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Mr. Arigo

Robert Arigo

Vice President of Operations - New York, M&R Hotel Management

Robert Arigo, a 31-year hospitality veteran,joined M&R Hotel Management of Great Neck, New York, in September 2018 as vice president of operations for the company's 17 managed hotels in the New York metropolitan area. His mandate is to ensure that each hotel meets, if not exceeds, the high service standards set by M&R and its affiliated brands.

During his lodging career, Mr. Arigo has worked to create strong operating platforms designed to deliver a high level of guest service, while helping ownership and the brands to achieve their goals.

Before joining M&R, Mr. Arigo was senior director of operations for the New York properties of Hersha Hospitality Management, based in Philadelphia. From 2010 to 2012, he was chief operating officer and asset manager for New York-based Widewaters Hotels LLC. With Capital Hotel Management, he led the finance team as vice president.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Arigo played a hands-on role in multiple asset management assignments for the Black Acre Portfolio of upscale resort and urban hotels. Prior to that, he was general manager of hotels in New York, Florida and Virginia.

Mr. Arigo's asset management experience includes senior positions with Highgate Hotels. From 2005 to 2007, he had oversight of the significant United States lodging portfolio?of Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank.

Mr. Arigo is proud of his commitment to a philanthropic efforts, including an Autism Speaks campaign conducted during his tenure with Hersha Hospitality Management that exceeded its fundraising goals.

Mr. Arigo earned a bachelor of science degree in finance at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has been recognized with multiple Hotel of the Year and Award of Excellence citations by Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hersha Hospitality Management. 

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

Mr. Arigo can be contacted at +1 516-279-4888 or info@mrhotelgroup.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.