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The Hottest GM, Round Three: The Golden State

November 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: Voting has now closed for the individual categories. Head over here to pick your favorite from the four finalists, and help us name the world's hottest GM!

This week, we're taking some time to highlight the world's hottest hotel General Managers. Why, you ask? Because there are some seriously sweet GMs out there, and we feel it's our duty to give them the love and attention they deserve. Well, not in that way...but, er, you get the idea.

Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of handsome GMs for you to ogle. Pick out your favorite by voting in the comments or send us an email. At the end of the week, we'll tally the votes and come up with four finalists from four categories (NYC, Miami, California and International). Then, we'll narrow it down even further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest GM in the world. The competition is fierce, and the polls are officially open.

Are you ready to vote?

So far, we've seen worthy contenders from Miami and the Big Apple. Today, it's onto...Round Three: California.


· Name: Donald Bowman

· Hotel: Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

· What's special about him? We've got another fitness freak on our hands. When he isn't running the show at MOSF, Donald just runs. So far, he's racked up eight marathons in places like London, NYC, Boston—all, coincidentally, cities that have a Mandarin Oriental. He's now training for two more, in Big Sur and Paris

· Why we dig the hotel: Little touches like monogrammed sheets and personalized stationary make us love this place. Oh, and those awesome views.

· Verdict: Hands off—this pavement-pounding hottie's all ours!


· Name: James Gancos

· Hotel: W Los Angeles Westwood

· What's special about him? James came to LA straight from W Istanbul, but he's also worked for Starwood in Kauai, Seattle and Las Vegas. Better yet, he's got that 'welcome home' smile that makes you forget you're even in a hotel.

· Why we dig the hotel: Nevermind the sexy W party vibe—as it happens, this is the kind of place your dog will want to hang out. Seriously.

· Verdict: That smile could charm a bird out of a tree. Hot!


· Name: Hermann Elger

· Hotel: Montage Beverly Hills

· What's special about him? Hermann likes the finer things in life. Vosges Mexican hot chocolate. A finely aged añejo tequila. A custom Zegna suit. Known amongst Hollywood's elite, Hermann was also instrumental in introducing a few major changes to the iconic hotel: Scarpetta, and £10, to name a few.

· Why we dig the hotel: Um, Scarpetta, and £10, to name a few.

· Verdict: A class act, and a hot one too.


· Name: Phil Baxter

· Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton LAX

· What's special about him? Phil is a self-proclaimed beer aficionado, championing the hotel's impressive beer program, and even hosting a monthly beer appreciation night for both guests and locals.

· Why we dig the hotel: Brewsters, the hotel's popular bar, offers a "Best Brews" program, featuring over 100 local, regional and imported beers, both bottled and on tap. Oh, and you can even request a "beer turndown" before bed. Sweet!

· Verdict: No beer goggles needed for this hottie!


· Name: Sietse Nabben

· Hotel: The Lodge at Tiburon

· What's special about him? Though he's been in the hotel biz for over twenty years, you'd never know it from Sietse's twinkling baby blues. Originally from the Netherlands, Sietse once spent a full year sailing the high seas with Holland America Cruise Lines as F&B Manager. Though for now, he's anchored in good ol' Marin County.

· Why we dig the hotel: This gorgeous lodge on the San Francisco Bay offers a SkyDeck with fireplace, a poolside fire pit, and the brand new TIburon Tavern.

· Verdict: How do you say 'mega hottie' in Dutch?

Ready to vote? Just drop a name in the comments below, or send us an email! The world is only big enough for one Hottest GM—and it's up to you to decide!

[Photo: HotelChatter; inset, FanPop]

Archived Comments:

While CA is sleeping...

I'm waking up to a Dutch dose of Sietse!

Hello Hermann!

Hermann is by far the most attractive out of this bunch and if you've ever been to £10 you'd know he's a rock star!


What more could you want in a hot GM?? We in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country vote for YOU Hermann!

My Vote

Herman Elger all the way!

Hermann Elger

Hotlanta votes for Hermann Elger...we know hot when we see it!


Hermann, by far! Love Montage and his leadership there.

Sietse Nabben

I like the sound of the fire pits!  And I can't believe he's been in the business for 20 years!


Always save the best for last, Sietse by far takes the taart!

