The Independent Hotel Show Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in the UK’s boutique and independent hotel sector, have opened for entries.

Since launching in 2012 the Independent Hotel Awards have become coveted accolades, shining a light on some of the industry’s best hotels and most respected hospitality professionals.

There are two categories:

  • The Independent Hotel of the Year award recognises a hotel that embodies independent spirit, excellence, and innovation in creating exceptional guest experiences while pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an independent hotel.
  • The GM of the Future award, in partnership with The Master Innholders, recognises a rising star in the hotel industry, someone who consistently goes the extra mile and has a commitment to inspiring others.

A shortlist for the Independent Hotel of the Year award will be decided by a panel of industry experts before being opened up to a public vote which, combined with the judges’ votes, will determine the winner.

Glenn Wallace, Independent Hotel Show Event Manager, commented: “We can’t wait to welcome our independent hotelier community back to Olympia London and to shine a light on industry professionals who are passionate about innovation, guest experience and driving meaningful change in the sector.”

Kalindi Juneja, CEO of PoB Hotels and judge for the 2023 Independent Hotel of the Year award, added: “A daunting task! The UK now has some of the finest independent hotels in the world so it shall certainly not be easy to pick just one.”

If there’s an individual or hotel that you believe deserves to be celebrated as a trailblazer or future industry leader in the please look at the nominating procedure and nominate by the deadline of 14 June for Independent Hotel of the Year and 23 June for GM of the Future. Self-nominations are accepted.

The winners will be announced in the awards ceremony on the first day of the Independent Hotel Show on Monday 16 October.

The Independent Hotel Show takes place on 16-17 October 2023 at Olympia London. For more information about the show or awards, please visit