Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Wins ‘Australian Upscale Hotel of the Year’ at HM Awards 2020

Salter Brothers’ Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel has won the Australian Upscale Hotel of the Year at the HM Awards 2020, announced at a gala event in Sydney last Friday night.

The HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence are in their 18th year and are amongst the most prominent hotel awards in Australia, recognising individuals, properties, departments, brands and chains. HM Awards Chief Judge and Founder, HM magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, James Wilkinson, said “this year’s awards were more important than ever in recognising the hard work and dedication of so many individuals and teams in what has been the most challenging year in history for the accommodation industry.”

With over 1000 entries across 48 categories in 2020, a panel of over 30 judges from leading travel editors to airline executives, hotel industry consultants voted Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach the Upscale Hotel of the Year, presenting the award to Salter Brothers Hotel Asset Manager, Gary Lopez at the gala event in Sydney.

This week Paul Salter, Managing Director Salter Brothers, travelled to Sydney to share in the celebrations with the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel Team, led by General Manager, Gareth Long.

Paul said ‘it is an honour to win this recognised industry award and we are thankful to the HM Awards team for making it happen, and most importantly to our own Hotels strategy, development and IHG operations teams for their hard work and commitment to making Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel the destination upscale hotel it has become in Sydney.”

Since completing the hotel’s $28 million refurbishment in February 2020 and bringing to life the iconic Sydney property with 209 fresh, new beachside guest rooms, a new purpose built events centre with 13 flexible event and meeting spaces, and 3 new and exciting restaurants and bars including the awarding winning Shutters Restaurant, this high quality hotel is certainly cementing its place as the place to stay, meet and dine in Coogee.

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel is one of 7 hotels in the Salter Brothers $1 billion Australian hotel portfolio.