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Preferred Hotel Group Celebrates Annual Independent Hotel Day with Announcement of 2021 I Prefer Members’ Choice Award Winners

October 20, 2021

Atelier Playa Mujeres announced as the global winner with 40 independent hotels and resorts across the Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Beyond Green brands recognized with top regional accolades 


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA – October 20, 2021: Today, Preferred Hotel Group kicked off its annual celebration of Independent Hotel Day by declaring the winners of its 2021 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards. The ultra-luxurious Atelier Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico, was named the overall global winner, as well as the winner of the North American category, and other top regional accolades went to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Turtle Inn in Belize, and Belmont Champs Elysees in Paris, France. To extend the celebrations and to thank I Prefer members worldwide for continuing to Believe in Travel, Preferred has launched a limited-time 5,000 bonus points offer valid for bookings made at any of the 40 winning properties. 

“As the world continues to reopen to international travel and with hoteliers excitedly re-welcoming many more guests back through their doors, it is the ideal time to recognize the incredible resilience and independent spirit of our member hotels and their dedicated teams,” said Alison McDermott, Vice President of Global Merchandising and Marketing for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “While Preferred believes that every day is Independent Hotel Day, today, we celebrate it with our loyal I Prefer Members in honor of these best-in-class hotels that have not only weathered the storm but come through the other side thriving!” 

Only hotels from Preferred Hotel Group’s family of brands that participate in I Prefer Hotel Rewards – the world’s biggest loyalty program for independent and unique hotel experiences – can be nominated in the I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards, with winners decided exclusively by I Prefer Members in recognition of consistently high quality standards and exceptional, personalized experiences. For 2021, hotels spanning 26 countries were selected as winners across four regional categories – and this year marks the first time that properties from Preferred Hotel Group’s recently launched sustainable brand Beyond Green were included, resulting in wins for Turtle Inn in Belize and The Brando in French Polynesia.  


The full list of 2021 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards winners includes: 

Top Hotels in North America 

Atelier Playa Mujeres – Cancun, Mexico 
Estudio Playa Mujeres – Cancun, Mexico 
Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables, Florida, United States 
Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, Massachusetts, United States 
Baccarat Hotel New York, New York, United States 
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 
The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States 
Chatham Bars Inn – Chatham, Massachusetts, United States 
Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States 
Windsor Court – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States 


Top Hotel in Europe 

Belmont Champs Elysees – Paris, France 
Grand Hotel Excelsior – Valletta, Malta 
Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Lake Como, Tremezzo, Italy 
The Stafford London – London, United Kingdom 
Pulitzer Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Dromoland Castle Hotel – County Clare, Ireland 
Alcyhymist Grand Hotel & Spa – Prague, Czechia 
Excelsior Palace Hotel – Rapallo, Italy 
Hotel Villa Cipriani - Asolo, Italy 
Dylan Dublin – Dublin, Ireland  


Top Hotels in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – Singapore 
The Fullerton Bay Hotel – Singapore 
Royal Plaza on Scotts – Singapore 
The Brando – Tetiaroa, French Polynesia 
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives – Dhuni Kohlhu Island, Maldives 
Andara Resort & Villas – Phuket, Thailand 
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney – Sydney, Australia 
Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives – North Male Atoll, Maldives  
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu – Tokyo, Japan 
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay – Fnideq, Morocco  


Top Hotels in the Caribbean, Central, and South America 

Turtle Inn – Placencia, Belize 
Half Moon – Montego Bay, Jamaica 
Pink Sands Resort – Harbour Island, Bahamas 
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa – Sandys, Bermuda 
Cap Maison Resort & Spa – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel – San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States 
West Bay Club – Providenciales, Turks & Caicos  
100 Luxury Suites – Bogota, Colombia 
Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 
Hotel Club Francés Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Now in its third year, Independent Hotel Day was introduced by Preferred Hotel Group to raise traveler awareness of authentic and unique hotel experiences, and to serve as a rallying cry for independent hotels around the world. To celebrate all 40 winners on this important day, Preferred has launched a limited-time bonus points promotion. This value-add incentive rewards the four million I Prefer Members globally with 5,000 bonus points when they book a stay at any of the winning hotels by November 10, 2021, for travel through June 30, 2022. Bookings must contain a valid I Prefer member number and be made through, the I Prefer App, Preferred’s Global Reservations team, or a travel agent.  

For more information on the 2021 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards, visit, and to enroll in the program and take advantage of this promotion, visit


About I Prefer Hotel Rewards   
Launched in August 2013, the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program from Preferred Hotel Group extends points for multiple redemption options and other complimentary benefits to members upon eligible stays at more than 650 participating hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to earning points for eligible room nights, members receive additional benefits based on their tier status. I Prefer also offers a free mobile app, available on Apple and Android devices, which allows members to search and book hotel stays, easily redeem Reward Certificates, and connect directly with their host hotel during a stay. Currently, more than four million travelers have signed up for membership.   

About Preferred Hotel Group  
Owned and operated by the Ueberroth Family, Preferred Hotel Group is the parent company of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Beyond Green, Historic Hotels of America, Historic Hotels Worldwide, PHG Consulting, and Beyond Green Travel, representing more than 1,100 hotels, resorts, and residences across 80 countries, in addition to a global portfolio of destinations such as Suzhou, China; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Honduras. With more than 250 seasoned travel professionals situated across 20 countries, the company connects independent hotels, hospitality companies, destinations, and tourism bureaus to key markets worldwide through a variety of strategic branding, sales, integrated marketing, revenue management, and comprehensive distribution services, along with other consultancy services. Fueled by its brand promise, Believe in Travel, the company champions an unwavering belief in the transformative power of travel and its ability to enrich people’s lives, inspire a greater respect for the Earth, and expand hearts and minds to other cultures and ways of living. For more information on Preferred Hotel Group’s entities, please visit, and    

Media Contact: 
Terri McCollin  
Executive Director, Public Relations  
Preferred Hotel Group