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.

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

City hotels are characterised by their location in the broader city centre and their design that comprises smaller conference capacities or larger congress centres.

Among all city hotels, the hidden guest assessors marked the following elements of the offer as best:

– 4,80 Location
– 4,80 Employee attitude
– 4,78 Congress Hall
– 4,76 Reception
– 4,75 Hotel Bed

The most critical segments, on the other hand, were individual segments upon which hotels have no direct influence and the following:

– 4,50 Accessibility
– 4,65 Additional Offer
– 4,67 First Impression
– 4,67 Lobby
4,68 Hotel Room



Final Mark: 4.98

Anantara New York Palace Budapest is possibly the most prestigious, traditional and legendary hotel in Budapest that meets high expectations. That is no easy feat when guests expect only the best of a hotel. During the latest renovation, the designers followed the concept of evolving the existing story set by the Boscolo hotel chain. Although having countless advantages, we deem the staff to be the hotel’s greatest asset. The conference centre is inspiring and modern, edging out its city competition. We have no doubt that the hotel is one of the most comfortable and sophisticated in New Europe, pushing the envelope of luxury city meeting hotels. The hotel passed the demanding challenge of transitioning from the old Boscolo Hotel to the new institution with flying colours. Even though it has a few drawbacks, the management can solve them in a blink of an eye. The excellent hotel service of this refined gem outshines the astounding architectural design. Hats off to Anantara Budapest.

Read the full Hidden Guest evaluation here.

Photo Credit: Anantara New York Palace Budapest


1. Anantara New York Palace, Budapest – final mark: 4.98
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2. Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Vienna – final mark: 4.97
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3. Matild Palace, Budapest – final mark: 4.96
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3. Parisi Udvar Hotel, Budapest – final mark: 4.96
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4. Ritz Carlton, Budapest – final mark: 4.95
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5. Kozmo Luxury Hotel, Budapest – final mark: 4.94
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5. Hotel Corinthia, Budapest – final mark: 4.94
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6. Fours Seasons Hotel, Baku – final mark: 4.92
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7. Budapest Marriott Hotel, Budapest – final mark: 4.90
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8. Sheraton, Salzburg – final mark: 4.89
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8. Hilton Baku Hotel, Baku – final mark: 4.89
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8. Fairmont Baku Flame Flowers, Baku – final mark: 4.89
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8. Park Hyatt, Vienna – final mark: 4.89
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9. Hilton, Belgrade – final mark: 4.88
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10. Mama Shelter, Belgrade – final mark: 4.87
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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 city hotels, the following certificates, divided into three sub-categories on the premise of achieved points in the hidden guest evaluation, will be announced:

30 GOLD certificates – final score from 4.81 to 5.00
37 SILVER certificates – final score from 4.61 to 4.80
20 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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