Hand Picked Hotels, the UK’s leading independent group of country house hotels and spa resorts, has awarded New Hall Hotel & Spa its Hotel of the Year in recognition of an outstanding performance throughout 2017.

At more than 800 years old, the historic country house hotel located in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was selected from the Hand Picked portfolio of 20 hotels located across the UK and the Channel Islands.

The accolade was presented to New Hall’s General Manager Jonathan Squire during the annual awards ceremony held this year at Hand Picked’s Buxted Park Hotel in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. 

Attended by more than 75 guests, including the Hand Picked Hotels’ Board of Directors, senior team, general managers and colleagues from across the group, Julia Hands, Chairman & CEO of Hand Picked Hotels commented on the achievement:  “I am delighted for the team at New Hall following a year of exceptional results across all aspects of hotel operations from guest satisfaction to employee engagement.” 

“In addition to delivering a solid financial performance, New Hall Hotel has enjoyed ongoing positive feedback from guests who praised the team for their warm welcome, attentive service and delivering a consistently high quality dining experience in particular. The hotel has also been meticulously maintained by the team to ensure the 13th century manor house and grounds are beautifully presented and New Hall has achieved the top score across the portfolio for employee retention and satisfaction, an area which is incredibly important.” 

Jonathan Squire commented, “On behalf of everyone at New Hall Hotel, I am thrilled to receive this award in recognition of all the hard work and dedication of the team.   New Hall is a very special hotel both in terms of its unique façade and grand interior spaces but also in the friendly and informal environment we work hard to maintain. Everyone here is committed to ensuring our guests feel welcome and at home during their visit, from our leisure guests to our conference delegates, wedding parties and those joining us for afternoon tea, so to have such positive feedback from our guests across all sectors of our business is hugely rewarding.”

New Hall Hotel & Spa is a 4-Red Star inspector's choice country house hotel set in 26 acres of grounds and gardens in the heart of the Midlands. The hotel features a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, The Bridge, along with 60 individually designed bedrooms, 6 flexible meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 delegates and a Spa and health club with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.  The hotel is located within easy reach of the M6, the M42 and Birmingham International Airport.      

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Julia Gosling
Hand Picked Hotels
01732 471036
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Notes to editors 

Hand Picked Hotels, created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands, is the leading collection of architecturally stunning country house hotels - built for pleasure and continuing a centuries-old tradition of offering guests an indulgent yet attainable country house experience, with a contemporary twist. 

The award-winning collection is renowned for exquisite food, fine wines and bespoke service by Hand Picked people in stylish, relaxing surroundings. There are a total of 17 classically British hotels in beautiful settings across England and Scotland and 3 Channel Island resorts, with locations ranging from the New Forest and Jersey to Yorkshire and Edinburgh. 

Hand Picked Hotels has won an impressive number of awards, with 15 hotels awarded two AA rosette status and Grand Jersey holding three rosettes. Ten hotels have achieved red star status which means they stand out as the very best in the British Isles. There are also ten hotels with spas offering the latest therapies and treatments to promote wellbeing and relaxation.