SA’s best hotel named in 2020 Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence

SA’s 2020 Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence were held last night, with The Marion Hotel named best in the state.

The Marion Hotel in Adelaide’s southern suburbs has been named the Best Overall Hotel in South Australia, at last night’s 2020 Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence.

Also taking out the honours for Best Outdoor or Non-Enclosed Facility, Best Gaming Venue – Metropolitan, and Best Redeveloped Hotel – Metropolitan, the Hurley Hotel Group pub has been recognised for its incredible $20 million transformation.

All State winners automatically qualify for the AHA National Awards to be held on 13 September 2021 in Hobart.

Completed in September 2019, the redevelopment of the 60s style Marion Hotel has brought a new lease of life into the venue.

With an extensive focus on hotel style accommodation, food and beverage, functions, retail and gaming, all areas of the hotel have been refurbished along with a refreshed brand and personality emphasising interaction with the customer.

Mount Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills cemented its position as the premier luxury destination in Adelaide, receiving two awards: Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation and Best Restaurant – Accommodation Division for the iconic Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant.

Two hotels have placed the Clare Valley region in the spotlight. Sevenhill Hotel has once again received the Award for Best Bistro Casual Dining – Country for its innovative, seasonal menu and outstanding customer service.

The recently renovated Watervale Hotel has burst into the hospitality scene winning three awards: Best Restaurant – General Division Country, Best Tourism & Regional Promotion, and Best Environmental & Energy Efficiency Practice.

The Sailmaster Tavern won the title of Best Bar Presentation & Experience – Metropolitan.

Overlooking the picturesque North Haven Marina, the bar at the Sailmaster has been extensively renovated with multiple areas designed to take advantage of the spectacular view.

Last night also saw the induction of several hotel groups into the AHA|SA Live Music Hall of Fame.

Fahey Hotel Group, Hurley Hotel Group, RD Jones Group, The Gov and the Tonkin family were all acknowledged for their multi- generational family commitment to the well-being of live music gigs, the employment and engagement of musicians and technicians, and their support for innovation and entertainment in SA hotels.

“Congratulations to all the outstanding winners of the 2020 Hotel Awards for Excellence,” said AHA|SA General Manager Ian Horne.

Every year the AHA|SA Awards night is an important event for our industry, as we celebrate the exceptionally high standard of hotels in South Australia. But this year our Awards for Excellence is even more meaningful after such a tumultuous 2020 for the industry”.

“Tonight, we acknowledged and celebrated an industry that is resilient and innovative, strong and courageous.”

“We thank the community and the people of SA for supporting our great industry throughout 2020, and in turn the 26,000 people it employs.”

2020 Full List of Winners

CATEGORYWinnerJudges Commendation
Draught Beer Quality – CountryVine Inn Barossa
Draught Beer Quality – MetropolitanThe Barker
Mid-Range Hotel AccommodationAtura Adelaide Airport
Boutique/Superior Hotel AccommodationCrafers HotelStirling Hotel
Deluxe Hotel AccommodationMount Lofty House
Bistro Casual Dining – CountrySevenhill HotelDalrymple Hotel
Bistro Casual Dining – Inner MetropolitanEast End CellarsStrathmore Hotel
Bistro Casual Dining – Outer MetropolitanCrafers HotelSailmaster Tavern, Stirling Hotel
Restaurant – Accommodation DivisionHardy’s Verandah Restaurant – Mount Lofty HouseCommodore on the Park
Restaurant – General Division Metropolitan2KW
Restaurant – General Division CountryWatervale Hotel
Bar Presentation & Experience – CountryMacs Hotel, Mount Gambier
Bar Presentation & Experience – MetropolitanSailmaster TavernMarion Hotel
Outdoor or Non-Enclosed FacilityMarion HotelRepublic Norwood, Sailmaster Tavern
Sporting Entertainment VenueWarradale HotelArkaba Hotel
Community Service & SupportVine Inn Barossa – Joint Winner
Community Service & SupportDuke of Brunswick Hotel – Joint Winner
Marketing & Promotion – General DivisionMoseley Bar & Kitchen
Tourism & Regional PromotionWatervale Hotel
Environmental & Energy Efficiency PracticeWatervale Hotel
Gaming Venue – CountryBig River Golf and Country Club
Gaming Venue – MetropolitanMarion Hotel
TAB Licensed VenueMarryatville Hotel
Meeting & Events Venue – Specialist & Accommodation VenuesNational Wine Centre
Meeting & Events Venue – General DivisionThe Highway
Retail Outlet – AttachedStirling Hotel
Retail Outlet – Stand AloneEast End Cellars
Small VenuePaloma Bar & Pantry
Redeveloped Hotel – CountryBig River Golf and Country Club
Redeveloped Hotel – MetropolitanMarion HotelSailmaster Tavern, Strathmore Hotel
Chef of the YearKevin Martel – The Playford
Employee Excellence in Service – Accommodation DivisionJane Heywood – Sage Hotel
Employee Excellence in Service – General DivisionJessica Bellwood – Marion Hotel
Hotel Industry Rising StarBen Rogers – National Wine Centre
Best Overall HotelMarion Hotel


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