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Mr. Simmons

Andrew Simmons

Director of Hospitality Studio, Nadel Architects

Andrew Simmons, AIA, NCARB is the Director of Hospitality Studio for Nadel Architects. He oversees all hotel projects through our Las Vegas office location.

Mr. Simmons has experience in both domestic and international markets with projects that range from "new build" hospitality and mixed-use projects to "renovation/re-purpose" in multiple markets in a variety of scale. He has over 24 years of experience and eight years in the Las Vegas market specifically.

Some of the hospitality clients Mr. Simmons has worked with include: Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Marriott and Wyndham Grand. His current projects include the Breakers Hotel, located in Long Beach, California, which is a major renovation of an existing 1927 hotel building as well as the San Leandro Hotel, a mixed-use development with both residential and hospitality components.

One of his revolutionary projects included the Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residence, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is a 1.2 million sf project. The 20-story hotel tower includes 650 rooms, as well as another 14-story tower with 240 apartment units. It is accompanied by a 45,000 sf multi-purpose hall that serves as a central hub in the region for cultural and community events.

In addition, Mr. Simmons also worked on the renovation of the SLS Hotel located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Throughout his career, many of the projects Mr. Simmons has worked on have received international design awards and recognition. His experience shows him to be a proven leader and dedicated to solving complex problems by using creative thinking while effectively balancing client needs.

Please visit http://www.nadelarc.com/ for more information.

Mr. Simmons can be contacted at +1 310-373-0103 or asimmons@nadelarc.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.