Carté Hotel appoints senior team

George Sell By George Sell
18 July 2019 | Updated 18 July 2019

US: Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown has appointed a general manager, F&B director and sales and marketing director.

All three will play pivotal roles in the opening of the new 246-room boutique hotel, a member of Hilton's Curio Collection, set to open its doors in San Diego's Little Italy neighbourhood this summer.
 
As general manager of Carté Hotel, Henri Birmele will lead day-to-day hotel operations, guest relations and strategic planning for the hotel's upscale experience. A seasoned hospitality leader, Birmele brings more than 25 years of experience to the property. Before joining Carté Hotel, Birmele served as general manager for The Landing Resort & Spa in Lake Tahoe, overseeing budget development and project management.

Under his leadership, the property was awarded multiple honours, including Luxury Travel Guide's Luxury Resort & Spa of the Year. Birmele previously held management positions at properties, including Viceroy Hotel, Turnberry Isle Resort and Spa, Shutters on the Beach, and St. Regis Hotel. He is a graduate of the Hospitality School in Switzerland and holds a degree in global business from the Benedict Business School in Zurich.
 
F&B director Chans Rock brings more than 25 years of experience to his role. Rock will lead the culinary and front of house teams at the property's three on-site dining venues including Watercolors, Above Ash Social and Fonte di Vino. Before joining the Carté team, Rock served as general manager of the Hotel Erwin and successfully opened the Vintage House and Villagio Hotel in Napa Valley.
 
As director of sales and marketing, MarQuies Willis is responsible for overseeing Carté's sales and marketing efforts for all venues, including Watercolors, Fonte di Vino and Above Ash Social. Willis brings more than a decade of sales and marketing experience to the property. Prior to joining Carté Hotel, Willis served as associate director of sales for Kimpton Solamar Hotel, where he managed sales efforts for citywide conventions and entertainment travel, and was instrumental in training and developing the team, account acquisitions, and customer base improvement to increase revenue.
 
"We are honoured to have an all-star opening and management team lead by Henri, Chans and MarQuies," said Ried Floco, founder of Carté Hotel. "Their passion for hospitality, combined with strong leadership skills and tenure make them essential assets to the elevated guest experience Carté strives for. We are confident these seasoned professionals will set the bar high for the guest experience and showcase the best that Little Italy has to offer its guests and locals alike."
 
Operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Carté Hotel is located close to the Embarcadero waterfront and the downtown business district.

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