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Larkspur Names Jean-Pierre Alotte General Manager
at The Lodge at Tiburon

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Industry Veteran to Oversee the Hotels Complete Renovation & Relaunch  
 
TIBURON, Calif. (11/2005) – Tiburon’s first and only full service, luxury hotel and executive meeting center, The Lodge at Tiburon – a member of the Larkspur Collection -- announces the appointment of general manager Jean-Pierre Alotte. 
 
“I am delighted to join the excellent team at the Lodge at Tiburon, said Alotte. “This town has always been one of the Bay Area’s hidden gems.  Once people find Tiburon, they often feel like they’d like to live here.  Our goal is to create a hotel environment that celebrates the California lifestyle and actually becomes a home away from home for our guests.”
 
Alotte, who was born and raised in Bordeaux, France, began his career in the restaurant and hospitality industry nearly 30 years ago.  Most recently he served as general manager for the Kimpton Group of San Francisco.  Prior to this, Alotte’s career has taken him around the globe as general manager and director of operations and food & beverage for many international luxury hotel groups including Sofitel, Stouffer & Renaissance Hotels working at properties in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and multiple cities within the United States, from New York to Memphis.   
 
Commenting on the appointment, Karl Hoagland, Chairman and CEO Larkspur Hospitality said, “I am thrilled we have brought Jean-Pierre Alotte on board to lead our team at the Lodge at Tiburon.  Jean-Pierre is a talented and experienced hospitality professional and has the passion and values we strive for at Larkspur Hospitality.  Under his leadership and guidance we will achieve our vision of creating a thriving four-star hotel and restaurant to serve the Tiburon community and travelers to southern Marin County.”

The $5.5 million dollar reinvention of the 102-room Lodge at Tiburon is slated for completion in December of 2005.   Located on the scenic Tiburon peninsula, the hotel is situated in the heart of the charming Marin County city of Tiburon, only ten miles from San Francisco.  
 
About The Lodge at Tiburon

The Lodge at Tiburon is a full-service luxury hotel in the heart of the charming Marin County city of Tiburon, opening December 2005. Set amid three-acres of landscaped gardens, the craftsman style property consists of 102 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites; Three Degrees, a  120-seat restaurant and bar; a cozy Library Lounge with fireplace; a pool and whirlpool featuring private cabanas; a complimentary business center and 5,000 square feet of dedicated banquet and meeting space. The Lodge at Tiburon is ideally located on Main Street in this quaint sailing town around the cove from Sausalito. Surrounded by over 40 unique shops, art galleries and restaurants, the hotel is only steps away from San Francisco Bay and the ferry landing with convenient service to Fisherman’s Wharf or the Embarcado. Encircled by world-class recreational offerings such as hiking in Muir Woods, sailing and ocean kayaking off Angel Island, wine tasting in Sonoma/Napa Valley, the hotel is only ten miles from San Francisco. 
 
About Larkspur Hospitality
 
Established in 1996, Larkspur Hospitality is a rapidly growing hotel company based in Marin County's Corte Madera, California. Larkspur Hospitality owns and operates over 20 hotels comprising three brands in areas of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. According to Market Metrix, an independent hotel industry guest satisfaction consulting firm, Larkspur Hospitality hotels have consistently exceeded the industry average of the top five percent of U.S. hotels for guest satisfaction.  The goal of the Larkspur Collection: providing a warm, guest-focused environment where travelers can experience the comforts of a well appointed home, while staying connected with the necessities of a modern office. The company acquired the four-star RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, in July 2003, the Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, California in December 2003 and The Lodge at Tiburon in Tiburon, California in May 2004.  In December 2004, Larkspur converted five existing hotels to its flagship Larkspur Landing brand, bringing the total number of Larkspur Landings to 11.  The company also manages the Pruneyard Inn in Campbell, California.  

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Contact:
 
Susie Dobson
310 573 2146
susiedobson@labridge.com
www.thelodgeattiburon.com
www.larkspurhospitality.com
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Also See: Larkspur Hospitality Acquires the Hyatt Sainte Claire in San Jose, California; Renamed The Sainte Claire, a Larkspur Hotel / June 2005
Larkspur Hotels, LLC Acquires the 107 room Tiburon Lodge and Conference Center / May 2004


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