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Angella Reid Says Bye-Bye Ritz Carlton, Hello White House

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  Site Where: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, D.C., United States, 20500
October 5, 2011 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost three years ago, America welcomed its first black president. This week, history was made again when the White House hired its first-ever female Chief Usher, Angella Reid.

OK, fine, not quite as ground-breaking as Obama's inauguration. But still! One small step...yada yada. Reid will leave her post as general manager of the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City to take over the coveted position, which entails housekeeping duties like property inventory, state dinners, and Inauguration Day house moves. That last one's gotta be a doozy—moving the president isn't exactly your standard U-Haul by-the-hour operation!

Two decades of work for the Ritz Carlton brand (at properties in Miami, New York, D.C., and Rocky Hill, CT) should have prepared Reid for the role, which former Chief Usher Gary Walters told C-Span is "not always easy".

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The Flatiron Gets A Sugar Daddy, And They're Hiring

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  Site Where: 1141 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
July 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

It looks like the Flatiron Hotel might have a future, after all. The ghost hotel, which has remained in a nebulous state of completion since April, finally has a bidder: Robert Chan, president of Brooklyn-based Hotel Toshi has put in an offer, according to The Real Deal.

What's more, the hotel is now ready to start hiring. Thanks to observant hotel geek Kris, we've got some funny pics of the Flatiron's new hiring ads, which went up prominently in the lobby windows this past weekend. Their strategy, it seems, is to keep their career opportunities as mysterious as the hotel lobby itself. Which is fine, as long as we start to see some real action here soon.

We're just wondering if "lobby aquarium caretaker" will be included in any of the positions available.

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The Easiest Job Of Annie O's Life

Where: 25 Cooper Square [map], New York, NY, United States, 10003
June 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Moroccan-born publicist Annie Ohayon has found her perfect job: curating a music series on top of Manhattan's Cooper Square Hotel. And she wants everyone to come. On Sunday, we caught African duo Amadou and Mariam performing there and saw just how popular the free concert series has become.

Angelique Kidjo, Moby and DJ Spooky have all made appearances at the lofty venue, whose stage is simply a mic stand in a corner of the room. Audience members who don't want to squeeze inside the penthouse studio can remain on the wraparound terrace, enjoying the views, and still get to enjoy the entire show. For a hotel that had been threatening to change ownership, this place was—at least on Sunday night—in high demand.

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Think You've Got What It Takes To Work At the Sanctuary Hotel?

Where: 132 West 47 St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
June 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's been a while since we've heard from our friends at the soon-to-be Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square. However much we wanted to believe owner Hank Freid's promise of a solid June opening, it doesn't seem like the 115-room "budget chic" hotel will be officially dropping the Portland Square moniker until at least September. Which is funny, because last time we were there, the lobby was up and running, and many of the converted rooms were already being booked.

So are they making any progress over there? "Slowly but surely," says Freid, "we're easing into this thing, we're making sure everything is perfect, perfect, perfect."

But rather than a multitude of construction projects left hanging in the air, it is the staff training that is causing the biggest delays. Committed to providing what Freid quixotically refers to as European-style concierge services ("we want the place to be known for its service, above what anyone else is doing"), he is personally overseeing the hiring of every single Sanctuary staff member. And he is still in the thick of the hiring process. Think you've got what it takes?

"I am always recruiting individuals on my own. I need people who are genuinely friendly, and love doing things for other people. If I find someone who is genuinely nice—no fake smiles—I can always teach them about working in a hotel. But you can't do the reverse. Just because someone's been in the hotel business for years doesn't mean they're genuinely friendly."

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Director of Privileged Pets at San Ysidro Ranch

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  Site Where: 900 San Ysidro Lane [map], Montecito, CA, United States, 93108
January 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

Last week we told you about the Loan-A-Lab program at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and this week, we thought we’d also just mention another innovative dog program at another luxury resort, just as a way of looking at the other end of the leash.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Perfume Melangeur at Four Seasons Manele Bay

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  Site Where: 1 Manele Bay Rd. [map], Lanai City, HI, United States, 96763
January 24, 2011 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

Last week we told you about the Director of Astronomy at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Today we take you to the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i Manele Bay.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Man’s Best Friend at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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  Site Where: 0130 Daybreak Ridge [map], Avon, CO, United States, 81620
January 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

Today’s cool hotel job is special. Not just in the way that the others we’ve told you about so far this week have been special, but in that the character who occupies this post isn’t even human! No, we’re not talking about a super-intelligent android, or a beneficent extraterrestrial. Rather, we’re talking about man’s best friend: a dog. Namely, a yellow Labrador retriever called Bachelor, the mascot and all-round activity buddy at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Hyatt Regency Maui's Director of Astronomy

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  Site Where: 200 Nohea Kai Dr [map], Kaanapali, HI, United States, 96761
January 20, 2011 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

We spend most of our time hunched over a keyboard, so we were pretty uplifted to learn about a man whose job it is leading stargazing forays at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Temazcalera at Maroma Riviera Maya

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  Site Where: Highway 307 Tulum Cancun, Solidaridad, Yucatan, Mexico, 77710
January 19, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

The next subject of our Cool Hotel Jobs Series, has to do with what usually turns out to be one of our favorite places in the hotel, the spa. This one is at the Orient-Express-branded Maroma Resort and Spa on the Riviera Maya in Mexico, and it is performed by Nancy Aguilar, who is a trained Temazcalera.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Elephant Camp Coordinator at Four Seasons Golden Triangle

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  Site Where: 229 Moo 1 Wieng Sub District, 1 Wieng Sub District, Chiang Saen, Thailand, 57150
January 18, 2011 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about more of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

When we talk about hotels, which we do a lot of around here, we usually talk about awesome rooms, unique amenities, and cresting trends. But every so often, we like to focus on the people who make the hotels we talk about so unique, like Taweesak Keereekaew (Khun Wee for short), the Elephant Camp Coordinator at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: The Peninsula’s Version of Q

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
January 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about more of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

You know what gadget geeks and techno freaks we are, so it should come as no surprise that our favorite part of every James Bond film is the famous spy’s visit to MI6’s technology lab for the latest spyware update from the perpetually exasperated Q. Now imagine how excited (we’re talking shrieks here) we were to find out about Peninsula Hotels’ very own technology laboratory…and the man who runs it.

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The Mondrian New York is 'Casting' for Employees Tomorrow

Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you have what it takes to fluff and arrange these pillows so they look "just so"? If you do, then you can work at The Mondrian!

On Monday, we looked at the first batch of hotels opening in NYC in early 2011 and on that list we had the Mondrian New York which is set to open in Soho in February.

Of course, we always have to "manage our expectations" with these opening dates but here's a good sign that Mondrian will make that Feb opening--they are holding a "casting call" for employees tomorrow.

The job fair, which is what it essentially is, is happening at Good Units at The Hudson Hotel from 11am to 8pm. The Mondrian is interviewing for all positions from front office managers to housekeepers and security. And they say no experience is needed for most positions.

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