News for the Hospitality Executive
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (May 21, 2009) – Karl Kruger has been named vice president, managing director of Riviera Resort & Spa – a masterfully refurbished mid-century Palm Springs resort owned and operated by Noble House Hotels & Resorts.
According to Jake Donoghue, chief executive officer of Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Kruger will oversee day to day activities at the newly revived Palm Springs hot spot, which re-opened late last year following an extensive two-year modernization project.
“We are very pleased to have Karl on board,” Donoghue said. “Riviera has received rave reviews from the press and public alike during the short time it has been re-opened, and Karl is a seasoned hotelier with the know-how, expertise and credentials to further establish this legendary property as a premiere Southern California destination.”
With more than thirty years of high level management experience in the hospitality industry, Kruger was most recently senior vice president of operations for Seattle-based Cruise West, a boutique exploration cruise line with nine ships, each accommodating from 73 to 120 guests.
He has a proven track record with the Noble House team, and was previously managing director for the company, overseeing The Edgewater and Hotel Deca in Seattle.
During his initial tenure with Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Kruger was instrumental in repositioning The Edgewater into the iconic AAA Four Diamond hotel it is today. He supervised the waterfront property’s $21 million renovation and managed the training and development program, dramatically improving quality assurance and service standards – earning recognition as Washington State’s Hotel and Lodging Association’s 2005 General Manager of the Year in the process. He was also in charge of repositioning and rebranding Hotel Deca through a $2 million refurbishment.
In addition, he worked for more than 20 years for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Sheraton Corporation, holding positions including director of food and beverage, general manager, regional director of productivity and hotel manager. Earning extensive industry recognition over the years, Kruger has earned numerous accolades for his work, among them Hotelier of the Year from the Greater Kansas City Hotel and Motel Association and the ITT Sheraton’s President’s Award on two occasions.
Kruger holds an MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management School.
Following a $70 million modernization, Riviera Resort & Spa – a legendary 24-acre property that was once a playground for the likes of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Elvis Presley – reopened to the public in October 2008. The restored resort, originally 475 rooms, now features 406 revamped guest rooms and luxury suites – outfitted with handsome retro furnishings; chic marble bathrooms; flat-screen plasma TVs; wireless Internet access and private patios or balconies – set amidst lushly landscaped gardens with intimate courtyards. Other resort highlights include: SpaTerre, an 11,000-square-foot retreat with cross-cultural and global treatments; and an array of inventive food and beverage offerings, including the signature Circa 59; the outdoor Bikini Bar adjacent to a spectacular pool; the swank Starlite Lounge; and sidebar, offering tantalizing cocktails in an atmosphere of sleek sophistication.
Riviera Resort & Spa is located at 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs. For further information, visit www.psriviera.com or call 760.327.8311.
House Reopens the 406 room Riviera Resort & Spa; Noble Spends $70
million to Reinvent the Classic Mid-century Style of the Resort Built
in 1958 / October 2008
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