Hotel Hartness and Sims Patrick Studio are Recognized at Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design

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Founder and CEO of Sims Patrick Studio Libby Patrick honored at the 2023 Gold Key Awards ceremony for Hotel Hartness’ guestroom design.

Greenville, South Carolina — Hotel Hartness proudly announces that Libby Patrick, founder of Atlanta-based Sims Patrick Studio, was recognized as a finalist in the Gold Key Awards in acknowledgment of her firm's exceptional Guestroom interior design. Presented by Boutique Design magazine, The Gold Key Awards competition recognizes the influential and innovative design achievements in the international hospitality industry.

"Patrick's thoughtful and stunning design work at Hotel Hartness has truly transformed our guests’ experience into something extraordinary. This recognition is a testament to her expertise and commitment to delivering the best in hospitality design," said Albert Mertz, general manager of Hotel Hartness. “We are honored to have partnered with Sims Patrick Studio and the Hartness Family in creating a property that has not only captured the attention of visitors but also earned the admiration of industry experts,” he continued.

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Judging criteria for the Gold Key Awards’ Guestroom category includes evaluating the design concept, execution, innovation, and overall WOW factor. Finalists and winners were determined by a jury of industry leaders from the hospitality operations, development, and investment sectors.

Hotel Hartness’ design pays tribute to its location and history as the former family home of one of Greenville’s most prominent families. Managed by Hay Creek Hotels, it is an inviting retreat steeped in history and it evokes the Southern hospitality of the Hartness family blended with the area’s rich past and presented in a fresh contemporary motif. The luxury hotel boasts 73 modern and beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that evoke a comfortable but refined elegance.
Hotel Hartness is located at 120 Halston Avenue, Greenville, SC 29615. For additional information, call 864-686-8900, visit, or follow along on Instagram @hotelhartness. For more information about the Gold Key Awards, visit

About Hotel Hartness
Hotel Hartness, situated within the award-winning Hartness community, offers 73 guest rooms, an executive conference center, waterside dining, and a luxury spa. It is located on South Highway 14 between Pelham and Woodruff roads - conveniently located on Greenville's urban edge adjacent to the I-85 corridor, ten miles from downtown and five miles from GSP Airport. For more information on Hotel Hartness, visit

About Hay Creek Hotels
Founded in 2005 and based in Exeter, New Hampshire, Hay Creek Hotels is a leader in upscale independent full-service lodging and dining. Guided by international hospitality industry veterans, the company prides itself on a unique combination of award-winning dining experiences, exceptional guest service, and contemporary accommodations. The company offers a full spectrum of technical and third-party management services to boutique hotel owners and developers.

About Sims Patrick Studio
Sims Patrick Studio is an Atlanta-based interior architectural design firm led by award-winning designer Libby Sims Patrick. With over two decades of experience, the studio specializes in creating captivating, three-dimensional narratives within spaces. Their portfolio features collaborations with renowned brands and industry leaders, leaving an indelible mark on hospitality, retail, corporate, multifamily, and luxury lifestyle markets. Rooted in Southern charm, Sims Patrick Studio is dedicated to crafting unforgettable experiences.

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