ANOTHER COMISKEY PUB DOMINATES QHA AWARDS

In Industry News by Clyde Mooney

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The list of Queensland’s best and brightest hotels has emerged, with Comiskey Group’s incredible new mega-venue taking several awards including the top honour.

Open just four months, Sandstone Point Hotel is the follow-up to Robert Comiskey’s award-winning Eatons Hill Hotel. Both are located just north of Brisbane’s CBD.

Sandstone Point took the prize for: Best New Hotel, a new category for 2015 – Best Outdoor/Non-enclosed Facility, and the major award – Best Overall Hotel.

This was only the second time that a new hotel has taken Best New Hotel and the top award for Best Overall. The first time was when Eatons Hill launched in 2011.

“We’re absolutely stoked,” Comiskey Group CEO Robert Comiskey told PubTIC.

“We didn’t expect anywhere near this much. People have really jumped behind [Sandstone Point] and the success has been overwhelming.”

The new award for Best Outdoor area was virtually made for Sandstone Point, with its seven hectares of grass and grounds overlooking the water and jetty.

“The amount of food we are doing there is simply massive,” said Comiskey. “We’ve applied for a permit for a larger jetty to install a fish and chip shop, because our biggest problem is keeping up with the amount of food wanted … we’re booked out every week.”

No to be outdone, the much-lauded Eatons Hill Hotel took the gong for Best TAB, for the second time, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Best Entertainment Venue, having one that award for the past three years running.

Other significant winners included Coles’ Spirit Hotels, which took awards for Responsible Service of Gaming and Workplace Health & Safety, and Brisbane’s beloved Regatta Hotel, which received honours for Best Restaurant – General Division and Best Marketed Hotel 100+ Employees.

“The QHA congratulates all finalists and winning hotels,” said QHA chief executive Justin O’Connor. “Their example sets the standard for others and brings credit to the Queensland hotel industry.”

Sandstone Point Hotel

Sandstone Point Hotel

 

Here is the full list of winners:

EMPLOYEE AWARDS

Best Employee – Administration: Kim Winnacott – The Colmslie Hotel

Best Employee – Guest Services: Pericles Yiannakis – Sofitel Brisbane Central

Best Employee – Food & Beverage: Thomas Angel – Jupiters Hotel & Casino

Best Employee – Kitchen: Madonna Nelson-Bamford – Bluff Hotel

 

LIQUOR & BAR AWARDS

Best Entertainment Venue: Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay

Best Themed Bar: Rudd’s Pub, Nobby

Best Bush Pub: The New Royal Hotel, Rubyvale

Best Outdoor/Non-Enclosed Facility: Sandstone Point Hotel

Best Retail Bottle Facility – On Premise: Isa Hotel, Liquor Warehouse

Best Detached Bottle Shop: Wellington Point Hotel, Birkdale Cellars

Best Bar Presentation & Service: The Charming Squire

Responsible Serving – Alcohol: Coolangatta Hotel

Responsible Service – Gaming: Spirit Hotels

 

DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

Best New Hotel / Tavern: Sandstone Point Hotel

Best New Accommodation Hotel: The Glen Hotel & Suites

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premises Up To $2 million: Fitzy’s Toowoomba, Tapestry

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premises Above $2 million: Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay

Best Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel/Resort: Next Hotel, Brisbane

 

GAMING AWARDS

Best Keno Facility: Porter’s Plainland Hotel

Best PubTAB: Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre

Best Gaming Venue: The Pineapple Hotel

 

ACCOMMODATION AWARDS

Best Budget or Pub Accommodation: Rudd’s Pub, Nobby

Best Mid-Range Accommodation: Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Best Superior Accommodation: Capri by Fraser Brisbane

Best Boutique Accommodation: Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Best Deluxe Accommodation: Sofitel Brisbane Central

 

FUNCTIONS AWARD

Best Functions Operation / Facility: RACV Royal Pines Resort

 

DINING AWARDS

Best Casual Dining: Grand View Hotel Bowen, Bj Magee’s Restaurant

Best Casual Dining: Fitzy’s Toowoomba, Tapestry

Best Restaurant – General Division: Regatta Hotel, Boatshed

Best Restaurant – Accommodation Hotel Division: Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Cucina Vivo

Best Prestige Restaurant: Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Kiyomi

 

ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY

Best Environmental Practice: RACV Royal Pines Resort

Best Marketed Hotel 1-99 Employees: Isa Hotel

Best Marketed Hotel 100+ Employees: Regatta Hotel

Best Industry Training Initiative: Sofitel Brisbane Central

Workplace Health & Safety Award: Spirit Hotels

Most Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 1 -99 Employees: Barron Valley Hotel

Most Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 100+ Employees: Treasury Casino & Hotel

 

SPECIAL INDUSTRY AWARDS

Hall of Fame – Best Entertainment Venue: Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre

Hall of Fame – Most Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 1-99 Employees: The Caxton Hotel

Best Overall Hotel: Sandstone Point Hotel

Hotelier of the Year: Helen Rush, Stockman Hotel, Texas