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Inn by the Sea Recognized by Preferred Hotels & Resorts with I Prefer Hotel of the Year 2024

May 14, 2024

Cape Elizabeth, Maine- May 14, 2024: Preferred Hotels & Resorts - the world's largest independent hotel brand - has announced its 2024 Preferred Awards of Excellence with Inn by the Sea among 12 winning hotels. Presented by the brand’s CEO Lindsey Ueberroth and President Michelle Woodley at the annual Preferred Global Conference in Lisbon on May 9, 2024, Inn by the Sea was awarded 2024 I Prefer Hotel of the Year. The award was accepted by Michael Briggs, Regional Managing Director for Olympia Hospitality.

"Congratulations to Inn by the Sea for being awarded the prestigious I Prefer Hotel of the Year. Achieving an unparalleled 100% Integrated Quality Assurance (IQA) score and surpassing industry standards for Member Satisfaction and Likelihood to Recommend Scores is a testament to the hotel's unwavering commitment to delivering an exceptional guest experience. The staff's remarkable level of engagement is truly impressive, and the hotel sets a shining example of excellence in the hospitality industry. Once again, congratulations to the entire team on this remarkable achievement." - Dan Coyle, Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The Preferred Awards of Excellence recognize member hotels that epitomize excellence within the brand’s global portfolio of over 600 hotels, resorts, and residences, and inspire the global travel community to pursue #ThePreferredLife. To qualify for nomination, hotels were required to rank among the top in their region as part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance program, which includes third party on-site inspections and real-time guest feedback from the world’s top consumer review sites.

"It was a great pleasure to receive the I Prefer Hotel of the Year Award, recognizing our dedicated hospitality team for their commitment and passion as Innkeepers,” stated Michael Briggs. “We were thrilled to be recognized among such an esteemed portfolio of fellow independent hotels and resorts."

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Image: Michelle Woodley President , (right), and Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts present Michael Briggs, Regional Managing Director for Olympia Hospitality with the I Prefer Hotel of the Year 2024 Award for Inn by the Sea.

About Inn by the Sea:

An idyllic oceanfront escape, located on a mile of unspoiled sand beach, just 7 miles from Portland, Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination offering elegant hospitality in 62 upscale rooms and suites, with full- service SPA, cardio room, heated pool and captivating cuisine served in ocean view Sea Glass restaurant. Children and dogs are warmly welcomed to this Preferred L.V.X.® and Beyond Green member and Virtuoso®, Signature Travel Network, and The Hotel Collection property. Visit:

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 600 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 80 countries. Through its four global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high-quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The I Prefer™ Hotel Rewards program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit


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