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Mr. Hostettler

Daniel Hostettler

President & Managing Director, Ocean House Management

Daniel A. Hostettler is the President and Managing Director of Ocean House Management (OHM) and its group of four properties: Ocean House (Watch Hill, Rhone Island) and Weekapaug Inn (Westerly, Rhode Island), the Preserve at Boulder Hills (Richmond, Rhode Island), and the Inn at Hastings Park (Lexington, Massachusetts).

Having opened the Watch Hill and Westerly properties in 2010 (both now Forbes Five Star properties) and added the Inn in May 2019 (AAA Four Diamond), Mr. Hostettler is now responsible for the group's day-to-day operations and its long-term strategic vision. The Preserve will open this summer.

Mr. Hostettler has gained his experience and perspective over a 25-year career in the hospitality industry, developing and managing hotels, restaurants, residential components and private clubs in Europe and across the United States. His most recent career titles include President and Managing Director of Lajitas (Lajitas, Texas), Managing Director at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa (Santa Fe, New Mexico), the Summer Lodge Hotel and Spa (Dorset, England). He held a variety of positions at Meadowood (Napa Valley, California), and was part of the opening team of Peninsula (Beverly Hills, California). In all, he has participated in the opening of five luxury properties.

In addition to his work at Ocean House Management, Mr. Hostettler is also the President of Relais & Chateaux, North America, a position he has held since 2017. One of his many responsibilities is to liaise with all eighty eight properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. This gives him a rare perspective during the Covid crisis.

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

Mr. Hostettler can be contacted at +1 401-584-7043 or dhostettler@oceanhouseri.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.