NEW YORK – March 19, 2019 – Simon Antoine has returned to his roots at Accor where he started his career in 1985, joining Sofitel New York as its new general manager. The seasoned hotelier brings over 30 years of leadership experience to the luxury Midtown Manhattan hotel, as well as a wealth of knowledge in the food and beverage arena. His new post follows a two-year tenure as opening general manager at the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf.
“We are delighted to welcome Simon back to Accor,” said George Terpilowski, Accor’s Regional V.P., North East U.S. Region. “I am confident that his leadership and expertise will flourish at Sofitel New York, lifting one of our flagship hotels to new heights.”
Antoine joined Accor in 1985 and held various positions in the United States, Great Britain, France and the Ivory Coast over the course of 14 years. He then joined InterContinental Hotels in 1998 where he served as the director of food and beverage at The Ivoire, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and in 2000 he relocated to London as food and beverage manager at the InterContinental Park Lane. Then, in 2004, Antoine returned to the U.S. and took his role to the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Antoine accepted his first general manager role in 2011 at the InterContinental Toronto, Yorkville, and in 2015, he returned to New York as general manager of the InterContinental Times Square, where he previously served as hotel manager.
Antoine’s leadership has been rewarded with several career achievements, including recognition by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards as the number one hotel in Washington, D.C. in 2018. The same hotel was also a 2019 Michelin Food Guide winner. Antoine is a member of the Global Hoteliers Club; Chevalier of the Cheese Master of France; Vice Conseiller Culinaire, Charge de Presse and Maître Hôtelier of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in NYC; and Town Member of the Réunion des Gastronomes in London.