The Langham Sydney was the big winner at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Awards announced in Sydney last night, picking up three gongs: New Hotel of the Year, the coveted Best Club Sandwich nod, and the big one, Hotel of the Year.

The awards, the only national hotel awards, coincide with the release of the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide, published with the June edition, on sale 28 May.

The 124-page handbook, compiled by reviewers from Australia’s most authoritative travel magazine, is a go-to guide to the country’s top 50 hotels and memorable Australian getaways. “Big congratulations to the team at The Langham Sydney. Fresh from a $30 million makeover, they have created a new luxury hotel experience that is as alluring as it is assured,” said editor Anthea Loucas. “Plus, they are serving the best club sandwich in the country.”

Other major award winners included Hotel Hotel in Canberra, which picked up Boutique Hotel of the Year and Best Bar, Crown Towers (Large Hotel of the Year), Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Best Breakfast) and Tasmania’s remote Pumphouse Point (Regional Hotel of the Year).

The awards, hosted by Catriona Rowntree and attended by Australia’s pre-eminent hoteliers and travel industry experts, recognise the cornerstone experiences of any great hotel stay, from the best service to the best breakfast. (See the full list of award winners below.)

The guide has been produced in association with Nespresso, a fitting alliance given the company’s coffee machines enhance the guest experience at so many of Australia’s top addresses. “I’m proud to say that many of the establishments selected for this year’s awards share similar values with Nespresso,” says Loïc Réthoré, General Manager Nespresso Oceania.  “To be among such good company is certainly a privilege and one Nespresso is proud of.”

The Gourmet Traveller reviewers traversed the country from Darwin to Hobart in the quest to find Australia’s best stays. All visits were anonymous and the magazine paid its own way so each review is an engaging, frank and honest appraisal of a property.

In addition to the top 50 hotels, the guide also lists:

  • Australia’s leading lodges and resorts
  • Best long-stay lodgings
  • Best budget hotels
  • Most luxurious spas
  • Upcoming hotel openings in Australia

From large and lavish city hotels to boutique country gems and breezy tropical retreats, the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide recommends rooms for all occasions.


Hotel of the Year:The Langham Sydney, NSW

New Hotel of the Year: The Langham Sydney, NSW

Large Hotel of the Year: Crown Towers, Melbourne, VIC

Boutique Hotel of the Year: Hotel Hotel, Canberra, ACT

Regional Hotel of the Year: Pumphouse Point, TAS

Best Service: Park Hyatt Sydney, NSW

Best Breakfast: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, VIC

Best Pool: Soul Surfers Paradise, QLD

Best Bar: Hotel Hotel, Canberra, ACT

Best Club Sandwich: The Langham Sydney, NSW

Best Minibar: Mona Pavilions, Hobart, TAS

Innovation of the Year: Next Hotel Brisbane, QLD



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