Marsham Court Hotel ‘does the double’ at the biggest ever Bournemouth Tourism Awards
The 87-bedroom hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth, beat the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, The Cumberland Hotel, The Connaught Hotel and Hotel Miramar to win the prestigious title.
And that wasn’t the only trophy the Marsham Court took away from the annual awards: its Duty Manager Andrew Thompson also outshone the other finalists in The Rising Star Award.
Marsham Court Managing Director, Rosie Wallace, said: “To say we enjoyed the awards was an understatement. We were, and still are, walking on air.
“As an established, family-run hotel, we know we have a reputation for excellence, but it’s still very special to be recognised by our peers and the public in this way and also to win against such an esteemed list of finalists.”
The 10th annual Bournemouth Tourism Awards were hosted by SKY TV journalist Jayne Secker at the BIC’s Purbeck Hall and were the biggest awards to date, with 16 categories including four, new additional voting categories.
Rosie continued: “There was a fabulous atmosphere at the awards and we have been inundated with messages of congratulation from our friends and many other hotels since the news broke.
“Our junior manager Andy Thompson was absolutely blown away by his win. But he deserved it.
“After starting at the Marsham Court on work experience, he has been a porter, a waiter and a barman and never gave up on his ambition to be a manager.
“Now he is working towards becoming a General Manager and we are very proud of him.”
The Bournemouth Tourism Awards recognise the best in tourism and leisure delivery.
Other categories include The World Cuisine Award and The Family Eating Out Experience Award.
Rosie added: “As well as seeing the joy on my staff’s faces when our name was called, I was thrilled that my mum Jennie Deavin was there to experience it too as she was the person who bought the hotel and transformed it from its dilapidated state into the successful, welcoming hotel it is today.
“Unfortunately mum has cancer and has had to step back from the daily running of the hotel. But she was determined to be at the ceremony and I have dedicated the Large Hotel Award to her.”