The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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    In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

    This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

    • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
    • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
    • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
    • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
    • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs 

    Mark Sainsbury – The Zetter Group 

    The Zetter Group has become known for value-driven, boutique properties, rich with character. It is this attention to detail, narrative and the guest experience that sets The Zetter Group’s properties apart from the competition.

    The Zetter Group is owned by partners Mark Sainsbury, Michael Benyan & Jason Catifeoglou. After The Zetter Hotel, the Group opened The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell in 2011; Grain Store in 2013; and The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone in 2015.

    Michael Achenbaum – The Curtain, London 

    Michael Achenbaum never shies away from a hospitality industry challenge. An entrepreneurial visionary, he and his associates have co-developed more than $1 billion in property since 1999.

    The Curtain brings with it a breadth of creative energy to the area. The members club provides a place to network, play, learn and explore, with all the tools in place for both professional encounters and for times when work needs to take a back seat. For hotel guests The Curtain, with its sleek interiors and bursts of Shoreditch character, offers the best of luxury hospitality infused with the energy of creative east London. The hotel features 120 luxurious guestrooms and suites, a restaurant from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, a rooftop pool and a whimsical cabaret that offers a very unique blend of high energy acts that are sexy and cutting edge.

    Michael Bonsor – The Rosewood, London 

    Michael Bonsor, the Managing Director of the Rosewood London, is in charge of one of the capital’s most successful establishments, with a number of awards to its

    Bonsor brings more than 17 years of hotel management experience in the luxury segment, having begun his career at the Four Seasons in several locations in the USA. Before his arrival at Rosewood London, Bonsor was at Claridge’s, first as Food and Beverage Manager and later became Hotel Operations Manager.

    Nick Hanson – Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes

    Nick Hanson is an experienced hotelier who looks after the gem in the Southwest, Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes. He understands that success comes through managing a motivated and cohesive team. Since qualifying with an Honours Degree from Oxford Brookes, he has been fortunate to develop his management techniques by working alongside and learning from the very best hoteliers and chefs.

    Hanson joined the team from his role as General Manager of luxury spa hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant, The Bath Priory.

    Peter Kienst – The Principal Manchester

    With more than 27 years’ experience in the industry, Peter Kienast is the much-loved General Manager of The Principal Manchester who is often
    complimented for delivering excellent service.

    With its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture, The Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark in the city’s skyline. A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890, when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters.


    Hamish Kilburn / 28.12.2018


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