H O W W E J U D G E & A S S
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2013 process, team & categories
New regional and national process for 10th year
“The flagship awards for the Scottish hotel industry” - First Minister
Judging Team 2013 | Award Categories 2013 | Map of Judging Regions
The Scottish Hotel Awards are independent and unsubsidised by government. Partner to Scotland Magazine, they are organised by a professional team the key members of which have chaired and developed the process and event since 2003. Much input is given on a voluntary basis and the Scottish Hotel Awards Judging Team is supported again this year by an impressive Industry Expert Peer Judging Team, bringing up-to-the-moment expertise and knowledge.
N O M I N A T I O N S
Nominations come from a variety of sources – and over a full year. We receive nominations
from our team of reviewers and judging experts; from consumers via this website
and others where we place links, and from feedback postcards; from hotels, chefs
and hoteliers; and from other industry contacts. Our task is to shape these nominations
into the basis of the awards categories each year so that the final results are
as appropriate and relevant to the particular year. Nominations for the 2013, 10th anniversary awards opened on November 1st with final nominations / votes requested by Friday April 12th.
J U D G I N G
The Scottish Hotel Awards are thorough. Every single nominated hotel is visited
and stayed at. No hotel is accepted for an award without being known well to us.
Nominees are advised in writing and must accept their nominations. Every individual
nominee is met or interviewed. Interviews can last up to two hours. We sometimes
spend up to 24 hours on site. An award might come after several years’ input. Where
relevant, we ask for facts and figures as supporting material for nominations. We
also carry out our own research and benchmarking. We receive industry intelligence
and check out all the main feedback / review websites for trends.
Vitally, our team have a wide range of skills (from kitchen to design and technology
to hotel management to marketing) and we are, above all, able to be comparative
– for example, if two hotels are contenders for the same award, then the same reviewer
will visit each / discuss each with the chairman of the judges. Judges have this
specialist knowledge and each member can veto a nominee or proposed winner within
their area of expertise. They can also, of course, nominate and guide the team in
selecting final winners. Judges can see the full list of finalists and proposed
It is a thorough, up-to-the-minute and comprehensive system based on expert critic,
comparative and consumer input. It is all designed to encourage and recognise the
best in Scottish hospitality in all departments of the hotel industry.
J U D G I N G R E G I O N S
1. Argyll & Lomond
Peeblesshire, Selkirkshire, Roxburghshire, Berwickshire
3. Central & Fife
Stirlingshire, City of Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Kinross-shire, City of Perth, Perthshire, Fife
4. Edinburgh & The Lothians
City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian
5. Glasgow & Clyde
City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire
Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Caithness-shire & Sutherland
All islands from the Clyde estuary to Inner Hebrides, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney & Shetland Isles
8. North East
Nairnshire, Moray, Banffshire, City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Kincardineshire, Angus, City of Dundee
9. South West
Ayrshire, Wigtownshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfriesshire
From this the tenth year of the national hotel awards we will assess and judge establishments (hotels, guest houses / B&Bs, serviced apartments and certain exclusive use venues) first on a regional and then on a national basis.
Across the range of categories for the Establishment Awards the experienced research and judging team will first select Regional Winners and, from these, a National Winner of a category.
People Awards will be made at the national level.
The above are the regions the judges will be working in as we look nationally and in depth regionally for the best of scottish hospitality.