After the closing date for submissions, all the nominations will go through an initial shortlisting process before being reviewed by a grand panel of jury. Each award winner will be decided by a consensus among jury members and no correspondence will be entertained from any external party. Judging will be based on the strength of the submissions, together with a review of the candidates' activities in the area of nomination. The jury will be a mix of hospitality consultants, owners, developers, brand head honchos and industry veterans.

The Grand Jury is a council of eminent people with deep expertise in all aspects of the hospitality business. They have no commercial connection whatsoever with ITP Media Group or the sponsors of Hotelier India Awards 2017. All valid nominations will be presented in an unbiased and equal manner to the jury, who will then shortlist the finalists and select the winners.