AHA NSW Awards for Excellence 2018 finalists announced

18 October, 2018 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

Image: Barangaroo House (Solotel) is nominated for City Hotel of the Year

Finalists in the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence 2018 have been announced for more than 40 categories

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Categories include Best Bush Pub and Best Traditional Bar, Best Chef, Best Burger, Best Hotel Accommodation and Best Live Music – as well as City and Country Hotel of the Year.

Some of the best-known pubs from across Greater Sydney are vying to be named 2018 City Hotel of the Year at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence. A dozen top hotels from areas including the Eastern Beaches, Sydney CBD, Manly, Pyrmont, the Inner West, North Sydney and the Western Suburbs are in the running for the top city hotel award – with the winner to be announced at a gala awards ceremony next month.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said hundreds of nominations were received for this year’s Awards, which honour the best hotels in the business.

“We had a record 630 nominations from right across NSW, which really shows the quality of our hotels right across the board,” he said.

“The Awards for Excellence are about recognising the hard work and dedication that goes into running a quality hotel in NSW – and our finalists reflect that.

“Sydney’s hotels really do set the standard for innovation and quality service and that is reflected in the list of finalists across the full range of categories. I wish all finalists the best of luck and congratulate them on running terrific venues.”

The nominees for City Hotel of the Year are:

Barangaroo House (Barangaroo); Bella Vista Hotel (Bella Vista); Coogee Bay Hotel (Coogee); Fairfield Hotel (Fairfield); Highfield Caringbah (Caringbah); Hotel Steyne (Manly); The Paragon Hotel (Sydney CBD); Terminus Hotel (Pyrmont); The Imperial (Erskineville); The Sheaf (Double Bay); Union Hotel (North Sydney); and Verandah (Sydney CBD).

Meanwhile pubs from regional areas including the Central Coast, the Hunter, the Illawarra, Mid-North Coast and the Outback are vying to be named 2018 Country Hotel of the Year at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Great regional hotels from Armatree, Willow Tree and Armidale are also in the running for the top country hotel award.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said:

“Pubs in regional and rural NSW really are the backbone of their communities and it is pleasing to see so many great country pubs nominated across a range of categories.

“I wish all finalists the best of luck and congratulate them on running terrific venues.”

The nominees for Hotel of the Year Country are:

Armatree Hotel (Armatree); Commonwealth Hotel (Cooks Hill); Headlands Austinmer Beach (Austinmer); Nags Head Hotel (Adamstown); Shoal Bay Country Club (Shoal Bay); Silverton Hotel (Silverton); The Bayview Hotel (Woy Woy); The Bradford Hotel (Rutherford); The George Tavern (Greenhills); Toormina Hotel (Toormina); West Kempsey Hotel (West Kempsey); White Bull (Armidale); and Willow Tree Inn (Willow Tree).

Last year’s Country Hotel of the Year winner was Headlands Austinmer Beach in the Illawarra.

The 2018 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence will be held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney on Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

For the full list of AHA NSW Awards finalists please click here.