Two hotels within the Vision Hospitality Group portfolio and the hospitality group’s owner, Mitch Patel, have been recognized across various categories for this year’s StayBoutique Awards by BLLA (Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association). The Grady Louisville Downtown, which opened in Louisville in June 2021, came in first place for two categories: Boutique Hotel Design Project and Boutique Hotel Under 100 Rooms. Kinley Cincinnati Downtown, which opened in October 2020, came in second place for Boutique Hotel Design Project.
Additionally, Mr. Patel was selected as runner-up for Iconic Boutique Hotelier.
“We are honored to be recognized in this year’s awards program, and we couldn’t have done it without our interior design partners,” said Mr. Patel, president and CEO of Vision Hospitality Group. “For each of these hotels, we take pride in the historic renovations and thoughtful design work that has gone into making them what they are today.”
The Grady Louisville Downtown was designed by Atlanta-based Sims Patrick Studio. This hotel’s distinctive features include the restoration of its renaissance revival-style façade clad with ornamental detailing, as well as thoughtful touches that tie to the history of Louisville. Each guest room showcases pops of navy, copper and maroon, 10-15’ original reclaimed wood ceilings, tufted headboards, and locally-inspired art, while the hotel’s public spaces feature warm and inviting tones. The Kinley Cincinnati Downtown was designed by the global design and architecture firm Streetsense. The design of this location is inspired by the rich history and vibrant murals that encompass the city of Cincinnati, providing guests with a unique reflection of the local culture through color, texture and pattern. The addition of thoughtful design elements and modern touches create an authentic and unscripted experience. Each hotel was developed by Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
“The Humanist team is thrilled to receive honors for two hotels within our boutique portfolio,” said David Martin, COO of Humanist Hospitality. “Not only are we excited to receive awards for these locations alongside our design partners, but we are also grateful for the opportunity to have our leader recognized as well.”
Mr. Patel founded Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. in 1997 and launched its operations and management division, Humanist Hospitality, in September 2021. Under his leadership as president and CEO, Vision holds a growing portfolio of hotels affiliated with premium brands such as Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International, including the company's first boutique hotel, The Edwin. Mr. Patel serves on the Marriott International Franchise Advisory Council and the Hilton Worldwide Owner's Advisory Council, and he maintains his presence on boards of local organizations that support education and economic development in Vision's hometown of Chattanooga.
The StayBoutique by BLLA awards program showcases boutique hotels and businesses and celebrates the milestones they have achieved over the past twelve months. The annual program consists of 8 total categories, and projects are judged not only by their appearance, but also by the ethos behind each project. Hosted by the official association for Boutique Hotels and businesses, the awards aim to highlight the boutique sector’s achievements on the industry’s most daring and authentic stage. The winners will be announced to the public this fall and displayed in the winter edition of the StayBoutique Magazine.