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WATERFORD, CT (October 28, 2016) – Waterford Hotel Group has announced the promotion of Kristen Pikula as Director of Operations of the Marriott Hartford Downtown. In her new role, Pikula is responsible for overseeing all rooms and food & beverage departments of the hotel, including budgeting, scheduling, associate training and development, inventory, as well as strict adherence to all Marriott and Waterford Hotel Group standards. Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. professionally manages the 409-room hotel.

Pikula joins the Marriott Hartford Downtown team from her most recent position as General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell, CT. Prior to that she was the Director of Sales and later General Manager at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Southington, CT both managed by Waterford Hotel Group during Pikula’s tenure. She has led her team to win numerous Marriott and Waterford awards including Team of the Year, Chairman’s Award and General Manager of the Year. Pikula holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Resort Management from the Rochester Institute in Rochester, NY. She currently resides in Burlington, CT.

“For the past ten years, Kristen has been a valued member of the Waterford Hotel Group,” commented Duane Schroder, General Manager of the hotel. “Her extensive Marriott experience, enthusiasm and track record maker her the ideal candidate for this position.”

About Marriott Hartford Downtown

Located in the Front Street Entertainment District, the Marriott Hartford Downtown overlooks the Connecticut River and is interconnected with the Connecticut Convention Center. Attracting business and leisure travelers alike since 2005, this 409 room upscale hotel is AAA rated with four Diamonds. The hotel also features Vivo Seasonal Trattoria and Starbucks® Coffee House. Local Hartford attractions within walking distance include Infinity Hall, Spotlight Theater, Wadsworth Atheneum, The Bushnell for Performing Arts, Old State House, and the State Capital Building. The Connecticut Science Center, an interactive educational science museum for adults and children, is adjacent to the hotel. To book a reservation, or for more information, please call 860-249-8000 or visit the website at www.hartfordmarriott.com.

About Waterford Hotel Group

Waterford Hotel Group is one of the nation's leading hotel and convention center management companies. The company operates 18 properties in 7 states, representing over 2,700 total rooms and 630,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The collective expertise of the team and track record of success has earned Waterford distinction as an approved operator for the leading hotel brands. Whether the involvement begins at conception or during operation, Waterford Hotel Group strives for successful performance and profitability of each managed property, while maintaining the highest standards of quality, service, and cleanliness. For more information, please visit www.waterfordhotelgroup.com.

Contact: Lisa M. Beers

lbeers@waterfordhotelgroup.com / 860.701.9621

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