European Hospitality Awards 2010

European Hospitality Award WINNERS 2010

Hotel Management International’s inaugural European Hospitality Awards presented difficult choices for their esteemed panel of judges:

Johanna Fragano, President, European Hotel Managers Association
Claus Sendlinger, CEO & President Design Hotels AG,
Patrick Reardon, CEO Reardon Smith Architects
Ted Teng, CEO of Leading Hotels of the World.

The winners defined the best in European hospitality from the last year and included world class hotels like the new Rocco Forte hotel in Prague, The Augustine, the newly reopened Dolder Grand in Zurich, the Hotel Bristol in Paris, the Ritz Carlton in Berlin and the Elounda Beach Hotel in Crete

The Castello Dal Pozzo is very proud to have won the Hotelier of the Year category outright and obtained a Highly Recommended in the In-room Innovation category.

Hotelier of the year: Aimone Dal Pozzo, Castello Dal Pozzo, Lake Maggiore, Italy

Hotelier of the Year

Aimone Dal Pozzo is one of Europe‘s youngest general managers at 28. Eschewing his passion for racing motorbikes, which led him to win an Italian Championship and finish third in the European Championship in 2002, Dal Pozzo identified the potential of his family’s business, Castello Dal Pozzo in Lake Maggiore, Italy. Once the seat of the Viscounts of Aragona, Castello Dal Pozzo sits astride a small hill town dominating Arona, Lake Maggiore.

In 2004 Dal Pozzo project-managed the building of a five-star luxury hotel and conference centre on the site, spending every day for four years on the construction site. “Even though that felt already quite challenging I discovered shortly after, that that was just the easy part of the job,” Dal Pozzo says. “Starting up the new business, finding the key people to trust and work with, has been the real effort in this ongoing quest. We are now operating on a global market but at the end of the day, nothing is more rewarding than a smile from every guest.”

Highly commended in the Category In-room Innovation

Castello Dal Pozzo, Lake Maggiore, Italy


Using the 3B rule of Bath, Bed and Blackout, Castello Dal Pozzo has developed its room concept, with particular attention to the bathroom. The Italian hotel has created a wet-zone area with the aid of a Philippe Stark bath tub, specially designed for tall people, with an impressive ceramic shower base of the same size (80×180 cm) fitted just beside. This gives a great deal of space to move and the ability to take a shower without having to worry about flooding the bathroom.

Exclusivity and privacy are key parts of the hotel’s offering. Castello Dal Pozzo has introduced a personal spa, providing a unique experience where guests can enjoy the relaxing effects of a Hammam, in the privacy of their own bathrooms, surrounded by music, chromo therapy and aromatherapy all in one.

In the bedroom, guests have a very modern piece of furniture that replaces the old television table. It is a discreet item that contains all the needs of the room in one spot: minibar, 220-volts powered safe, tea maker and extra goodies.

For the full list of winners

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