BLLA Announces the StayBoutique™ 2020 Award Winners

Each Fall, the Boutique Community Comes Together to Honor the Finest People and Projects on Their Contributions That Are Disrupting the Industry

USA, Los Angeles, California. September 17, 2020

The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) and sister organization, StayBoutique™, presented the 10th annual awards during the organization's 1st ever Boutique Lifestyle Digital Summit. The Awards recognize leaders, innovators, and icons in every corner of the boutique world.

Founded in 2010, the Stay Boutique Awards originally served to recognize leaders of independent hotels globally and the properties themselves. The Awards have evolved to include other categories such as technology and design.

2020 marks the tenth annual celebration of the year's most daring efforts in the boutique community with projects that extend the limits of what our sector can do. All winners will have taken risks to achieve what they whole-heartedly believe in, and that provides moments that define a cultural experience. Curating a boutique lifestyle is about the desire for discovery and the winners will be prime examples of this.

We are grateful to the Judges for this year's Awards as well as to all who nominated or submitted an entry. The reality is that new technologies and an increasingly connected community allow business owners to facilitate wholesome experiences to any demographic, no matter the establishment or product being vended.

The winners of the 2020 StayBoutique Awards are reinvigorating their respective spaces with novel approaches to marketing, innovative collaborations, and by embracing change during an exceedingly difficult time in the world. We are honored to present them with this recognition and acknowledge their winnings virtually this year while looking forward to future in-person celebrations.

The importance of such international awards and recognition is considered a distinction among the peers of a category and can clearly establish a hotel/firm/person as a force in your niche. Being selected is a high honor for recognizable achievements and influence in the industry. All awards come with global recognition through BLLA's media reach into the boutique marketplace.

BLLA is pleased to present the Winners and honorable mentions for the 2020 StayBoutique Awards

Boutique Business of the Year
WINNER: Palette by Peter J. Hemsley
2nd PLACE: B David Levine

Boutique Hotel Design Project of the Year
WINNER: Zannier Hotels Sonop, Namibia
2ND PLACE: Nayara Tented Camp, Costa Rica
3RD PLACE: Asbury Ocean Club Hotel-Drawing Room, Asbury Park
4TH PLACE: Living Room at Shinola Hotel, Detroit, MI

Boutique Hotel Under 100 Rooms of the Year
WINNER: Asbury Ocean Club Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ
2ND PLACE: The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, Solvang, CA
3RD PLACE: The Butler Hotel, San Luis Obispo, CA
4th PLACE: ARRIVE Hotel, Memphis, TN

Boutique Hotel Over 100 Rooms
WINNER: The Revolution Hotel, Boston, MA
2nd PLACE: The Betsy-South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
3rd PLACE: Ironworks Hotel Indy, Indianapolis, IN
4TH PLACE: Shinola Hotel, Detroit, MI

Boutique Travel Businesses-Travel Technology
WINNER: Vertoe, Luggage Storage Anywhere, Anytime
2nd PLACE: The Guestbook, A More Rewarding Way to Stay

Iconic Hotelier of the Year
WINNER: David Bowd, Owner, SALT Hotels
2nd PLACE: Paul McGowan, President & Founder, Study Hotels

Emerging Hotelier of the Year
WINNER: Chris Pardo, Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, ARRIVe Hotels & Restaurants
2ND PLACE: Zachary Plutzik, Managing Director, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

A special thank you to the Judges: Anita Chan of Compass Edge, Karen Loftus of Women's Adventure Travels, Remy Allis of Allis Branding, and Amy Jakubowski or AJ Collective. To learn more about the 2020 StayBoutique Awards by BLLA, head over to (will be updated after the conference). View past Award winners here.

Zannier Hotel Sonop Namibia
Asbury Ocean Club Hotel New Jersey
PALETTE - Boutique Business 2020 Award Winner
The Revolution Hotel Boston
David Bowd of SALT Hotels - 2020 Iconic Boutique Hotelier of the Year
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