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CHICAGO - March 25, 2015 - Hotel Lincoln, the 184-room Joie de Vivre hotel located in Chicago's storied Lincoln Park neighborhood, today announces a new addition to the operations and sales team. Lea Rodriguez joins Hotel Lincoln as the new director of sales and marketing, bringing over 15 years of managerial experience to the property.

Originally from Ohio, Rodriguez discovered her love for hospitality during her time in event services at Sonesta Resort in the Caribbean. Her passion flourished as she worked with incentive groups to create memorable events and learned more about the hotel industry. Rodriguez credits her time at Sonesta for building her overall understanding of the inner workings of a hotel, giving her a foundation for her approach to sales and marketing strategies today. 

Rodriguez spent two years at Sonesta before she took on the position as senior conference services & catering manager at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. She moved to Chicago in 2004 and honed in on her sales and marketing skills in positions at local properties including the Hard Rock Hotel and the Allerton Hotel. Prior to joining the team at Hotel Lincoln, Rodriguez served as the corporate director of sales for Kokua Hospitality and the director of sales and marketing for the Inn of Chicago.  

"After my initial meeting with the Hotel Lincoln team, I was immediately drawn to the spirit of the property and its team," says Rodriguez. "Creating a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere is very important to everyone at Hotel Lincoln. We enjoy coming to work every day and want our guests to feel equally as happy to be here." Rodriguez says. 

Rodriguez currently resides in Chicago with her 7-year-old daughter, Nola. The pair enjoys exploring the city and cooking together whenever possible.

About Hotel Lincoln

Located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood at 1816 N. Clark St., Hotel Lincoln offers fun, eclectic stays where the energy of urban life meets 1,200 green acres and Lake Michigan. Originally built in the 1920s, the 184-room property reopened in 2012 as a Joie de Vivre Hotel, whose parent company is Commune Hotels & Resorts. Named one of Chicago's best boutique hotels by Travel + Leisure, the property offers uniquely appointed guest rooms; meeting space with stunning views of Lake Michigan; a lobby-level European-style coffee bar at Elaine's Coffee Call; an expansive rooftop lounge with indoor and outdoor seating at J. Parker; and immediate access to Michelin-rated Chef Paul Virant's restaurant Perennial Virant, operated by the BOKA Group on its ground floor. The hotel's prime location is within steps of the neighborhood's most popular attractions such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Green City Market, and more, providing a genuine community anchor and connection to city living. Get up-to-the-minute news on the hotel by following it on Twitter and Facebook. For room reservations and event requests at Hotel Lincoln call 855.514.8112 or visit

About Joie de Vivre Hotels

Since its founding in San Francisco in 1987, Joie de Vivre has made curating authentically local and eclectic experiences its signature.  Each one of Joie de Vivre's more than 25 hotels is an original concept designed to reflect its location and to engage the five senses.  Today, the company manages the largest collection of boutique hotels and resorts in California and is expanding outside the state with hotels in Honolulu, Chicago and Scottsdale. Joie de Vivre is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand. Follow Joie de Vivre on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates. For more information, please visit

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