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 second category – RESORT MEETING HOTELS.

The majority of evaluated hotels come from seaside resorts in Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia and Alpine tourist centres in Austria.

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

4,80 Employee attitude
4,79 Congress Hall
4,76 Location
4,76 Hotel Bed
4.75 Hotel Room

Categories that received lower marks, 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: The Chedi Luštica Bay


Final Mark: 4.98

In their final evaluation, the hidden guest assessor noted that the hotel is led with German precision and flaunts Austrian charm. It is unparalleled in the regional meeting industry in terms of comfort. What makes it stand out is the professionality, heartfelt approach and youthful enthusiasm displayed by the hotel staff. They excel in their job. In our opinion, this is the essence of any top-tier meeting hotel. Upon meeting an inspiring and enthusiastic hotel apprentice in the hotel, guests can grasp the concept of the meetings industry. Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden not only deserves the award as a superb hotel but as an inspiration to the youth who want to work in our industry because of such hotels. The slogan “Welcome Home” is well-deserved!

Read the full Hidden Guest evaluation here.



1. Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, Austria – final mark: 4.98
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2. Grand Park Hotel, Rovinj, Croatia – final mark: 4.97
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3. Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro, Tivat, Montenegro – final mark: 4.96
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4. The Chedi Luštica Bay, Tivat, Montenegro – final mark: 4.92
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5. Grand Hotel Kempinski, Strbske Pleso, Slovakia – final mark: 4.91
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5. Kempinski Palace, Portorož, Slovenia – final mark: 4.91
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6. Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia – final mark: 4.90
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6. Hotel Monte Mulini, Rovinj, Croatia – final mark: 4.90
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7. Viceroy Kopaonik, Serbia – final mark: 4.87
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8. Lazure Hotel & Marina, Hercegnovi, Montenegro – final mark: 4.86
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9. Hilton Rijeka Costabella, Rijeka, Croatia – final mark: 4.85
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9. Hotel Gut Brandlhof, Saalfelden, Austria – final mark: 4.85
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10. Gorski Hotel & Spa, Kopaonik, Serbia – final mark: 4.84
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10. Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera, Zadar, Croatia– final mark: 4.84
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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 resort meeting hotels, the following certificates, divided into three sub-categories on the premise of achieved points in the hidden guest evaluation, will be announced:

25 GOLD certificates – final score from 4.81 to 5.00
16 SILVER certificates – final score from 4.61 to 4.80
16 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.