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Luxury Hotel Receives Top Honors
Just Months After Opening  

The Hotel Maria Named New City Hotel of the Year in Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ 2024 Preferred Awards of Excellence

Preferred Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest independent hotel brand – unveiled the winners of its highly coveted 2024 Preferred Awards of Excellence, and The Hotel Maria stands proudly among the distinguished 12 hotels recognized. Celebrated during the annual Preferred Global Conference in Lisbon on May 9, 2024, The Hotel Maria was honored with the esteemed title of New Hotel of the Year, City Center award. 

Brenda Collin, Executive Vice President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, expressed her excitement, stating, “I am thrilled to extend my sincerest congratulations to The Hotel Maria for being awarded the New Hotel of the Year, City Center award. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and excellence demonstrated by the entire team. It has been an absolute pleasure working with such a passionate and committed group of professionals, and I am excited to see what the future holds for the hotel as they continue to strive for excellence.”  

The Preferred Awards of Excellence recognize member hotels that epitomize excellence within the brand’s global portfolio of over 600 hotels, resorts, and residences, and inspire the global travel community to pursue #ThePreferredLife. To qualify for nomination, hotels were required to rank among the top in their region as part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance program, which includes third party on-site inspections and real-time guest feedback from the world’s top consumer review sites. For the full list of the Preferred Awards of Excellence winners, visit

Since its opening in December 2023, The Hotel Maria has garnered widespread acclaim from diverse, reputable voices in the travel industry, amassing an impressive array of awards and recognition, including: 

Samppa Lajunen, Founder of The Hotel Maria, expressed gratitude for the remarkable achievements, stating, “We are honored to receive such outstanding recognition for The Hotel Maria and would like to congratulate our exceptional hotel team that played an integral role in these wins with their passion and dedication to excellence. Each award holds immense value to us and marks a very successful start to The Hotel Maria journey.”

Redefining luxury Nordic hospitality, The Hotel Maria is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ prestigious Legend Collection. Made up of four architecturally and historically significant buildings built between 1885 and 1930, the urban sanctuary seamlessly melds contemporary elegance with the echoes of its storied past in Helsinki’s historic Kruununhaka district. Featuring 117 rooms, including 38 lavish suites, two restaurants, a grand ballroom, serene chapel, state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, and a destination boutique showcasing jewelry of Faberge and esteemed Finnish designers, The Hotel Maria serves as the ideal starting point for unforgettable Nordic adventures.  For more information and reservations, please visit  

About The Hotel Maria 
Nestled in the heart of Helsinki, The Hotel Maria beckons luxury travelers with its offering of 117 beautiful rooms, including 38 lavish suites, two restaurants, a ballroom, chapel, and state-of-the-art spa and wellness facilities, as well as a dedicated Wellness Concierge. Meticulously reimagined for the discerning modern traveler, the hotel seamlessly blends contemporary grace with distinctive elements from its historic past. The final stage of The Hotel Maria’s opening will take place in June 2024 with the completion of the Liisankatu 8A and Maneesikatu side buildings, doubling room availability. Liisankatu is home to the grand Maria Ballroom and the adjacent Lily room, an intimate dining and meeting space for four, while Maneesikatu will invigorate guests 24 hours a day with The Maria Wellness Club and Wellness Studio. The hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Legend Collection.

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts 
Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 600 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 80 countries. Through its four global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high-quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The I Prefer™ Hotel Rewards program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit  

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