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Destination Hotels & Resorts Appoints Roland Maldonado
the General Manager for Hotel ICON in Houston

Houston, Texas – January 17, 2007 – Mark Hickey, senior vice president of operations for Destination Hotels & Resorts, announced that the company has selected Roland Maldonado as the new general manager for Hotel ICON in Houston. Destination Hotels & Resorts recently assumed management of the well-known Houston hotel.

“Roland is a great example of how Destination Hotels & Resorts provides associates with opportunities to grow their career,” said Hickey. “He joined our company in the mid-1990s as a special services manager and has risen in the ranks over the years in both operations and food and beverage. Roland has been hotel manager and general manager for a number of Destination properties and we believe his past successes will help him lead Hotel ICON into the future.”

Maldonado has more than 25 years of hospitality experience. He joins Hotel ICON from Destination’s Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in Florham Park, New Jersey where he has been general manager since 2005. At Hamilton Park, Maldonado led the property through a $9 million renovation.

Prior to being promoted to Hamilton Park, Maldonado was the hotel manager for NINE ZERO Hotel in Boston, which was managed by Destination until April 2006. During his tenure at NINE ZERO, the hotel was consistently listed among the top hotels in the world by domestic and international publications including the "Gold List: World's Best Places to Stay 2004-2006" by Condé Nast Traveler and "Top 101 Hotels in the World for 2005" by Tatler (UK) Travel Guide.

“We believe Roland’s experience at NINE ZERO will have a great impact on Hotel ICON,’ said Hickey. “These properties have similar characteristics with award-winning restaurants, exemplary service and an eclectic design style.”

Maldonado also worked for Destination’s Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Colorado and the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego during the company’s tenure with the property. He began his career with Destination at The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Denver. 

The move to Texas returns Maldonado to the state where his hospitality career began in the early 1980s. During that decade he worked for Four Seasons Hotels in Las Colinas and San Antonio. He also held a leadership position at The Fairmont Hotel in San Antonio.

Maldonado was born and raised in Spain and has a passion for cooking and travel. He is a graduate of St. Phillips College in San Antonio. He also studied at Le Cordon Blue in Paris, France. Maldonado is excited to be relocating to Houston and will be joined by his family in by the end of this January.

Destination Hotels & Resorts recently added Houston’s award-winning Hotel ICON to its growing collection of distinctive properties. The 135-room property is located in the heart of the city’s arts, entertainment, business and sports districts. Formerly the Union National Bank building, this historic landmark underwent a $35 million renovation in 2004. Hotel ICON was originally built in 1911 and features 12 stories of custom –designed period furnishings, opulent décor and original artwork. 

Hotel ICON also offers the award-winning BANK restaurant and an attractive mezzanine bar, both of which are popular with hotel guests and locals. BALANCE Day Spa provides an escape from the city for relaxation and pampering in one of its four private treatment rooms. The property recently was voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the No. 1 hotel in Houston in the annual “Top 100 Best in the World” issue. 

Hotel ICON is one of 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 7,000 guest rooms, 13 golf courses and 10 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui, Houston and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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Contact:

Kristin Mettler
Destination Hotels & Resorts
(858) 964-6533
kmettler@destinationhotels.com
 

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Also See: Lowe Enterprises Investors Acquires the Houston's Hotel Icon; Destination Hotels & Resorts, a Lowe Affiliate, Takes Over Management / October 2006
Benchmark Set to Open The Hotel ICON, $35-million Reinvention of Houston's Former Union National Bank Building; Includes a Jean-Georges Vongerichten Restaurant / December 2003

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