitan (joint winner with 2KW) and Best Environmental & Energy Efficiency Practice.

“Congratulations to the Stirling Hotel, the Loxton Hotel and Eos by SkyCity for achieving best in class in their respective categories, and to all winners of the 2022 Hotel Awards for Excellence,” Horne commented.

A special award was created for Bill Spurr AO, who served as South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive from 1998 to 2007, and passed away earlier this year. The W.T. Spurr AO Award for Tourism and Regional Promotion was given to the Watervale Hotel. The hotel, which is located in the Clare Valley, is described as appealing to the epicurean tourist and eco-tourist alike.

The Watervale also won Best Restaurant – General Division Country, the third consecutive year it has achieved this title. This feat was matched by Adelaide’s 2KW, which won Adelaide’s Best Restaurant – General Division Metropolitan, also for the the third year running.

2022 marked the first time an award for Best Family Dining was given, with the Belair Hotel taking out the category – having ‘wowed the judges with its modern dining space, extensive children’s menu and large playground to cater for all members of the family.’

“We are thrilled to honour the winners of the 2022 Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence,” Horne added.

“South Australia can rightly claim to have some of the best establishments in the nation, from city to country, from the local pub to the luxury five-star hotel, and despite a challenging few years, South Australian hotels are continuing to raise the bar in terms of innovation, presentation and service. We are immensely proud to be representing this incredible industry.

“All SA winners will now be entered into the AHA National Hotel Awards, to be held in Sydney on 28 November.”

A full list of winners is below:

CATEGORYWinnerJudges Commendation
  Draught Beer QualityMalt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide 
Family DiningBelair Hotel 
  Bistro Casual Dining – CountryDalrymple Hotel, Stansbury – Joint Winner 
  Bistro Casual Dining – CountrySevenhill Hotel – Joint Winner 
Bistro Casual Dining – Inner Metropolitan  Cremorne Hotel 
Bistro Casual Dining – Outer Metropolitan  Stirling HotelFeathers Hotel
Restaurant – General Division CountryWatervale Hotel 
Restaurant – General Division Metropolitan  2KW Bar & Restaurant 
Restaurant – Accommodation DivisionSofitel Adelaide 
Bar Presentation & Experience – Country  Loxton Hotel 
Bar Presentation & Experience – Metropolitan  Peninsula HotelPaloma Bar & Pantry
Mid-Range Hotel Accommodationibis Adelaide 
Apartment/Suite AccommodationThe Palms Apartments 
Boutique/Superior Hotel Accommodation  Crafers Hotel 
Deluxe Hotel AccommodationEos by SkyCity 
Meeting & Events Venue – Specialist/Accommodation Division  Adelaide Oval 
Meeting & Events Venue – General Division  Marion Hotel 
Outdoor or non-enclosed Facility – Country  Watervale Hotel 
Outdoor or non-enclosed Facility – Metro2KW Bar & Restaurant – Joint Winner 
Outdoor or non-enclosed Facility – MetroEos by SkyCity – Joint Winner 
Retail Liquor OutletStirling Hotel – Joint Winner 
Retail Liquor OutletMarion Hotel – Joint Winner 
Sporting Entertainment VenueWarradale HotelThe District – SkyCity
Live Music VenueGovernor Hindmarsh Hotel 
Entertainment VenueArkaba Hotel 
Gaming Venue – CountryBushman’s Arms HotelLoxton Hotel
Gaming Venue – MetropolitanWoodville HotelRezz Hotel
TAB Licensed VenueMarryatville Hotel 
  Marketing & PromotionMayfair Hotel Adelaide – Joint Winner 
  Marketing & PromotionMaylands Hotel – Joint Winner 
Environmental & Energy Efficiency Practice  Eos by SkyCity 
W.T. Spurr AO Award for Tourism & Regional Promotion  Watervale Hotel 
Community Service & SupportHighway Hotel 
Redeveloped Hotel – CountryLoxton Hotel 
Redeveloped Hotel – MetropolitanRezz Hotel 
Chef of the YearUraidla Hotel – Anna Kittel 
  Hotel Industry Rising StarEos by SkyCity – Meg Anderson – Joint Winner 
  Hotel Industry Rising StarBeach Hotel Seaford – Zara Burnside – Joint Winner 
Best Overall Hotel – Accommodation Division  Eos by SkyCity 
Best Overall Hotel – CountryLoxton Hotel 
Best Overall Hotel – MetropolitanStirling Hotel 

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