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The Meetings Star Award has been awarded for the past twelve years by the editorial board of Kongres Magazine and Conventa to the best destinations, meeting hotels and individuals. The gala ceremony for the winners will take place on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 at 17.00 online.

Since its inception, the Meetings Star Award has become a recognised accolade by event organisers and the industry. It is considered one of the rare awards based on comprehensive criteria and standards. The evaluated hotels and destinations are assessed by hidden congress guests. They are industry professionals with rich experience in event organising and extensive knowledge in the hotel business. Furthermore, the assessors have verified references in ensuring the quality of their work in the meetings industry, thus ensuring clients get objective insight and the reliability of the methodology. Our hidden guest assessors strive for objectivity, are fair, meticulous, reliable, well-organised and pay attention to detail. The evaluation matrix comprises over 500 tangible criteria, divided into various categories. Further information regarding the evaluation can be found at http://www.secret-congress-guest.eu/.

Before the event in February, it is our honour to present the best hotels in the fourth category – SPA MEETING HOTELS.

A record-breaking 21 hotels from 7 countries of New Europe earned the certificate of quality within the category. Spa meeting hotels are included in the most unusual category in our evaluation. No coincidence, however, considering the region boasts the highest number of spa hotels in Europe. We strive to highlight this speciality in our evaluation. The offer of spa meeting hotels is highly diversified and original. Our assessment has shown that spa hotels have a quality, congress-guest-focused offer. Since the start of our evaluation, 37 spa meeting hotels have been evaluated, 57% of them acquiring the certificate.

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Among all spa meeting hotels, the hidden guest assessors marked the following segments of the offer as best (out of 21 hotels):

4.81 Employee Attitude
4.78 Additional Offer
4.74 Reception
4.73 First Impression
4.72 Hotel Bed

Categories that received lower marks in this year’s evaluation, on the other hand, were the following:

4.31 Accessibility
4.56 Location
4.65 Lobby
4.67 Hotel Breakfast
4.69 Hotel Room
4.69 Bathroom and Restroom

The average final mark of evaluated spa meeting hotels is 4.67 and is factually identical to the one a year ago. Compared to similar resort hotels, the final mark is slightly lower because of the four-star hotels that dominate the category. Moreover, spa meeting hotels are less accessible compared to hotels in more developed tourist destinations.

Most hotels offer from 100 to 300 rooms (81% – the majority of them offering 100 to 200 rooms). In spa meeting hotels, event organisers will find smaller conference centres. Our evaluation has shown that the average number of congress halls is 2,53. The halls can, on average, host up to 500 attendees. The capacity theatre/number of rooms index indicates that spa meeting hotels have a balanced ratio.

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Photo Credit: Terme Tuhelj Hotel Well

10 BEST SPA MEETING HOTELS IN 2021

WINNER: LOISIUM WINE & SPA HOTEL EHRENHAUSE
Final Mark: 4.88

The Southern Styria wine region is an excellent example of a land that lives and breathes wine tourism. With the addition of the design hotel Loisium, the region now offers a holistic congress offer. The reasons behind Loisium winning in its category are fourfold. Firstly, the exceptional architecture places it among the leading hotels in all evaluation categories. Secondly, the local-infused cuisine is tasteful and seasonal. Thirdly, the silver lining of the hotel is the wine story that astonishes congress guests. Lastly, the wine spa centre differentiates the hotel from its competition. The congress centre is the hotel’s centrepiece, elevated by the elegant outdoor surface suitable for hosting events. Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel Ehrenhause stands out from the crowd because it prioritises organising events. It is no wonder that hotel guests and, more importantly, event organisers have become enchanted by the hotel that has earned itself the top spot in our evaluation of best spa hotels. Simplified, the combination of the words Langelois and Elysium from Greek mythology means paradise. That is what the team at Loisium strives for.

Read the full Hidden Guest evaluation here.

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Photo Credit: Mischa Nawrata, Studio Mischa Nawrata

TOP TEN BEST SPA HOTELS IN 2021

1. Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel, Ehrenhausen, Austria – final mark: 4.88
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2. Hotel Arte Spa & Park, Velingrad, Bulgaria – final mark: 4.87
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3. Wellness Hotel Sotelia, Podčetrtek, Slovenia– final mark: 4.84
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4. Hotel Krallerhof, Leogang, Austria – final mark: 4.83
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5. X Bionic Hotel, Šamorin, Slovakia – final mark: 4.82
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6. Terme Tuhelj Hotel Well, Tuhelj, Croatia – final mark: 4.78
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7. Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, Langenlois, Austria – final mark: 4.75
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8. Wellness Hotel Livada Prestige, Moravci, Slovenia – final mark: 4.74
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9. Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa, Jesolo, Italy – final mark: 4.72
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10. MJUS World Resort & Thermal Park, Kormend, Hungary – final mark: 4.70
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We sincerely congratulate the best hotels and wish them a successful congress year of 2022.

On the day of the online gala ceremony, taking place on Tuesday, 22 February 2022, we will award the winners with prestigious accolades. Furthermore, all Meeting Star certificate recipients will be announced for 2021. In the category of resort hotels, the following certificates, divided into three sub-categories on the premise of achieved points in the hidden guest evaluation, will be announced:

5 GOLD certificates – final score from 4.81 to 5.00
10 SILVER certificates – final score from 4.61 to 4.80
6 BRONZE certificates – final score from 4.41 to 4.60

You are cordially invited to attend the award ceremony. To confirm your attendance, fill out the following registration form: https://form.123formbuilder.com/6079495/meetings-star-award-ceremony-2021.

All certificate recipients can be found in Kongres Magazine’s venue and hotel finder FIND VENUES at https://kongres-magazine.eu/search-venues/. You can seek hotels according to the certificate or final mark.

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BRIEF ANALYSIS OF EVALUATED SPA MEETING HOTELS

In this year, we conducted an in-depth analysis of the evaluation results. Below, we present some of our most intriguing findings for the premier time:

Number of hotel roomsNumber of hotelsPercentageAverage
Over 50000,00%0
301 – 50014,76%438
201 – 300419,05%279,5
101 – 2001361,90%143
Less than 100314,29%63
Average171,62
Hotel room pricesNumber of hotelsPercentageAverage
Up to 100 EUR29,52%98,0 EUR
From 101 to 200 EUR1361,90%163,2 EUR
From 201 to 300 EUR628,57%238,8 EUR
Over 300 EUR00,00%0,00 EUR
Average178,57 EUR
Number of meeting roomsNumber of hotelsPercentageAverage size
1 to 51257,14%3,3
6 to 10628,57%7
11 to 20314,29%12,7
More than 2000,00%/
Average2,53
Total event space in sqmNumber of hotelsPercentageAverage size
Up to 200 sqm29,52%185,5
201 to 500 sqm733,33%347
501 to 1000 sqm733,33%663,9
1001 to 2000 sqm419,05%1331,3
Over 2000 sqm14,76%3464
Average345,53
Max. capacity theatreNumber of hotelsPercentageAverage size
0 to 100 participants314,29%73,3
101 to 250 participants942,86%160,7
251 to 500 participants733,33%390
501 to 1000 participants29,52%750
Over 1000 participants00,00%0
Average125,45

MEETINGS STAR AWARD NIGHT

You are cordially invited to join us for the announcement of the winners, taking place on 22 February 2022 at 17.00.

You can reserve your place by filling out the REGISTRATION FORM.