A (fine) Class Act

Exuding luxury and prestige, Mr. Elger fits the bill as GM for the majestic Montage Beverly Hills.

Whether in a custom Zegna suit sipping chilled añejo tequila, or in a sweat suit throwing back a Dos Equis...Hermann is the clear choice.

Big Hermm!

Hot Damn! Hermann Elger must be exhausted because he's been running through my mind ALL DAY! It must of hurt real bad when he fell from heaven! VOTE HERMANN.

Vote for Phil

Love a man that knows his beer, my vote is for Phil!

Sietse Nabben

I don't how to say your name but you are HOOOOTTTT!



Sietse Nabben

Sietse all the way!

Sietse Nabben


Sietse Nabben

No competition! Sietse is definitely the hottest!


I do not know how to speak Dutch, but I do know some spanish " Muy Guapo!!!!!!"

Sietse Nabben

Let's put it this way. I wouldn't say no...


Hands down!!

Phil Baxter

Unbelievable hotel with 24 hour check-in/check-out and one of the best Beer Bar/Gastro Pubs in LA.  Cheers!

Phil Baxter

The Hottest GM Phil Baxter

Hermann Elger

Understated Elegance. Class Act.
Hermann is the best!

An A for Baxter

Experience...check!  Knowledge....check! Charm.........check.


Hermann Elger BY FAR!!

Phil Phil and Phil!!!

Angelinos have heard his name at least once or twice. Now we know what he looks like. We have no choice but him!!  Let's vote!!!!

Hermann is the MANN

Handsome, smart and a wicked sense of humor complements his flawless style.  Perfect GM for a perfect 5 star hotel.

Sietse Nabben

I heard that the entire staff at The Lodge at Tiburon is pretty hot..

Herman 4 Eva

Dashing. Charismatic. Understated. Herman elger can't be beat.

Chef Paul

Gotta be Phil Baxter,, he's a hunk,, Good luck old boy,,

Hermann all the way

My vote is for Hermann! Montage Beverly Hills is my favorite hotel in LA so I'm biased :)

Hermann Elger is D Man!

Hermann Elger....... No questions!


Gotta vote for Phil.

Hottest GM

Hermann is a total Hottie

Phil Baxter

Awesome beer guy.  Apparition!

Phil Baxter

I would never turn down a beer or a beer turn down!

The one and only DB (Donald Bowman)

Just last week he was at the Iron Man run!  DB is the man!!!

Beer turndown?

Phil, please. Does he deliver?

Baxtraw from Wichita

Phil [de bowl] Baxter of course. Apparition!

Hot Hermann

Hermann's understated elegant style, humor and charisma - by far the best choice!!! Go Hermann.....


Please, it's gotta be Hermann.


Hermann is gorgeous and so is Montage Beverly Hills!  A perfect match!

Phil Baxter!

My vote is for The best GM Phil Baxter!


My vote is for Mr. Elger, on e of the hottest and elegant hoteliers of the world!


Put a mid market hotel on the map with true hospitality innovations.  I can check in anytime and keep my room for 24 hours and I can have a beer in one of the best beer bars in LA and walk up stairs to my room.  No contest.  

Hermann Elger

Well, I took a vote tonight from all the Ladies at the Hotmixology Lounge in Denver Colorado and they were all about Hermann Elger! Congrats!


Urbane, intelligent, runs great hotel operations

A vote for Donald

What can I say? I'm a sucker for complimentary personalized stationary

Hermann Elger

Hermann...all day everyday.

San Diego Votes Phil Baxter

Love the Four Points LAX.  A cool boutique hotel with a great staff!


By a mile!

Phil Baxter

The guy with the blue eyes and red shirt -- Phil Baxter.

Phil Baxter

The guy with the blue eyes and red shirt -- Phil Baxter.

Hermann Elger

Creator of Ten Pound, recently named the best bar in the world! Is there really any question?

Hermann Elger

The Hottest and Hautess. :)

Hermann Elger

At first I was going to say Bill Clinton...but then I realized this was Hermann Elger. H-O-T.


Wow!  What a hotty!  I would love the chance to work for him!

Phil Baxter

Great personality, very professional and truly the hottest !!

Hermann Elger

Hermann, Hermann, Hermann....