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Meisel Capital Partners Selects Small Luxury Hotels of the World Brand
for the Santa Maria Suites Resort, Key West, Florida

Key West, FL., September 21, 2009 – Joel Meisel, developer of the Santa Maria Suites Resort announced today that the all suites, condo-hotel, located in Key West, Florida is joining the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand.  The Santa Maria Suites opened in 2007 after Meisel Capital Partners completely rebuilt the resort on the site of the former Santa Maria Motel.   The only area that remains of the historic site is the façade of the hotel reception area and adjoining restaurant.  

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is an exclusive brand of almost 500 independent, luxury hotels offering an infinite variety of memorable experiences in 70 countries. Whether guests are seeking a blissful spa retreat, the rustic charm of a country villa, a secluded beachside resort, the refined splendor of an old English country house or a sanctuary hidden amid the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling city center, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers only the very best.  

"We are pleased to welcome Santa Maria Suites Resort to the award-winning and growing Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand," says Paul Kerr, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. "Offering the comforts of a stunning home but with the luxuries of a contemporary boutique resort, Santa Maria Suites Resort is the perfect tropical hideaway for our discerning travellers looking to be pampered in South Florida's paradise."

“We came to the decision to join Small Luxury Hotels of the World due to the reputation this brand maintains with exclusive travelers from all over the world”, stated Meisel. Small Luxury Hotels of the World has for the third consecutive year been awarded top honors in the New York-based Luxury Institute’s annual Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey, when it was voted number one luxury hotel brand by wealthy consumers. Small Luxury Hotels of the World beat 21 other luxury hotel brands, including Ritz Carlton and Peninsula, to achieve the top spot in the survey.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World  is also the Hotel Brand Management Company of the Year for the fourth consecutive year at the prestigious HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence, which were held in Sydney on 14 August 2009.  “We are proud to partner with such a well known and prestigious organization”, continues Meisel.

The Santa Maria Suites Resort is a sophisticated resort with thirty-five, two bedroom suites.  The property’s contemporary design lends itself to the uniqueness of the resort among traditional hotels found in this tropical retreat.  The Santa Maria Suites offers luxurious single or bi-level units overlooking an unforgettable tropically landed pool courtyard, with modern conveniences.  The suites feature a fully equipped state of the art kitchen, in-room washer & dryer and three 42” flat screen TV’s.  The bright and airy living room provides a comfortable seating area. The living room TV is equipped with a DVD player and A/V input for easy connection to a laptop, video game console or a camcorder. There is one king or one queen bed in each bedroom, a large closet, in room safe and custom designed furniture. The bathrooms feature natural stone counters and marble walls with large mirrors providing a spa like feel. The Santa Maria is the 2009 Recipient of Trip Advisor's Travelers Choice Best Hidden Gem in addition to Expedia's Insiders Select award.

The Santa Maria Suites Resort is managed by Forbes Hamilton Management Co. Forbes Hamilton is a resort and hotel management company which provides a totally integrated approach to hotel development and management. For more information on Forbes Hamilton, visit the company’s web site at or contact the company at  (407) 847-2111.


Forbes Hamilton Management Co. 
Pam Rothenberg
   Phone: 904-424-0721

Also See: Interstate Joint Venture with Meisel Capital Partners to Acquire the 147-room Radisson Hotel Cross Keys in Baltimore, Md. for $17.0 million / March 2007



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