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Ms. Zeidel

Robin Zeidel

Founder & Owner, Zeidel & Associates P.C.

Robin Zeidel is the founder and owner of Zeidel & Associates P.C. She handles a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales and development and office and retail leasing, as well as construction, architectural, design and engineering projects. She also has extensive experience in the hospitality sector in particular and has handled numerous transactions involving hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants and spas on behalf of both owners and operators. Ms. Zeidel is a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, International Council of Shopping Centers and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Zeidel earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. Prior to founding the firm in 2010, for six years Ms. Zeidel held the position of Assistant General Counsel at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. At Starwood Hotels Ms. Zeidel was responsible for all core real estate matters, including the purchase and sale of hotels and other holdings; architecture, design and construction projects such as hotel and spa development and construction; leasing transactions related to retail, spa and food and beverage outlets and all oversight for the company's North American corporate office leasing portfolio, including the company's headquarters relocation. During her tenure at Starwood, Ms. Zeidel was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Real Estate Committee. Ms. Zeidel began her legal career at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's New York office, and practiced real estate there and at other preeminent New York City firms, representing owners, developers, retailers, office tenants, lenders and borrowers in a broad variety of transactions. Ms. Zeidel graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and obtained her B.A. cum laude at Vassar College. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two children.

Ms. Zeidel can be contacted at 914-902-3333 or rzeidel@zeidellaw.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.