Wisconsin's Own Maxwell Mansion Hotel Nominated for International Hospitality Award

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Historic Hospitality earns an international nomination as "Judges So Cool" category from the American Hotel & Lodging Association for its unique Boutique Hotel experience developed at Maxwell Mansion to blend historic properties, vintage antiques with contemporary finishes reflecting the “urban barn” feel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

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We strive to create honest and evocative experiences for our guest's constantly developing expectations- Bethany Souza, President, Historic Hospitality

Maxwell Mansion has been nominated as a finalist for the 35th Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s most prestigious honor, announced by HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS) in the “Judges so Cool” category.

A panel of eight prominent judges considered more than 364 entries for this coveted award, which recognize outstanding design worldwide for hospitality projects that were completed or renovated from April 1, 2014 through May 30, 2015.

"It was a thrill to set a new record for the number of entries. It’s a testament to the health of the hospitality industry but also to the powerful role design plays in its success," says Mary Scoviak, executive editor of Boutique Design. "But, equally importantly, this year’s entries set a new record for creativity and innovation. Projects from around the world, in every segment of the market, are pushing the definition of what ‘excellence’ means for hospitality design."

Historic Hospitality's Maxwell Mansion joins fellow hospitality peers from Hard Rock International In-house Design Studio, Orlando, and Jeffery Beers Intl., New York for Heaven Lobby at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun; +Tongtong, Toronto for Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Toronto, Canada; Fox Browne Creative, Johannesburg with Michaelis Boyd Associates, London, Nicholas Plewman Architects, Johannesburg for Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okovango Delta, Botswana

“We are proud that the service excellence of our team members and premium facilities at Maxwell Mansion is recognized on an international platform”, commented Mr. Andrew Fritz, Managing Partner, Historic Hospitality. “We deeply appreciate our guests’ support as we continue to strive to create memorable experiences that constantly exceed expectations,” says Bethany Souza, President of Maxwell Mansion and Baker House.

Finalists will be recognized and winners will be revealed in each of this year’s 18 categories at the Gold Key Awards Gala, cocktail reception and dinner, on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The ceremony will culminate with the presentation of the Designer of the Year.

About HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS)
HX will run Nov. 8-10, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, Nov. 7, HX will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, Nov. 8, through Tuesday, Nov. 10. The market will present 500 exhibitors and attract more than 15,000 hospitality industry professionals. HX is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA); the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC); and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). Additional HX 2015 information is available online, at thehotelexperience.us.

About Historic Hospitality
Lake Geneva-based Historic Hospitality, a collection of boutique hospitality properties in the US, is an
acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to Lake Geneva. In 2010,
Andrew Fritz and Bethany Souza founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel
welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish
ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the
hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Historic Hospitality food and beverage outlets. Historic Hospitality leads the
hospitality industry in implementing state-of-the art technology practices through its innovative Vintage yet
Functional program that spans all hotels and restaurants in often overlooked historic properties. Privately held
Historic Hospitality has been recognized by Forbes, USA TODAY for its efforts in Hospitality. For more information visit Historic-Hospitality.com.

About Maxwell Mansion
Maxwell Mansion, located South of downtown Lake Geneva, provides a unique experience as a top historical
and cultural destination. The newly renovated mixed-use space features contemporary equestrian theme meets rich fabrics and leathers with upcycled barn elements in its themed rooms and surroundings- even uniforms, as well as hosting the truly unique lounge outlets of the Apothecary Bar with Dry Ice and Crackling Cocktails and the first reservation-only yet rustic - SpeakEasy Bar. The property also features private dining, picturesque green spaces and special events spaces for up to 200 people. As the first Mansion in Lake Geneva, the Mansion was built from Chicago's very own Dr. Phillip Maxwell, memorialized by Maxwell Street and Holidays celebrating diversity. It's guests over the years have been Former First Lady Nancy Reagan as well as Former President Ulysses S. Grant. A former private home 1883 to 1986, Maxwell Mansion reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with state of the art technologies and practices mixed with historic architecture.

The award-winning gardens on the 2-acre Maxwell Mansion & Suites site are stunning also the Property is
home to the Maxwell Mansion Ballroom, the Maxwell Mansion Cognac Room and the Maxwell Mansion Terrace overlooking the Croquet Court, a community gathering space. Formerly considered Lakefront property, the Hotel is mere steps from Geneva Lake, Wisconsin's 2nd deepest lake and one of the few spring fed lakes making it crystal clear and refreshing. For more information go to MaxwellMansion1856.com

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