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Hotelympia Design Award finalists announced

The three finalists for Hotelympia’s 2014 Design Award have been selected ahead of the glittering April showcase

The London Edition (designed by Yabu Pushelberg and Ian Schrager) and ME by Meliã (designed by Foster+Partners) are joined by the Great Northern Hotel (designed by Archer Humphryes Architects) as the three new city hotels considered to be outstanding examples of modern design excellence.

The judging process is being overseen by a panel of industry experts including: Steve LaBouchardiere, co-founder of award-winning interior design company, designLSM; director at hospitality architecture and design specialist, Scott Brownrigg, Una Barac and director at Fox Linton Associates design studio, Dennis Irvine and Stirling Johnstone, editor of hospitality design title, GS Magazine. Jan Wilson, managing director of RPW Design – the company behind 2012’s winning Royal Suite at London’s Mandarin Oriental – is also part of 2014’s judging team, offering unrivalled insight into what it takes to scoop the accolade.

Hotels that didn’t quite make the grade but were considered worthy of note included: The Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, for successfully creating a "local product for the global traveller"; The Sands Hotel in Margate, a "charming seafront boutique" that is at the forefront of Margate's regeneration; Dorny House in the Cotswolds, with its individually designed rooms and exceptional new spa and Qbic London City, a non-conforming urban hotel designed with "humour and great spirit".

The three finalists will be featured on a dedicated display wall situated in the Design Gallery, alongside the Design Stage throughout the four-day show, with the overall winner being crowned on Hotelympia’s main Stage at 3.30pm on Monday 28th April in a special presentation and champagne reception.

‘Design at Hotelympia’ is a new dedicated show space at Hotelympia 2014 boasting a gallery of exceptional designers, new materials, art and a seminar programme featuring some of the best designers from around the world. Content for the design theatre has been developed by curator Stirling Johnstone in partnership with the Society of British and International Design (SBID), the national representative organisation to the European Council of Interior Design and Architecture and the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

Visitors can go to to see how the revitalised show can benefit their business and register now for a free ticket, saving the £25 entrance fee.

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