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Mr. Blondel

Herve Blondel

General Manager, Rancho La Puerta

Herve Blondel is the General Manager of Rancho La Puerta. He brings over 30 years of experience in managing luxury hotels, destination spas and wellness resorts in the multicultural hospitality space from numerous properties and brands including Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Nikko, Starwood Luxury Collection and Accor Hotels in Europe, as well as boutique hotels within the Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Leading Hotels of the World portfolios.

Under Mr. Blondel's direction, his properties have undergone multimillion dollar renovations and landed on award-winning lists such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure's annual recognitions. He has also launched brand new hotels and culinary concepts, created and executed overarching marketing and business plans, delivered impressive increasing hotel revenue year after year, and more.

Throughout his career, Mr. Blondel has worked in many countries across the globe, spanning Spain, England, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States and his native France, and he is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Prior to his recent promotion to General Manager at The Ranch, where he is responsible for overseeing all operations and departments, Mr. Blondel served as Senior Director of Operations for over three years, where he managed resort operations as well as led a team of 450+ employees.

Mr. Blondel's drive to consistently yield excellent results is achieved through leading by action, creating common bonds through impactful communication among guests and colleagues alike. His passion is to make a difference in people's lives, which is demonstrated in his work and the teams he has built.

Mr. Blondel holds a cooking degree from the Ecole Ferrandi in Paris, as well as a degree in computer sciences and management from the Ecole de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie in Paris.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/herveblondel/?locale=de_DE

Mr. Blondel can be contacted at +1 619-255-7069 or rlp@jpublicrelations.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.