‘Inspirational’ York hotel boss is up for a national award

He is an ‘inspirational’ figure who was instrumental in the transformation of a York hotel.

And now Adam Wardale, general manager of Middletons Hotel, is up for a national award.

Adam was named as winner of the first ever Unsung Hero Award at the VisitYork Awards in March.

Adam was then put forward for consideration at this year’s VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – and now he has been nominated for the national Unsung Hero award too.

He’s only one of three candidates for the honor.

This will come as no surprise to the VisitYork judges, who said of Adam:

As well as being instrumental in transforming the hotel into a luxury destination, he has undertaken a number of initiatives to benefit the community such as his work with local prisoners. He is inspiring and a credit to York.


Adam receives his VisitYork award in March. Photograph: YorkMix

Adam said: “It was an absolute honor to be a finalist for the Unsung Hero award with Visit York so I was speechless when I found out about being a finalist for the VisitEngland awards. I am delighted and so impressed with all of the team at Middletons Hotel.

“We work very hard to give our guests a wonderful experience but we also strive to give back to York, a city we’re so proud of.

“Our partnerships with institutions such as Askham Grange women’s prison are extremely important to us. We firmly believe in supporting people as they prepare to re-join their communities, so it’s humbling to be recognized for our work in this area.”

Sarah Loftus, managing director at Make It York, said: “Adam thoroughly deserves to be recognized at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

“Adam has been a huge champion for York and is always on hand to ensure guests enjoy their stay in the city, as well as taking on initiatives to benefit our community.”

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