by Josh Lieberman & Alison Golub | November 15, 2017
Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.

We will feature a weekly showcase of 2017 Stella Award winners from each category beginning this week with Best Boutique Properties. Below is just a sampling of the Best Boutique Property winners and finalists that stood out to the expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period; you can view all winners and finalists here.

As we congratulate and celebrate our 2017 winners, nominations have opened for the 2018 Stella Awards. We invite you to nominate deserving industry suppliers to be considered for next year's honors. Stay tuned for open voting in the coming months.

BEST BOUTIQUE PROPERTY 2017

Small in size but big on personality, boutique hotels offer groups a one-of-a-kind guest experience with high style and service to match. Nestled within some of the world's choicest locales, these Stella Award winners capture the essence of their destinations, expertly catering to smaller groups to ensure their events are anything but ordinary.

The Brazilian Court Hotel
Best Boutique Property (Southeast) -- winner

A fully remodeled historic boutique property exemplifying the 1920s-'30s era, The Brazilian Court (pictured above) is in the heart of Florida's Palm Beach, tucked between multimillion-dollar residences only two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and a short stroll from Worth Avenue. Match this with an exclusive set of on-property amenities, including the culinary specialties of chef Daniel Boulud's Café Boulud and celebrity stylist Frederic Fekkai Salon, and you have the setting for a unique and memorable Palm Beach meeting experience.

Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

Best Boutique Property (Midwest) -- winner

In the heart of the city's arts district, Le Méridien Chambers offers a refined escape designed by architecture legend David Rockwell. This art-lovers' boutique hotel features original artwork in the on-site gallery and throughout the property, plus room key cards that give access to the Walker Art Center. The 60-room hotel also is home to the underground Library Bar, exuding a classic 1920s vibe with a decadent wine and cocktail menu.

The Edgewater Hotel
Best Boutique Property (Far West) -- finalist

As the only over-water hotel in Seattle, The Edgewater Hotel exudes authentic Pacific Northwest décor with unobstructed views overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Boasting 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, The Edgewater features a variety of options ranging from large conventions to small business meetings.

Learn more about the Stella Awards nominations, voting and winners here.