Double delight for Arran hotels at new awards

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Two hotels on Arran are celebrating after winning top titles at the inaugural Prestige Hotel Awards held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

The Douglas Hotel can add to its long list of awards, a Boutique Hotel of the Year award, after beating The Dunstane Houses in Edinburgh to the title. While the Auchrannie Resort can add to its award cabinet the Best Country Hotel aftert they pipped the Dunalastair House Hotel Suites in Pitlochry to the post.

The awards, which are celebrating their first year, presented management and staff with their prizes at a gala ceremony, attended by more than industry representatives last weekend, aimed at showcasing and rewarding outstanding service within the hotel industry in Scotland.

Primarily aimed at four and five star hotels, the awards follow a nomination process where the public cast their votes for their favourite establishments. The top 100 are long-listed and visited by a mystery guest and the hotel with the highest score is then crowned as the award winners.

Elaine Campbell, manager at the Douglas Hotel, said: ‘The Prestige Awards caught us off guard again, we hoped but certainly didn’t expect, to win Boutique Hotel of the Year after winning Independent Hotel of the Year in 2017. The competition is fierce in this category, so we are absolutely delighted that the hard work of the amazing team at the Douglas Hotel has been acknowledged.

‘We’re equally delighted that Auchrannie won Country House Hotel of the Year too –  for a wee island we seem to do hospitality incredibly well. It’s a tough time of year for Arran business, when the island is still fairly quiet – so this is an incredible boost for everyone and hopefully the start of great year.’

Linda Johnston, co-founder and managing director at Auchrannie Resort said: ‘The whole team at Auchrannie are very pleased that we have won Country Hotel of the Year at the Prestige Awards.  We are delighted that our own guests took the time to vote for us and that the award judges, who visited our business, agreed that Auchrannie was worthy of this significant award.  The award is acknowledgement of the great job the Auchrannie team do in providing our guests with a fantastic holiday experience.’

The Prestige Hotel Awards is an independent, non political platform that is free to enter and has no membership fee. There are 17 categories in which to enter including Best Spa Hotel, Best Small Hotel and an overall Hotel of the Year which was won by East Haugh House Hotel in Pitlochry.


Craig Lindsay, Kate Russell, Carolyn Lambert and Sharon Bell collected the Boutique Hotel of the Year award on behalf of all of the staff at the Douglas Hotel. No_B08award01