Milestones & Awards

2016

In January, GR8 Leisure Concept presented another new concept – BAR SOUL in Suzhou.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

GR8 Leisure Concept:

  • HK Council of Social Service – Caring Company 2015 – 2016

Hotel Soul:

  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • China’s Best Hotels – Best Boutique Hotel
  • eLong – The Best Reputation Hotel
  • Hotels.com – Outstanding Guest Review Award 2016

Hullett House:

  • Condé Nast Traveler China – Gold List 2016
  • TripAdvisor 2016 Traveler’s Choice – Top 25 Best Small Hotels in China
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards – Best Boutique Hotel
  • HK Council of Social Service – Caring Company 2015 – 2016
  • Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association – The Most Breastfeeding Friendly Corporate

The Luxe Manor:

  • HK Council of Social Service – Caring Company 2015 – 2016
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • 2016 Best of the Best Awards – Best Boutique Hotel
  • Hotels.com – Outstanding Guest Review Award 2016
  • Luxury Travel Guide – Romantic Luxury Hotel of the year 2016
  • Lianorg.com – Top Choice 2016

2015

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

GR8 Leisure Concept:

  • HK Council of Social Service – Caring Company 2014 – 2015
  • Best Practice Awards 2015 – Project Management

Brasserie 101:

  • The 10th Suzhou, China Food Expo Award – Top 10 Chefs in Gusu District

FINDS:

  • 2015 Outstanding QTS Merchant – Bronze Award (Western Cuisine)
  • Hong Kong Restaurant Week Summer 2015 – Best European Restaurant
  • The Foodie Forks 2015 – Chef of the Year (Editors’ Choice)

Hotel Soul:

  • Explore Top 10 Hotels in Suzhou Awards – Design Boutique Hotel
  • T+Urbanspace 2015 Grand Design Award – Hotel with Best Cutting-edge Design
  • Qunar.com – The Best Hotel Partnership Award
  • Dingping.com – Best View Hotel 2015
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • Agoda.com – 2015 Gold Circle Awards
  • Booking.com – 2015 Guest Review Award
  • Booking.com – 2015 The Best Partnership Award (Suzhou)

Hullett House:

  • TripAdvisor 2015 Traveler’s Choice – Top 25 Best Small Hotels in China
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • Condé Nast Traveler China – Gold List 2015
  • Hotels.com – Outstanding Guest Review Award 2015
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 – Luxury Historical Hotel
  • Booking.com – 2015 Guest Review Award

Loong Toh Yuen:

  • Hong Kong Tatler – The Best Restaurants 2015 (Fine Dining in Hong Kong and Macau)

St. George:

  • SCMP’s 100 Top Tables
  • Hong Kong Tatler – The Best Restaurants 2015 (Fine Dining in Hong Kong and Macau)
  • WOM Guide – Top 10 French Upscale Restaurant 2015

Stables Grill:

  • Hong Kong Tatler – The Best Restaurants 2015 (Fine Dining in Hong Kong and Macau)

The Luxe Manor:

  • HK Council of Social Service – Caring Company 2014 – 2015
  • Booking.com – 2015 Guest Review Award
  • SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel 2015 – The Second Best Boutique Hotel in Asia
  • Friends of Eco Park 2014 – 2015 – Certificate of Appreciation
  • TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2015

The Parlour:

  • Hong Kong Restaurant Week Summer 2015 – Best Menu Category B

Whisky@Stables:

  • Bar Stars – Hong Kong’s Best Bar Guide 2015

2014

GR8 Leisure Concept has been recognised by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service for its efforts made towards the caring of the community, employees and environment over the past years, and was awarded with the Caring Company logo in March 2014.

Three new brands were introduced to the group’s portfolio of restaurants this year: CHAMPAGNE GALLERY and WHISKY@STABLES, located in Hullett House in Hong Kong, and YING FOOK COURT, located in Hotel Soul in Suzhou.

GR8 Leisure Concept celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday 25 October 2014 at Hullett House with an art-themed event titled “House of Art” featuring music, fashion, film, and photography under one roof. The event saw live music performances from local indie bands and artists, as well as the premiere of GR8’s first-ever microfilm “The Key Hunt” and a fashion showcase of local independent fashion designers.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:
FINDS:

  • WOM Guide – Top 10 European Restaurant 2014

Hotel Soul:

  • TripAdvisor – 2014 Certificate of Excellence
  • 2014 Suzhou Quality Living Awards – The Best Boutique Hotel Design
  • Ctrip – 2014 The Most Popular Hotel
  • Booking.com – 2014 Award of Excellence
  • Booking.com – 2014 The Best Partnership Award (Suzhou)

Hullett House:

  • All About Wedding – 2014 Unique Wedding Venue of the Year (Hotel)
  • Travel+Leisure China – 2014 China Travel Award, China’s Best Boutique Hotel
  • Booking.com – 2014 Guest Review Award

St. George:

  • SCMP’s 100 Top Tables
  • WINE.Luxe – Wine Pairing Restaurant Recommendation 2014

The Luxe Manor:

  • Asiarooms.com Hotel Award 2014 – Hotel with Best Room Design Winner Award
  • Agoda.com 2014 Gold Circle Award
  • SmartTravelAsia.com Best in Travel 2014 – The Third Best Boutique Hotel in Asia
  • TripAdvisor – 2014 Certificate of Excellence
  • The Family Council – 2013/14 Family-Friendly Employers Award
  • Wedding Magazine 2014 – Superb Wedding Banquet (Hotel) Best Western Wedding Ceremony
  • Booking.com – 2014 Award of Excellence
  • St. James’ Settlement – WEEE GO GREEN Commendation Award 2013/2014 Merit Award

2013

Two new brands opened up in Suzhou – Ying Fook Heen Chinese Restaurant and N.P.S. Congee Hotpot.

