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 David Gibbons Named General Manager
of The Lenox Hotel, Boston
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Boston, MA.  October 2, 2006 - David Gibbons has been appointed General Manager of The Lenox, a 212 room 4-diamond hotel in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay.  Built in 1900 by legendary hotelier Lucias Boomer, The Lenox is the flagship property of The Saunders Hotel Group (SHG).  David joins The Lenox at a time when SHG is putting the final touches on a top to bottom $15 Million capital improvement program at the property, including guest rooms, public spaces, and restaurants.

“With his global perspective and experience in luxury hotels, we are pleased to have David leading the hotel into its second century,” said Jeffrey Saunders, President of SHG. “David has a respect for the hotel’s past and the experience to keep it moving successfully into the future. 

With twenty-five years experience in international hospitality, the Canadian born Gibbons most recently served with Raffles Swissotel as General Manager of The Drake Swissotel, New York.  In a previous assignment, as Director of Food and Beverage at The Drake, he opened the world famous Lafayette restaurant with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

David has also served as the General Manager of The Swissotel Boston.  Concurrent with that assignment, he was President of Hotel Gourmet, a food logistics enterprise and sister company of Gate Gourmet and Rail Gourmet. 

During his previous tenure in Boston, David was very active in the hospitality community. In addition to serving as President of The Massachusetts Lodging Association, he was a member of The Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Development Committee, the Board of The Downtown Crossing Association, and The Boston SKAL club. “Boston is a great city and it is a dynamic moment in its hotel industry,” said Gibbons.   “I am happy and proud to return to a city I hold so dear. The Lenox Hotel is truly a Boston gem, and I am looking forward to positioning the hotel in its rightful place among Boston’s finest.

David and his family live on Massachusetts’ Cape Ann.  An avid oil painter, David’s work has been exhibited at numerous shows.

The Lenox Hotel
Built in 1900 for the princely sum of $1,100,000 by the hotelier and impresario Lucias Boomer (best known as the owner of New York’s Waldorf - Astoria), The Lenox was the most luxurious hotel in New England.  The Lenox, the tallest building in Boston at the time, opened its doors in the heart of Back Bay and a proud tradition was born. Since 1963, the Saunders family has been at the helm of The Lenox, overseeing day-to-day operations and a series of meticulous restorations (including one in 2003 that earned worldwide accolades for historic preservation and design.) The Lenox, a Four-Diamond hotel, has received numerous prestigious awards for pioneering luxury within ecotourism including a Gold Medal from President George H. Bush in 1992. 

The Saunders Hotel Group
The Saunders Hotel Group is a third generation family business that is known worldwide for its genuine commitment to gracious hospitality, innovation, and environmental leadership. Saunders Hotel Group owns and or operates seven distinctive properties including: the historic, 4-Diamond Lenox Hotel (Boston, MA); the charming Copley Square Hotel (Boston, MA); the Comfort Inn  & Suites (Boston, MA - Logan Airport); the Marriott Residence Inn (Merrimack, NH); the Holiday Inn/Outback Steakhouse (New London, CT); The Hawthorn Suites Hotel (Alexandria, VA.); and the Hampton Inn (Norwood, MA.). See the portfolio at www.saundershotelgroup.net

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Contact:

Alyson Casey
(617) 421-4902
acasey@lenoxhotel.com
www.lenoxhotel.com

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Also See: Raffles International Concludes Management Contract of Swissotel Boston But Continues to Manage Hotels in Host Marriott Portfolio / April 2003

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