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Kimpton Hotels Appoints Colin McBeath General Manager
of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, FL. 

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Miami, FL – January 31, 2005 – Colin McBeath has been named as the new General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, FL.  Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the San Francisco-based hotel operator that will relaunch the hotel upon the completion of $10 million in renovations, hired McBeath to oversee the resurgence of the historic hotel property.

“Colin is the ideal candidate to lead the hotel as it undergoes a major renovation and joins the Kimpton family of lifestyle hotels,” commented Tom LaTour, chairman and CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.  “He has been with Kimpton for almost five years and knows how we operate and what makes our brand unique.  He will do a fine job at bringing our five brand pillars - care, comfort, style, flavor and fun - to our flagship property in South Florida.”

Prior to joining the Mayfair, McBeath most recently held the position of Hotel Manager at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Washington DC and before that served as Assistant General Manager at the Pacific Palisades Hotel in Vancouver, also a Kimpton hotel.  Additionally, he has played a significant role at three other east coast hotel openings for the brand including the Onyx Hotel in Boston, 70 Park Avenue in New York and Hotel Helix in Washington.

“I was at the Hotel Monaco D.C. for the grand opening after it underwent a major overhaul that transformed a 180-year-old former Post Office to an historic four star hotel, and I look forward to bringing that expertise and experience to the rebirth of the Mayfair,” commented McBeath.  “There is a great team of people in place here and with the support of the Kimpton name, I am confident the hotel will quickly regain its place in Coconut Grove, which is a destination rising fast in popularity.”

McBeath’s responsibilities at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa will include assisting in the reconception of the hotel’s image and its market positioning, overseeing all sales and marketing initiatives, acting as a liaison with the local Chambers of Commerce and other city organizations, overseeing all revenue management programs and hiring necessary department heads and personnel. 

McBeath has 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has held upper-level management positions in the United States, Thailand and Taiwan including two years as the General Manager of The Ritz Tapei Hotel in Taiwan.  He studied at Langara College and specialized in Hotel Management Development at the University of Guelph, both in Canada. He has completed continuing education courses in leadership and management at Canadian Airlines International, Radisson Hotels International and Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts.  McBeath currently resides in Miami, FL.

With chic style and eclectic elegance, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa is an AAA Four-Diamond hotel, rich with unique architectural design, finely appointed rooms, luxury amenities and service.  Located within walking distance to Biscayne Bay, just 10 minutes from downtown Miami and 15 minutes from the Miami International Airport and South Beach, the Mayfair Hotel is a perfect place for business travelers and tourists alike. Guests enjoy the benefit of shopping, dining, exploring museums and art galleries, listening to live music, and partaking in the radiant nightlife all within walking distance of the hotel. For more information or reservations contact 1-800-323-7500 or www.mayfairhotelandspa.com.

About Kimpton
Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish independent lifestyle hotels that are coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 39 hotels and restaurants across the United States and Canada. Kimpton's combination of unique design, outstanding service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great success.  Kimpton’s signature elements are care, comfort, style, flavor and fun. The company recently opened the Onyx Hotel in Boston, and 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York City.  Kimpton will re-launch the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Florida in early 2005 and the Hotel Solamar will open in San Diego in April of 2005.  Kimpton will also be expanding to South Beach, Florida in 2005 and additional projects are also underway in Chicago and the Washington D.C. area.  For more information, please visit www.kimptonhotels.com or call 1-800-Kimpton.


 
Contact:

Andrew Freeman
(415) 397-5572
andrew.freeman@kimptongroup.com

Also See: Coconut Grove's Mayfair House Hotel, Aging Monument to High-Flying Miami of 1980s, Attracts Buyer / April 2004
Lodgian's 179-room Mayfair House Hotel in Miami Sold for $14.7 million / May 2004
Hans Bratt Appointed General Manager Mayfair Hotel & Spa, Coconut Grove, Florida / November 2004
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Appointed to Manage the Mayfair House Hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida by Colony Capital, LLC and The Falor Companies / October 2004


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