Aside from a stellar “A-team” the hotel has added an array of programming and accolades to its repertoire.
(Miami, Florida) August 14, 2019— Recently recognized as one of the 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards “Top Hotels in Miami” for Condé Nast Traveler, and located in the heart of the “City Beautiful,” the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has gone through various changes throughout the years. Most recently, the ownership of this four-diamond hotel has made major strides to take the property and brand into the new millennium.
With its bold tagline, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables is “a celebration of history and modern romance in Coral Gables.” The Colonnade property was designed by famed architect Phineas Paste and completed in November of 1926. Since the 1920s, the Colonnade has housed a variety of businesses, including a pilot training facility, the Colonnade Movie Studios and even a World War II parachute factory. Known today as the Hotel Colonnade, the storied property has undergone a series of recent changes including major renovations.
Most recently, the hotel was added to the acclaimed Marriott “Autograph Collection”. Autograph collection celebrates boutique hotels that are unique in design and thoughtful in spirit. Handpicked, these properties are showcased boutique hotels, from around the world that share a philosophy of attention to detail in their every expression. Offering next-level customer service and overall white-glove guest experience, Hotel Colonnade invites guests to enjoy a refined stay, steps from world-class shopping, dining and theaters on the iconic Miracle Mile.
In addition to remodeling, awards and overall internal modifications, the Hotel Colonnade has added an accomplished group of executives to the brand. Leslie Weil, General Manager of the property, an FIU graduate holding a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, brings with her over 17 years of progressive, hospitality experience. Weil has primarily worked for three (3) companies – Turnberry Associates, Sage Hospitality and Selina. Most of her career was spent in the Greater Miami area with the addition of Chicago and Philadelphia.
Javier Marquis, the newly appointed Director of Sales and Marketing also comes to the Hotel Colonnade with a polished career in hospitality. With a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel & tourism industry, Marquis is highly skilled in Catering, Food & Beverage, Sales, Hotel Management, and Sales Management. He brings experience from previous roles at Atton Brickell, Trump International Beach Resort, Hyatt and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Marquis is also a Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager (CHRM) focused in Revenue Management from American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
Lastly, Jannike Smit was appointed Director of Catering & Conference Services. The FIU and Nova Southeastern University graduate boasts a BA in Hospitality & Tourism Management and an MBA with Concentration in Entrepreneurship. Smit brings to the Hotel Colonnade 13 years’ experience focusing on Sales, Catering Sales & Conference Service having worked at the Biltmore Hotel, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Trump International Beach Resort, Viceroy Miami, PGA National Resort & Spa, and Loews Miami Beach.
At the 2019 25th Annual Inn Key Awards, exemplary Hotel Colonnade team members were recognized for their achievements including: Pablo Pena for Engineering and Humberto Martinez as “Runner up Lodging Employee”.
With this dynamic and seasoned group of executives in tow, the Hotel Colonnade has added a massive array of programming to enhance their guest experience, as well as welcoming members of the Coral Gables and South Florida corporate community.
From a new monthly “art night” featuring curated exhibits with some of the most popular art galleries in town, to a jazz night, new bar bites and signature drinks and free movie night, the property has also hosted some of the most sought-after charitable fundraisers, innovative conferences and highly anticipated bridal shows.
Leslie Weil, General Manger stated: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response we have gotten with our new programming. Together with our recent staff additions, along with myself, we are excited to showcase this storied property that celebrates history and style.”
“We are poised to increase our efforts to propel the property forward. With few properties that can speak to hosting over 100 weddings annually for example, we are happy to be considered a premier wedding destination and look forward to welcoming new guests to our property,” stated Javier Marquis, Director of Sales and Marketing.
With an “A-team” of consummate professionals and newness across the board, this award-wining property is ready to take the guest experience to new heights. Stay tuned….
ABOUT HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION:
Guests are invited to the hotel lobby where they will find vaulted ceilings and a grand staircase, centered under stained glass rosary style windows and sparkling Murano chandeliers. The historic marble-tiled rotunda is the centerpiece of this exclusive Coral Gables hotel with large marble columns and a beautiful fountain. Explore luxury guestrooms and suites featuring wood floors, four-poster beds, sectional sofas and chic bathrooms. Unwind in the game room, with a pool table, games and complimentary Wi-Fi. The stylish hotel offers five unique dining experiences, including 24-hour in-room dining. Stay fit in a modern fitness center, swim in a rooftop outdoor pool or relax on the sun deck boasting city views. From elegant ballrooms to luxury amenities, this boutique hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers to Coral Cables, Florida in grand style.
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Reviews from Tripadvisor:
Robin D- “This is a nice hotel with super service. The lobby bar close a bit early but there are plenty of things to see on the miracle mile right next to it. They have great family suites with space and two floors.”
Reviews from Google:
Tonie Rose- “Attended a convention. Beautiful place downtown. A lot of traffic but the hotel has valet parking. Nice restaurant with outdoor seating, but we weren’t there long enough so we didn’t eat there. Didn’t stay overnight but would love the opportunity to do so.”