Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Announces New General Manager
Marketing and luxury lifestyle guru Vanessa Williams takes the helm of L.A.'s most-talked-about luxury hotel
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills continues to lead the luxury hotel sector in Southern California with today's announcement of the promotion of Vanessa Williams to general manager.
With decades of global luxury hotel leadership and a specialty in leading key marketing campaigns, Williams is the ideal person to oversee the operations of this award-winning property. Williams, whose career includes more than five years of spearheading business development and sales and marketing campaigns within the Hilton organization’s luxury and lifestyle brands, particularly Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands, has served as the director of sales and marketing at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills since before the hotel's opening in June 2017.
Vanessa Williams is the second woman to be elevated to GM in one of Oasis West Realty's legendary luxury hotels, following Sandy Murphy's appointment to helm the iconic Beverly Hilton hotel, and is the first female GM at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
"Vanessa has been at the forefront of property operations since before the Beverly Hills opening and has been instrumental in our accomplishments. Not only did she expertly position and drive the commercial success of the hotel, she also developed collaborations with local and national partners to provide guests an unforgettable experience with unmatched amenities and service,” said Beny Alagem, chairman and CEO of Oasis West Realty, LLC which owns Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. “Her dedication and passion for this hotel have been unwavering. This is a well-deserved promotion, and I am confident that the hotel experience for guests will only continue to further impress.”
Williams brings a global outlook to the position, after an illustrious hospitality career that has spanned nearly three decades at worldwide five-star luxury destinations including a key role in the renovation, relaunch and repositioning of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Sandy Lane Barbados, Sukhothai Bangkok before joining Hilton to open Waldorf Astoria Beijing and Conrad Seoul. In 2018, Williams was named one of Southern California’s Top Nine “Woman of Influence” by LA Confidential magazine.
“We are thrilled to have Vanessa lead the team at this flagship property that has quickly established itself as one of the premier luxury hotels in Southern California, as well as the go-to place for local residents,” said Pascal Duchauffour, vice president luxury operations, Hilton. “She has been an integral part of the opening success of the hotel and we look forward to her leading the team to continue to create authentic moments that become unforgettable memories.”
Both locals and tourists alike love The Rooftop by JG bar (and its casual restaurant that serves lunch and dinner), which offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles from every seat. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, which is the first West Coast venture by globally acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is another element of the Waldorf Astoria's spectacular offerings drawing fans of world-class dining from both near and far. The hotel’s sublime La Prairie Spa, the only one in Southern California, is an oasis of relaxation and sumptuous enjoyment.
Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at www.waldorfastoria.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills:
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts' first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of now 26 hotels and resorts. The hotel's 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class, Art Deco- influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. (PYR). World-class dining can be discovered at the hotel with three venues created by the legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten: the elegant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the chef's signature restaurant, as well as The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Helmed by a top-notch team of culinary experts hand picked by Vongerichten and including Executive Chef Steve Benjamin of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon fame, the chefs are committed to sourcing foods locally whenever possible and a cornerstone of the menus in all the food and beverage offerings at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The hotel also features 6,300 square feet of meeting spaces, perfect for social events, corporate meetings or gala celebrations.
The property recently won the Forbes Five-Star Award, was ranked No. 1 in the Conde Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards as Best Hotel in Los Angeles, and has also been named best new hotel on the Travel + Leisure 2018 It List, 2018 Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” Awards, and by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 32 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 18 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 971,000 rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 103 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.