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Deborah Lunn Named General Manager of the Sanctuary Hotel in New York

New York, NY – December 15, 2010 – Deborah Lunn has been appointed general manager of the new Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square.  Bringing over 25 years of hospitality experience to her new role, Lunn will oversee the final stages of the transformation and launch of the four-star Sanctuary Hotel, debuting in spring 2011 (currently operating as the Portland Square Hotel). 
 
“With over two decades of demonstrated leadership in the hospitality industry, most notably in Manhattan, Deborah is the ideal addition to our team,” said Hank Freid, CEO of Impulsive Group, Sanctuary Hotel owner and operator.  “Having successfully opened many New York City hotels, Deborah will use her extensive knowledge of the city’s luxury market to ensure guests receive an enhanced experience at the new Sanctuary Hotel.” 
 
Formerly known among colleagues as Deborah McCluskey, Lunn is a leader in the hospitality industry previously holding the positions of general manger for Kimpton’s Ink48 Hotel and the Empire Hotel, both during the opening of each property.  Lunn also served as the general manager and director of operations for the W New York – the Court & Tuscany.  Throughout her tenure, she held various positions within Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Park Lane Hotels International.  Often recognized for her hard work and dedication, she received accolades such as the “Survivor Award” at Kimpton’s annual general manager’s conference in January 2010 and the StarVoice Best in Class award from Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2005.
 
Passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, Lunn taught accelerated hospitality courses at New York University’s School for Continuing Education for several years.  She has also completed a number of hospitality certifications and trainings such as the Six Sigma green belt certification and attended Arizona State University.
 
For more information about the Sanctuary Hotel, please visit www.sanctuaryhotelnewyork.com or call (212) 382-0600.
 
About Sanctuary Hotel
Debuting in spring 2011, the Portland Square Hotel will be transformed into the four-star Sanctuary Hotel following a multi-million dollar renovation.  Designed by the innovative team at ICRAVE, the Times Square property will feature 125 guest rooms meticulously crafted with luxurious finishes such as chocolate and burnt orange leather headboards, crystal chandeliers and an exposed glass shower made from leather-printed tiles.  Inspired by the privacy and comfort of a living room, the lobby will serve as an extension of the guest room and will be a haven for both travelers and locals.  Guests will also be able to enjoy a full-service lobby restaurant and elegant bar.  The Sanctuary Hotel is owned and operated by the Impulsive Group, a New York-based lifestyle hospitality firm under the direction of CEO Hank Freid.  www.sanctuaryhotelnewyork.com
 
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Contact:

Allison Greenberg
 Quinn & Co.
  520 Eighth Avenue, 21 Fl.
  New York, NY 10018
T: 212.868.1900 x262
 F: 212.465.0849
 agreenberg@quinnandco.com
 www.quinnandco.com
 @ajgreenb


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