The Buddha-Bar survived multiple rounds of elimination beginning with a pool of nominees from several hundred hotels on five continents. Along the way to achieving a spot in the final round of any International Hotel Awards category, the given hotel must first top other hotels in its region – in this case, Europe.

A 100-page prospectus was submitted by the Buddha-Bar for the final round of judging; therein was presented the history of the Klotild Palace, details of reconstruction work, historical monument protection-related aspects and interior design plans.

Mellow Mood general managers Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad were on hand to accept the award, stating that the prize is “important recognition for the Buddha-Bar Hotel, since it will draw the attention of the Hungarian and the international hospitality industry to this unique investment.” The GMs thanked the architectural and interior design teams of REV Architecture, Design Wapler and the Mérték Architect Studio for their contribution and involvement with the recent reconstruction.

Mellow Mood Hotels was founded in Hungary in 1994 and today operates 13 hotels in Budapest and one in Vienna. Buddha-Bar Hotel was opened in summer 2012.