A SCOTTISH location has picked up a prestigious prize as part of the World’s 50 Best Hotels awards for 2023.

Gleneagles Hotel was named the winner of the Art of Hospitality Award – the first category announced in advance of the inaugural ceremony.

The award was voted for by 580 voters in the World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, who were asked to name the property where they have received the single-best hospitality experience within the two-year voting period.

It is the first of two awards to be announced in the weeks leading up to the awards ceremony on September 19 2023.

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Gleneagles Hotel first opened in 1924 and, because of its location, has been described as the “Riviera in the Highlands”.

The award celebrates a hotel’s outstanding service and attention to detail.

Judges were asked to consider the ambience created in the hotel, the delivery of unique experiential elements and the overall warmth of the hospitality and environment.

Managing director of Gleneagles Conor O’Leary said: “It’s an incredible honour to be the first recipient of the Art of Hospitality Award, part of the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023.

“It’s all down to the incredible people that make up the team at Gleneagles, without them this wouldn’t be possible, and this award is a celebration of their hard work and commitment to making each and every guest’s stay a truly unique and memorable experience.

“Gleneagles is unlike anywhere else in the world and we strive to offer service, which is also second to none, so to receive this recognition is very special.”

Tim Brooke-Webb, the managing director for the World’s 50 Best Hotels, congratulated the hotel on the award.

“Gleneagles has been a mainstay on the hotel scene since its original iteration in 1924 and continues to prove itself as an example of what it means to be truly hospitable”, he said.

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“We are leading with the Art of Hospitality as our first special award announced ahead of the inaugural awards ceremony, as we believe that it is the staff who bring one-of-a-kind experiences and hotels to life.

“In a world that is fascinated by the new, we are especially pleased to be celebrating the people behind this historic hotel – led emphatically by Conor O’Leary.”