New York, NY (June 20, 2016)Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s leading hotel chain, is pleased to announce Alex Spektor, a well-seasoned and results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry, as the new General Manager of its first New York property, INNSIDE New York.

Beginning his career as the Assistant Front Office Manager at Eastgate Tower Hotel in New York City positioned Spektor to excel in a similar position as he moved on to The Benjamin Hotel assisting in its pre- and post-opening phases. In 1999, Spektor began a journey that lasted six years at Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center in East Rutherford, NJ. He held the positions of Front Office Manager and Rooms Division Manager where he was able to hone his managerial skills, even receiving internal accolades for his hard work, dedication and the prestigious upkeep of company standards to the internal team, hotel guests, and VIPs.

“I’ve worked my way up in this industry for over 20 years now, and I am honored to be a part of a brand that has done the same,” stated Alex Spektor, General Manager of INNSIDE New York. “I am thrilled to bring my background and passion as it pertains to the continued success of Melia Hotels International’s very first New York property and the INNSIDE brand’s first property in North America.”

Prior to heading up INNSIDE New York, Spektor spent over a decade with Affinia Hotel Collection establishing a long-lasting reputation for his exceptional leadership skills and his ability to maximize employee performance. Exhibiting his true passion and extreme dedication, Spektor made his way through the ranks going from his role as Assistant General Manager at Affinia Manhattan Hotel to General Manager at the Affinia Gardens and Affinia Dumont properties from 2008-2013. Everything came full circle as he returned to Affinia Manhattan as the General Manager in 2013.

In his new position at INNSIDE New York, Spektor will work closely with the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Michael Newman. Most recently the Director of Sales & Marketing for Element By Westin Times Square West and previously with Affinia Manhattan, Hilton Long Island, Millennium Un Plaza New York and a multitude of Hyatt properties, Newman will work with Spektor to target the flux of incoming groups visiting nearby attractions such as Madison Square Garden and the Javits Center.

Spektor received a Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management from New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York, where he serves as an active member on the advisory board. Additionally, in 2013, Alex was awarded General Manager of the Year (for hotels with 151 rooms or more) by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association in recognition of his outstanding leadership and forward-thinking hotel management methodologies.

Launched in March 2016, INNSIDE New York is a North American flagship property for the brand. The hotel consists of 313 spacious guestrooms, including eight terrace suites offering spectacular views of the Empire State Building, that cater to both savvy business travelers and leisure guests. The hotel also features Impero Caffè, an Italian restaurant helmed by celebrity chef, Scott Conant. With a prime central location in the heart of the city, the hotel delivers smart and efficient service, contemporary design and exceptional technology to guests.