In June, GR8 Leisure Concept acquired Hullett House and brought in 6 new outlets, including heritage hotel HULLETT HOUSE, THE PARLOUR, LOONG TOH YUEN, ST. GEORGE, STABLES GRILL, and MARINERS’ REST.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

FINDS:

  • TOP 30 restaurants of the Visitors’ Choice Dining Awards 2013

Hotel Soul:

  • Booking.com – 2013 Guest Review Award

The Luxe Manor:

  • Agoda.com 2013 Gold Circle Award
  • 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Asiarooms.com Hotel Award 2013 – Hotel with Best Room Design Winner Award
  • GHM (Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau) Hotel General Managers Association Golden Pearl Award 2013 – The Most Outstanding Design Hotel
  • TripAdvisor – 2013 Certificate of Excellence

2012

GR8 Leisure Concept celebrated its 8th anniversary with a month-long promotion and party on 8 August in Dada Bar + Lounge.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

FINDS:

  • Cordons Bleus 2012 (GHM) Recommendation Restaurant – Best European Cuisine
  • Gourmet Master Chef Contest 2012 – 3rd Place and The Best Main Dish
  • “Multisensory Mixology” molecular mixology book won 3rd place in Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012

Hotel Soul:

  • Tongcheng – Best Guest Experience Hotel
  • World Hotel Association Awards 2012 – The Best Boutique Hotel, World Hotel • Continental Diamond
  • Brandwisdom Best Word of Mouth Award 2012 – The Best Network
  • Emigrate Shanghai 2012-2013 Taiwan Hong Kong Macau and Oversea Chinese – Most Favorite Hotel Awards

Robata Zawazawa:

  • Weekend Weekly Best-Ever Dining Awards 2012 ‘Must eat Japanese category’
  • Eat & Travel Weekly – 2012 The Best Restaurants 2012
  • 2012 SME Quality Service Awards – Outstanding Performance/li>

The Luxe Manor:

  • 2012 China Best Design Awards – Boutiquer’s Choice
  • Agoda.com 2012 Gold Circle Award
  • 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • One of the Top 500 Hotels Worldwide in Expedia Insiders’ Select List 2012
  • TripAdvisor – 2012 Certificate of Excellence
  • 2012 International Hotel Awards Asia Pacific – Highly Commended Hotel in Hong Kong, Best Hotel Category

2011

GR8 Leisure Concept added the famous Nordic restaurant FINDS and beach cafe CAFE ROMA into its F&B portfolio.

In February, GR8 Leisure Concept opened its first Japanese restaurant ROBATA ZAWAZAWA in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong.

In April, GR8 Leisure Concept opened its second fine dining restaurant ‘g.e (gastronomy extra|ordinaire)’ in Hong Kong.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

FINDS:

  • Hong Kong Restaurant Week “Summer Edition 2011” – 2nd Place in The Best Restaurant
  • 200 Best-Ever New Restaurants 2011 by Weekend Weekly

Hotel Soul:

  • The Bund 2011 – Best Design of Guest Room, China Best Design Hotels Awards

The Luxe Manor:

  • Wedding Magazine 2011 Superb Wedding Banquet (Hotel) – Best Western Wedding Ceremony
  • 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • 22nd TTG Travel Awards 2011 – The Best Boutique Hotel
  • 2011 China Best Design Awards – Best Design of Guest Room

2010

In May 2010, GR8 Leisure Concept launched its second hotel brand, HOTEL SOUL, as well as a Continental restaurant, BRASSERIE 101, in Suzhou, China.

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

ASPASIA:

  • HK Tatler’s 2010 Luxe Dining – HK’s Best Restaurants Awards 2010

Hotel Soul:

  • Qunar.com 2010 – The Most Attractive Boutique Hotel Award

The Luxe Manor:

  • 2010 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Boutique Hotel 2010
  • 21st TTG Travel Awards 2010 – The Best Boutique Hotel
  • Best Hong Kong Boutique Hotel 2010 in the online competition ‘Sohu Hong Kong 2010–HK Brands’
  • Sohu Hong Kong 2010 – HK Brands, The Best Hong Kong’s Boutique Hotel
  • One of the Top Hotels in Expedia Insiders Select List 2010
  • Otic Foundation Limited – Participation in Warm-hearted Public Welfare

2009

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

APSASIA:

  • Weekend Weekly Best-Ever Dining Awards 2009

The Luxe Manor:

  • Agoda.com – Top 10 Unique Boutiques in Asia Pacific 2009

2008

Awards, accolades, and recognitions:

The Luxe Manor:

  • Business Traveller Awards 2008 – One of the Top 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Asia-Pacific
  • Expedia Insiders’ Select List 2008 – One of the Top 1% Hotels
  • Travel & Leisure – One of the Top 5 Boutique Design Hotels in Asia Pacific 2008

2007

The Luxe Manor received its first global recognition in the Condé Nast Traveller’s 2007 ‘Hot List’ of World’s Best New Hotels 3 months after its grand opening.

GR8 Leisure Concept opened its stylish variety club DADA BAR + LOUNGE in March.

In October, GR8 Leisure Concept launched its first serviced apartment brand KNIGHT ON WYNDHAM in Central, Hong Kong.

2006

Knutsford Hotel underwent a face-lift exercise in the second half of the year and was relaunched on 26 December 2006 under a new brand THE LUXE MANOR, positioned as the first designer boutique hotel in Hong Kong.

On 19 December, GR8 Leisure Concept opened its first fine dining restaurant ASPASIA on the 1st floor of The Luxe Manor.

2004

GR8 Leisure Concept acquired its first hotel property in Hong Kong and launched it under the brand name KNUTSFORD HOTEL.