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AA Hotel Group of the Year 2018–19

Harbour Hotels

Award sponsored by James Hallam Insurance

About the award

A hugely prestigious award presented in recognition of the hotel group that has a proven track record of striving to ensure the very best levels of service, food and accommodation across the range of properties. Attention to detail is imperative and a committed and structured approach to future development is essential.

Harbour Hotels 

Harbour Hotels

This group was launched in 2003 when the founder Nicolas Roach, who is a PwC-trained accountant, bought what was then the Avonmouth Hotel in Christchurch. After extending and upgrading the hotel at a cost of £8m, resulting in its transformation from a three AA-star property into the four AA-star Christchurch Harbour Hotel.

Since these early years, the group has gradually developed into a collection of prestigious hotels situated in some of the most beautiful locations throughout the south.

The collection includes the following award-winning hotels:
Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, East Sussex
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, Bristol
Chichester Harbour Hotel, West Sussex
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, Dorset
The Kings Arms, Christchurch, Dorset
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa, Cornwall
Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa, Devon
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa, Devon
Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa, Hampshire

Mike Warren, ex-Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, joined the group in 2014 as Managing Director and under his leadership the group has gone from strength to strength.

Our inspections have identified strong physical products, professional teams delivering good service and hospitality and a real passion for quality food led by Alex Aitken, Director of Food & Beverage.

Each of their hotels features award-winning restaurant concepts; the ‘Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant’ and ‘The Jetty’, most recently in Southampton. The unique HarSPA brand will expand across all their hotels, featuring both coastal and urban spas. Chichester and Southampton have recently opened new spas, and more will follow.

Previous winners

2017 – Andrew Brownsword Hotels
2016 – Thwaites Hotels and Inns
2015 – Brend Hotels
2014 – QHotels
2013 – Northcote, Langho
2012 – Hand Picked Hotels
2011 – Thistle Hotels
2010 – Marriott Hotels
2009 – Von Essen Hotels
2008 – QHotels