The Meetings Star Award has been awarded for the past thirteen years by the editorial board of Kongres Magazine and Conventa to the best destinations, meeting hotels and convention centres. The gala ceremony for the winners will take place during Conventa, taking place between 1 and 2 February 2023 in Ljubljana.

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 and aim to be 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

Before the award ceremony in February, it is our honour to present the best hotels in the third category – BOUTIQUE MEETING HOTELS.

The majority of evaluated hotels come from the Alpe-Adria region, the triangle between Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Currently home to the largest number of boutique hotels, specialised in incentive events, Istria stands out in this category.

Boutique meeting hotels can be labelled as typical incentive hotels, where a personal approach, exquisite cuisine and often intriguing stories result in a combination unmatched by larger and less-personal hotels.

Among all boutique meeting hotels, the hidden guest assessors marked the following segments of the offer as best:

4.90 Employee Attitude
4.86 Location
4.86 Bars and Restaurants
4.85 First Impression
4.84 Reception
4.83 Hotel Bed

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

4,29 Accessibility
4,67 Additional Offer
4,68 First Impression
4,68 Bathroom and Restroom
4,71 Lobby
4,73 Hotel Breakfast

Photo Credit: Sunrose 7


Final Mark: 4.97

The hotel, a member of the elite Relais & Châteaux hotel collection, became one of the most polished and complete regional wine hotels in 2022. With a new wine cellar and tasting area, Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery evolved from a luxurious hotel with an award-winning restaurant to a unique venue for events. The estate bets its story on the authenticity of its terroir. Most importantly, the hotel ensures guests indulge in wines and gastronomy according to their sustainable zero-kilometre principle. Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery stands out from the crowd with its guest-oriented concept, excellent service and refined wine story.

Read the full Hidden Guest evaluation here.

Photo Credit: Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Resort


1. Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery, Bale, Croatia – final mark: 4.97
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2. Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich, Motovun, Croatia – final mark: 4.96
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3. Sunrose 7 – Heritage Boutique Hotel, Bohinj, Slovenia – final mark: 4.95
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4. Mama Thresl, Leogang, Austria – final mark: 4.93
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4. Boutique Hotel Alhambra, Mali Lošinj, Croatia – final mark: 4.93
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5. Aman Sveti Stefan, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro – final mark: 4.92
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6. Chocolate Village by the River, Maribor, Slovenia – final mark: 4.91
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6. Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj, Croatia – final mark: 4.91
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7. Hotel Tri Lučke, Krško, Slovenia – final mark: 4.90
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8. San Canzian Hotel, Buje, Croatia – final mark: 4.88
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8. Hotel Falisia, Portopiccolo, Italy – final mark: 4.88
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9. Hotel Soča, Bovec, Slovenia – final mark: 4.87
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10. Hotel Plesnik, Logarska Valley, Slovenia – final mark: 4.86
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We sincerely congratulate the best hotels and wish them a successful congress year in 2023.

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

22 GOLD certificates – final score from 4.81 to 5.00
19 SILVER certificates – final score from 4.61 to 4.80
3 BRONZE certificates – final score from 4.41 to 4.60

All certificate recipients can be found in Kongres Magazine’s venue and hotel finder FIND VENUES at You can seek hotels according to the certificate or final mark.


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