The Arlo Hotel SoHo was the INDIE Hotel Awards’ “Best of the Best in Independent Lodging” this year at the fifth annual Independent Lodging Congress (ILC), held at The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg from October 4-6. The luxury hotel in Lower Manhattan was given what is considered to be the most prestigious of the four INDIE Awards, recognized for its purposeful design and satisfactory experience.
The presentation of the INDIE Awards were part of the three-day event that offered conversations with some of the most influential figures in the hospitality, design, and lifestyle industries. The ILC was presided over by founder and chairperson Andrew Benioff, along with independent hoteliers and ILC partners Erik Warner and Stephen Chan.
Notable industry leaders in attendance included David Bowd of West Elm Hotels, Peloton CEO John Foley, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson and well-being expert Annbeth Eschbach, founder and CEO of Exhale Enterprise, Inc.
Conceived as a platform for inspired conversation aimed at combating “creative death,” the ILC considered the external forces and factors impacting society today and how that informs and affects the lodging experience.
Along with Arlo SoHo, three other companies came home with INDIE Hotel Awards, which recognize innovation in four categories of management and hospitality.
The three other awards were:
- Best Digital Marketing for an Independent Hotel: Identifies the best marketing or web design for an independent space, awarded to Benchmark’s Wanderlust Lifestyle Travel Guide.
- Innovative Hospitality Design: This award honors the design firm that makes an independent hotel one of a kind from a visual and design standpoint. The award went to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge this year.
- Best Hotel Bar or Restaurant: Hearth & Dram, a wood-fire, whiskey-focused restaurant that opened in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood in early 2017.