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Dorchester Collection Appoints.Alberto del Hoyo to Regional Director
for West Coast USA and Timothy Lee to General Manager
at Hotel Bel-Air


 December 11, 2008 (London) -- Dorchester Collection today announced a pair of appointments to senior executive positions in its two Los Angeles-based hotels.
 
Alberto del Hoyo, General Manager of Beverly Hills Hotel has been promoted to the role of Regional Director for West Coast USA with immediate effect. Mr. del Hoyo, who has spent 11 years as General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel, will continue in this role and will also assume overall regional responsibility for its sister-property, Hotel Bel-Air.
 
Meanwhile, Timothy Lee has been appointed as the new General Manager for the 91-room Hotel Bel-Air. Mr. Lee, who commences his new position on New Year’s Day 2009, will report directly to Mr. del Hoyo.
 
Mr Lee joins Hotel Bel-Air from Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii where he has been Resort Manager since 2006. Previously, he spent six years at the Beverly Hills Hotel as Resident Manager. A graduate of Cornell University, Lee’s career spans 27 years in the hospitality industry working for luxury properties and hotel groups around the world.
 
Speaking of Mr. Lee, Mr del Hoyo said: “I am delighted to have the chance to work with Timothy again. He is an outstanding hotelier and brings a wealth of experience. These are exciting times for Dorchester Collection as we have more than doubled our portfolio in North America and added the iconic and award-winning Hotel Bel-Air. We have ambitious plans, and I am sure that Timothy’s passionate commitment and understanding of the luxury guest experience will go a long way toward achieving even greater success for the hotel.”
 
Speaking about his new position, Mr Lee said: “This is the perfect opportunity for me, to be teamed once again with Alberto and in charge of the renowned Hotel Bel-Air. I am looking forward to working with the management team and employees to ensure the hotel retains its status as one of LA’s most celebrated properties, and I’m equally thrilled to be joining Dorchester Collection at such an important time in its history.”

In August 2008 Dorchester Collection announced that Hotel Bel-Air and The New York Palace would be joining its portfolio, bringing the total number of hotels to seven. The Collection also includes The Dorchester in London, theBeverly Hills Hotel, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice in Paris, and the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.
 
The Dorchester Collection
With seven of the world’s foremost five-star addresses, the Dorchester Collection celebrates luxury with hotels of original character and the most modern amenities. Established as the Dorchester Group by the Brunei Investment Agency in 1996, Dorchester Collection was rebranded in 2006 to develop an impeccable portfolio of traditional and contemporary properties in Europe and the United States. The current portfolio of owned and managed properties includes The Dorchester, a 244-room hotel long favored by the cream of society in the heart of Mayfair in London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, a glamorous and celebrity-friendly 204-room property on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles; the elegant Le Meurice, a centuries-old, 160-room property located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre on rue de Rivoli in Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, a 188-room embodiment of Parisian luxury set between Avenue des Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower; and Hotel Principe di Savoia, a cosmopolitan, 401-room property on the Piazza della Repubblica in Milan. The Dorchester Collection’s newest properties joined in August 2008, including The New York Palace, an icon of Manhattan with the landmark Villard Mansions and a contemporary 55-story tower; and Hotel Bel-Air, a shining star of Los Angeles set on 12 acres in Stone Canyon with 91 guest rooms and the renowned “Swan Lake” inhabited by its own resident swans. With unrivaled experience and capability, cross-property values of the highest order, and strong company branding that expresses universally high regard for its portfolio, Dorchester Collection assures a consistently exceptional guest experience at all of its hotels. U.S. reservations: 800.650.1842; www.dorchestercollection.com 

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The Dorchester Collection
www.dorchestercollection.com 

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Also See: London-based Dorchester Collection Takes Over Managament Contracts for The New York Palace in New York and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles / June 2008
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