BLLA Award Winners: A Look Back


Best Boutique Hotel of 2021 Under 100 Rooms – The Grady Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

Best Boutique Hotel Over 100 Rooms – Union Club Hotel in West Lafayette, Indiana

Iconic Boutique Hotelier – Michelle Barnet, Founder and President of Staypineapple Boutique Hotels

Emerging Boutique Hotelier – Philip Bates, Co-Founder, and CEO of TMC Hospitality

Best Boutique Business of the Year – The Gallery at The Vendue in Charleston, South Carolina

Best Boutique Design Project – The Grady Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

Best Boutique Hospitality Vendor – Yellow Goat Design


Best Boutique Hotel Over 100 Rooms: The Revolution Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

Best Boutique Hotel Under 100 Rooms – Asbury Ocean Club Hotel in Asbury, New Jersey

Iconic Boutique Hotelier – David Bowd, Founder & CEO of Salt Hotels

Emerging Boutique Hotelier – Chris Pardo, Founder of Arrive Hotels

Best Boutique Business of the Year – Palette by Peter J. Hemsley in San Francisco

Best Boutique Design Project – Zannier Hotels Sonop in Namibia


Best Technology Innovation – Enseo

Best Boutique Retailer- SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Manhattan, NY

Best Boutique Thought Leader – Larry Korman of AKA Serviced Residents

Best Boutique Thought Leader – Mark Durliat of Grace Bay Resorts

Best Boutique Instagrammer – The June Motel, Picton, ON, Canada

Best Boutique Designer – Lauren Rottet, Rottet Studios

Best Branding Execution Hotel Grinnell – Grinnell, IA

Best Boutique Collaboration Project – Collective Retreats and the Trust for Governors Island, Governors Island, NY

Best Boutique Collaboration Project – Harmon Guest House, Piazza Hospitality and David Baker Architects, Healdsburg, CA

Best Boutique Coffee House – RVCC Intersect, Los Angeles, CA

Best Boutique Restaurant – Chicas Tacos, Los Angeles, CA

Best Boutique Hotel – Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas, Costa Rica

Best Lifestyle Hotel – Arlo Hotel Soho, New York, NY


Best Boutique Hotel-The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, Kirkland, Washington

Best Lifestyle Hotel-the ART, a hotel, Denver, Colorado

Best Soft-Branded Boutique Hotel-Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, Autograph Collection, Miami, Florida

Best Soft-Branded Lifestyle Hotel-Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection, Columbus, Ohio

Boutique Hotelier Award-Brendan Gresham, Charlestowne Hotels

Best Boutique Retailer-Tuft & Needle, Phoenix, Arizona

Best Boutique Restaurant-RUKA Restobar, Boston, Massachusetts

Best Boutique Community Connector-Casea Collins-Wright, Honolulu, Hawaii

Best Boutique Social Club-The Hospital Club, London, U.K.

Best Boutique Lounge-Poppy, West Hollywood, California

Best Boutique Wellness Facility-Basecamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, Nevada

Best Boutique Thinker-John Terzian, H.Wood Group, Nightlife Entrepreneur

Best Boutique Collaborator-The High Line Hotel, New York

Best Boutique Branding Strategy-Absolut Elyx, New York

Best Boutique Designer-Patrick Sutton, Baltimore, Maryland (for the Sagamor Pendry Hotel)

Best Social Media Influencer-Roza Sinaysky, Tel Aviv, Israel

Best Boutique Instagram Account-Jamie Beck for Ann Street Studios

Best Boutique Hotel Restaurant-Casa Amate at Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico


Boutique Hotel of the Year-Hotel Vandivort, Springfield, MO

Lifestyle Hotel of the Year-1 Hotel Central Park‪, New York, NY

Boutique Hotel Restaurant of the Year-Compère Lapin (@ The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery), New Orleans, LA

Hotelier of the Year-Henry Kallan, President & Owner, The Library Hotel Collection (LHC)

Person of the Year-Xavier A. Ramirez, Owner, Playa El Combate, Puerto Rico

Supplier of the Year-Mark & Amber Natale, Smarthinking Inc.

BLLA Board Member of the Year-Paula A. Argento, Esq., Argento Venture Group, BLLA Co-Chair


Boutique Hotel of the Year-Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, A Destination Luxury Hotel, Kirkland, WA

Lifestyle Hotel of the Year-Grand Bohemian Hotel, The Kessler Collection, Orlando, FL

Boutique Hotelier of the Year-Karie Hall, Vice President & General Manager, The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas

Person of the Year-Alex Glasscock, Founder & Owner, The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu

Board Member of the Year-Jonathan Falik, Founder & CEO, JF Capital Advisors

Special Recognition Award-Lana Dubovik Boissier, Principal, Hospitality Atelier

Special Recognition Award-Marjorie Feltus Hawkins, IIDA, Principal, FELTUS HAWKINS DESIGN

Inner Circle Club Member of the Year-James M Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Venture Programs, Inc.


Hotelier of the Year-Doyle Graham Jr., Founder, President & CEO of The Valencia Group

Boutique Hotel of the Year-The Castle Hotel Orlando – a Kessler Collection property

Person of the Year-Tara Lazar, owner of the Alcazar Hotel Palm Springs


Workplace Safety Award-The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Project Award-21C Museum Hotels

Voice Reservations/Best Practices Award-The Setai Hotel Miami

Hotelier of the Year-Paul Ruffino of Hotel BPM Brooklyn, NY

Boutique Hotel of the Year-The El Encanto Santa Barbara, CA-– an Orient-Express Hotel

Lifestyle Hotel of the Year-Soho House Miami Beach

Person of the Year-Sandra Costa of Sandra Costa Design Group


Boutique Hotel of the Year-The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach, FL

Lifestyle Hotel of the Year-The Hotel Sorella, Houston, TX

Hotelier of the Year-Jonathan Plutzik, Principal owner and Chairman, The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach