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The Widewaters Group Selects Access Hotels & Resorts to Operate the
Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, NY and the Brookwood Inn in Pittsford, NY

Graham Asher to Manage the Two Hotels

ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 9, 2009 - Access Hotels & Resorts has been chosen to manage two of the Rochester area's top hotel properties: the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, NY and the Brookwood Inn in Pittsford, NY.  

The hotels are both owned by the The Widewaters Group, Inc. (, a real estate development and management firm headquartered in Syracuse, NY.  The Widewaters Group chose Access Hotels & Resorts for its extensive knowledge of independent hotel management and reputation as an innovator in operating distinctive lodging destinations.  

Access Hotels and Resorts is led by industry experts Tom Baker, Barry Caplan and Mark Lahood, who collectively bring more than 60 years of hands-on hospitality experience. According to Baker, the two Rochester area hotels are exciting additions to the growing Access Hotel portfolio.

"These are two really unique properties, each has its own individual personality and conveys a quality experience" said Baker.  "We're very enthusiastic about the prospects for these hotels. We feel we can apply our independent-style of management and experience to help them grow as the preeminent hotels of Rochester and the entire Finger Lakes region."

Located atop wooded hills in Fairport, The Woodcliff Hotel and Spa ( is only 20 minutes from downtown Rochester, and offers spectacular views of the Rochester Skyline, Rochester Bristol Hills and Finger Lakes region. The hotel features 234 deluxe guest rooms, including 12 distinctive suites, along with heated indoor and outdoor pools, Whirlpool and sauna, outstanding cuisine at Horizons restaurant, the full-service Spa Elan, a nine-hole regulation golf course, and more than 6,000 square feet of meeting/event space. 

Woodcliff Hotel  & Spa
(formerly the Lodge at Woodcliff)
199 Woodcliff Dr
Fairport, New York
The Brookwood Inn ( is one of the Rochester area's most charming and distinctive hotels.  Located in the Historic Bushnell's Basin near the quaint Village of Pittsford, the property is just minutes from downtown Rochester and Greater Rochester International Airport close to many businesses, malls, specialty shops, boutiques and eateries. The Brookwood Inn features 108 newly redesigned guest rooms including five spacious designer suites. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool and Whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 1,700 square feet of flexible meeting space and one of the area's most popular on-site restaurants, the Peter Geyer Steakhouse.
Access Appoints Graham Asher to Manage the two hotels- the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, NY and the Brookwood Inn in Pittsford, NY. 

Asher, a native of the United Kingdom and a veteran of several top four-and five-star hotels, brings extensive hospitality management experience to the position. 

He most recently held the title of regional director of operations for American Property Hospitality Corporation in La Jolla, CA where he was responsible for oversight of all newly planned and acquired luxury-tiered hotels.

Prior to that position he managed hotels in the Starwood Luxury Hotel Collection, including the historic, Mobil Four-Star US Grant Hotel in San Diego and Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond Ballantyne Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Charlotte, N.C.  Additional experience includes management positions with the Barnsley Inn & Golf Resort in Adairsville, GA, Fairmont Royal Pavilion and Glitter Bay in Barbados, The Helmsley Organization and The Regent Washington, D.C.

"We are extremely excited to have someone with Graham's depth and scope of experience on board to manage these two fantastic properties," said Tom Baker, managing principal-CEO of Access Hotels & Resorts. "Graham's hiring is indicative of the commitment by both Access and the hotels' ownership to continue to make these the finest properties in the region. This commitment is also reflected in the ongoing enhancement to the service and facilities at each hotel."

About Access Hotels & Resorts

Access Hotels & Resorts is headquartered in Las Colinas, TX with a regional office in Philadelphia, PA. Access has a proven track record managing upscale to luxury properties, garnering nationwide success with a diverse portfolio of exceptional properties. Each hotel has uniquely redefined its location, offering the ultimate in guest services and luxury. Access Hotels and Resorts is an approved Hotel Management Company by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Small Luxury Hotels. To learn more about Access Hotels & Resorts management and development capabilities, call 972-869-7607 or visit: 


Tom Baker
Access Hotels & Resorts
400 E. Royal Lane Suite 290
Las Colinas, Texas 75039
Office: 972-869-7607

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