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Nigel Badminton Takes Over as Hotel Manager of The New York Palace,
a Recent Addition to the Dorchester Collection

September 2008 - The London-based Dorchester Collection is pleased to announce that Nigel Badminton, Deputy General Manager of The Dorchester will be taking over as Hotel Manager of The New York Palace, which recently joined Dorchester Collection.  

Following a successful career as Deputy General Manager at The Dorchester, where he was responsible for the general operation of the hotel in addition to acting as Deputy to Christopher Cowdray, General Manager, Badminton is keen to take on the new challenges presented by The New York Palace.  He will be instrumental in assisting Managing Director, Niklaus Leuenberger, in the planned transformation of the property into one of New York’s most luxurious hotels.    

Located on Madison Avenue, The New York Palace is famed for its Michelin-star restaurant, Gilt, and stunning bar attracting Manhattan’s finest.  Extensive refurbishment will take place over the next 3 years and will include a total redesign of the public areas and guest rooms. 

Badminton studied Hotel Management at the Hotel School of South Africa in Johannesburg.  He recently attended the Business Leaders Programme at Cranfield University’s School of Management and the Leadership Development programme at the Centre for Creative Leadership.  After working for The Mount Nelson Hotel in South Africa, and Intercontinental Hotels, Gleneagles Hotels and Chester Grosvenor Hotel in the UK, he joined The Dorchester in 1990 as Rooms Division Manager when the hotel was closed for refurbishment.  As part of the re-opening management team he played a role in re-establishing The Dorchester as London’s premier hotel.  He was promoted to the position of Deputy General Manager in 1996 and, amongst other duties, has been responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing many State and Official visits.

Commenting on his new role, Badminton says: “Working at The Dorchester has given me a great insight into what can be brought to The New York Palace Hotel.  I am very much looking forward to taking on my new role and am thrilled to be working with another jewel of the Dorchester Collection.”

Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Collection is the successor to the Dorchester Group, originally established by the Brunei Investment Agency in 1996 to manage its collection of hotels in Europe and the USA. Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost five-star luxury hotels.

The launch of Dorchester Collection in 2006 signalled a change to the strategic goals of the company. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the world’s great individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable portfolio of the world’s finest hotels, both traditional and contemporary, through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management contracts for luxury city hotels.

Backing the strategy is a strong company branding that expresses the market’s universally high regard for the current portfolio and the distinctive common values held by all Dorchester Collection hotels.  

The current portfolio is owned and managed by Dorchester Collection:

The Dorchester in London
The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills
Le Meurice in Paris
Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris
Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan
The New York Palace  in New York
Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles


Anna Glover
Dorchester Collection
Telephone: 0207 319 7524

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
Roland Fasel Appointed General Manager of The Dorchester, London / July 2008

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