Since 1993, Budapest Week Publishing has asked its readers and business partners every year about whom they consider to be the most outstanding service providers of the domestic tourism and catering industry. Based on the votes received and the ruling of the professional jury, winners were announced in nearly 40 different categories. At the recent anniversary event, 9 special awards were presented to outstanding professionals who have provided exceptional performance for decades in various sectors of the tourism industry (hospitality, catering, transport). From the hotel sector, Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad won the Best of Budapest & Hungary Champion of Tourism award which was established in 2018 by Péter Freed, creator of the Best of Budapest & Hungary rating system.
The dynamically developing hotel company of Mellow Mood Hotels has been active in the Hungarian market for over 20 years. Their chain currently consists of 12 hotels and has been responsible for numerous real estate development projects. Due to their activities, they are now recognized for their excellence as some of the most influential figures of the domestic tourism scene.
“It is a great honour for us that the publisher and the professional jury chose to present us with this award. Throughout our activities, we have always striven to bring something new to the range of hotels in the capital and face the challenges of the future. Just as in the case of our currently undergoing project, Párisi Udvar Hotel, we devote special attention to provide tourists arriving in Budapest as well as local citizens with innovative experiences through our high quality services” – said Sameer Hamdan after accepting the award.
“For us, Mellow Mood Hotels is like one big family, so this recognition is just as much the award of our colleagues as it is our own. We have been operating hotels for over two decades now and I feel that our team could hold its own at any world brand. It is a great pleasure for us to work with such professional experts who are aware of international trends and are good at adapting them to the options available in Budapest” - added co-owner Zuhair Awad.
This year, the hotels and restaurants of Mellow Mood Hotels received the following Best of Budapest awards:
All the four-star establishments of the hotel chain received the “Amongst the best 4 star hotels” certificate, including Atrium Fashion Hotel, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest, Estilo Fashion Hotel and Expo Congress Hotel. The Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest received an award in the “Amongst the best 5 star hotels” category, the Buddha-Bar Budapest Restaurant in the “Amongst the Best Far Eastern Restaurants” category and the Baalbek Lebanese restaurant won the “Best Middle Eastern Restaurant” award.
Our 4 and 5-star hotels and our restaurants are among the winners of the 25th „Best of Budapest” awards.
„Amongst the best 4 star hotels” reward-winning hotels: Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Atrium Fashion Hotel, LaPrima Fashion Hotel, Estilo Fashion Hotel, Expo Congress Hotel.
„Amongst the best 5 star hotels”: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace
„Amongst the best Far Eastern Restaurants”: Buddha-Bar Budapest Restaurant
„Best Middle Eastern Restaurant”: Baalbek Lebanese Restaurant
Thank you for all your votes, congratulations to all winners!
On 1st February, 2018 at the 26th Season Opening Tourism Gala and Award Ceremony,
Tourism Ltd. presented its well known publication, in which the jury of professional organisations voted again for the most influential persons in the domestic tourism sector, based on their professional work. During the selection process not only the size and revenues of the companies were taken into consideration, but also their influence on the tourism sector and their foreign and domestic reputation.
More than 20 years ago, owners and CEOs of the most dynamically developing hotel group of the last decade, Mr. Sameer Hamdan and Mr. Zuhair Awad arrived to Hungary as students. Now, Mellow Mood Hotels has 12 hotels in Budapest, the company managed several real estate projects, the hotels and the CEOs gained several domestic and international awards.
For their achivements, today they are known as prominent members and among the most influential persons of the Hungarian tourism industry.
The past years for Mellow Mood Hotels were not only about the growth and stabilization, but also about the planning and preparation for the upcoming new development.
The hotel chain will restore another emblematic building to its original beauty and open the Párisi Udvar in fall of 2018 as a new 5 star hotel, member of the „Unbound Colletion by Hyatt.
Based on stable company structure and successful operation of Mellow Mood Hotels, the CEOs are always looking for new challenges for the future, as their motto says: "The best is yet to come ..."